The beau and I headed west to begin our journey to Bonnaroo last Tuesday after some last minute shopping, packing and cramming of stuff into the back of the Fit. I just had to be prepared for traveling with a boy; sometimes they forget the most obvious items. (and I love magically pulling it out, saying “I’ve got that!”)
Because he had never seen Niagara Falls, I suggested that we take the little detour to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. It was ideal weather for that mini break consisting of: walking, sight-seeing, quick bathroom break, and a cherry and kiwi snack.
After an hour or so, we were back on the road and headed toward Ohio. We camped at the state park right on Lake Erie- the same one I had stayed at three years ago during my first road trip. Dinner was at a local diner: buffalo chicken sandwich and fries with a side crunchy pickle. Sorry no photographs yet; a lot was captured with film!
Day two consisted of many hours listening to Tina Fey, ridiculous random shout-outs of town names and a stop in Louisville Kentucky. And what may you ask was in this random city? Lynn’s Paradise Cafe! This place was out of this world fun! It’s been featured on numerous shows on the Food Network, such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Man vs. Food, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Of course the beau had to try the dish that Alton Brown named “The Nation’s Best!” I tried a bite too!
And no, I didn’t finish all that deliciousness myself. I got the fried green tomato sammy with fries– it was okay, could have used more special sauce.
We only had an hour or so to go until we reached Nashville; our final destination for the day. We weren’t in a rush to head to Bonnaroo because we had heard that the line to get in was ridiculous. So, we decided to stay cozy for one last night before “roughing” it. Our host for the evening was the beau’s brother-in-law’s younger sister, Liz. She lives within walking distance of downtown, so we filled up our water bottles (with wine, don’t judge) and hit the streets.
Little did we know prior to walking downtown that it was the CMA awards; and the place was a-hoppin’! Liz actually works for various country artists (insert Chris Church and The Zac Brown Band plug) and was working as we were searching for a place to eat. We ended up at Urban Flats having these treats to relax and reflect on the past two days.
When we left, we stumbled onto a performance that was actually televised for the CMA’s and all I can say is, I am not a country music fan but people down there are hardcore!
It was a long walk back to her place and after all that wine, I was desperate for a bathroom let me tell you. Not my proudest moment pulling down my skirt DIRECTLY across from a police station as a POLICE OFFICER was walking down the street but no worries, I think he knew what had to be done and didn’t bother us. After a couple more glasses of wine while catching up with our lovely host (don’t judge, you’ll notice a reoccurring theme here), we tucked in and called it a night. Bonnaroo in the morning!
But first! We headed to Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress studios in America! They print all of the posters for the Opry and hundreds of artists. Really was a neat place and of course, I got a poster to add to my art collection.
No wine that morning; we hit the road for Manchester, Tennessee for what we had anticipated to be a forever-long wait. Oh, very little did we know…