Though this is our New Orleans blog, we figured it might be nice to explain how we got here.
On the last day of January, we left the Chicagoland area in Eric’s packed-to-the-brim Toyota (pronounced Thai-oh-tah?) and headed South.
Our first stop was in the bustling Bloomington, IL to see Eric’s sister Sam at her internship with a local radio station. After some chit-chat and relaxation we hit the road again. I-55 South seemed to be the way to go and we made the long, boring trek down through southern Illinois.
Our next (real) stop was in Memphis, TN. A first for both of us. Joanna looked up a few BBQ joints to try out. Since we got in late, though, our options were limited. Eric vetoed the first place (let’s just say the neighborhood was a bit “rough”) and we made it downtown to Rendezvous.
Wolfed down some Memphis Ribs.
Spent the night in Memphis. Woke up and Joanna had some work to do so we used the wi-fi and hung out in the hotel. For lunch, we walked to Beale St, the cultural capital of Memphis and a famous Blues music street. We happened to be there at the same time as the International Blues Competition so the street was busy with musicians and fans alike.
Got ribs AGAIN! These were more to what we were used to – fall-off-the-bone goodness. Delicious!
Hit the road once more. Memphis is sort of a halfway point between Chicago and New Orleans. The second half was easy as we anxiously sped on toward Louisiana.
We got in to New Orleans at about 8:15pm or so and met our new roommate Nathan who showed us the house. We dropped our stuff off and walked around the neighborhood (French Quarter area) for a bit.
The trip was over. We had arrived!!
Some pics to accompany the story: