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    Tennessee Welcome Center- Memphis

    I know a lot of the rally attendees will be entering Tennessee from the west will be traveling east on I-40 into Memphis. I think exit 1 onto Riverside Dr. Heading south. The address is 119 Riverside Dr. Turn right at Bass Pro Dr./Jefferson Av. I think the Welcome Center is 1/8 mile off I-40. It's close. Stop and get your free Tennessee state map. Check out the statues of Elvis Presley and BB King. Lots of info on central TN. It's a nice break stop.

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    If your running/riding ahead of schedule ride a 1/2 block and visit the Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid. It's over the top and has nice restaurants.

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    Cordelia's Market- Mud Island

    Another close eatery is just north of the Welcome Center on Mud Island. The address is 739 Harbor Bend Rd. Nice indoor restaurant and a nice patio outside. You will pass a beautiful outdoor park overlooking the river. Get your food at the market and get your spot at the park for a picnic. The park is called Mississippi River Greenbelt Park. I

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    Westy's Bar and Restaurant

    About half way between the Welcome Center and Cordelia's is this restaurant at 346 N. Main. This place has one of the largest most diverse menus in Memphis. Everyone down town eats there. They also deliver to the local motels and hotels. 901 543 3278

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    These stops can be done fairly quickly, their close to I-40, so you should be able to keep moving toward Lebanon and the rally.

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    I'll be picking up I-40 at mile marker 25 (I-269 interchange) at around 4pm Wednesday afternoon. You guys should post-up your expected transit times so maybe we could hook up and ride together.
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    There will probably be 10's of 100's coming thru there all day on I-40 heading east toward Nashville. Just fall in line and become part of the procession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    There will probably be 10's of 100's coming thru there all day on I-40 heading east toward Nashville. Just fall in line and become part of the procession.
    I regret that you are probably right, but with the several secondary roads running generally east from Memphis I am not sure why.
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    If your riding ahead of schedule and have some time on your hand, stop in Memphis and go to The Rendezvous for BBQ. It's across the street from the Peabody Hotel, in the alley. I love their dry rub ribs. I eat half dry and the other half soaked in the sause. If your riding solo, just sit at the bar, it's got the best view. The place is is a visual smorgasbord and along with the aroma of the Q. It's just great. Love the waiters, Robert Sr., Robert Jr., Geno. I may have to go tonight. 52 S. 2nd, in the alley. PS If you pressed for time going to the rally, just stop on your return ride home.

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    Paul, this thread was aimed at riders who are under a restricted time frame. I was just pointing out a few stops where they can see some nice places get some good food and get the most out of their compacted ride to or from the rally. Yes, it's great for the retired, to take your time and meander your way to and from the rally. Plez enjoy your meandering ride thru the pastoral hiways and byways of Western and Central Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Paul, this thread was aimed at riders who are under a restricted time frame. I was just pointing out a few stops where they can see some nice places get some good food and get the most out of their compacted ride to or from the rally. Yes, it's great for the retired, to take your time and meander your way to and from the rally. Plez enjoy your meandering ride thru the pastoral hiways and byways of Western and Central Tennessee.
    I understand, but Google Maps shows that a route over through Waynesboro would take only one hour and sixteen minutes longer. So call it a couple extra hours. I think that is a decent tradeoff for staying off I-40.
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    Excellent choice, I've ridden it a few times, probably more than a few times. Riding across south Tennessee is great. Highways
    57, 64, 100, 412 all outstanding roads. The BMW RAMS had their Return to Shiloh Rally at Pickwick nearby, for many years. Great little country pastoral routes. Tennessee is the complete package of riding and hospitality.

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    Kind of a historical area. Shiloh Battlefield, The historical background to the movie Walking Tall is nearby, Adamsville, if I remember correctly. If your an old movie buff, a John Wayne movie starts in the little town of La Grange, TN. The movie was The Horse Soldiers. Lots to see and do in Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Excellent choice, I've ridden it a few times, probably more than a few times. Riding across south Tennessee is great. Highways
    57, 64, 100, 412 all outstanding roads. The BMW RAMS had their Return to Shiloh Rally at Pickwick nearby, for many years. Great little country pastoral routes. Tennessee is the complete package of riding and hospitality.
    From Topeka or Lawrence, Kansas I rode to the Return to Shilo - Best Rally by a Damsite - several times. I like that countryside.
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    Catfish

    If you are in the Shiloh Battlefield area go to the Catfish Hotel and eat you will be happy you did.

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