Sunday, March 13, 2011

Memphis, Tennessee


Yesterday was a full day of driving from Galesville, Wisconsin to Blytheville, Arkansas. We stayed in a cheap Days Inn just off the interstate and the highway noise did not allow for much sleep. Still, we were excited to get going this morning with an hour drive into Memphis for a visit to Graceland and some barbecued ribs.

Eric Outside Graceland Wall

Despite the fact that we had arrived early on a Sunday morning, Graceland was packed with people. Graceland is an expensive place. Tickets for our tour cost 34 dollars each, plus we had to pay 10 dollars for parking. The tour itself was narrated on an audio guide with stops inside the ground floor

Inside Graceland

and basement of the house including the infamous Jungle Room. Besides the house we toured many various outbuildings and Elvis' grave site.

Elvis' Grave

Graceland was certainly a once in a lifetime experience!

From Graceland we headed towards downtown Memphis to get some ribs at the famous Charles Vergo's Rendezvous barbecue joint. We had a difficult time finding the place, walking around the Beale Street area aimlessly.

Memphis trolley

Finally we found our destination, only to discover that it was closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Let Me In, I Need Ribs

As a result we headed to another barbecue joint we had passed on Beale Street called the Blues City Cafe. The slogan of the Blues City Cafe is "Put some South in your mouth." We both ordered half racks of ribs and thought that they were very tasty. I guess you could say we put quite a bit of the South in our mouths.

Noelle Eats Ribs

From Beale Street we headed out of Memphis, bound for Jackson, Mississippi and a state park campground just outside of town.When we got there the gate was locked though, and so we moved on hoping for a campsite at Rocky Springs along the Natchez Trace. This campground turned out to be full and so we moved on again to find a hotel room in Vicksburg.

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