The plan was to make a blog entry each day as we knew there would be a lot of time spent driving, it was a road trip after all(!) and we knew we would be taking in lots of new sights and cities. Alas, as with all best laid plans, there just weren't enough hours in the day to record on a daily basis our adventures. What follows then is a summary of the main highlights of our trip.
We spent the first day of our holiday with Della's cousin and her family. We had such a lovely time but sadly, not long enough with them. They were wonderful hosts and we hope to see them all again in the not too distant.
|Mimosas for breakfast!|
|At River Rocks for dinner with our wonderful hosts|
Our first day on the road was a long one but the driving was easy and the scenery much prettier than we had imagined. Our first pits top was in Troy, Alabama. Our Canadian friends had already been on the road for several weeks and had found an easy rhythm which we fell into quite easily and happily. Most days we left after breakfast around 9am, drove for a few hours before stopping to refuel (both the cars and ourselves!), and then we spent a few more hours driving before arriving at our destination.
Aside from our hotel in Las Vegas we stayed in Best Western hotels which were more than adequate for our needs often with a pool, well located and inclusive of breakfast!
We made our way to Nashville on Day 2 and spent 2 nights there. Our first night we dined at Sambucas, a local restaurant with live music and easy to walk to from our hotel. The next day we did a full day guided tour which included all the sights in Downtown Nashville including the Capitol building, the Rhyman Auditorium and the Music Hall of Fame. In the afternoon we visited the Grand 'Ole Opry. After a full on but very enjoyable introduction to Nashville we had a relaxing supper at a pavement cafe close to our hotel.
Next morning and en route to Memphis, Tennessee we made a stop at a local plantation house, Belle Meade. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours here before making our way onto Memphis which would be our base for the next 2 nights. Opting for another guided tour we explored downtown Memphis the next day. The tour included the famous Peabody hotel, recording studios used by Elvis and of course, Graceland.
Live entertainment in the form of a local chap singing Elvis tunes made for a fun evening.
|Green Fried Tomatoes|
|The Mighty Missippi|
Day 6 was spent on the road as we made our way West travelling across yet more state borders out of Tennessee, through Arkansas and overnighting in Oklahoma City.
The next morning we made a brief stop at the side of the road to marvel at some local art......graffiti covered cars buried in the ground!! It was quite the spectacle.