Day 6: Destination - Memphis

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
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Trip End Sep 05, 2008


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Saturday, August 23, 2008

The drive to Memphis was about 200 miles. We arrived around 8:30ish to drop off our stuff and head downtown...it was Friday night.....we had no idea what to expect. It was a 8 minute drive to the city center, and when we arrived we discovered a massive block party on the famous Beale Street. We thought that is must have been a festival or something, but apparently this is every weekend night in Memphis. 3 blocks closed to car traffic, with police barriers set up around the perimeter. But once inside, it was one huge party. Bars and restaurants lined the colorful blocks. Live bands were rocking outdoor patios and bar stages left and right. The bars all had windows facing the street out of which they sold beer and liquor. You can drink on the streets!! There were tons of people out and about, dancing, performing, drinking, singing; everybody having a great time. What an awesome place.

We walked around for a little before finding our pre-determined eatery. DYERS, and burger joint on Beale Street, where they deep fry the burger and buns in the same grease they have used since 1912 (believe it). Deep fried hamburgers with pickles and mustard..... unbelievable. The meat melted when you bit it, so it was good thing we ordered doubles. You leave the restaurant smelling like the fryer, which in my opinion is a plus. I think we will both go to sleep in our clothes just to keep the smell around. Dyer's earned a 8.8 overall rating, but will by far win the best burger for sure.

After dinner we spent a couple hours meandering around Beale street, listening to the live bands, having some "Big Ass Beers" and watching the locals. What a fantastic place, certainly one to come back and enjoy properly. Long drive tomorrow, another turning point; it will be the last day of driving that DOESN'T actually get us closer to California. I just burped, and now all I can think about it breakfast....we have a problem.......
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