2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41, another view

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41, from the lake...

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41, the other side...

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41 - some young...

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41 - and some...

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41 - one of...

Nashville, TN - Seven Points COE - site 41 - sunsets across...

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 0 - our route - 168 miles

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 1

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 2

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 3 - more trucks on the road...

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 4 - entering the Volunteer State

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 5 - still cutting through the mountains

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 6 - approaching Nashville

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 7

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 8

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 9

Shepherdsville, KY to Nashville, TN 10 - some of the beautiful Crepe...

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives selection Arnolds Country Kitchen

Grand Ole Opry 1 - entering hallowed space

Grand Ole Opry 2 - Minnie Pearl look-a-like

Grand Ole Opry 3 - the circle of stage cut from the...

Grand Ole Opry 4 - Little Jimmy Dickens - 91 years young

Grand Ole Opry 5 - Canadian Jaida Dreyer

Grand Ole Opry 6 - John Conlee

Grand Ole Opry 7 - the stage

Grand Ole Opry 8 - Lee Greenwood

Grand Ole Opry 9 - Riders in the Sky

Grand Ole Opry 10 - Jim Ed Brown

Grand Ole Opry 11 - Andy Gibson

Grand Ole Opry 12 - Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press

Grand Ole Opry 13 - Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder

Nashville King 1 - doing the early Elvis

Nashville King 2 - singing a little gospel

Nashville King 3 - recreating the 1968 comeback special

Nashville King 4

Nashville King 5 - the finale

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Nashville King


It was a quick, easy 168 miles from Shepherdsville, KY to just east of Nashville, TN. We did go back in time an hour as we entered the Central Time Zone and will be in it for a few weeks until we get back to GA. We are at a Corps of Engineers campground on J Percy Priest Reservoir called the Seven Points Campground. It is one of our favorite campgrounds from all of our travels. The site is on the lake and huge as you can see from the pictures. We have 50 amps, water, a dump station on the way out, very good Verizon and we were able to reach the satellite with about 75 feet of cable, putting the tripod on the lake shore. We don't plan on doing much here but chillin' out and enjoying the lifestyle!

Friday we headed into downtown Nashville for a visit to Arnold's Country Kitchen, which was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. As advertised, the line was out the door at 1:30 p.m. but the food was worth it - very good. It is served cafeteria style and they have different meats daily M-F and are only open 11:00-2:30. When we left the line was still out the door!

Saturday night we ventured into the Opryland area and saw the Grand Ole Opry. We got to see a variety of artists with Lee Greenwood being one of our favorites. We also saw Little Jimmy Dickens, Jaeda Dreyer, John Conlee, Riders in the Sky, Jim Ed Brown, Andy Gibson, Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press, Matthew West, Charlie Worsham, and Ricky Skaggs. It's a live radio show on Saturday nights so the commercials drag it down but it was still pretty good. Of course Lee Greenwood brought the house down with his "God Bless the U.S.A."

Monday we headed back into the Opry area to see the Nashville King who is really John Beardsley and he puts on a great show. He not so much an Elvis impersonator as much as he is an entertainer who can sound like Elvis but it is more his inflections and actions that make him seem like Elvis and he can really sing. On the slow songs he did sound a lot like Elvis with the deep baritone. He goes through four stages of Elvis' life and shows how he changed through the years, including his voice and song selection changing as he aged. It was well worth the money. I have included a short movie but the camera sound is terrible.

Tomorrow (Saturday), we are on the road to Red Bay, AL, home of Tiffin Motorhomes where we will have some work done on the Mothership, both routine and otherwise as well as maybe an upgrade or two. We are not sure how long all that will take but we have allowed almost three weeks in our schedule. If we get through early, we will spend some time between there and Cleveland, GA where we will attend a rally of the Florida Ramblers starting the 20th of September.

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