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Old 05-17-2019, 08:49 PM
 
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At the top of my life’s bucket list is to do some of the Mississippi Delta Blues tour. I’ve read there are about 200 Blues markers, but I mostly want to concentrate on the Delta region.

I am a rver, so the first thing that pops out to me is there are very little places to stay. I am also concerned about safety. Will a middle aged white woman from out west be safe traveling through Money, Yazoo City, Clarksdale, Parchman main gate (Bukka White served time there.) I heard stay out of Greenville.

My motivation to tour the Delta is not to poverty gawk, or be disrespectful to anyone. I want to honor the people who gave one of the greatest gifts to American music and culture, the blues.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:29 PM
 
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The Delta is third world country, a lot of poverty and lot of (mostly petty) crime. There is a MS RVers Facebook group, join it and be sure to get recommendations on campgrounds, most will be fine, but don't assume all are safe.

There is absolutely nothing in Money, you'll be fine in Yazoo City and Clarksdale, both are poor, but have some good people. I don't know what you mean about the main gate at Parchman, that's the state penitentiary. You can drive through any of these towns, usually, if you're not looking for trouble, you won't find it.

In Clarksdale, make sure to eat at Rest Haven for lunch and spend the evening at Ground Zero. If near Greenwood at lunch, stop in and eat at the Crystal Grill, it has been in the same location for almost 90 years and is one of the best restaurants in the state.

Many will direct you to eat at Doe's in Greenville, it has an interesting history, but I'm not a fan.

Plan your trip so you are not traveling late in the day, if you have car trouble, you won't necessarily have close access to a tow vehicle or mechanic shop.

Set your expectations for this trip low....
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:46 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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At the top of my life’s bucket list is to do some of the Mississippi Delta Blues tour. I’ve read there are about 200 Blues markers, but I mostly want to concentrate on the Delta region.

I am a rver, so the first thing that pops out to me is there are very little places to stay. I am also concerned about safety. Will a middle aged white woman from out west be safe traveling through Money, Yazoo City, Clarksdale, Parchman main gate (Bukka White served time there.) I heard stay out of Greenville.

My motivation to tour the Delta is not to poverty gawk, or be disrespectful to anyone. I want to honor the people who gave one of the greatest gifts to American music and culture, the blues.
There are Rver's and then there are other RVers. I think you might be one of the "others", which means you'll do just fine.
If you are getting around in your Chevy Express that you wrote about once, no one will give you 2 glances. I expect you'll fit right in and get along fine.
My wife's cousin is an RVer who wouldn't fit in. He has a bus, and he is towing a Jeep. His bus looks like it cost $400,000, which it did, and his Jeep is brand new. They want and expect first class service everywhere they go.


I was in Clarksdale once talking to a "fit in" type of Rver. He was parked downtown right in front of the Blues museum and was plugged into city service. He had gone to the trouble of asking a police officer if he should register or pay a fee and the officer told him, "Naw. Ain't nobody care".
I hope you fit in. I hope you talk to people, find the man who builds canoes in Clarksdale, eat too much and enjoy yourself.
Find MS Hwy 1 over by the river and take it South a ways. Go through all the dying towns. Drive with your window down so that you can return the curious wave you might get. Get curious about where this road leads or that one. We got lost on a dirt road and I knew just enough to turn when I saw power lines; they always lead back to civilization, and that one did, too.
Don't be skeert. "Ain't nobody gonna bother you".
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:25 PM
 
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Well, thank you Listener, I hope I am a fit in rver .

I spent the afternoon plotting all of the markers I want to visit. I think I need about three days in Clarksdale to get the feel for the area and history. Just not finding a place to stay. I do have my Chevy Express but I am pulling a 20 foot trailer now too. I just need a safe place to drop the trailer while I explore. Going over to the 55 freeway there are Army Corps of Engineer Campgrounds. Need electric to keep the ac on for the cat though. Oh, it’s going to be hot in the Delta during July!

Other stops I can just drive by, visit the marker, pay my respects, and drive on.

Tunica, there is the casino. Memphis is the grand finale on Beal Street. I can find a rv Park well outside the city and take an Uber to Beal Street and Sun Studios.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:09 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Well, thank you Listener, I hope I am a fit in rver .

I spent the afternoon plotting all of the markers I want to visit. I think I need about three days in Clarksdale to get the feel for the area and history. Just not finding a place to stay. I do have my Chevy Express but I am pulling a 20 foot trailer now too. I just need a safe place to drop the trailer while I explore. Going over to the 55 freeway there are Army Corps of Engineer Campgrounds. Need electric to keep the ac on for the cat though. Oh, it’s going to be hot in the Delta during July!

Other stops I can just drive by, visit the marker, pay my respects, and drive on.

Tunica, there is the casino. Memphis is the grand finale on Beal Street. I can find a rv Park well outside the city and take an Uber to Beal Street and Sun Studios.
Why don't you call the Chamber of Commerce in Clarksdale? They used to provide electric hookups in front of the Delta Blues Museum, and maybe they give parking passes or something like that. It's all well lighted and secure looking. You can walk over to The Ground Zero Blues Club, with is owned by Morgan Freeman.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:22 PM
 
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Ok, I’ll try the Chamber of Commerce and see what they recommend.
Another thing I can do is book two nights at the Shack Up Inn, they have a lot of land so I’m sure my little trailer can fit next to one of the cabins. I really do want to stay there. I’ll just have to rush around and see the sights and go to Ground Zero.

If I see Morgan Freeman, this whole board is going to know it !
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Ok, I’ll try the Chamber of Commerce and see what they recommend.
Another thing I can do is book two nights at the Shack Up Inn, they have a lot of land so I’m sure my little trailer can fit next to one of the cabins. I really do want to stay there. I’ll just have to rush around and see the sights and go to Ground Zero.

If I see Morgan Freeman, this whole board is going to know it !
The guys who run Shack Up Inn are easy to please, and I'd be surprised if they had any objections to having your trailer parked on premises.
We stayed in one of the cotton bins that had been converted to a room. The building where the cotton gin was located, now has a bar and a stage that is used for bands from time to time.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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Ok, I’ll try the Chamber of Commerce and see what they recommend.
Another thing I can do is book two nights at the Shack Up Inn, they have a lot of land so I’m sure my little trailer can fit next to one of the cabins. I really do want to stay there. I’ll just have to rush around and see the sights and go to Ground Zero.

If I see Morgan Freeman, this whole board is going to know it !
Another thing, you're gonna have to eat, so try some Mississippi Tamales. I suspect you won't have any trouble finding them.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:34 PM
 
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Another thing, you're gonna have to eat, so try some Mississippi Tamales. I suspect you won't have any trouble finding them.
Two for a nickel, four for a dime,
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes, she’s got them for sale!
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I heard stay out of Greenville.
Honestly, you will hear lots of things. I hear "Stay out of Memphis" all the time, but I am in Memphis at least 5 days a week for the past 15 years and I'm still ok.

Been to Greenville quite a few times too, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Besides, if you don't go to Greenville you will miss out on HOT TAMALE HEAVEN. 2 locations.

https://www.facebook.com/Hottamaleheaven/

https://www.google.com/search?q=hot+...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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