Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yes, we are back in Canada!

Wow... that is quick you might say... what happened to the tour of Nashville???? Well, just having a whole bunch of fun, and never was able to get time together to put it all in Blog format.

Cheryl and Judy did a bunch of planning on the Nashville trip, and it paid off. We had a busy couple days, by taking in the Hop On, Hop Off Trolly Tour, which is always a good idea when you visit a City you do not know real well. It took about an hour and a half to complete and they sure know the good spots to take you.

We also go to take a tour of the new Johnny Cash Mueseum. This is very well done, and Johnny Cash was one of the big ones.

As you can imagine, this Mueseum is full of artifacts from the life of Johnny Cash. We spent a couple hours here, and enjoyed! Well done from start to finish. You could pretty much listen to all of his songs, and there were many!

We also took a tour of the Ryman Auditorium

This Auditorium has been around forever! Anyone who is anybody played here at one point in time! This building dates back to the 1880's for crying out loud, and is made of wood! Back then, it cost $100,000.00 to build! Once a week now, The Grand Ole Opry plays here.

Next on our hit list was The Country Music Hall of Fame! What a spot this is... it just opened a few years ago, and is an amazing place to visit. The complete history of Country Music can be found here.


Above is the Grand Entrance into the Hall of Fame... amazing spot to visit.

All the gold records are pasted to the walls... these a just a few of them.

This was an amazing Cady, that belonged to Elvis of all people... gold door handles, and stuff like that!

If you remember the old Smoky and the Bandit Movies, this is the Bandit Trans Am from the second Movie, which starred Burt Reynolds of course...

It is hard to explain the Hall of Fame, and has to be viewed by yourself to get it's appreciation. We spent a whole day pretty well going through it, and could have gone back for more. It is very interactive, and full of costumes and guitars! There is a terrific tribute section to Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Cash of course.

The first evening we were downtown, we did a bunch of bar hopping... all is good folks, we took the Park Shuttle and left the car at home! Had to put a picture of the bar above, which belongs to Jimmy Buffet! My good friend, Gerard, will remember our excursion to Jimmy's Bar in Key West!

Above is the Bridgestone Centre, where the Nashville Preditors play. There is a bug buzz in Nashville over the current series against Chicago.

We had two terrific days of touring Nashville and hope to come back one day. There is lots to see and do, and plenty of great Restaurants to enjoy, which we did!

Not all was perfect though, as on the second day of our tour, we drove into Town in our Chevy Cruze, along with Tom and Cheryl. We were travelling the 1/2 hour drive back out to where we were staying at the KOA north of Nashville. While travelling on the HOV lane of Hwy. 65, the rush hour traffic came to an abrupt stop, well, all the cars did except for the one directly behind us. We got rear ended by a Dodge Grand Caravan. Gave us one real good hit, and brought everything to a stop. I will not go into a lot of other details, but suffice to say at this point, there were no major injuries to the four of us in our car, or the two people in the minivan. The car is still driveable, and can and will be fixed. It is always stressful when you have an accident, and even more so when it happens in a Country not your own. Many thanks to the Nashville area Police, Fire, and Ambulance Services that were on the scene in a hurry and handled it all in a very professional manner.

Anyhow, sure feels good to get home tonight, and had a big chance to go and visit Chris and Kristina, along with the kids. We got to meet our latest Grand, Lois, who is just incredible, however that will be another blog coming up real soon...promise!

Till tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Home of Country Music...

Yesterday we said our goodbye's to the gang in Johnson City... we had a great 3 weeks plus visit here, doing a lot of things, and having a great time!

This morning we hit the highway with Tom and Cheryl in tow, and headed due west about 250 miles or so over to Nashville! We plan on staying here for 3 nights, and doing some site seeing before we head north to the Canadian Border.

We stopped at a great rest area, just due west of Knoxville. You don't get to see these two rigs on the road side by side too often...turned into a great day to travel, with lots of sun, and nice warm temperatures.

So, we are all tucked into the KOA in North Nashville tonight... Judy and Cheryl put together an interesting two days of touring starting tomorrow, so I better go and re-charge my touring batteries.

Till tomorrow...

Monday, April 20, 2015

It's Bristol Baby!

Well, we can now say that we have had the full Bristol Experience! Quite the day yesterday, with the NASCAR Race that was scheduled for 500 laps of Bristol Motor Speedway!

Above Tom and Cheryl, Judy and I, along with Shawn, make our way from the parking lots into the Race Track. Problem was.... it was raining, and raining hard! Had been all morning, which is not good when you have a 1:00 p.m. start time. Next problem was the weather forecast was simply not good a all for the whole day!

We got there a bit early so we could walk around the vendor area... free coffee and donuts! Perfect!

We made our way up the big long ramps.... your heart healthy workout for the day.

Got to our seats in time for the fireworks and the Air Force Flyover....

Ya, those clouds were black...

The rain finally let up at 1:30, and it took them an hour to dry the track... the race actually started at 2:30, but they only ran 22 laps, and then the deluge came...

We found a semi dry spot under the stands to put in a bit of time... then decided to head back home to Shawn's place, and actually had dinner. The TV told us they were going to start the race at around 7:30 in the evening, so what the heck, we headed back out to the track!

We were all glad we did, as we got to see the entire race! The rains let up a bit, and it turned out to be a nice evening.

Matt Kenseth managed to previal as the Race Winner in his Dollar General Car!


The winner was in question right to the end, so it turned into a great race!

We made our way back to the parking lots, only to be dumped on by a deluge of rain, 30 seconds before we got to the car! Of course! Just a little goodbye from Bristol!

Till tomorrow...