Monday April 19, 2010
What would a visit to Memphis be without some serious time at Graceland? We spent several hours this morning visiting the shrine to Elvis and his career. I still cannot understand why he never won an Oscar – but that’s another story.
A taxi driver told me that some billionaire investor who bought the estate off the family is planning to develop it much further. The new luxury Heartbreak Hotel is on the plans but why anyone would want to stay so far out of town is not clear, unless they wanted to have the total Elvis experience.
I met some German guys on Harleys in the car park and had a chat. They have come from Miami and are doing a loop from here to Texas and back: 5,000 miles in a month. Sounds good.
This afternoon while most were in the National Civil Rights Museum – which most agreed was very moving – Sarah and I went down to Clarksdale to pick up another van. For some reason no company will do a one-way drop off from Memphis to Mississippi.
This evening some of us went to the baseball at Autozone Park next door and the rest of us went for dinner at the King’s Palace Cafe so that those who had never had ribs here could enjoy that experience. Afterwards, the $2.75 pints at the Flying Saucer were the nightcap.
Tomorrow we head to Clarksdale via Oxford.