2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Yesterday's route

Rain on I40

Exit for Crossville, TN where we'll be watching the solar Eclipse in...

Winnie at Two Rivers Campground in Nashville

Ringo at home in Winnie

Sue and I on the Shelby St. Bridge walkway

Nashville

2nd Avenue entertainment district

One of 2 little boys we met on the bridge who wanted...

The other boy jumped on a seat and posed while Sue chatted...

Trusswork of the Shelby St. Bridge

Nissan Field

Lighting under the bridge

The lights are coming on in Nashville

Cistern that collects rainwater for the "green" bridge building

Another view of the Shelby St. Bridge and skyline

Korean War Veterans Highway bridge across the Cumberland River


I was awakened this morning by a siren coming from my iPhone. It was a tornado warning for the Nashville area. I got Sue up, we got dressed, and headed to the laundry room in a concrete block building across the street from Winnie. Forecasts were for winds from 70-100mph, heavy rain, hail and possible tornado. Fortunately, it turned out to be a non-event for our location as the worst of the storm system appeared to be about 30 miles south. The only good thing about an evacuation to the storm shelter is that you get to meet some of the others in the RV park. There was only one other couple in the laundry room awaiting the outcome of the storm. They were from Louisiana and headed to Pennsylvania to work on a pipeline project outside of Philadelphia. We swapped storm stories and before long the warning was over and we headed back to Winnie. We didn't escape unscathed though as when I extended the slide-out some of our brand new floor got torn up and there was a puddle of water. I'm not sure where the water came from so I'll have to keep an eye on it as we travel.

The drive to Nashville yesterday took us through some pretty heavy downpours along I40. We decided to pull off the road for lunch and to let the rain subside. Winnie's wipers were having a hard time keeping up with the rainfall. We arrived in Nashville by late afternoon and we're staying at the Two Rivers Campground in Nashville, just down the road from the Grand Ole Opry. We're right next to the KOA we stayed at last October for the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association meeting. After we arrived yesterday, we drove into Nashville to try to get some pictures along the Cumberland River of the Nashville Skyline at sunset and before the predicted rain. The sunset was disappointing but we didn't get any rain, that would come later.

We went to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River and connects downtown's area to Nissan Stadium the home of the Tennessee Titans. The bridge was built in the early 1900's and served vehicular traffic until 1998. It was scheduled for demolition, but local leaders decided to renovate it and make it a pedestrian bridge. It makes a great place for the pictures of the Nashville skyline and Cumberland River scenes.

We're here for another day, but I'm not sure what we are going to be able to see as it is raining now and we're expecting rain for much of the day. At least it's warm. I guess I google "What to do when it's raining in Nashville". Stay tuned.

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