Day 6: #1 Lynchburg, TN (Jack Daniels) & Nashville

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
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Trip End Sep 05, 2008


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Friday, August 22, 2008

Huntsville Alabama = great time; thanks Wesley!! We left around mid-morning, but not before we did a WEIGH IN update. First, to note, this is a different scale than previously used, and the air pressure/density had also changed.
Evan weighed in at 159lbs, a DECREASE of 1.5 lbs.
I (Joel) weighed in at 183lbs, a DECREASE of 2 lbs.
So, go figure....who knows why we are losing weight, I mean we are doing a lot of walking and sweating in 95 degree heat...but you have all seen what we put our stomachs through. Either way, so far Evan is in the lead with a gain of -1.5 lbs. Less walking, more eating.....
Our first destination was the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee (only 50 miles), but before we arrived, we stopped at Whitt's roadside BBQ stand for lunch . We were so excited to eat that we forgot to take a picture until we were almost finished. These were the softest, most delicious ribs we have had yet. Everything else, the sauces, sides, pulled pork, etc were all mediocre, but judging purely on rib induced orgasims, so far it was the Jenna Jameson of BBQ. Witts earned at satisfactory 7.9 overall rating, HOWEVER, for ribs only, it earned about a 9.6.

Only 15 miles to Jack Daniel's country. I felt the warmth in my cockles as we drew close. It is the oldest registered distillery in the United State, established in 1866 by a then 13-year-old Jack. To this day, the distillery produces the entire world supply of Old # 7 Whiskey . The irony, Lynchburg is a dry town - so thay can't actually sell any of it locally. The tour was amazing, and free, and left us wondering why Whiskey wasn't part of the suggested daily nutritional diet.

After our liquor wonderland adventure we drove 60 miles north to Nashville, home to the country music hall of fame, grand ole opry, the Predators (NHL) and the Titans (NFL). About 30 miles into this leg Evan wouldn't shut up about the fact that we were losing weight, and was completely convinced that adding periodic milkshakes stops would help our cause. So, we veered off the highway and pulled into Steak'n'Shake (Southern Fast Food - but with a kitchen). We order a milkshake each , but then decided to get a steak burger with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions! See Christine and Andrea, we are eating vegetables too (albeit sandwiched between fried meat and processed cheese). Fantastic, and we'd certainly be ready for more hamburgers for dinner.

In Nashville , we did a quick drive-thru tour, snapping some photos . We parked for 20 minutes to walk around and to look at the downtown area, which although small looked fun. 30 minutes and we were back on the highway heading toward Memphis, our dinner and night destination.

We hit another milestone during the last leg of today's trip, you can watch it on the video, but be warned, Evan was not prepared.
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