Wednesday, May 10, 2017: We have reached the final day of our tour de West. We drove through the plains, the mountains, the canyons, the high desert, the low desert, and home to the lush Mid-South.
But day nineteen was our drive home. We started the morning in Dallas with a bagel and coffee and began the longest stretch of driving planned along our route.
We did not plan any stops between Dallas and Jackson except for bathroom breaks and a lunch break. This was wise, since Arkansas’s roads are all under construction and every 18-wheeler in America was clogging up the highway.
So, by the time we made it to Memphis, we breathed a sigh of relief and decided to take a break and grab some Memphis BBQ as a final stop on our trip. Nathan suggested we go to Rendezvous for ribs. I couldn’t remember the last time I went to Rendezvous (a world-renowned BBQ joint). Whenever someone in New York mentioned that they’d been to Memphis before, without fail, they would tell me that they had eaten at Rendezvous. I would smile and nod, even though I’m a Central BBQ kind of girl, and honestly couldn’t remember what Rendezvous tasted like. Between the cheese plate and the dry rub, I was stuffed from my half rack of ribs. I covered the dry rub in Rendezvous sauce and it was quite heavenly. I’m still true to Central, but Rendezvous hit the spot.
After dinner, we decided to walk around and digest our dinner for a bit. So, we wandered into the Peabody Hotel and visited the duck palace on the roof and breathe in the view of the sun setting over the Memphis skyline and the Mississippi River.
As we drove home from Memphis, we reflected on our trip. This was such a great experience for our relationship, and equally as great an experience for our lives as individuals. We both took on new, personal challenges and were also challenged together. We were able to appreciate the little things along the way and the monumental, natural phenomena that surrounded us along the way.
If I learned anything along this trip, it’s this: to never turn down an opportunity to explore. Even if you can’t leave your hometown, explore it. I started the trip with wanderlust in my eyes and ended the trip with wanderlust overflowing from my heart. Go out and explore.
Since I am not finished exploring, I’ve decided to keep up with this blog to share what I’m learning along the way and to keep myself wide awake to my life experiences.