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July 4th road trip: 8 states, 5 cities and a new watch

Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:11 pm

drove thru parts of 8 states and made stops at 5 cities along the way. From Georgia we drove through Alabama to Mississippi, to Arkansas, to Tennessee, to Missouri, to Kansas, to Illinois, to Kentucky, back to Tennessee, through Alabama and back to Georgia.....almost 2,000 miles in 5 days.

First stop - Tupelo, Miss to see the birthplace of Elvis.

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On to Memphis, Tenn to Beale street for Blues and BBQ

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STAX Records Stage at a bar

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Night Life:

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Leaving Memphis we stopped at the HUGE Bass Pro Shop Pyramid with hotel, bowling alley, elevator to the top and the normal boats/hunting/camping gear

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View from on top. Mississippi River and Arkansas to the right.

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On to St. Louis for more BBQ and sightseeing

Pappys BBQ: The line you see actually goes back then to right, loops back to the left to the outside and wraps all the way around from the back of the building to the side and front of the building....trust me the wait was worth it

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The Arch....we took the elevator to the top: 630ft

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looking down from the top:

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Stopped by the St. Louis Basilica on the way out....so beautiful, so powerful, so moving. I've never seen a shrine inside a church before....

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Next stop: Kansas City:

Incredible facility and atmosphere at the Sporting KC Soccer Match:

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Public Library had books as the wall, it was pretty cool:

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It was closed, but we stopped by the Negro League Baseball Museum. Would have loved to go in and see the history inside.

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On to Nashville for concert, bars and more sightseeing. They had a few streets blocked off for just pedestrians...

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SWAT dudes at the ready on the rooftops

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Cheryl Crow Concert

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The next morning we hit The Ryman and the Grand ole Opry

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Aaaaaand back home finally...that's it - a whirlwind few days.
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Re: July 4th road trip: 8 states, 5 cities and a new watch

Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:13 pm

HUGE thank you to Brandon (bzabodyn) for the deal on the 94210 Big Block.

I also took my PO 2500D and my Aerospace Evo but they didn't see the light of day the whole trip.

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Post by Panerai7 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:16 pm

Great trip Mike.
Can't believe Brandon gave up that Tudor :)

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:17 pm

Very cool. Looks like a great time.
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Post by JBZ » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:23 pm

Nice trip and great shots. Thanks for sharing, Mike.
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Post by YOHOHO » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:27 pm

awesome pics! looks like a great trip.

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Post by Nellipj » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:39 pm

Awesome trip and an incredible watch :thumbsup:

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Post by 1954Selmer » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:39 pm

Wow! That looks like a great time!
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Post by HapaHapa » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:48 pm

Impressive trip


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Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:27 pm

Thank you. It was a great trip
today is laundry day and back to work tomorrow
but at least I get a smile every time I look down at my wrist.

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Post by snootydog » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:30 pm

What a brilliant road trip Mike, looks like you took in some great sights. :thumbsup:
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Post by 59yukon01 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:00 pm

Almost 400 miles a day road trip....tiring and yet epic.

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Post by Sidheguitarist » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:09 pm

Great trip; great pics.

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Post by River Rat » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:25 pm

One hell of a road trip.

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Post by Dedalus » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:29 pm

Thanks for sharing these pics, Mike. Looks like a lot of fun was had.
As a book nerd, I did get a small thrill seeing the pics of the library exterior. :ugeek: :lol:

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Post by rockmastermike » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:37 pm

Our "normal" vacations are to one place for the length of time (Wash DC, Disney/Universal, etc), this was our first "hit and run" vacation.
Definitely see more this way but way more car/travel time, too so there is a trade off.

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Post by giosdad » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:42 pm

Looks like a great trip, thanks for the pictorial.
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Post by dukerules » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:44 pm

Amazing road trip, killer pics and trip report, and awesome Big Block, Mike :thumbsup:

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Post by Seppia » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:52 pm

What a great trip, pictures and watch!
Makes me want to go back to the USA again.

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:00 pm

Super cool adventure Mike, but I bet your backside is wore slam out.

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Post by poppydog » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:24 pm

Great pics of great times Mike, thanks for sharing. Did you buy the hat, though?
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Post by greenlightning » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:28 pm

Looks like a great time. I was in Nashville last year. It was much cooler than I expected. Congratulations on the Tudor.

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Post by rockmastermike » Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:48 am

Yeah, my back is a little sore for the driving, but it was worth it.
Next trip will be a cruise, I think....I hope

Kris - it was my first time to Nashville and I agree it is cooler than I expected - it was mrs rockmastermike's favorite stop (along with the Basilica in St Louis)

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Post by jtbenson » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:10 am

thanks for the road trip pics/report mike, makes my 4th feel rather lazy in retrospect
many stomping grounds from my younger days; makes me feel a bit nostalgic :cheers:
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Post by gr8sw » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:18 am

very cool BBQ loop, Mike! :thumbsup:
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