The rain finally stopped as we were between Covington and Louisville KY on I-71. Attempting to bypass Louisville via I-265 to I-65 south we ran into a long traffic jam. Playing with Google Maps and the traffic layer on my Droid2, I was able to see the jam and an exit just ahead that we took to pick up I-265 further south. For this assistance, the phone was very smart.
After an uneventful 200 miles we arrived at our friend Jacques in Franklin, TN just south of Nashville and enjoyed a delicious pot roast. Jacques is a very good cook!
After supper we went for walk in downtown Franklin, a wonderfully quaint town that has been restored, including a visit to St. Paul's Episcopal Church which is open 24 hours a day and served during the civil war as a stable for Union cavalry.
Jacques is in process of remodeling his condo and we brought the dog pen inside and set it upon his old living room rug. Of course, Jesse and Scuffer smelled out every square inch of the downstairs and were anxious to do the same upstairs which had just been remodeled. We set a barricade at the foot of the stairs to prevent that and they slept peacefully in the pen downstairs while we slept upstairs. No problem.
At 7:00 I attended a prayer meeting with Jacques at The Factory, the location of Journey Church, a congregation of 700 that leases space at The Factory. The Factory is the former location of a large stove manufacturing works that has been converted into shops, art boutiques and antique places.
After a hearty breakfast we set out for Leipers Fork, a small restored artsy crossroads community.
Then on to lunch at the legendary Loveless Cafe, a non-descript building not far from the Natchez Trace, a historic place with great food that was a favorite place for music celebrities in the 50's and 60's with continued excellent home cooked Southern food of wide variety
Downtown Nashville with a visit to Centennial park and the Parthenon, an exact duplicate of the original in Athens. Nashville in bygone days fashioned itself as the "Athens of the South" so built a wooden replica of the Parthenon for their centennial celebration and exhibition in 1897. In the 20th century, it was rebuilt with stone because the citizens of Nashville liked it so much!
Then on to downtown Nashville including Ryman Hall, which was home of the Grand Old Opry from 1943 until 1974, then renovated to its original splendor and reopened in 1994.
and the music district
After a rest, we'll dine out tonight at Golden Corral, which has plenty of American food and some tasty steak. Goodbye diet tonight!