Unfortunately the logistics of time and distance mean that we are having to abandon a lot of our planned site visits. We are off to Memphis today (Thursday) with a couple of stops en route. Geographically this takes us too far away from many of the places on our map and there is no way around this if we are to get to Nashville and Louisville before heading north to Chicago where we need to spend at least two days before flying to Seattle for the drive South. This is such a vast state, let alone country, that you can drive for 100 miles and get nowhere, if that makes sense. Most disappointing for me is that I won’t make it to the Huss & Dalton or Martin factories on the East coast. On the upside however this means we will have to make a separate trip some other time.
We started the day yesterday (Wednesday) back in Indianola. Not only was Charlie Patton the father of Delta Blues and therefore an inspiration to many of the greats old and new, but he also had the decency to pass away in known place and receive a burial in a listed cemetery. As we sat at a junction looking lost (normal state) a local guy who looked like a farmer (we were as usual in the middle of nowhere) said “looking for the ‘seamatary?’ (poor attempt at phonics) and pointed up the road with an expression of ‘there’s another pair of idiots’.
Onto a one road hamlet called Vance for one of my favourites
Onto Clarksdale. Which in many ways is the Mecca of Blues. There’s lot’s to see and do here. As we found however this has bred complacency. Service is poor, very unusual for this region, and the prices for food and and drink are high. Unfortunately this much anticipated visit fell flat.
Setting off for Memphis now. Lets hope Elvis is in town tonight?
PS. Apologies again for typo’s etc. No time to proof read……