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aldntn 01-16-2011 06:05 PM

My City -- Nashville
 
Although I live in a city, I'm not really a city guy. All my preferred riding is outside any city. Today, after nearly two months of unusually cold and snowy weather, my riding withdrawal peaked and I had to ride some. Since my preferred roads would be icy and dangerous in spots, I thought I'd do a little travelogue of Nashville. So, in no particular order:

I don't have a snow shovel. Who needs it around here? I used my camp shovel to scrape my way out of the garage.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162527.JPG

Opry Mills and Opryland Hotel: still closed after being flooded earlier this year. Maybe open by fall.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162503.JPG

The General Jackson, like me, waiting for spring.


http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162504.JPG

The Nashville Greenway as it crosses the Cumberland River.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162505.JPG


Mill Creek as it is 99.9% of the time. During the earlier flood it was smashing school buildings into cars on I24 about 3 miles from my house.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162506.JPG


No way to get a really good pic here at the Tennessee Central Railroad Museum, but a visit to the museum and ride on one of the trains would be a lot of fun. http://tcry.org/

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162508.JPG


Downtown Nashville from the parking lot at LP Field.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162512.JPG


I'm told by those who know that the mangled red metal in this picture is art.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162511.JPG

The Ryman Auditorium

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162513.JPG

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162514.JPG

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162515.JPG


LP Field. There was a foot of water on the field during the flood.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162516.JPG


The Cumberland River crossed by the pedestrian bridge in the foreground and the newest bridge in the background. On the left, behind the "art" the last building of the old Ingram Barge Company (where my father-in-law worked his entire working career) is being demolished.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162517.JPG

1st Avenue along the river: the oldest of the old buildings.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162518.JPG

The weirdest statue I have ever seen.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162519.JPG


Fort Nashboro

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162520.JPG

The Tennessee State Capitol: a grand old building.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162521.JPG

The Parthenon

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162523.JPG


Union Station. Once a glamorous rail station, now a very nice hotel.

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162525.JPG

http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162526.JPG


A nice little ride.

GB 01-16-2011 06:24 PM

Very nice! Thanks for the tour. What's the Parthenon used for? :ear it's gorgeous :thumb

CottonTop 01-16-2011 08:01 PM

Thanks for the photo tour. Nicely done. :clap My current job has me passing that way every other month or so.

aldntn 01-16-2011 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy (Post 14959620)
Very nice! Thanks for the tour. What's the Parthenon used for? :ear it's gorgeous :thumb

The Parthenon is mostly a museum and art venue. It is also the center piece of Centennial Park.

Parthenon

aldntn 01-16-2011 09:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CottonTop (Post 14960259)
Thanks for the photo tour. Nicely done. :clap My current job has me passing that way every other month or so.

Nashville is a pretty nice town. Its easy to forget the qualities of home.

Cliff-77 01-16-2011 10:11 PM

I love Nashville also,thanks for the pics.enjoyed.

RedDogAlberta 01-17-2011 02:38 AM

Excellent report. Very much enjoyed.

As per the statue atop Union Station/hotel, I give you Golden Boy atop the Manitoba Legislature (equivalent of state capital) building in Winnipeg.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e3...oyWinnipeg.jpg

samthg 01-17-2011 06:39 AM

Never been to that part of the U.S. Nice report & bike. Thanks for showing us part of your world. BTW..."art", come on you know "art" when you see it:lol3.

aldntn 01-17-2011 11:39 AM

Cliff-77, If you have to live in a town, Nashville ain't a bad one.

RedDogAlberta, I used to know the name of the figure on top of Union Station...but, then, I used to know a lot of things...

samthg, I'm still trying to decide if it is art or a railway disaster.

All you guys: thanks for the kind words. Cheers!

KHVol 01-17-2011 12:12 PM

Nashville must be one of the best places in the US to live, great people...

klaviator 01-17-2011 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aldntn (Post 14959505)
All my preferred riding is outside any city.


http://www.artvilla.com/andy/pics/20...6/P1162517.JPG

A nice little ride.

That "artwork" looks like old roller coaster track. I've seen much uglier things call "art"

Riding in the city may not be as exciting as riding out in the mountains but it beats not riding at all. You got some nice pics on this ride, thanks for posting:thumb

E-man 01-17-2011 04:41 PM

Very cool local ride report.
:thumb

frijole 01-17-2011 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by klaviator (Post 14965936)
That "artwork" looks like old roller coaster track. I've seen much uglier things call "art"

Riding in the city may not be as exciting as riding out in the mountains but it beats not riding at all. You got some nice pics on this ride, thanks for posting:thumb



A lot of us were hoping that so called "piece of art" should have gotten washed away during the flood.:D

ETrider 01-17-2011 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aldntn (Post 14964285)
I used to know the name of the figure on top of Union Station...but, then, I used to know a lot of things...


I'm gonna take a guess and say it's Hermes/Mercury maybe?


Quote:

Originally Posted by klaviator (Post 14965936)
That "artwork" looks like old roller coaster track.


That's what I was thinking too. If it came from the old Opryland Theme Park,I probably rode the coaster that was salvaged from! :lol3


aldntn, nice report! I've been to most of the places in your pics but it's been awhile,gotta get back soon. Thanks!:D

iyaoyas98 01-17-2011 05:52 PM

Shhhhh. We're crowded enough. :deal

Please don't reveal the location of Tootsies, it's hard enough getting a beer already. :1drink

Great pics, you summed her up nicely.


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