NASHVILLE is Tennessee's Capital and centerpiece city with a lot to offer. Strategically located on the Cumberland River in the middle of the state, the city is important for its commerce, government, and educational institutions. Nashville is home to 2 million people supporting governmental offices, Vanderbilt University, and home to the Grand Ole Opry - a unique concentration of business, politics, and pleasure. Many consider Nashville to be the "Crossroads of American Culture", so what's not to like?
The Grand Ole Opry has a long musical tradition. It began in 1925 as a simple barn dance broadcast and became legendary for its country music shows. Over the years, the venue has featured bluegrass, country, folk, and comedy performers, delighting thousands who come from the world over to enjoy the show and millions who listen on radio and internet broadcasts. It was fun wandering downtown Nashville to check out the shops, honky-tonks, and museums honoring past music legends.
I'm halfway across Tennessee and impressed by the many changes I've encountered traveling down the Cumberland River: the mountains are now plains, villages replaced by cities, and hillbilly music has morphed into rock-and-roll. The tempo of life has quickened -- it's like awaking from a dream.
During the Great Depression the Tennessee River valley was continually dealing with floods, deforestation, and eroded farmlands. Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933 to encourage job growth and support economic recovery by building dozens of dams and even more energy generation plants in the region. It's reassuring to see that TVA projects still manage flooding and improve agricultural production while generating affordable electricity for 10 million people in the southeast. Very impressive indeed!
Miles 3880, Week 45, Weather 75F☀️