Monday, October 12, 2009

Road Trip: Day 26

To be honest, I was so tired last night, I just didn't have the energy to do a full post, so I relied on my Silent Sunday meme to fill the bill.
We left Amarillo, Texas, Sunday morning and headed to Oklahoma! Where the corn is as high as an elephant's eye--guess it had been harvested. We didn't see any corn.
We did see another huge wind farm.
Those windmills are so tall and majestic. There were over 100 of them in this farm.
I managed to capture a shot of the Oklahoma City skyline.
Then we reached the border of Arkansas. We spent the night in Van Buren, a small town not far from the border, and resumed our trek this morning.

Just outside of Little Rock, the First Pentacostal Church was impressive. The building on the left was huge, but because we were on the highway, zooming right along in traffic, I wasn't able to get a full shot of the church. I believe the building on the right may have been some type of activities center.
Arkansas is VERY flat--at least the area we saw was. A part of the Mississippi River Delta, it's also prone to flooding.

I was disappointed that traffic was so heavy and moving so fast, that this was the only shot I got of the River.

Because of this type of bridge, it was impossible to get a better shot. And also, traffic was moving at about 65 miles per hour, and very heavy.

Crossing the Mississippi brought us into Tennessee...and I wasn't quick enough to capture the Welcome to Tennessee sign, so I settled for this one!

I mentioned in a previous post that I have Guy Fieri's book, "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." We decided to try his favorite Barbeque stop in Memphis. From the outside, you might classify it as a dive. It's not fancy at all.

We had the Rib Tips, baked beans, and cole slaw. Soooooo freakin' Yummy!

Because we are from Maine and it was our first visit to the place, they graciously served us a sampler tray, on the house, with BBQ ribs, pulled pork, BBQ bologna, and two servings of strawberry shortcake. The ribs were awesome, and I have to tell you--I don't usually eat bologna, but the BBQ bologna at this place was so delicious, if I had it to do over, I'd have it instead of the ribs!
We ate in the small, indoor dining room; because it was 3:00 in the afternoon, we had the dining area pretty much to ourselves. There were also tables for eating outside.

There were pictures of the owner, Adam, with Guy Fieri.
The staff were all wonderful, and happy to have their pictures taken by someone still licking the sauce of her fingers!
This cutie was especially helpful. He brought us the "on the house sampler," and used my camera to get pictures for me.
The owner, Adam, and the rest of the crew--

Adam insisted that I come behind the counter to be photographed with him and the gang. I felt very special!
Then he was gracious enough to pose with me and hubby. What a great, friendly place. It's only fair after all that attention, that I give them a plug:
Tom's BBQ, 4087 Getwell Road, Memphis, TN 3811. No kidding, if you're passing through Memphis, or within a hundred miles of Memphis, it's worth going out of your way to pig out on the best BBQ ever!!! They have an amazing assortment of eat in or take out sandwiches, plates, and by-the-pound offerings.


Katie said...

Sounds delicious!! I can't believe you're almost done with your road trip, it seems like you just started.

Cougar Tales said...

Catching up on your adventures! You are a woman!
- Cougs

Cathy said...

That's so nice that they took all those pictures with you! What a great place. If I'm ever in TN I will check it out!!

Helene said...

Those ribs look amazing....I was drooling just looking at the pics!!

I didn't realize you're from Maine...I've always wanted to visit there! The closest I seem to ever get is Boston!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

Stopping by from SITS! We visited Memphis earlier this year and had a great time. The food was wonderful everywhere we ate. We didn't eat at Tom's, but looks like we should've! Safe travels!

The Retired One said...

Man...that looked like a heart attack on a plate! But yummy, indeed.

jules said...

I went to Little Rock once. It was such a cute town! I love Guy!

Tina said...

Fun, fun, fun....I love being retired. I stopped by to say hello in honor of the New England bloggers 100 celebration and found a fellow retiree who loves to travel.

We did a similar road trip with my parents and three sisters in an un-air-conditioned car in July back in 1961 -my father was in a car (not a van or RV just a family sedan) with 5 women for 29 days! What a guy!

Anyway I've enjoyed seeing your adventures and look forward to following your retirement on your blog.

Stop by and say hi at Tutu's Two Cents

Jen said...

What a good blog....Armand would have gone for the balogna!Really have enjoyed the trip. neat restaurants[ driven, dives]food looked yummy, and the people you met seemed friendly. Viginia tomorrow.....

dogimo said...

First impression is that the shots in these lack the visual interest of some of your previous posts. Second impression is: Oklahoma. Arkansas. Understandable.

Third impression: the Tom's BBQ crew sure livens things up a bit, with some welcome human warmth and interaction!