SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
Thanking God for a Saturday morning where no one interrupted our sleep! Ha! Here’s what our campsite looked like in the daylight!
We had heard a soft buzzing sound all night, and we still heard it when we woke up. Upon closer inspection, we realized that the trees behind us were full of bumblebees! Thank you, God, for your protection.
As I was reminding Earline to do her ABC Quick-Check (A=Air, B=Brakes, C=Chain Quick=quicklocks) I touched my tire, and…..it went flat!! (the right front)…..it’s a gift !!!!
Spun the tire, inflated, and it held….Flat Attack to the rescue.
Love that stuff.
Headed south towards Memphis, and Earline mentioned that she SURE would like some coffee, AND….
….over the next hill, there, in the middle of a field….was a breakfast restaurant, Breakfast Cove!
[You know, this is the SECOND time she did this.]
We stopped and had a grateful breakfast. One of the workers named Sarah has a Deaf uncle.
We encouraged our server to try some sign language!
We continued south on 51, empowered fro the ride ahead of us. But it wasn’t too long when one of EARLINE’S tires went flat. Pumped up the tire, spun it, and Flat Attack to the rescue….it held! Continued on.
SOOOO hot today….had to be 100-plus degrees again. We found a little refuge at (but the heat probably kept most folks away) a trailer sales business, and looked at a double-wide, 70 by 32, and it was simply gorgeous. Interesting how the designers match the 2 sides to provide big, open rooms. (AND the fellow’s mascot is an owl….how could we NOT stop??!!)
We saw this unique Jesus sign….
…..and went past this real pretty cemetery entrance (DAH Nursery – are you taking notes??!!)
We stopped at what Earline calls the dirtiest convenience store she had ever been in. Too bad to even take a picture.
We came across the city limits sign for Memphis (Yea! We made it!), but Earline said it was too hot to get out of the trike to point at the sign [see her little hand just above and to the right side of her helmet?]:
We found the turn to the right about 10 miles north of Memphis, and took some shady (yea!), but filthy roads, and these roads were marked with MRT signs.
We went through a neighborhood where we actually came upon a bust of some kind….somebody in cuffs, police talking to them, a bunch of neighbors all talking and staring…..and then WE come upon the scene….hmmm…..something else to stare at [us!]…..WELL…..
We went past a small airport runway, and an industrial area.
And then, all of a sudden we ran into this pretty area, and just 1 block later, there was the Riverwalk!
Nice park along the river, and because of the heat, we only saw one other runner, one other biker, but a lot of barges.
There WAS MRT signage, and we went over the bridge from this area (a backwater area of the Mississippi Rive) which is called “Mud Island.”
We could see the Memphis skyline just up ahead:
The bridge was pretty tall, and tough to go up, but there IS always the downhill on the other side:
[Wait! SHOULD I have counted this bridge??!! Not really across an active part of the MR, so I didn’t.]
We triked beside this huge building in the shape of a pyramid, with a big statue of Ramesses the Great in front of it.
Hmmm. Great, huh……so, let me get this straight.
He ONLY tried to REDUCE the population of a subugated culture by KILLING every new-born male baby. He ONLY allowed the greatest civilization on the earth at that time to be DEFEATED and literally DISASSEMBLED, and it’s entire chariot army DESTROYED by a sheep-herder from the area of Midian on the Saudi Arabian peninsula [Moses] with only a staff in his hand…..
……[and, of course, the power of the Almighty God behind him!]
So….WHY are we honoring Ramesses? WHY NOT a statue of Moses??!!
I’m just sayin’….
We went right through downtown Memphis, then headed down to the Visitor Info Center.
Carolyn watched our trikes for us:
Precious helped us plan our route around the city.
We went down to Beale Street, and were finally able to get ahold of Kathy and Kevin from warmshowers.org
We planned our evening, dropping the trikes off at Rhodes College.
Thanks to Robert Smith who helped make that possible.
Kevin and Kathy had JUST THIS PAST FRIDAY themselves returned from a bicycle trip from Memphis to Maine! They had a chance to try out the trikes.
Headed to their house, stopping at Corky’s for bar-b-que…yumm! We finally got to Kevin and Kathy’s place, and got that WARM SHOWER. That web site is aptly named, because after getting grundgy on the road, especially in this heat, the shower feels WONDERFUL!
Thank you, GOD, for Your gracious provision.