Hello everyone! I’m Cort Percer. When nice weather happens bike shops get busy (I know because I led the fine team at Peddler Bike Shop for a few years), and while Jim, The Bikesmith, is busy wrenching on your bikes I’ll be taking over the Cheers & Gears column. But we’re gonna switch things up a bit and call my version Bikes & Beer & BBQ!
So why have me sub in for Jim? Well, I currently work in land conservation with TennGreen and advocate for parks, livability, and bicycles through Mid South Greenways and Bike Walk Memphis. Throughout the years I’ve written Fix Memphis, Better Bikes & Gardens, and now you can follow my adventures on ADANAY.co. You can also visit my Instagram where I find all kinds of #peoplewhoridebikes.
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This week I talk with Tina Sullivan, the Executive Director of Overton Park Conservancy. We sat down on a sunny Friday evening on the patio at the Overton Park Clubhouse, and had a great conversation over a couple of Wiseacre Anandas. Side note: the Clubhouse is a little gem within the park where you can sit under the trees, watch the park activity, have a beer, and maybe even talk bikes with the staff.
You ride bikes a lot. I seem to always see you riding your bike in the park. Where else do you ride?
I do a loop downtown because I love to go down Riverside Drive. If I’m feeling frisky I do the AW Willis Bridge.
There’s been a lot of press about Riverside Drive; the bike lanes, cruising, pedestrian access, etc. Where do you access Riverside?
My loop usually involves heading downtown on Linden and then riding through South Bluffs on Front Street then to Georgia. Then I wait for a break in traffic and launch full speed.
Because that hill is fun!
Yeah, it’s fun, the view opens up in front of you, the wind in your hair, and honestly, I get a little thrill, a little personal satisfaction over taking the lane there.
So from Riverside where do you go? Is there a stop downtown for BBQ?
I don’t eat pork, but yes, it’s the Portabella mushroom sandwich at Central BBQ downtown. I love Central BBQ downtown. It’s a place that I always take visitors.
Is that one more fun than midtown?
For some reason it is. I don’t know why? They’ve got that back room with the bar and the windows are completely open so you don’t know if you’re inside or outside. The last time I was there I think Side Street Steppers were playing and we had some friends visiting from San Francisco and they were just like, “Memphis is the coolest city we’ve ever been to. We love your city!”
Memphis has great non-traditional BBQ, the Portabella sandwich being one of those.
Imagine Vegan actually has a nice Portabella sandwich, I think they call it ‘The Memphis’. And it’s seitan.
Hail seitan! So you’ve gotten your sandwich and you wash it down with? What’s your favorite local beer?
Well, the Memphis Made Rockbone IPA.
Yeah! And it’s such a hilarious story. I always tell it to my friends who are visiting, “This one time, on the NEWS…”