It's always a good time visiting Nashville, but I figured it was time to move on. I found a couch surfer in Memphis who had room for me and agreed to let me stay with him. I was planning on being at his place by 7:00 so I could go to a film festival with him, but I found myself sitting on the highway, engine off, waiting for an accident to be cleared up. We were there for about an hour. I made small talk with the guy in the truck next to me and then I turned on my cb radio to see if anyone was talking. Boy, those truckers are a hoot! At one point, I went to the back of my RV to shift my clothes around (they were drying from when I did laundry earlier) and all I heard from the radio was, "Hey! We may be getting a free show! This girl is in the back of her RV changing her clothes!" Needless to say, I had some entertainment while I was sitting around.
Once the traffic cleared up, the drive wasn't too bad. I stopped at a gas station to fill up and use the restroom, but the place looked a little shady so I just got gas and decided to keep moving until I found the next travel center. Not too far down the road was a Love's. I saw the gas price at Love's and it was about ten cents cheaper than where I bought it. I started thinking about how I wanted a coffee and that ten cents difference in gas could've bought my coffee. That was all I could think about from the time I saw the gas price until I was checking out at the counter. I swiped my card and the guy said the debit reader wasn't working. I started digging for change when the gentleman behind me said, "Don't worry about it! I've got hers!" and he bought my coffee for me! I couldn't believe it! I was so stuck on how the gas price difference could've bought my coffee and I ended up getting a free coffee after all :)
I made it to Chris' house and was happy to find that he was a very kind, welcoming guy. He took me out to the Flying Saucer for dinner. That place was pretty cool. It had plates lined all over the walls and they had a program where if you drink so many beers, you got a plate hung on the ceiling with your name on it (it was one of those places with hundreds of beers on tap). Apparently Chris is an avid beer drinker so he had a plate on the ceiling. After dinner we went back to his place, started watching a movie and then we both headed to bed.
Chris had to work in the morning, so I was off on my own. I figured I start my day by visiting one of the parks that was pretty close to his place. I strapped the dogs in their basket and we took off on the bicycle. I didn't make it too far before some guy yelled at me and told me to get off the road (there was no bike lane). I got a little flustered so I turned around and we just headed back to the RV. I started unloading my motorcycle when I got back so I could head downtown and meet up with another couch surfer, Karen. She had some time before she got off work so I just went to a coffee shop in midtown, the Otherlands. It was an artsy coffee shop with tables that were covered in paintings. I sat down at one of the tables against the wall and a guy started conversation with me. He shared a pretty interesting story which I am not going to share with you because it was rather personal and something that he doesn't tell many people. I guess that's the beauty of meeting a stranger. You can share things with them and it doesn't matter what they think because, chances are, you won't see them again. I shared my story about what I'm doing and we just sat and chatted for about an hour before he took off. Once again, I was amazed by the graciousness of strangers. He threw me a donation on his way out.
Karen met me at the coffee shop and we chatted until they closed. From our short conversation in the coffee shop, I could tell she's the type of girl I could easily get along with. We headed to Gus's Fried Chicken for dinner which was pretty damn good. We even got lucky - they gave us each an extra piece of chicken. After that, Karen drove me around and showed me some of the sights of Memphis. We strolled through Mud Island which was a little town with beautiful, big houses and perfect yards. She pointed out the new Pro Bass shop which was shaped like a giant pyramid and we caught a glimpse of the Memphis bridge. After some sight seeing, we parked her car in her parking garage and walked down to Beale Street. It reminded me of Nashville, I guess because of all the neon lights, but with different music. We didn't go partying or anything since it was a Wednesday, but we still got to people watch a bit.
The next morning, Chris took me out to breakfast before he had to take off and get some stuff done. After we got back, me and the pups headed out to Shelby Farms Park. I parked the RV in a big lot and we just took off on one of the trails. It was a gorgeous park and made for a nice afternoon walk. Later that day I headed back to Mud Island to get some pictures and do some work at Cafe Eclectic. I ended up meeting back up with Karen to grab soul burgers at Ernestine and Hazels. This was a two floor bar which used to be a brothel. They say it's haunted by the people who killed themselves in it. We went upstairs and tried to catch some orbs, but we didn't see anything out of the ordinary. We hung out there for a bit and then headed back to Karen's place so I could grab my things and head on home.
I was a little hesitant to stop in Memphis because of all the negative things everyone says about the crime and whatnot but I'm glad I did. I got to meet two really cool couch surfers and see the beautiful sights that Memphis has to offer. I even swung by Graceland (just passed by and saw Elvis' mansion before I left because I'm too poor to go in) before I headed off to Arkansas. Another successful trip!
I'm a city girl off on a journey to find happiness. My blogs will contain stories that I feel are significant to my voyage.