TOWB: Day 7, NOLA to Memphis(skipping Mississippi)
After last night's activities, the first thing we needed today was some good and greasy Po' Boys. It being New Years Day, we had to get some advice from our trusty hotel manager Jason on where to find a place that would be open that early. He came through for us with a place called Verti Marte and gave us a little back story about the place's Katrina story. Apparently when they were boarded up in the aftermath(I think he said part of their building was set on fire at some point, I'm not sure) people started writing on the plywood, asking them to come back. Sure enough, when we went there there were two sheets of plywood hanging high up on the walls, covered in pleas for them to come back. It was cool to see. We both got an Ernie's Powerhouse with bacon, pulled pork, shrimp, two kinds of cheese, mushrooms, pepper blend, capers and some really great remoulade all on classic french bread(except anyone that knows me should know that mine didn't include the shrimp or the mushrooms).
We came back to the hotel with our Po' Boys in tow and feasted in our awesome French Quarter pad. Then it was time to pack up and say goodbye to Jason and New Orleans. It was nice to leave during the daytime(we drove in under cover of night) so we could see the surrounding area a little bit, even if it was from the windows of our speeding road trip machine. Just outside Baton Rouge we stop for gas and some new wiper blades, windshield washer fluid, and finally a trash bag for the back of the driver seat so we could both reach a trash bag.
Then we set out for what turned out to be our longest single stretch of driving. Not the longest leg of our journey though, just the longest single time in the car without stopping for anything. I blame Balson. He said as we were crossing into Mississippi, "We should make this the one state that we don't stop in at all," and once you say something like that, it's hard to not try and do it. I was committed, but as we approached the end of the tank of gas he began to waver. Then the gauge read empty and still we pressed on. I felt like I was replaying that Seinfeld episode with Kramer and the car salesman. Needless to say, we made it, and when we did fill up, just across the state line in Tennessee, I could only fit 10.896 gallons into my 11.9 gallon tank, we could have gone so much farther!
We arrived in Memphis and our first stop was Central BBQ for some delicious Memphis Style BBQ(whatever that means). I enjoyed my beef brisket and Balson said they were the best ribs he's ever had. Interestingly though, a block before we got to Central BBQ we just happened to see the storefront of Memphis Escape Rooms. After finishing our delicious meats we headed over to see what availabilities they had. After a brief conversation we realized that they had a second location very close to our hotel on the east side of town with a bunch more rooms. We headed straight over, checked into our room and then checked out what Memphis Escape Rooms had to offer. They had a couple of very interesting themes but the one that caught our eye was appropriately titled "Memphis." The story was there was a shadowy figure named "The Collector" who has been stealing important cultural items from around Memphis and his most recent heist has taken him one step too far. He's stolen the key to the city! The room was really great for us to do because we had no clue about anything in Memphis and we learned a lot from doing the room. That's right, escape rooms can be educational! We got out with a little over five minutes left, but we had a lot of help from the game master. It was my first time doing a room with only two people and it's definitely very hard.
The best thing about doing the room is that because we learned so much about Memphis, we learned about the Bass Pro Shops Pyramid. That's right, those words go together although I'm not sure why, but since we've already been to one pyramid on this trip, we kind of have to go to this one too. It's also supposed to have a really cool elevator which we're suckers for. So that's our first stop tomorrow and then we head to Nashville for more BBQ.