Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Road Trip, Day 3

Memphis BBQ
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Departed Louiville and drove through the rolling green hills of Kentucky and crossed into Tennessee. We had reservations at the Heartbreak Hotel near Memphis, adjacent to Graceland, and had plans to visit the next day. After checking in at the decidedly lackluster digs (internet service in the lobby only, toast for breakfast), we struck out to see downtown Memphis. We wandered up and down Beale Street, then got in the car and drove around looking for a good BBQ place. Luckily, we drove right past Sun Studio, where we managed to catch the last tour of the day. It was pretty cool, but I have to say I don't really get the frisson of being in the presence of entertainment royalty. Interesting, yes, but not a religious feeling by any means. It's hard to believe anyone will giive a damn in another hundred years. But who am I to judge? Afterward we returned to Beale Street, which is much more fun when it's all lit up at night. It's mostly a touristy recreation of a place that died 50 years ago, but it has its charm. We ate a gigantic rack of ribs at the Blues City Cafe and then went back to our hotel, where there were not one, but three 24-hour Elvis cable channels available!

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