After we left Gatlinburg, we were definitely on our way home. However, we had a few days left and a few new places to see.
We didn't spend much time in Nashville, and it rained the whole time we WERE there, but we did manage to walk around Broadway, aka Honky Tonk Row. I had read about Hatch Show Print and really wanted to see it. It's this old print shop on Broadway that still screen-prints posters for all sorts of events. It was old and funky and really cool to visit:
Our hotel messed up our reservations (which was fine, because it was a pretty skeevy place) so we decided to drive on and see how far we got. We made it all the way to Memphis, ready to find someplace cheap to sleep for a few hours. Mission accomplished! We managed to find the creepiest Motel 6 east of the Mississippi. (I think they had a plaque.) As if the rent-a-cop guarding the property weren't enough, our "non-smoking" room reeked of smoke and had an ashtray on the dresser, for our convenience. You know you are scraping the bottom of the barrel when you are just grateful there is no hair in the sink.
However, after we woke up and got out of that room as fast as we possibly could, things could only get better, and they did. After treating ourselves to breakfast at Cracker Barrel (pancakes, finally!) we headed on over to the Memphis Zoo:
We also got to feed a giraffe named Kenya, which was a hoot:
After the zoo we went downtown and rode the vintage streetcar to Beale Street, where we ate lunch and browsed through all manner of Elvis souvenirs. Then, on our way out of town, we drove past Graceland:
And then we were on our way home! After one last motel, where all the crickets in Texas go to die (but at least there was no smoke OR hair in the sink), we made it home:
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