Nashville, Part Two

Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2010

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Pre-script....

Well, I wrote up our stay in Nashville while driving to Alabama, which you'll see below. However I thought I'd add a note here because now, a couple of days later, we have just checked into our hotel in New Orleans and tuned into the news after being out of touch with the rest of the world for a while.

We had heard of some damage due to flooding during our stay, but we now know that several dozen people across the South have died due to flooding, and countless more have lost homes. It's incredible to hear, because, while we saw blocked streets (as you can see in our pictures)' it really felt like business as usual in Nashville itself. People seemed inconvenienced, but the city still hummed and the vibe on the street was shocked but still friendly. It's unbelievable to learn of the damage in this storm's wake. Stay strong, Nashville.

The Original Entry

Well, today we were thrilled to wake up to a long lost friend – the sun! – but this brightness was darkened by the fact that Nashville is partly submerged at the moment. As we left the bars last night, the police were beginning street closures as the Cumberland River rose menacingly higher each hour. By this morning, many streets, cars and buildings are either partly or completely submerged.

We walked around town for about two hours which involved a lot of detours around flooded streets. We spoke to locals and visitors alike who all lamented the Cumberland's fierce attack on the city. We talked to the manager of Joe’s Crab Shack, which is window-deep in water right now. He told us that, while the river is already 52 high - an incredible 12 feet above flood level - it is still expected to rise another couple of feet by the end of the day. Despite his current predicament, he chatted with us a few minutes before setting off to see how the damage control was going. We wish him and the rest of Nashville all the best!

We also met out of towners stranded due to the flooding, notably 'Super Paul’. Paul is a friendly chap from Atlanta who had driven up for a work-related conference, but only got the message from his boss that the training was cancelled due to flooding when he was just outside the city. We don’t know what his field of work was, but we did learn about his real passion: Eating contests. Paul is ranked 44th in the world in Pro Hot Dog Eating, and hopes to improve his status at the 2010 New York City Champs on the 4th of July. Good luck Paul!

We checked out some shops on Broadway – I really wanted Cowboy boots but even at Two-for-One prices they’re out of my range. We settled on straw hats which, as the temperature hit 25 and humid by about 11am, seemed like a pretty good idea for some portable shade.

We’ve decided to head to Alabama and hit up the Oak Mountain Campground just outside of Birmingham, and are on the road now. I’ve been writing up our latest tales on the laptop while Matt drives, which is handy since we don’t want to spend too much time in coffee shops. Also, we blew a fuse and have no radio so it’s good to have something to do – I’ve been reading the travel guide out loud and composing posts between making sandwiches in the kitchen. Matt wants to finish this tank and see how many miles he can get out of it – now that we don’t have to rush anywhere, as we did heading to Kentucky, we can cruise leisurely along which is doing wonders for fuel consumption!

More from Alabama and later Louisiana!
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