Blues Bourbon BBQ Tour
Blues Bourbon BBQ Tour
The tour starts with your arrival into one of the biggest party towns in the country. You’ll have two nights of partying on Bourbon Street with a day at Oak Alley riding through the Plantations.
We start off with a ride across Lake Pontchartrain, then over and up along the Mississippi River. Then we run up part of Natchez Trace Parkway in route to Memphis, passing through sites like the hometowns of the McCoy Brothers, The Blue Front Cafe, the corner where B.B. King used to sing, Merigold is famous for Po’ Monkey's Lounge, the last known Juke Joint. Through the hometown of Elvis Presley, Memphis, Tennessee and Graceland. Tonight we will cut loose on Beale Street with an all American pub crawl. Okay Beale Street is for more than just drinking, it’s also the host of the biggest in the blues. Just to mention a few, one of my favorites, Muddy Waters, and then there are Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. The area is full of history and sights like Victorian Village and Mud Island (seen in the movie the Firm).
As we head up through the country, we’ll be stopping at a couple of Distilleries, yes Jack Daniels and Maker’s Mark. Nashville will be another huge stop on the tour, the home of Country Music. Some other cool sights like the Corvette Manufacturing Facility as we get into Kentucky, they think they have the market cornered on the BBQ, I’ll let you decide that for yourself.
Louisville brings more BBQ and Churchill Downs and crossing over the Ohio River. From there we run up the our final destination, Chicago, for more great food and Blues Music. It’s definitely a tour of a lifetime.
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Arrival into New Orleans, arrange your travel to the destination Hotel. Get checked into your room, there will be a meet and greet at the location set in your personal itinerary. It will include dinner, then off to have some cold ones and tell some lies getting to know each other.
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If riding your own bike, we pack and head by the local Harley store for some swag, or pick up your rental and some swag. The day is yours to do as you want, if you want to ride I will take you for a tour of Oak Alley and the Plantations running up and down The Great River. If you still want more riding we can run down to Venice, La. and the Venice Marina. It’s where the Great Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico. Then we head back to Bourbon Street and The Frenchman for some Blues.
Day 3 196 ml/ 315. kl
Today, hungover or not, we leave the city of Mardi Gras (your trip can be scheduled during Mardi Gras). We ride out across Lake Pontchartrain, then to a secondary road heading into Mississippi. We ride into Natchez, Mississippi, the unfortunate site of the Rhythm Club fire that claimed 200
Day 4 215 ml/ 346. kl
We’re going to hop on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Originally it was a trail used by the indians, then the settlers, now it’s a parkway running 444 miles from Nashville to the Mississippi. We’ll only be running 100 plus miles, passing near Raymond, the home of Joe and Charlie McCoy writers of a couple of the classics that everybody covered "Corrine Corrina" and "When the Levee Breaks" this one was even covered by the great Led Zeppelin. Then through the town known for hosting great blues bands, The Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia. Then it’s a short jump to the little town where B.B. King would hang on the corner singing, the town of Indianola. Then the next stop and our place of rest for the night, Merigold. But Merigold is famous for Po’ Monkey's Lounge, the last known Juke Joint, some say in the south, others say period.
Day 5 186 ml/ 299. kl
From here we run down to run up along the Mississippi River, then over to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Then we keep crossing Mississippi to the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo. You might think also the home of Tupelo Honey but it’s not, that’s down around the border of Florida/Georgia. Tupelo will be our home for the night.
Day 6 199 ml/ 320. kl
Today we will be taking a detour through Holly Springs National Forest in route to one of the largest blues towns, Memphis, Tennessee. Tonight we will cut loose on Beale Street with an all American pub crawl. Okay Beale Street is for more than just drinking, it’s also the host of the biggest in the blues. Just to mention a few, one of my favorites Muddy Waters, and then there are Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash.
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Today is a free day. This doesn't mean a day spent sleeping in the room, you have to shake off the hangover and head out. The area is full of history and sights, like Victorian Village, Mud Island (seen in the movie the Firm) and let’s not forget to set up a tours of Graceland. Spend a few hours seeing the Mansion and touring 2 of his planes. Follow the day with another night of blues out on Beale Street.
Day 8 242 mi/ 389. kl
Today we are going to run across Tennessee on the scenic Route 64 in route to the home of one of the nicest sipping Bourbons. Once arriving in Lynchburg, we will head to the Jack Daniels Distillery for a tour (there is a sampling tour for a minimal fee). If you schedule your Blues Bourbon BBQ Ride during October there is The Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue (you must book this very early in the year, room availability is slim).
Day 9 321 mi/ 516. kl
Today we head to Lookout Mountain, with the best view of Chattanooga, Tennessee there is. After the breathtaking stop, we run up scenic Route 127 passing through Monterey, and Cookeville. Then cutting across towards Nashville, country music capital, we pass through The Hermitage, the plantation home of the seventh US President, Andrew Jackson. Tonight we’ll be kicking the blues for some down home Honky Tonks and country music on Broadway Street.
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As much as I hate not to be riding we will have a to check out Nashville's sights. If you feel that you’ll never make it to The Parthenon in Athens, Greece, don’t worry there’s a replica build here in Centennial Park. Maybe you’d like to see the Country Music Hall of Fame, or The Grand Ole Opry (if you want tickets I can book them for you). If you want to ride I have a couple of places we could go like the J Priest Dam, and a run down some more of The Natchez Trace Parkway to see the Natchez Bridge. Some say that Peg Leg Porker has the best BBQ in Nashville, now I’m from around North Carolina, so I’m partial to Carolina's BBQ, but I must say it is tasty. Others say the best is Mickey Roos Texas BBQ in Franklin, not far from Natchez Parkway. It’s BBQ, everybody has their favorites.
Day 11 245 mi/ 394. kl
Today will be another exciting day, first we’ll have a stop at the all american car factory. Yes, a tour of the Corvette Factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky it’s also home of Smokey Pig Bar-B-Que. From there we head to another of my favorite sipping Bourbons, the Maker’s Mark Distillery. We will do a quick tour, then zip up Route 150 into Louisville for the night. If you're not tired of BBQ, there’s another place that swears they have the best, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar. I do know they do have the coolest name I’ve come across.
Day 12 0 mi/ 0. kl
Today will be an easy day with a ride out to Churchill Downs the home of the Kentucky Derby. The track has racing from the end of April through the beginning of July with the Derby running on May 7th 2016. If that doesn't interest you, there's always the Louisville Slugger Museum or the Derby Museum. Still not interested, then I’ll lead you for a run down the Ohio River, riding is always my first choice.
Day 13 295 mi/ 474. kl
Today we’ll ride through our final state, Indiana in route to Chicago, Illinois. As much as I hate to do it, today will be an interstate day. But the sooner we get there the sooner we can start enjoying Chi Town, another great blues town. Tonight at our farewell dinner we’ll reminisce of the days we’ve had together as a family. The highs and lows of the road, talking of rides we’ve taken or will take.
Day 14 Ride 0 mi/ 0 km
Today is your day to relax before heading back to the rat race tomorrow. Spend the day at the spa, enjoying the city. You could always extend the bike rental another day and I’d be glad to show you anywhere around there for the day, or you could even take my tour down Route 66.
Day 15 Ride 0 mi/ 0 km
Today you return home to reality with a memory of a lifetime. Okay that’s until I take you on the next one.