Montgomery: Fitzgeralds and King

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For most of the day, I’d be an hour early. I left New Orleans as I’d hoped just a few minutes before the clock struck 07:00 Thursday and for the first time in nearly three weeks most of my driving …

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Small and hard in the Big Easy

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When I finished yesterday’s post, I believe I was wending my way through heavy traffic in Baton Rouge on my way to New Orleans. Since nearly every reference I’ve made thus far about my GPS has been negative let me …

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From Vicksburg to New Orleans

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I ended my previous entry with a hint that my accommodations in Vicksburg would be qualitatively different from the Shack Up Inn and I’m sure all my loyal readers have been nervously awaiting the resolution of this cliffhanger. (Sorry there’s …

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More mounds, more blues plus a dash of muppets and teddy bears

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And then along comes Monday. It wants to give me kicks and a pick of memories. On one hand, although it was time to leave Clarksburg, it wasn’t quite time to fully leave the blues and the Delta behind. On …

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Oxford a literal and literary change of scene

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One of the nicknames of my home state of Maryland is America in Miniature. Maryland bills itself this way because of the topographic variety within its relatively small borders. From the sandy dunes and sea coast of the east to the pine …

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Choosing one of three in the delta

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I’ll start today’s entry with a lesson I learned as the day progressed: If you find yourself in the Mississippi Delta on a Sunday, make minimal plans and prepare alternatives to any plans you might have. You are likely to …

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Chasing the blues

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Following my grumpy old man’s early night in Memphis, I was back on the road early Saturday morning. Driving south on Highway 61, I crossed into Mississippi in about 20 minutes. Your entry into that state becomes quickly apparent even …

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A rainy day in Memphis

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As I noted in my reflective St. Louis post, the weather deities have been generally quite accommodating. Friday morning in Memphis was one of those exceptions. The rain was steady and persistent. On this, my first visit to Memphis, my …

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Popeye and the great motorcycle escort

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After two nights in St. Louis it was time to move along. I left via the Poplar Street Bridge. This once again placed me for a brief time on an interstate – I-64 – that passes just south of the …

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The pause that refreshes

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I arrived in St. Louis Tuesday afternoon planning to use Wednesday as another day to relax, refresh, and reflect. However, one reason I chose St. Louis was because it also afforded me the opportunity to visit with long time friends …

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