Wednesday 3 November 2010
Day 68 – The Other King Of Memphis
We cut our last ‘rest/hotel’ day and we chopped up some longer drives by moving on to ‘halfway’ hotels rather than spending an extra night in the same spot. Case and point, tonight we drove four hours towards our next stop instead of getting up again in Memphis tomorrow and having a day where we just drove six and a half hours.
The main reason for doing this is that it has allowed us to fit in some extra tourist spots as another thing we discovered was that the less activities we had, the more boring the road could become! This was working fine, until today we discovered a downside to this: We really loved Memphis! That hotel day we cut? Yep, it was gonna be here and we also would have had the rest of today here. So, instead of four full days, we were in a rush to get on the road and ended up with only a day and a half. Of course, the upside is, Memphis has made it to the top of our ‘hope to return’ list!
This morning started out with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is housed in the once functioning Lorraine Hotel – Where Martin Luther King was murdered in 1968. The hotel actually continued to be in use until 1982 when it was bought and converted into the museum--despite the inside being gutted and modernised, the front of the hotel has been kept intact to how it looked the night of the assassination.
After getting serious, we tried to move onto the lighter side of history and made a small trek downtown to famed Beale Street – the home of the blues. Pushed for time and hampered by the rain, we made a quick tour of the neon lit street which is now mostly a mix of bars, BBQ restaurants and gift shops.
Finally, please enjoy a little video that Joe created on his iphone of our time so far on this roadtrip:
So, until tomorrow…
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