Georgia On My Mind

Tuesday we hit the road travelling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and into Mississippi. We made an overnight stop at Olive Branch and today are hitting the road for Georgia.

As Elvis crooned across our airwaves yesterday Jack said we would make a stop at Tupelo to Elvis' birthplace and Museum. Yippee!

This morning we made the stop in Tupelo, Mississippi to visit the Museum. No photos are allowed in the Museum which features times during the Depression when times were tough for Vernon and Gladys Presley. There are many photos, memorabilia, clothing worn by Elvis and more.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935 (his twin brother was stillborn) in the tiny little two room 'shotgun' style house at this very site.

The small church Elvis and his family attended was a block over on Adams Street. When the church needed to build a larger facility it was used as a house and later purchased by the Museum in 2008 and relocated here to its current site on the house and Museum grounds.


He grew up with the church services and the gospel sounds that would set Elvis on a path of music, beyond the weekly gatherings around the radio listening to the Grand Old Opry.

It was Reverend Frank Smith who taught a young and shy Elvis a few guitar chords. He was encouraged to perform during services, often with his parents. The Reverend would walk and play which statements attribute this to Elvis performance style.

Also noted in the Museum was that Elvis used to entertain himself with simple toys and Captain Marvel, Jr comics. Speculation maybe? They also suggest his signature hairstyle and perhaps the TCB (taking care of business) lightning bolt could have been attributed to these comics.


In 1938, the family lost their house when Vernon was sent to prison for forging a check (cheque) where he served 8 months of a 3 year sentence. Gladys would work to keep food on the table.

As Elvis continued school, taking his guitar with him at times performed for friends. His teacher entered him in a state contest where he placed 5th.

In 1948 the Presley's moved to Memphis. This became a turning point in Elvis' career where he began performing with other boys who played music. He still had the intention of being part of a Gospel quartet.

In 1953, he paid $3.95 to make his first recording 'My Happiness' and 'That's When The Heartache Begins'. Then if you have ever done a Sun Studio's tour in Tennessee, we all now what happened after that and how Marion Kesker had saved the recording and later Sam Phillips produced many of Elvis' recordings.

The grounds to the Museum are spectacular with plaques of information during the years of pivotal moments, a bronze statue depicting a young Elvis in oversized overalls and a meandering walk both wheelchair accessible by way of ramps and paths or stairs to the top of the property to another statue called 'Becoming'.


This stunning statue shows a small Elvis and as a mature, larger than life flamboyant style as he had become.


Onwards and we cross into another state we have not visited – Alabama. We will pass the Talladega Super Speedway. Now comes to mind, besides NASCAR races of course, is Talladega Nights – Ricky Bobby, shake and bake – a very funny movie. We will make a stop here on the return trip to the Motorsports Speedway Museum and Hall of Fame!


From Alabama winding through the Talladega National Forest, we continued East heading across the border into Georgia.


We found the range, then the hotel and we are ready for an early start tomorrow. We missed the registration as we forgot we would lose an hour!

Kat xo


Good End To A Great Day

This morning we set out to the Territorial Marshal's club match, 3 posses, 45 cowboy's and cowgirls in total with a few onlookers/newbies including an Aussie and her husband would you believe!?!

We had a ball, 6 stages, trying out a new shotgun and using Jacks pistols all went well. Finished 3rd overall, Jack 5th.

My pistols have been handed over to Roy's Creek Dan for a total rebuild. They were second hand to start with, had an absolute flogging over the past 10 years (in particular the last 3-5years), looking forward to the next 10 with them!


This afternoon it was rest time, do a bit of computer work, cool down and then this evening we headed down to Bricktown, OK City and went to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. A celebration in between both our birthdays as we often do. (Me on the 4th and Jack on the 18th)


We sat at the bar area, had big mugs of beer, chips and salsa and then an excellent ribs and chicken with coleslaw and fried okra – yes, we decided we would share – a damn good decision as they are big meals, all the while watching NASCAR in Kentucky. Yee haa!

Good day, great night, now for a cuppa and Cinge Tequila!

Night peeps!

Kat xo



Saturday post also late but here you go! ……..

Well we made it out to the track at 9.30am and spent the time checking out cars, souvenir brief checkout – cap by default as I left mine in the car. 🙂


So much happening, cars to look at, okay normally a Ford Fan but Chevrolet could be my new brand and I do like the new sports look especially in 'Blue Velvet' paint finish – yes please!


Jack found a new toolbox. Well the mother of all tool drawers, has a lift up tv screen, speakers and can hook it up to a fridge as well. What more could a bloke want.?!


Boydgaming 300 – 200 laps, 300 miles. Tomorrow's race the Kobalt 400

You can even rent race car headphones with a scanner to 14 cars, in car cameras and sound via fan vision! Amazing!

Thank goodness there is a slight breeze! It is warm and can get a bit more of a farmers tan!


We watched qualifying for the race and and practice for the guys for the Sunday race. Very cool and very loud, succumbed to ear plugs.

30sec a lap, on low qualifying that's 10sec a km

I learned that Chase Elliot in the No.9 car and Dale Earnhart Jr. In the No. 88 car both race for Chevy. Yep, happy with that. 🙂

In a Shelby Ford car No.4 is Ryan Blaney, so have to go for him just because it's Ford AND because 4 is my favourite number.

Lap 168 5th start of the day. Car 33 up and down but gets back to the top. So far he is back to no1 again.

After a late 6th start with barely a few laps to go it is a very close battle between 1st and 2nd place, car 22 almost gets past car 33 but goes sideways and puts it into the wall a great race between those 2 drivers all day.

Almost overtaken on the final bend, Dillon is fast on the straights and floors it again staying ahead of the pack to win the race!

Now that's what I call a finish! Everyone was on their feet at each start and were definitely on their feet for the finish!


Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 1st, Ryan Blaney, Ford, 2nd, Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 3rd, Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 4th and in 5th, Chevrolet, Chase Elliot

Yee haa, finally been to a NASCAR race, bucket list, check!

Now getting out of the car park was the next interesting side event and no wonder people have tailgate parties while waiting for the crowds to die down. The Interstate was slow (could see it hardly moving from the car park) the car park was at a standstill until we got moved to a different exit.

We are thinking woo hoo, we are out in an hour!

It took another hour and a half to get clear down Las Vegas Boulevard back to the hotel.

In total? Same amount of time to return to hotel as it was for the race 😦

Still, a lot of fun though!

Cheers race fans!

Kat xo

P.S. Sorta glad we didn't stay for the Sunday race! Could have been worse getting out of car park and would have been worse checking out Monday morning.