|Well, we had a pretty eventful day. We got to our service appointment at 7:00 as they rolled up the door, but had to wait a little while the tech waited on the ever-important paperwork. After I showed him what needed to be done and he got the paperwork, they did the window first, then we ran into a snag. 2 of the other items that we needed were not in stock and will need to be ordered – with a delivery of 4-6 work days.
Sooooo…that means we have to decide to either wait in Red Bay another week, or hit the road and come back. Nothing against Red Bay, but we prefer to be on the road so that is what we are doing – we will have to come back to RB when the parts come in which means a little backtracking, but so be it.
So, at about 10:00 we headed NW from the campground to Hwy 25, then onto the Natchez Trace Parkway. If you have ever been on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the NTP is very similar, except at a much lower altitude. The NTP is a really great road – very little traffic, no commercial vehicles allowed, and deer, turkeys and beautiful scenery to see. Since it is a National Park, it has almost no litter along the road and the right-of-ways are all mowed and maintained. If it wouldn’t have rained all day it would have been a really great trip. It stopped raining at about 8:00 last night, but started again just after we left Red Bay but at least it has finally cooled off. Since we left home it has been 95°+ every afternoon, but yesterday that all changed. How about 60° today for a high? Sweet - that’s what I say.
We got off the parkway at Collinwood TN for gas, and made a couple other photo stops, including the grave of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame. At one stop, Michele decided to do a little slip and slide off the step getting out of the bus. She broke her fall with her right wrist, which is a little bruised, but her shoulder got the worst of it. So far no real pain, but I think she will be a little sore tomorrow. I hope she doesn’t think this will get her out of doing dishes when it’s her turn. Not gonna happen.
We got to Nashville at about 3:45 and set up in the rain. We found out that we are a 5 minute drive from the Grand Ole Opry and also found out that the show tonight had seats available so MB ordered tix. There was a mix of old-timers (Bill Anderson & Little Jimmie Dickens) and new performers (Rascal Flatts & Blake Shelton) with comedian Henry Cho thrown into the mix. Our seats were in the very back row of the floor level and it was a surprisingly good show, though none of the performers did more than 3 songs.
That’s it for tonight – 6:15 came pretty early this morning.