We have finally kicked off our 2018 Great America Road Trip. We conceived this idea back in January when I closed the purchased of a new Acura RDX. We have a tradition of breaking in our new vehicles with a fun and exciting road trip. The first two were in Europe followed by trip to Massachusetts in 2016 in my new Nissan Rogue.
I had many ideas for this trip including a drive all the way to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Finally we decided that if we drove too far the return trip would be difficult. So, we decided on a North-South drive estimated to be approximately 2800 miles with visits to cities which we have yet to visit together in the past. Plus, our next door neighbors in Atlanta, Charlie and Sharon Trense, have a home on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan which we plan to visit on our way North. One key target is Mackinaw Island, Michigan on Lake Huron. Stay tuned for that blog.
Today, we departed our Atlanta home about 9:00am and drove about 210 miles to Knoxville, Tennessee. The weather was ideal with temps in the 60s rising to the
Lunch in the Old Town
low 80s by our arrival. For this leg we opted out of leaving the main route for side visits. In general, we will always look for nearby vineyards or bourbon trails, Civil war sites or interesting state or National Parks to visit as we travel.
Today, knowing that we had purchased tickets for a matinee theatre performance at 1:30pm, we drove without stops to our hotel. We are staying at the Crown Plaza in downtown Knoxville. We are in walking distance to many restaurants and bars. The hotel is very nice and we love our 11th floor room and view.
The 2001 Broadway play we attended was a comedy named "Urinetown, The Musical" at the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Our seats could not have been better in a sold out performance. The theme was basically a future apocalyptic scenario where a village was forced to use public toilets given a massive water shortage due to droughts and past water mismanagement. A local crook convinced the government to allow him to charge a fee to use his toilets and then passed laws against peeing anywhere at all but his toilets. Of course, the good guys
Urinetown, The Musical.
We were impressed with the The Clarence Brown Theatre.
were a young man and woman (daughter of the crook) that revolted and solved the problems. I recommend the play if it comes to your area.
After the play we returned to settle in for a while before dinner. We booked reservations at Emilia, an Italian restaurant in the Market Square. It was only a short walk from our hotel. After dinner, we skipped our plan to head to one of the many rooftop bars in the Square and headed back to the hotel.
Thanks for reading along with our travels.
Tom & Jackie
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