Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
Trip End Dec 12, 2008

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Dallas to Memphis bus ride was one of the longest days of the tour.  On the way we stopped in a town called Texarkana, a town that borders Arkansas and Texas, and is quite close to Louisiana, which is how the town gets its name.

We then went on to Little Rock, Arkansas and stopped at the City Building where Bill Clinton held office, before going on to Memphis where we went to go see an NBA game, the Memphis Grizzlies vs the Indiana Pacers.  The game was great, Memphis won AND I caught a T-Shirt that they were firing out into the crowd!  

After the game we went for drinks and karaoke at Arnold's before heading down Beale street to Club 152, where dancing on the bar was very highly encouraged.

Oct 14th - Today on our free day we headed straight over to Graceland for a tour through Elvis's mansion.  We got to walk through the Jungle Room and the entire first floor of the mansion before heading out to his backyard.  Poor Stef wasn't feeling too good from the night before and threw up in Elvis's backyard.  I felt sorry for her but I still think she has the best story to tell from her trip!!  

After the Graceland tour we headed over to Sun Studios, where Elvis and Johnny Cash did their first recordings.

We then toured the Gibson Guitar Factory and got to see how guitars are made, including walking through the entire factory amongst the workers, then walked across the road to the Rock and Soul Museum, a museum dedicated to when and where the music originated - there was so much to look at there I could have stayed all day long!

We went for lunch at a small cafe on Beale Street where we sat in a booth that Tom Cruise sat in in The Firm. 

After lunch Mel and I went into the Autozone baseball field which was right down the road from our hotel to take some photos.

We also went to the National Civil Rights Museum just outside of Memphis at the Lorraine Motel, which is where Martin Luther King Jnr wass assasinated.  The museum was closed on the day that we went but we still got to see the balcony that he was shot on as well as met Jacqueline Smith, a lady who's been sitting outside protesting about the use of the motel for 20 years, 272 days.  

We then went to the Peabody Hotel which was right across the road from our hotel.  The Peabody has a fountain in the lobby that houses a few ducks, and at 5pm every day the "Duck Master" rolls out a red carpet and the ducks follow him into the elevator to go up to their room.  It was really cute!

After dinner we went out to a trivia night at a local pub called the Flying Saucer.  The questions were so hard and it was really long and boring, but I think the guy hosting it felt sorry for our table of Aussies so he gave us extra points...

All up Memphis was my favourite city so far, there was so much to see and do!
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Where I stayed
Benchmark Hotel Downtown Memphis
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