This morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast with Ally at Cafe Eclectic in Memphis. Ally and her roommates generously housed us last night at their home, and it was great to catch up with our good friend over a meal of Nutella stuffed french toast, biscuits with chicken and gravy, and a “sunny tater” hash. 

The next stop of the day was Nashville, Tennessee. We wanted to try the famous “hot chicken” at Hattie B’s, but the line was so long (even at 1:45pm) and we had so little time in Nashville, that we decided to skip it. Mistake??? We headed to Lower Broadway (a “renowned entertainment district for country music”) for lunch instead, and we ended up at Honky Tonk Central for a chicken sandwich, chili, and live country music. The venue had three floors and each level has its own artists performing from 11am to 3am daily!

After lunch, we went to the Nashville Farmer’s Market, a covered market that opens late into the afternoon. When we tried to buy a peach to snack on, we were informed that the stand had just closed its register for the day. The very nice lady running the stand told us to enjoy the peach on her, and it was even more delicious after that encounter.

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With our remaining hours in Nashville, we went to the extravagant Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, one of the largest hotels in the world, to look around. The Gaylord Opryland is truly a sight to behold, with sprawling gardens, numerous waterfalls, a river hosting boat tours, skywalks, and four massive atriums housing it all. The whole place felt sort of like a mix between a mall and a small city. 

We still had a three hour drive to Louisville, Kentucky and on the way finished the Serial podcast, season 2! Though not quite as compelling as season 1, we both were intrigued by the behind-the-scenes explanations of everything that happened in relation to Bowe Bergdahl.

Tomorrow is our last day on the road, and we are so excited to finally arrive at our final destination!

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