Beale Street is a slightly tacky strip of music clubs, souvenir shops and walk-up windows selling beer. Think New Orleans with a little less panache. But the music is irresistible, and walking down the street you can hear it all: Elvis hits from an impersonator, first-rate blues, Sweet Home Alabama, a little BB King, Jimmy Buffet from a karaoke duo.
It was in one of the souvenir shops – sorry, friends and family, I did buy Christmas presents here – that I ran into Lee and Magen Geiger of South Jersey, a father-daughter duo on the ultimate road trip.
In a week, the pair has gone down Virginia’s Skyline Drive, the Tail of the Dragon Road into N.C. and Tennessee, Sante Fe, Phoenix, Vegas, back to Memphis … with a few days left to go. Along the way they bought a six-week-old “Min Pin’’ – a precious miniature pinscher named Koko that was getting lots of oohs and aahs on the street.
“It’s the ultimate father-daughter bonding trip,’’ said Lee. And what have they learned along the way? “People in Tennessee can’t drive,’’ said Magen, 15.
Photos: Top, Lee and Magen Geiger with Koko. Bottom, Beale Street.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
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