. But the real highlight of the stop was discovering a cat family underneath the visitor center. Of course, my girls were all over it. It was not easy taking off without taking the little boy tiger kitten home. Damaris gets us into Memphis in a driving rainstorm with flooding. Our nagging leak problem rears its ugly head again. Tempers are flaring. We park by the Riverfront in Memphis which is nice. We drive by the Lorraine Motel where MLK was killed. Finally the rain lightens up and we walk up and down Beale Street. This is the founding place for Blues and Rock and Roll. It looks like a mini New Orleans but there were few people on the streets. The Trolley Street cars and run down buldings did give the place a very authentic feel. We meet a local veteran who said Beale street has changed a ton over the last 40 years. Well it could of fooled us. After a little bit of walking around we head back to the RV to find the best place for Ribs in the world. My internet research reveals a place called Central BBQ. It is in a mixed part of town not too far from downtown. Yes it lives up to its billing. Despite being about 6:30 P.M. on a Tuesday night the place is packed. Amazingly though service is lightning quick and the Baby Backs are the real deal. The place is decorated with little guitar awards for 2nd Place in Annual BBQ competitions. If this place came in second then first place must be unreal. We head to T.O. Fuller SP very convenient and camp for the night. The rain continues.....hopefully we can get into Graceland early and perhaps explore a little of Arkansas and Mississippi before heading back.
Well after a much needed 10 day break we hit the road again. This will probably be our last new venture of the Summer from Black Mountain. Damaris is an Elvis fan I figured it would be a nice gift for her birthday. So we packed up and headed out. We took off on our 7.5 hour 516 mile journey. It used to sound like a lot of miles now its a drop in the bucket. It took us a few hours to pack up even for this short 3 day trip. We get out early enough on July 20th to avoid drive through the winding part of I40 in the Smokies during the day time. We get to Cookeville (yee haw) which is half way between Nashville and Knoxville at 12:30 A.M. Welcome to Walmart. Relatively uneventful night except of course for the Cows! Yes the Cows would not go to sleep. Oh well. I get up at 7:30 next morning and start driving. Eventually we do brunch at a Civil War battle field near Nashville. Parker's Crossroads was the place where the founder of the KKK Nathan Forrest lead the rebels to a victory. He was successful in cutting off Grant's mississippi supply lines