Stopped at a Burger King in Dyersburg, TN, and.. well.. I've prefered Burger King a long time, and the Bacon Whopper something, not sure what version it was, was by far the best burger I've ever had. Who would have known. Everything was perfect. The Whopper very yummy, the fries really good and very crispy, they had Dr. Pepper and the chocolate shake really good. For those who wants to know, I almost always order the burger-version with bacon, a mid-size soda (Regular, since I hate most of the Diet ones), and usually I have a Chocolate Shake in the end. Hmm.. yes.. when it comes to what taste good vs. health, I guess good wins hands down.
I still was a day ahead, basically.. close at least. 22 hrs ahead, or something. Reached Graceland when they closed. They had some advertising for Sun Studio Tour, with a lot of coupons for motels. A Best Western in West Memphis, Arkansas, attracted me, so I went there, despite the hour being early. Thought I might check in, then go back to Memphis and have a look. It was a brand new Best Western ( http://www.travelweb.com/booker/AppLogic+booker.hotel.info.Start?brand=BW&pid=04099&iid=BW ), which meant it was really nice. Well.. the sweet woman in the check in was really nice too. Must have been a Cancer. For some reason, it's only with people born in Cancer, I'm really chatty from the start. Generally I'm quite reticent when it comes to meeting new people. My plans of touring Memphis went out of the window, the moment I turned on the TV and hit the bed. Being too tired, in general, I got stuck in front of the TV, watching some old episode of X-Files and The Huntress.
Graceland. Went there the first thing, hoping it wouldn't be too much people, and.. it wasn't. The "tour" was both good and bad. What can one say. It was Elvis' home. The mansion as such, was smaller than one might think, and as such, not that interesting. Now there were a lot of additional buildings which they had turned into some kind of museum with a lot of memorabilia on display, such as costumes, gold records, posters etc. More interesting than the actual mansion, and also a great lesson in Elvis history.
Then off to Sun Studio, and their "tour". Now, Sun Studio basically only is one room. The studio. Well.. Next door they've got a caf, and up a stair, they sell tickets to the tour as well as souvenirs. Bought a T-shirt and a CD "The Sun Story". It also works a little like a museum, since they display a lot of memorabilia there. As I said, the tour is only one room, but still one of the best tours I've been on, thanks to a very dedicated, enthusiastic and fun guide, telling the story of Sun Studios, and Rock 'n Roll in general. Now, of course, if Rock 'n Roll had a birthplace, it really was Sun Studio, so the story of the two touches a lot of common ground. The song considered to be the first Rock 'n Roll song was recorded there, and of course, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbinson, Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner all started out there. Interesting was to know it's still in use today. After U2 recorded 4 songs there for their Rattle & Hum-album, lots of artists has recorded there (They record during the nights, and have tours during the days). Not long ago, Matchbox 20 was there.
In the end, it was kinda amazing being there, and it was impossible not to get touched by being in that room.
Mississippi, Arkansas and sleep in a Motel 6 in Texarcana, before going down to Louisiana. The road between Texarcana and Shreveport was really beautiful. But.. it was hot. Don't know how hot, but.. everytime you stopped to have a smoke, it felt like stepping out into hot and wet cotton. At least the insects seemed to like it, because it was really, really noisy with them. Well.. my destination was Waco, TX, and I made it there sometime in the afternoon.