Lunch in Memphis and Presentation to Camping World

Wednesday,  April 16th
Turns out my boss at Heartland, Coley B and our Bighorn/Silverado GM, Kary K were to be in Memphis today to present to the Southeast Region GMs of Camping World.

Hey, we’ll be in Memphis too!   Coley invited me to join them, so I prepared a hand-out and a couple PowerPoint slides for the Heartland Owners Forum and Heartland Owners Club.  Before the presentation, Nancy and I met Coley and Kary on Beale Street for lunch.  I chose Blues City Cafe as they were open for lunch, Coley wanted BBQ and theirs is decent.

Got out of my "camping wear" and cleaned up for a business presentation.  Hair cut and face shaven even :)

Got out of my “camping wear” and cleaned up for a business presentation. I cut my hair and shaved too :)

Blues City Cafe - where we had lunch today

Blues City Cafe – where we had lunch today

BB Kings is right across the street from Blue City Cafe

B.B. King’s is right across the street from Blue City Cafe

After lunch, I ran Nancy back to the RV at Tom Sawyers RV Park across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, AR. It’s 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Memphis. Then I met up with Coley and Kary at the Doubletree Hotel. Around 4:30 pm, we presented to the Camping World group. What a great bunch of GMs. I enjoyed getting a chance to tell them about the forum and the club and I’m confident that many of them see the partnership possibilities.

It was a gorgeous day in the area today. When I got back to the RV, I took Emme for a walk in the grass along the mighty Mississippi river. She really enjoyed getting out for a bit.

Texarkana, AR to Memphis, TN – Gus’s Fried Chicken!

Monday,  April 14th
We left the Durant, OK late this morning. It was cold and windy – in the high 30s. We took our time going less than 200 miles today, arriving at Sunrise RV Park on I-30 in Texarkana, AR.

Our friends, Dan and Karen H are also here. We parked next to them.

Twin Landmarks and Fords

Twin Landmarks and Fords

Us on the left and Dan and Karen H on the right

Us on the left and Dan and Karen H on the right

After dinner, we had Dan and Karen over to our place for dessert. Nice time visiting with friends.

Tuesday,  April 15th
We left Texarkana late this morning and stopped just a half hour east in Hope, AR at Big Jake’s BBQ. Not for food but for fried pies from the Original Fried Pie Shop. We got a dozen of their tiny pies, frozen to enjoy later.2014-04-15 10.41.29-1fp2

Five hours later, we pulled into Tom Sawyer’s RV Park in West Memphis, AR. We’re in site 61 this time – a few sites down from where we were a couple weeks ago. While we were setting up, I think we found we’re having an electrical problem with the coach. Maybe with the power transfer switch (shore power vs generator power).  We have enough power to survive, so we’ll defer repairs for now.

For dinner, we went into Memphis to the original location of Gus’s Fried Chicken. We first heard about this place from our friends Terry and Carol H.  Then just last night on TV, we saw it on a Food Network show.  Well – the chicken is “spicy” – but we like it that way. I would’t say it was amazing, but it was pretty darned good.

Gus's Fried Chicken

Gus’s Fried Chicken

Entry into the kitchen as seen from our seats

Entry into the kitchen as seen from our seats

Another image of the interior

Another image of the interior

They have a lot of chicken decor.  Here's a chicken light

They have a lot of chicken decor. Here’s a chicken light

Our appetizer - Fried Green Tomatoes.  5 slices to an order

Our appetizer – Fried Green Tomatoes. 5 slices to an order

My dinner.  I had a breast and 2 wings plus beans and coleslaw

My dinner. I had a breast and 2 wings plus beans and coleslaw

We split a piece of Chess Pie for dessert.  First time having Chess Pie for me.  It was "okay".  Should have had the Pecan Pie :)

We split a piece of Chess Pie for dessert. First time having Chess Pie for me. It was “okay”. Should have had the Pecan Pie :)

So while Gus’s Fried Chicken didn’t floor me – it was very good and I look forward to having it again.

Back at the RV, I did a bit of troubleshooting in the electrical problem. I removed the cover of the power transfer switch and did a visual inspection. I took some close-up pictures of it and reviewed them on the computer. Tomorrow, I may turn off the power and check the fastener torque for the electrical connections.

Person of Interest night on TV!