Beale St and the Gibson Guitar Factory, Memphis, TN: We caught the super convienent shuttle bus from the RV park to Sun Studios and then on to Beale St. We booked the The Gibson Factory Tour for 1pm and then walked Beale St while we waited an hour and a half. It's an awfully short street folks, at least where all the juke joints (also known as bars with music), eateries, and souveniers shops lined the streets. I guess if you imbibe in liquid refreshments of the alcoholic persuasion and like pork chitlins, this is the place for you. True the music can be good as I can imagine this place is hopping at night. Not our cup of tea and we weren't exploring the night life because of our long ride planned for Friday. So, we headed back to the Gibson factory.
The Gibson Factory was another great tour on this leg of our journey folks, and we generally don't go for tours. This was quite interesting, even for non guitarist. Sorry, no cameras allowed. We actually walked right through the working factory and watch the different stages of building beautiful Gibson electric guitars. The highlight for me was watching the guy in the paint booth spraying the tobacco orange sunburst manually, all layers one right after each other. Cool!
I have to admit that we did get toured out and passed on the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum. No time and really just rock and rolled burnt out. All and all, though we'd rather be out in the boonies and leave the cities behind, Memphis was worth the two day stop on our journey west.