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On another thread, a rider said they were going to be spending the night in Memphis, Tn. on a long cross country ride. Several others came back and suggested "any place but Memphis". It's been about 6 years since I was there for a weekend, but I don't remember having any problems and certainly enjoyed an evening on Beal Street. We stayed at the Peabody (along with the ducks) and walked the two or three blocks down to Beal.

Have things changed there? What's the poop?
 

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Nothing wrong-downtown is a little rough-my last visit I stayed out east in Germantown
 

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Well my father lived there from 1975 up untill his death last year and I never had a problem going to see him and doing things around there. Never realy liked the place though. I was born in Central KY and was raised in East Tenn and my dad always said the folks in the western part of TN think the state ends in Nashville. Crime always seemed to be high but shoot thats anywhere anymore esp here in the Charlotte area. Just watch yourself as you would anywhere. I did hear someone say once that if your GW was going to be stolen anywhere it would be Memphis.
 

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We stayed at the Travelodge in Memphis for two nights on our way to Wing Ding.



We were just a little ways from Graceland (about 2 miles I think). Not the greatest neighborhood in the world at first glance, but after walking around a bit we found most folks there were friendly and helpful. They loved our bikes!



Our Goldwings spent the entire weekend parked in the Travelodge parking lot.

We did the Graceland Tour one day,



and road the "Ducks" the next on a city wide tour. We even road up the Mississippi River for a few miles during the tour,




then spent the evening on Beale street for dinner, drinks and music, I didn't want to leave, great place, but alas we needed to be in Nashville the next day!



Memphis was one of the true Highlights of the entire trip and it was a great trip :!:
 
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I visited The Civil Rights Museum (formerly The Lorrane Motel), Downtown Memphis, and toured Elvis Presley (sp?) Blvd. The only place I felt ill-at-ease was driving down E.P. Blvd which goes through some very rough looking areas.
 

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Memphis has its good spots and its bad spots, unfortunately it's hard to tell which is which :?
 

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I visited The Civil Rights Museum (formerly The Lorrane Motel), Downtown Memphis, and toured Elvis Presley (sp?) Blvd. The only place I felt ill-at-ease was driving down E.P. Blvd which goes through some very rough looking areas.
Maybe it's perception, among other things. I've gotten some dang great Bubba-Q around E.P Blvd and center city, just walking round town. :lol:

Rough parts of town ?!?!?
I must be missing something here. Seemed OK to me. Just like being home!

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Memphis is ranked as the 2nd worst large city for crime, so automatically people say stay away. For the most part, if you stay in a good part of town and are smart about what you leave on the bike then you should be fine. Most of the auto burglaries are due to people leaving stuff in the car that can be seen. I live in Bartlett which is a suburb of Memphis and they print the police report in the local paper. I'm amazed how many people leave purses, MP3 players, brief cases, etc. in plain view in a locked car overnight. Bartlett backs right up to one of the hottest mall in town. There is a fairly new hotel across from the mall that gets cars broken into on a regular basis and it's always stuff that was left inside. Just don't leave your MP3 player, XM Radio, GPS, etc. on the bike and you should be ok.

I was in Helen, GA for a small MC gathering a while back and there was a guy on a BMW adventure tour with a Garmin 2610 mounted on the bars. He left it on there all night without a cover and in plain view. It wasn't attached that great either, i.e. it could have easily ripped off the mount. It was just asking to be plucked from the bike.
 

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Hell, just go down near the airport and visit the umm...uhhhh....errrr.... uhhh, (oYo) bars. You will fit right in. :lol:
 

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If you come from a 'safe and secure' neighborhood, I can see someones 'apprehension' about, uhh, certain areas. Being from the East coast, (Joisey), I've spent much time in Philly (City of Brotherly Shove) and Newark, as well as Camden (listed this year as the Murder capital of the world), the Bronx and Harlem (used to go there to get good deals... :lol: ), and even Gary Indianna (previously listed as the Murder capital of the world)

The majority of folk in those areas are just hard working plain folks who are trying to make it on a daily basis. Too bad a small element makes the place seem so terrible. Mostly tho, most of the problems in those areas seem to be retribution and retaliation against one another (gangs), but, if you mind your own business, it's pretty safe. Altho I would not encourage any of you to walk thru the West or South side of Chicago without an escort. :lol:
And when I go there, I don't leave my GPS on there for even ONE New Yawk Minute !

Dang good ribs tho.... :D
 

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I stay in Memphis every spring for one night on Front St. across from Mud Island while on an extended golf weekend with 7 other men. We drink at the Flying Saucer (200+ different beers on tap, can or bottle) :beer3: on 2nd St. and eat at the Blues City Cafe on Beale St. We walk either to and from the hotel and Beale St. as a group of eight or later in the evening as few as three. We have never had a problem.

I have stayed several times at a motel near THE MANSION and have ridden a city bus with my wife to Beale St. Never had a problem.

Crime exists everywhere. Enjoy life and hope that the odds don't catch up with you. :wink:
 

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