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Breakfast at Barista Parlor, a hipster coffee joint housed in a garage with an outdoor stage. Friendly, bearded servers in lumberjack shirts bring you over-priced, artisan coffee and gourmet sweets. Like being back home in Brooklyn, but friendlier.

Day 6: The Kings of Memphis

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1,200 miles later, we made it to Memphis, Tennessee

The first leg of our Great American Road Trip ended in Memphis, the home of Elvis, rock n’ roll, the site where the great Martin Luther King was assassinated, and where the energy of Beale St. radiates at night.

Breakfast at Barista Parlor, a hipster coffee joint housed in a garage with an outdoor stage. Friendly, bearded servers in lumberjack shirts bring you over-priced, artisan coffee and gourmet sweets. Like being back home in Brooklyn, but friendlier.

Breakfast at Barista Parlor, a hipster coffee joint housed in a garage with an outdoor stage. Friendly, bearded servers in lumberjack shirts bring you over-priced, artisan coffee and gourmet sweets. Like being back home in Brooklyn, but friendlier.

 

Instead of handing you a receipt with your order number, Barista Parlor gives you this: your very own cardboard companion.

Instead of handing you a receipt with your order number, Barista Parlor gives you this: your very own cardboard companion.

Music Hall of Fame

Music Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Jorge

Music Hall of Fame

Music Hall of Fame.

Elvis' meditation pool in Graceland

The King’s meditation pool in Graceland.

Downtown Memphis

A mural on Main Street by the Lorraine Hotel.

Memphis Graceland Elvis Roadtrip 2015

In the “Jungle Room”, the infamous corners where the King hung out with friends.

Memphis Graceland Elvis Roadtrip 2015

Mod TV’s at Graceland

Lorraine Hotel

Lorraine Hotel

At the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood when he was assassinated.

At the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood when he was assassinated.

Sun Studios

Sun Studios

Memphis Graceland Elvis Roadtrip 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left, are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel Laureate was the father of non-violence in the 1960s civil rights movement. Photo Credit: AP

Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left, are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel Laureate was the father of non-violence in the 1960s civil rights movement. Photo Credit: AP

Nashville by Night cowboy boots and live music

Day 5: Guns, Moonshine & Contradictions in Tennessee

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When Calvin from The Monsoon Diaries and I first planned this road trip we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. He’s a New York City native through and through, and both of us were much more intrigued by seeing the rest of the world than exploring our own backyard, America.

Driving across the state of Tennessee today, reminded me of the crazy and at the same time, mesmerizing contradictions that this country represents.

Guns and animals at a shooting range and outdoors shop in Tennessee

We stopped at an outdoors shop off the interstate. Guns in every color of the rainbow and taxidermied carcasses from every creature of the animal kingdom seemed to line the store’s walls. We were definitely weren’t in NYC anymore.

hunting trophies and guns

Hunting trophies of the store owner and his daughter: hippos from Tanzania, mountain goats from the Himalayas, wildebeests… Yowza.

Tennessee Moonshine

We found Tennessee Moonshine.

Nashville home of country music cowboy boots main street

Hours later, we arrived in Nashville. It was a completely different world than the one we transversed for the last 6 hours.

Nashville by Night cowboy boots and live music

Taking Nashville by night. Music and cowboy boots on Main Street.

Dinner and Experimental Southern food at The Southern Steak & Oyster nashville

We stopped by The Southern Steak & Oyster for some awesome experimental Southern grub. Homemade hot sauce and egg over bacon pasta.

On Broadway in Nashville

On Broadway in Nashville

Tootsie's, Broadway in Nashville

Tootsie’s

Jorge on Broadway

Jorge on Broadway

Robert's, Nashville

Robert’s, Nashville

Day 4: We took a spontaneous turn and found a creek and and waterfall in Abingdon, VA.

Day 4: Wine and Waterfalls from Virginia to Tennessee

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Is there anything better than taking a spontaneous turn, only to find another unexpected surprise?

We saw a sign for “Abingdon Winery” on the way out of out of Virginia, and say no more, we promptly exited off the interstate for a mid-day wine tasting. On the way there, we found another surprise…

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We stopped at a back road for a photo op and found this little gem instead: an unmarked trail leading to a waterfall hidden between rocks and trees.

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We reached Abingdon Winery, a cozy winery overlooking a creek by the Appalachian Trail. The best part? Escaping NYC weather.

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In case our day wasn’t random enough, Stephen- one of our co-pilots- left to pick up his Delorean from home and to rejoin us later on in Sevierville, Tennessee. We’re going #backtotheFuture. By golly it’s #1985. #flux capacitor

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We found the friendliest diner (appropriately named The Diner) with the cutest owners. They dropped by for a chat and to offer free desert to the out-of-towners. We couldn’t complain.