Sunday, April 27, 2014

East is the new West

One thing that's hard to adapt to Memphis is that it's built on the opposite bank of the Mississippi than Cape Girardeau. I do get turned around when people mention East or West, as I think in terms of the river. The ride did not start out good:

but I pedaled by the Cooper-young Farmers market:

Memphis StateThe University of Memphis.

captured a Curbside Classic

and got to ride , where we decided to head out to Collierville. Here I was , planning on making a shortcut. Still, it was worth it, even if it did wind up with more miles than I had planned.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Riding with the Hightailers

Well, saturday I did my first group in about three years with the Memphis Hightailers:

We had to stop for the Bunny run:

Before winding up at Memphis Farmer's Market:

and we went back via the bike arch. A very good experience:

I was going to go for a ride Sunday, but I spent most of the day doing some java code for a prospective employer (having you send a sample of your work is common strategy), going to church, and taking my mother for a ride.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

going down to the river

I start out with the most infamous buidling in Midtown: Sears Crosstown:
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Find the Queen of the Mississippi unloading
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pay homage to Tom Lee:

and then the Martyrs:

The three bridges:

Now, let's pay respects to Dr. king. It's amazing how much Memphis and the South have changed, from Tom Lee being 'a good negro', and separating out the the races on the yellow fever plaque.
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A little surprise:

We'll end with modern Memphis - The Mid-south Coliseum, The Liberty bowl, and a bunch of stuff that Absolutely, Positively, has to get there overnight.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pedaling around Bluff city

For being unemployed, I don't have much time on my hands. I have been riding more often:

This is in Overton park. I-40 was supposed to be built through here, but never made it. The city is building a bike path to connect the park to the Shelby Farms greenline:

The greenline runs out to Shelby Farms park, an Old Penal farm. Part of it still is a prison:

it's true:

The neighborhood I went through coming out was a little rough, so I detoured through Cooper-young:

I can see the art museum out my window:

Oops - mom just called and wanted to know when I was going to have dinner. no wonder I have no time!