We are back from our trip, but I did not get back online to post about Memphis. On Friday, after touring the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY, we drove to Memphis. The driving was white knuckle at times for Len because of high winds and torrential rains, but he got us to Memphis safely. First stop, was Corky's for barbeque. Len has eaten there several times and raved about the barbeque (especially for him the ribs). He was not exagerating. The food was delicious! We picked an "interesting" weekend to be in Memphis as there was a huge music festival on the riverfront.
Saturday we were up bright and early to head down to Beale Street to walk before it was too crowded. We took a 3-hour bus tour of Memphis, which was very interesting. The most moving part of that tour was the stop where we got off the bus to see the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot. There is a wreath above the spot where he was standing when he was shot. On the bus tour, we also had a drive-by view of Graceland as well as seeing many beautiful old mansions that were once homes to many in the cotton trade. Another part of the bus tour, was a stop at the Peabody Hotel where we watched the ducks get off the elevator and walk to the fountain in the hotel lobby. Beale Street became increasingly "interesting" as the day wore on and more people were out and about. We had ribs at Charles Vergos' Rendevous Bar, another eatery that Len wanted me to experience. We spent a good part of the evening people watching as folks were milling about on Beale Street and also making their way to the waterfront for the evening concert and festivities.
On Sunday, we drove to Nashville, TN. We took a 1-hr trolley tour of the downtown area and then spent some time doing a walking tour. In Memphis we stayed at the Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast. Monday was spent driving back to Michigan and then Tuesday Len was back to work.