|Slept in today till about 9:00, then by the time we ate, I ran to get a printer cable and gas in the jeep and walked the dog a few times, it was noon before we hit the road into downtown Nashville.
We parked the jeep and walked to the Visitor Center for some brochures, then walked the strip down to the Cumberland River, went to the Charlie Daniel’s Museum, then worked our way back on Broadway to Robert's Western World for some lunch. It’s one of a bunch of bars along Broadway that are where all the starving musicians play for free in the hopes of getting “discovered” by someone from a recording company. We saw a girl named Rachel something-or-other and she was OK, but she sure drew a crowd for a Wednesday afternoon. The food was nothing special - my fried bologna sandwich was better than Michele’s mushroom burger, but overall it was cheap with live entertainment so it was fine.
Then we walked around the corner to the Ryman Auditorium which is where the original Grand Ole Opry originated from until it moved to the facility that we were at last night. They have tours but we passed and instead just bought something in the gift shop. Then, my personal tour guide and I set off on a hike toward Music Row, which is where all the music companies like Warner, Sony and EMI are located. There isn’t much to see there so we walked back to the jeep for a drive to see some other parts of town on the way back to the campground.
Neither of us are gigantic country music fans, which is the main draw of Nashville, but our time here has been pretty enjoyable. Everyone we have run across has been nice and the city, while it’s not spotless, is fairly clean and it at least has some history – some of the buildings are from the late 1800’s.
The weather today has been kind of crappy – no rain, but cloudy and I don’t think it got above 70° all day.
We didn’t do anything special tonight – including dinner. We just snacked and MB did some research on our plan for tomorrow while I watched some TV...and did an update.