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North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville June 19th 2017

Welcome to my travel blog! I will be traveling from June 20 - July 21. Depending on wifi availability, I plan on posting all adventures here. Here is my itinerary: June 21-25 Dublin and Galway, Ireland with Drew and my mom and dad. June 25-July 1 Venice and Rome, Italy with Drew. July 1- July 4- Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with Angela, Parker, and Eddie July 5 - July 10 Siargao, Philippines with same people July 10-July 15 Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan with same people July 16- July 21- Krabi (Railay Beach) and Bangkok July 21 - Home!... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee June 18th 2017

Dallas is at least twice if not three times as big as Melbourne and looks quite nice at night. And the traffic is just as busy at midnight as it is during the day. Glad to be away from there. I found a Rest Area to hole up for the night. They easily get 30+ trucks in them at night. Next day got out of Texas and lunched at a small Lake in Arkansas. Stopped to take some Photos and while I was wandering a state trooper pulled up to check out my car. As there was a Power Plant across the other side of the lake. And the terrorist threats going on. I was warned not to take photos of any Power Plants etc...Got into Little Rock on dusk after passing a truck roll over. ... read more

Today was destined to be a busy day. With Memorial Day weekend behind us, everyone, but us of course, was back to work and the world was resuming its normal course of events. Again, no big rush to get out of here this morning, as the first item on the agenda was to head over to Southern Powersports and see about replacing the rear tire. We pumped up the tire and hit the road at about 8:30 as the dealer was only about 6 miles away. Southern Powersports turned out to be one of the largest Honda dealers in the southeast. They had lots of Goldwings and even do trike conversions on-site. When the service guy arrived at 9:00, I told him the problem and told me he had the tire in stock and would get ... read more
Ruby Falls - The Falls
Ruby Falls - Cave Formations
Incline Railway - Sign at the Top

North America » United States » Tennessee » Crossville May 24th 2017

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee We took advantage of the dry spell as best we could, to get things cleaned up for travel, hitch up and get on the road. Our outside gear is sopping wet so we stowed what we could in the bathtub and piled the rest on the cabin floor on towels. Just as we were starting to hitch up it started sprinkling again, so we finished the job in off-and-on rain. Decided to head back up the park road and into Pigeon Forge. We saw billboards for Dollyland, but it was off a ways to the right. What was amazing was the town itself. Neither Joan nor I have seen anything quite like it. Similar to Gatlinburg, it is lined with tourists shops, miniature golf courses, theaters, and massive carnival like ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Gatlinburg May 22nd 2017

Cade's Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee Cade's Cove is yet another section of the park, located in the northwestern corner. To get there from our campground required a ninety minute drive up and over Newfound Gap Road, to Sugarland Visitor Center and then west on the Laurel Canyon Road up and over some other mountains until we arrived at a small information center. At this point, the road becomes a one-way, 11 mile loop. The road is barely wide enough for a single car and the speed limit is just 10 mph. Along the loop are restored examples of homes, barns, churches and other buildings as they existed more than a century ago. This part of the park attempts to tell the story of how the Appalachian mountains were settled and farmed in the ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Gatlinburg May 20th 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee Another Day in Paradise! We dedicated the day to exploring the northern central part of the park, what they call the Sugarlands - named for the dominance of sugar maple trees. This was the location of the wildfire last fall and the effects of the fire are obvious. Still, though, there is so much beauty to be seen here that it was a day full of wonder. We started the day at the top and worked our way down. That meant going to the tallest point in the park, Clingman's Dome, at over 6600 feet. In the Rockies, we call tall mountain spots 'peaks', but here in the Appalachians, after a couple hundred million years of erosion, the rocky, craggy peaks simply don't exist anymore. Instead the rocks are rounded ... read more

Well I can't quite believe we are all packed up ahead of our final night in Nashville. We have had such a great time here but it's time to move from music to a bit of history next I feel! We spent yesterday morning on Bill Demain’s Walkin’ tour of Nashville. This was a repeat from 2 years ago but didn't disappoint at all. Our guide is a self confessed music geek with an encyclopaedic knowledge of many genres but specialising in the history of music in Nashville. There were about 20 of us on the tour. Before we set off Bill met each one of us individually, asking us what brought us to Nashville and where we were from. Throughout the tour he referred directly to individuals within the group if he thought the subject ... read more
The stage at The Listening Room
Fiction meets life!

North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville April 30th 2017

Leaving Vegas at 5 AM on a Sunday morning we were surprised to see how busy the strip still was. Busier still was the airport. This was our first ever internal flight so quite an experience. I was nervous to be honest, thinking that being non-nationals would cause problems for us. It couldn't have mattered less! Check in and security were thorough but very efficient with no needless queuing or hanging around. We flew with Southwest Airlines. Facing a 3 ½ hour flight I was apprehensive to say the least. There's been a lot of negative press about practices on American Airlines lately and I was expecting a fairly basic service. Bill had pre booked preferred seating for which, in hindsight, I was really grateful. There are no seat allocations but having this extra meant that ... read more
Spoilt for choice!
The Boys!

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville April 30th 2017

The purpose of my whole trip was to come and support my alma mater's tennis team in the SEC tournament, taking place in Knoxville, TN, from April 26-30. I'm also one of the unofficial photographers of the team, and several of the players' parents have told me that they like my photos the best. Aw shucks. They're probably just being nice, but I'll take the compliments. I like taking pictures, particularly of sports, and plus I know several of these players. It's always easier to photograph a subject that you're actually interested in. And since these guys do a lot more winning than losing, it makes the matches (and following the team) that much better. Since my Racquet Dawgs (that's what I call the UGA men's tennis team) tied for 1st place in the regular season, ... read more
Paul Oosterbaan, one of my favorite guys to watch, played in his 1st singles match in about 2 months due to injury
Walker Duncan is one of the more enthusiastic players
Nate Ponwith shows that being a collegiate tennis player isn't always fast paced

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis April 27th 2017

Lots of good pictures at the end of this one - scroll on after you read. On our walk around the Fulton campground the night before we left, Kim and I spoke to a man whose license plate was DINGOUT. Guess what he does? He and his wife travel around the country following the severe hail storms, repairing dings in automobiles, RVs, etc. We told him about Elvis’ birthplace, he told us about Sun Records. Broke camp early (for us, anyway) and were on the road by 9:30. Only about 100 mile trip from Fulton MS to Memphis TN. Seen along the road near Memphis was an ad for FOSTERS AUTO BODY in RED BANKS. I lived on Foster Street in Red Bank, NJ. That was an omen; I’m still trying to figure out for what, ... read more
storm map courtesy weatherbug.  We were blue dot
lightning map courtesy sparks
Elvis' TV in the dining room!

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