Red Roof Inn Memphis East
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So most of today was spent at the conference, but I did get out a bit in the morning to walk down the riverwalk to see the Pyramid. This is a giant glass pyramid, apparently originally built as a sports and entertainment venue. I guess a pyramid makes sense because this is Memphis on the Mississippi, resembling (in no way) Memphis on the Nile. The pyramid had some problems at the beginning, ...
... while we all took the brunt of the weather. Don pulled his rain jacket out and Steve tried to shield the rain coming in from the side, but one jacket and 4 people added to heavy rain that changes directions means 4 very wet people( wet laughing people I would like to add- it was such a funny experience we couldn't stop laughing!) While we got saturated outside the parties whom were ready to leave were then keeping dry inside ...
... of Memphis in the 60s and 70s had its roots in the quartet and gospel music that came before it. I also started to realize that most of the singers that became famous in Memphis at this time started their singing careers singing gospel and/or in church choirs (Elvis included).
After imbibing at a bar down the street from the hostel and a full day of exploring I proceeded to sleep most of the next day.
In the ...
... city's history. Biting, whipping winds prevented us from staying outside too long to enjoy it.
Lunching in Blytheville, Arkansas
Lunch at a diner in town. The man beside us was planning on picking up his daughter at the Memphis airport late the next night. We later wondered if that happened since, according to subsequent weather news, Winter Storm Cleon hit Blytheville dead on ...
... beautiful and green etc. but nowadays it's a absolute shithole. Shoddy roads, stinky footpaths and broken homes, this is not what we were expecting from the area famed for being Elvis's neighbourhood, a bit of a shame if you ask me!
A little deflated, off we drove to Clarksdale...where? It's in the middle of nowhere, Mississippi. Still, it promises a lot and we were both really excited to get there, can't wait.