A Travellerspoint blog

Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland

Friday October 19

We decided to drive straight home from Nashville. We figured it would take about 11 hours. It would have, except that we got stuck in the DC suburbs on Route 66 and on the Beltway, which added another 45 minutes to our journey.

We feel absurdly tough. On the road for four weeks, East Coast to West Coast and back.

Fall foliage in Tennessee.
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Crossing the Tennessee river.
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Crossing into Virginia.
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More fall foliage, in Virginia.
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Almost home.
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Home.
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Grand Ole Opry

Thursday October 18

The Grand Ole Opry show we went to is called Opry Country Classics. They have it every Thursday. It's broadcast live on the WSM radio station.
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There are breaks during which the announcer reads commercials, sort of like the fake commercials on Prairie Home Companion, except that these aren't fake.
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A Minnie Pearl look-alike greeted us and explained the proceedings.
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We got to see Jim Lauderdale,
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Katie Arminger,
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Riders in the Sky (Chantal's favorite),
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Jimmy Fortune (formerly of the Statler Brothers),
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Lynn Anderson ("I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden"),
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and Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives.
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Many of the audience members were dressed for the occasion.
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Alabama, Tennessee

Thursday, October 18

It was T-shirt weather when we left Tuscaloosa, but by the time we got into Tennessee it had gotten cooler.

The Tennessee river.
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Crossing into Tennessee.
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The leaves are just starting to turn in Tennessee.
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Nashville.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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We saw some pretty neat guitars,
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including a couple of Johnny Cash's guitars:
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In the evening we went to a show at the Grand Ole Opry.
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Mississippi, Alabama

October 17, 2012

We drove through Natchez and admired some houses, some of which date back to before the Civil War.
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One of the houses had these lovely flowers growing right in the lawn.
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We saw some pelicans flying over the town.
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We started out on the Natchez Trace Parkway,
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but its monotonous beauty put us to sleep, so we turned off onto local roads

Near Tuscaloosa we stopped at Moundville, the site of a pre-European Indian civilization.
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Sundown as we approach Tuscaloosa.
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For dinner we went to Dreamland BB Que. located in an industrial park near our motel.
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We managed to eat a full slab,
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with some nice local beer.
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Louisiana, Mississippi

October 16, 2012

In the center of town in Lafayette the city signs and street signs are in French.
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Near Lafayette is Breaux Bridge, a pretty little town with an interesting-looking draw bridge.
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Martin Lake, outside Breaux Bridge, has all the stereotypical swampy stuff we associate with Creedence Clearwater songs (e.g. Born on the Bayou).
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We made it into Mississippi.
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We crossed over the Mississippi river again (the last time was from Illinois into Iowa, at Davenport) and drove through Baton Rouge which is the location of one of the largest oil refineries in the country.
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In Natchez we admired the Mississippi river at sundown.
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We drove around looking for a fun place to have dinner but ended up at Ruby Tuesday's. We did get a little local flavor because we had a hard time understanding what the wait staff were saying.
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