Megan and I hit the road on July 28th, 2018. We’d been planning this day for a long time, and it was so exciting to finally hit the road! It was bittersweet, however, driving away and leaving our friends, family, and former lives behind. We enjoyed a huge party back home shortly before leaving, and our closest friends and family met us to wish us farewell the morning we hit the road. It was hard to say goodbye.
The first day, I did the majority of the driving. We drove from our home in Highlands Ranch, CO, to a small town outside of Hays, KS. The excitement of finally hitting the road clashed heavily with the boring landscape of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. We arrived fairly late to our campground. We were both so exhausted all we could do was unhitch and get some sleep!
The next day, we made our way toward Danville, MO. Megan did an amazing job planning our route keeping us at about 400 miles per day. Today would be a little more exciting, going through Kansas City! We didn’t have any stops planned (navigating through a city is extremely difficult with the trailer) but we knew we wanted some famous KC BBQ! Unfortunately I forgot the name of the restaurant. It was a small place and it catered to truckers… and therefor us!
We stayed the night at Lazy Days campground, near Danville, MO. It was a very nice campground and the owners were very nice. We both wished he had more time to explore the area, especially the nearby rivers! However, Megan and I both wanted to prioritize a trip to Nashville. So, the next day, we packed up and drove another 400 miles to Nashville!
We planned two nights in Nashville, which awesome but not enough time to explore everything we wanted to explore. To make the most of the full day we had, we decided to buy tickets on a hop on hop off tour bus!
Nashville dubs itself as “Music City” and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is there a rich history of music (Elvis, Dolly Parton, & Johnny Cash all recorded here), but the streets share successful and aspiring musicians alike. “Musicians Row” is a neighborhood in Nashville seemingly dedicated to recording some of the biggest musical acts today. Certainly an area I’d love to spend more time next time!
In addition to the overwhelming presence of music, Nashville boasts some incredible architecture and history. We visited the store owned by TVs famed “American Pickers”, saw the Tennessee State Capitol, and the campus of Vanderbilt University.
Bobby’s Idlehour Tavern sits in Music Row, a stones throw from Taylor Swifts recording studio. While we were there, they had $3 drafts and it was singer/ songwriter stage night. My kind of place! Especially with a name like that! Sadly, the bartender informed us they’re being taken over by venture capitalists, and the bar will be shut down shortly. Unfortunate, as this was the only dive on music row. I somehow imagine having a beer here with the guitarist from the Zac Brown Band taking a break from the studio. It was fun to have a couple of drinks and hear some fantastic live music. Hopefully Nashville keeps this place alive!
Two nights in Nashville basically capped off our road trip. It was time to make our way to our new home in Virginia and settle in before Megan starts work. I would say we enjoyed every minute, but the truth is that much travel can be taxing. We were both looking forward to slow things down and see what our next few months in Virginia will bring!