Trip Start Nov 05, 2002
69Trip End Aug 13, 2003
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I feel like I've been here dozens of times before but it's totally different to how I had though it would be. Does that make sense? Didn't think so but please stick with me! Having a Dad who is a avid Country and Bluegrass music fan and having grown up surrounded by the music I feel almost embarrassed to get to see this place before him. I know I'd rather have him here with me rather than the 2 girls who seem intent on looking for Cowboys and Wild West style saloon bars with Mr Ed tied up outside! I'm still trying to figure out if it's a joke on their part or if it's, shock horror, genuine surprise that they found the roads here in Nashville are actually paved and are not dirt roads reminiscent of the wild west? I'll reserve judgement, but I'm sure they'll understand what I mean when I say I'd rather be here with Dad, someone who would appreciate the place. But hey, women! "Look girls, an Indian sending smoke signals on the hill! We're in trouble. Lets got out' a here, and quick!"
Anyway, Nashville. We had the best part of a day and a half here. Arriving yesterday evening we had a look around. Not much to see really. It's quite small. The main drag, called Broadway, runs down to the Cumberland river where there is a mock up of a fort, Fort Nashborough, from the days of the American civil war. While the girls did some shopping I saw some of the sights that, surprise surprise, all revolve around the Country Music industry (the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry), the Country Music Hall of Fame (albeit the shop in the lobby!) and the numerous record shops on Broadway.
After a good night of, I kid you not, country style karaoke in the bar of the Knights Inn (where we stayed) last night today we visited Music Valley, a purpose made shopping complex come tacky music city and home to the NEW Grand Ole Opry, the Opry museum and various music themed stores. Just like in Memphis the day previous all attractions were closed for renovations (!) so after a spot of shopping and a bit of lunch back in Nashville proper in Broadway music bar we left Nashville to continue the journey east.
Yes, we are still on the interstate 40 (does this go all the way to Ireland?!) and we stopped for the night about 30 miles east of Knoxville in a place called Kodak. The Days Inn motel we are presently at has a pool that the girls are presently enjoying. Me? I'm busy, aside from typing this, looking at maps deciding where we'll end up tomorrow night. I guess only tomorrow will tell that for sure. There's only so much you can tell from a map. What we do know for sure is that this little dash across the States is nearly over. We have to drop off the car the day after tomorrow so I guess we'll be spending tomorrow night as near as possible to Washington DC, hopefully on it outskirts. That will give us a nice easy run into Washington the next morning before dropping off the car,seeing the sights and getting ready for the bus to New York the day after. 3 days in New York and then before we know it this whole adventure will be a memory. Just like that! But what a memory. Kind of scary. Leaving Nashville I realised that this effectively ends the exploring for me. With the next 2 stops being Washington DC and New York, 2 places I've visited previously, there is no more surprises for me. But I guess I can't complain, really. Hey, it's been a blast.
Will drop a quick, very quick, post from Washington.
See ya then.
Dave, B & Rainy