Back to Memphis
After a few night's in ATL it was time to get back on the road, next stop Memphis. I have been to Memphis before during bike week no less so to see a detailed review of the Beale St. district see my previous entry which has some gems in it for sure. This time I stopped by to see a few old friends. It was a great reunion and I had the chance to see some of the surrounding areas which included parks and draft beer houses. Before I had a chance to breathe I was off again with the sun creeping up in the rear dash. I had planned to go straight to Oklahoma City but instead I found an obscure exit sign that said " Barber Motorsports Museum; The World's Largest Collection of Motorcycles". I'm not much of a motorcycle enthusiast but my curiosity ran wild so I had to check it out. Looking back this was one of the best finds of all time.
The Barber Sports Museum & Formula 1 Track
Forget if your a motorcycle enthusiast or not, this place is an absolute gem. Not only does it have a staggering number of bikes and rally cars in perfect condition spread amongst 5 floors; it has an operational formula one track as well. For a hefty price tag, ($200+ dollars) you can catch a up close and personal view of these cars and drivers on the track. The day I was there the track was closed though. Upon entry to the museum I was pleasantly surprised to find that entry was discounted for all active military members. That means it gets Buftrips Seal of Recommendation for the military folks out there. For everyone else it was ($15) which seems high but the quality or presentation and quantity of unique pieces found here justifies it.
If you are a motorsports enthusiast, fan of living history or European history, or have a penchant for pieces of Americana this is not to be passed over.
Personally, my favorite collections included the earliest models of motor powered bicycles during the late 1800s as well as the WWI and WWII collections which feature both U.S. and German models of military bikes. Learning about how they were used and there role in the war was engaging when they were sitting right in front of you.
Look through the slideshow below to see the most interesting bikes I found (either by historical info or pure appearance) while walking through. This is by no means all of them but these were the one's I couldn't help but get a shot of. Enjoy!
Next Stop- Little Rock, AR
I had no idea what to expect when I made my way through Little Rock, AR. After taking a couple hours to stroll down the main streets it offered some aesthetically appealing architecture and backdrop of the river. I also stopped by a popular fried chicken place with people bustling in and out. The name escapes me but that fried chicken and mac n' cheese was so good I had to take a pic of it.
Below is a slideshow of the rest of my trek through Little Rock, AK. Some of the most interesting highlights were the statues in the town center with a large pig and some evangelical children. You can judge for yourself, see below.
Last Stop; Again Unexpected but Beautiful
Stopping for some gas just outside of Tulsa, OK I walked into a small diner. This wasn't the unexpected place but the food was excellent so see (pic below).
After setting down the coffee that I so desperately needed I turned to the waitress and asked here, "If I was only going through this area one time and never coming back, what is the one thing I should see?" Her response was the Philbrook Museum of Art.
Not only was it tucked into a quiet and affluent district of the city, it had free entry for all active military members ($12 non-military). It was a perfect place to take an hr or two off the road and relax. It also featured some classical artwork, both European and American. Enjoy the pics below and you'll see what I'm taking about. The garden wasn't in bloom as it was winter but I would still recommend a visit to this place regardless of season.
AND THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
Whew, I know I ran through that pretty quickly but don't think the quality of Buftravels is waning. It will be getting better very soon. The holidays have brought something invaluable to future Buftravels blogs. We have new audio and visual equipment. My wife and her uncle were kind enough to chip in for a Nikon D3300 fully equipped with not one but two lenses (AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm) and (AF-S NIKKOR 15-55mm).
Not only is the image quality going to be getting better, Buftravels has moved halfway across the world so some serious content is coming as well! And this isn't a two week trip this is a two year adventure. I don't want to give it away right off but here's a little hint for you...