Blues, Bourbon & BBQ New Orleans to Chicago – 15 Days / 14 nights 10 May 2018
Join Walter Nand of Ride The World (Australia) as he rides the Blues, Bourbon, and BBQ Tour, and you will find great roads, food, and music at every turn. The rolling mountain roads will have you on cloud nine, while the soulful sounds of the South penetrate to the bone. From New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, to the Country Music capital of Nashville, all the way to the Chicago Blues, the roads sing the history of America. Nightclubs, juke joints, speak-easys, and honky-tonks abound, and the mouth-watering BBQ and bourbon will satisfy the biggest of appetites. Make sure you pack your Lust for Life in your suitcase, you’re gonna need it!
Thursday 10 May 2018 – New Orleans, LA Arrival = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Friday 11 May 2018 – New Orleans, LA Plantation ride = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Saturday 12 May 2018 – New Orleans, LA to Natchez, MS = 175 miles / 280 kilometres
Sunday 13 May 2018 – Natchez, MS to Merigold, MS = 185 miles / 296 kilometres
Monday 14 May 2018 – Merigold, MS to Tupelo, MS – 145 miles / 232 kilometres
Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Tupelo, MS to Memphis, TN = 125 miles / 200 kilometres
Music lovers around the world know Beale Street, a national historical landmark which showcases the impact Memphis has had on the Blues and Jazz. Legends such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Memphis Minnie, and most notably B.B. King, all helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues. One of the city’s most important Rock and Roll icons is Sun Studio, which discovered the talents of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Memphis, TN. It’s a day off to find our ‘Inner Elvis’ and eat some amazing Memphis style BBQ = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Thursday 17 May 2018 – Memphis, TN to Lynchburg, TN = 240 miles / 384 kilometres
Friday 18 May 2018 – Lynchburg, TN to Nashville, TN = 125 miles / 200 kilometres
This morning’s ride takes us to Nashville, the Country Music capital of the world. Tonight we’ll experience more incredible BBQ, and listen to some live music at one of the many ‘honky tonks’ along Broadway Street, where legends like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Patsy Cline got their start.
Saturday 19 May 2018 – Nashville, TN. A day for exploring = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Our music-appreciation switches from Delta Blues to Country Music here in Nashville. We’ll use our free day to explore some of its museums and icons, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Sunday 20 May 2018 – Nashville, TN to Louisville, KY = 175 miles / 280 kilometres
Another beautiful backroads ride is in store today, as we head north into central Kentucky. Along the way we’ll stop in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum, to see how America’s favorite sports car is made, then we’ll sample more delicious bourbon at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto. We overnight in Louisville.
Monday 21 May 2018 – Louisville / Churchill Downs Race Day = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Today we’ll get a sneak peek at the Sport of Kings as we visit Churchill Downs, the most famous Thoroughbred horse-racing track in America and host of the Kentucky Derby. This magnificent facility boasts up to 150,000 people on Derby Day!
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Lousiville, KY to Chicago, IL = 300 miles / 480 kilometres
On our final riding day we’ll blast through the state of Indiana on our way to Chicago, where even more great music, great food, and great culture awaits us. We’ll return our motorcycles in the afternoon and celebrate our amazing trip together all night!
Wednesday 23 May 2018 – One last night of Chicago Blues = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Thursday 24 May 2018 – Chicago = 0 miles / 0 kilometres
Guided Tour – 1470 miles = 2352 kilometres
2018 – 10 May from New Orleans.
We can arrange flights and Travel Insurance at an additional price.
2 people 1 motorcycle 1 shared room = US$4550.00 per person
2 people 2 motorcycles 1 shared room = US$5964 per person
1 person 1 motorcycle 1 single room = US$8011.00 per person
* As at 02 April 2017.
Tour Code: 021217BBB
Comments or questions are welcome.
Comments or questions are welcome.