From Nashville To Asheville

I mentioned in my previous post the brilliant Lucinda Williams gig at 3rd and Lindsley on Sunday night.  I didn’t refer to our new U.S. friends that were at our table.

A very nice bunch of learned music fans who enriched our evening.  When I say enriched, i mean intellectually and alcoholically, as one generous soul persisted in buying us drinks during the show.

We made it back to the hotel – some needing considerable assistance – said our goodbyes to our friends Bryant and Colleen (we hope to catch up with them later in California).  Baz and Sue we will see again at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.

All this excitement meant a late start to the next part of our road journey.  We got away from Nashville at around 10.30 and headed east on the I-40.  Beautiful countryside as we traversed part of The Appalachian Mountains.  The Buddy (Miller) and Jim (Lauderdale) show on Sirius Radio being a hoot.  Trish was so quiet at the back of the van we wondered if we had left her behind.

We stopped near Crossville for lunch.

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Crossville was well on the way to Asheville and not that far from Waynesville, Knoxville and Hooterville (okay, the last one was a hoax – I think it’s from the TV show Green Acres)

Eventually we crossed the North Carolina border and decided to stop at a Welcome Centre.  As we pulled into the car park, we noticed someone in a bed in the back of a ute and a woman doing some serious wardrobe adjustment in the open, not really that far from the restrooms.  We thought we wouldn’t hang around long.  The vendor machine seemed to be vending an inadvertent 2-for-1 deal which was a bonus.

We found Asheville and a hotel by around 7.

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Tomorrow a quick exploration of the town and then make for Charleston, South Carolina

Author: Rob Dickens

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