Our second day began early (7:00am) we ate breakfast at the hotel and then proceeded to the gates of Graceland!
Being overly ambitious as we were, we got there before they opened the parking lot and were the first people in line to enter. Graceland is the former home of Elvis Presley and he bought it for the low price of $100,000. We took the “Platinum” tour and visited his mansion and the surrounding grounds. We also were able to see the vast collection of cars he owned in the Car Museum. Finally we finished our tour by checking out his two custom jets, “The Lisa Marie” and “The Hounddog II” Check the photo gallery for more on the decor of this vintage (read: somewhat dated) estate.
As we were in the gift shop, getting ready to leave Graceland, we noticed a man wearing a “Blaster” shirt. My uncle is good friends with the owner of the Blaster company so naturally we were curious to see this shirt in Graceland. It turns out the man was a cousin-in-law to the owner and was also from the same area as my uncle.
The rest of the day was not nearly as exciting as we began the 800 mile drive to Tucumcai, NM. We stopped for lunch along the way in Ozark, AR which turned out to be a comedy of errors. We needed gas so we stopped at “Loves Gas Station” which unfortunately had the only pump that did not take credit card. We then went into town to look for a family owned restaurant, however, learning from the “if-no-one-is-eating-there-run-away” rule, we fueled up at a local station and then ate at a McDonalds by the interstate. When we ordered ice cream cones after our meal, the girl working at the counter made them with about 3 times the normal quantity of ice cream, much to the chagrin of her manager who about went bug eyed at the sight of so much ice cream being given out. We did fend off the boredom by continuing our audio book of Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen.
We crossed into Texas late at night and stopped for gas in Shamrock, TX. We learned from the friendly attendant that a neon lit gas station down the road was featured in the movie Cars. Naturally we took a quick detour to take some pictures. We also called our hosts at the Blue Swallow Hotel to let them know we would be arriving late. They said they would leave the neon lights on for us and the key in the door. (Thank you Tom Bodett)
Finally as we approached the New Mexico boarder the time switched to 12:00 am and we were now in June 3rd, however, after a few more miles we crossed the time zone line and went back to 11:15 pm on June 2nd. Thus we have managed to go back in time a day during our trip.
Check out todays pictures in the Gallery