Ivan and I woke up around 10 am on March 24, 2010. We packed everything up.
Ivan, Renaud and I left Gabe’s house around 10:30 am. Gabe is a funny guy and fun to hang out with. Renaud was also going to Nashville. So, he would be joining us on our drive there. Ivan and I wanted to check out the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks are led by the Duckmaster (a guy in a red suit) that takes them from their Penthouse on the roof and they come down in an elevator. The ducks walk along the red carpet into the fountain in the lobby. Unfortunately, we were like 2 minutes late, so we missed all that. We saw the ducks swimming away in the fountain. At 5 pm, the ducks are led by the Duckmaster up the elevator back to their Penthouse.
We went up to the roof (floor S in the elevator). We saw the Duck’s Penthouse there. The view was nothing special. You could see a lot of the Downtown buildings though.
We walked to McEwan’s for lunch. Ivan saw that it was the #1 Memphis restaurant on Tripadvisor. He also read online that it was a lot cheaper at lunch time. Ivan and I shared the smoked trout salad which was really big and tasty. We had the grilled yellowtail tuna dish and the special which was grilled shrimp with soba noodles. The dishes are reasonably priced with the most expensive dish being $11. We talked with Renaud. It was a delicious meal.
We walked to the Backbeat Tours ticket window. Ivan had already booked the Memphis Mojo Tour. Renaud bought a ticket. Ivan picked up our tickets. We had time to spare before the tour. We checked out a souvenir shop and then sat down in a bar.
We got on the bus and grabbed some musical instruments on the way to our seats. Ivan grabbed the drums while I got the tambourine. Renaud got an egg shaker (a maraca but in an egg shape).
Our tour guide was a guy named Jake Fly. He sang good. He told us about music history and sang songs.
We got to play our instruments along with Jake. It was lots of fun! We saw lots of different places like WDIA radio station, the apartment where Elvis lived before Graceland, Sam Phillips Recording Service, Overton Park, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and Stax Records. We made a stop at Sun Records. It was time for a bathroom break. You could also buy souvenirs there. Sun Records is where Elvis recorded his songs for the first time.
Here’s a video of our tour guide singing:
I started driving to Nashville, Tennessee at 3:50 pm. So far, we’ve driven 4,039 miles on our trip. We did stop at Wal Mart. I had to buy a memory card reader since my old one broke. Ivan bought some food.
We arrived in Nashville at 7:40 pm. We dropped off Renaud near Fido’s. He would be meeting the couchsurfer he was staying with there. We said good bye to Renaud.
Ivan drove us to the couchsurfer’s house we’d be staying with. It’s a family. Kristina and Chris are the parents and they have three kids – twins (a boy and girl) and another boy – all about the same age. The kids are so cute! They gave us a tour of their lovely house. The kids went to bed maybe 15 minutes later.
We talked to Kristina and Chris for awhile. They’re really funny and fun. They love karaoke. We said good night and went off to bed.