Day 11

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
Trip End Sep 03, 2013

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Where I stayed
EconoLodge Newberry
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Whiskey Bent Saloon
Rippys BBQ

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Following the Purple Heart Trail (rte70) West was 170 miles of pure fun. A stop at Ozone Falls (Sara loves waterfalls) was just before the skys opened up. We viewed one of the three highest water falls in Tennessee. When we hiked up from the 110 foot gorge, it started to rain. We geared up and mounted the Iron Indian Chief. It poured for two hours; then the sun glowed.

A stop at McDonalds 75 miles east of Nashville solidified our attack on Music City. By the way, anyone who travels and needs Wi-Fi should consider resting at Micky D's. Their Wi-Fi is always perfect and a $1 coffee usually hits the spot. Newman's Own.....

We cruised into Nashville at 3:00 pm. Oops, it's 2:00 pm! Who knew that Nashville was Central time (not my motorcycle clock). A quick recon of the strip ended in a parking garage and back to the main drag. We stopped at Boot Country. My precious son bought me a neat pair of boots here when he was in Nashville a month ago. Thanks Josh! The boots are awesome. Interestingly, Sarah was riding the Pedal Tavern in April. We all went to Nashville in the same year. We will have to do it all together some time.

Oh Mark, by the way, we don't have a hotel yet! Next stop, FED X on the strip, to use the public Wi-Fi. Finally, we book into the Knights Inn 1.2 miles from downtown. Sara's heart rate is back to normal. Ok, let's clean up and hit the town.

A 20 minute walk to the strip, shopping and gauking; we are ready to eat. The line at Jack's BBQ is too long. We nestle into a table on the bottom floor of Rippys BBQ. Their slogan is "pull my pork and I'll rub your ribs". A leisurely nacho and pulled pork sandwich dinner and we are off. Music everywhere, we settle into the Whiskey Bent Tavern, Sara's new favorite spot. Great music, fiddling on the bar, and good conversation with other bikers. The sky unexpectedly opens up and water is running down the streets of Nashville. Sara steps into the middle of the road, hails a cab and we are off to the hotel. We drop into bed.... It's been long, wet, fun day. Thank goodness we missed the real flooding and power outages east of us in North Carolina.

Motorcycle travel: 170 miles
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