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Old 01-16-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Cool2 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.



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



The General Jackson, like me, waiting for spring.




The Nashville Greenway as it crosses the Cumberland River.




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.




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/




Downtown Nashville from the parking lot at LP Field.




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



The Ryman Auditorium








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




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.



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



The weirdest statue I have ever seen.




Fort Nashboro



The Tennessee State Capitol: a grand old building.



The Parthenon




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






A nice little ride.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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Very nice! Thanks for the tour. What's the Parthenon used for? it's gorgeous
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the photo tour. Nicely done. My current job has me passing that way every other month or so.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:11 PM   #4
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Very nice! Thanks for the tour. What's the Parthenon used for? it's gorgeous
The Parthenon is mostly a museum and art venue. It is also the center piece of Centennial Park.

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Old 01-16-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for the photo tour. Nicely done. 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.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:11 PM   #6
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I love Nashville also,thanks for the pics.enjoyed.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:38 AM   #7
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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.

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:39 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
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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!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #10
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Nashville must be one of the best places in the US to live, great people...
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All my preferred riding is outside any city.




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
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Very cool local ride report.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:50 PM   #13
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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


A lot of us were hoping that so called "piece of art" should have gotten washed away during the flood.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:24 PM   #14
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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?


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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!


aldntn, nice report! I've been to most of the places in your pics but it's been awhile,gotta get back soon. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:52 PM   #15
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Shhhhh. We're crowded enough.

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

Great pics, you summed her up nicely.
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