Memphis, Mississippi, Big River Trail, MRT and West Memphis, Arkansas

I slept well and had a great breakfast. I moved my car to keep things cheaper into a garage. I set out for the Mississippi through downtown with a Memphis bike map. 

The speck in the water is kayaker in an Epic sea kayak. Go Eric. 

I got the bridge to go over the Mississippi. I learned later it was the old way getting over the river. 

I got down off the bridge and found the BRT. 

It was nice and went into the outskirts of hardscrabble West Memphis, Arkansas. 

The trail head coming into West Memphis with parking, rental bikes and bike fixation station. I used the pump on the way back. 

I stayed along a loop road for a few miles which was that Big industry type stuff and saw the levee road option with friends above the road. 

I got off there and headed back towards town. There was a very interesting Pentecostal Christian Mission at 8th St. and Broadway of the same name. Nuff said. 

It is a poor town and there was lots of subsidized housing with some of it new and nice but, some requiring work was shut down and not redone. 

I got back to the trail and went over the BRT bike pedestrian bridge. 

Got off the bridge and went back through Martyrs Park. 

The view from these bluffs are incredible. 

There was another linear park above, Vance Park. 

Went by this place by accident to learn that it was probably the best fried chicken in Memphis or one of them. 30 minute wait when I went by. 

Was back close to the hotel and went by the Redbirds Stadium. The outfield gate was open and the groundskeeper was rinsing off his riding lawn mower and I rode down the ramp into the stadium. He allowed me to stick my head into the stadium at the cusp of the outfield warning track and take pictures. Only in Memphis. 

Beale street tonight. Home of the Blues. 

Hotel Lorraine tomorrow morning. Peace out Namaste Tres. 

Memphis on the way to big BAM 

I left way to early for an 830 mile drive from Ruskin to Memphis. 

Basically lots of interstate and some 4 lane Appalachian developmental highway, corridor x, US 78. Traffic great except for Birmingham and Memphis. First stop was Sun Studios. Cool signage. 

I got to my hotel, the featured image and it was great. 

I tried to nap but was too wired. Ate BBQ at The Rendezvous, since 1948. Best ribs and brisket I had eaten. 

Did a paseo to walk off the Q. Went through the Peabody. Saw the Memphis Redbirds Stadium, AAA franchise of the St. Louis Cardinals. How dare they not be in town. 

Was able to crash and ready for bike ride around Memphis and over the Mississippi. Tough leaving the candidate. 

More later. Namaste Tres.