The mornings paper had an article about how Forbes magazine had rated it the "third most miserable city," I had to try not to let that taint my perception. Not being a bike-friendly city, I took buses. My only complaint was that the bus stops had no numbers and the maps weren't much help. Once downtown, I walked Beale St again on my way to the National Civil Rights Museum, which I didn't have time to go in my first trip. Although it was a very heavy place, it was a good museum and well worth the visit.
Beale St (famous music district). The building shell is left from a civil rights march in which it was burnt down.
As Dan had reminded me, "no trip to Memphis is complete without a trip to Graceland," so I made the trek. I wish I'd been there on some "Elvis holiday" or at least a weekend for better people watching, the place was pretty empty. Tours ranged from $30-$70, so not being a big Elvis fan, I stuck to the fences and browsed the countless gift shops. You can get just about anything Elvis (replica jumpsuit for $3,400?).
Yesterday I left Dan's and headed South. Dan was a tremendous help these past few weeks: getting me directions, rides to the airport, storing my gear, info on the city, sharing his stories of touring, even an Adventure Cycling Association membership! Dan, I can't thank you enough.
Dan and Cassy
Rolling hills brought me into Mississippi. My body groaned as I pedaled-it'll be awhile before I feel strong and in shape again. I rode into Holly Springs were I stopped in the town square for a bite and rest. Shortly after sitting down, a women walking by talked to me and showed me where her office was if I needed anything. She then told a coworker who brought me information on the town and a little guide of the many antebellum homes in the area. Then a reporter for the local paper came to interview me. Word sure spread quickly. Everyone was so friendly, this was sure a great welcome to Mississippi, I hope it continues.
Entering Holly Springs, I thought this was entertaining.
As usual for my first day back riding, I rode much longer then I should have. I'm not sure if I was just being picky last night or am out of practice, but it took nearly an hour to find a good camp spot, resulting in more riding. It's good to be moving though and the weather is fantastic, sunny and warm, though a little windy. I should make it the the Natchez Trace Parkway today, I'll likely ride that out to Louisiana.