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So... we couldn’t find a hotel in the Nashville area (or witihin a 30 mile radius!) for tonight (well especially not one that suited our budget!)...

what with a marathon going on in Nashville and what seemed like some major dog show (we kept seeing people with fancy dogs coming out of the hotel we were at last night, and various important sporting events ...etc...)... so we made an executive decision this morning that we would head into Nashville for a few hours and then head to Indianapolis where we booked our hotel room. Thus getting a bit closer to home... and our research uncovered a promising venue for music... but that will be tomorrow night.

Posing with some legends of Country Music in Nashville!So in Nashville I headed straight (excitedly) over to the Ryman Auditorium... only to discover it to be closed! Apparently a live radio show was being recorded today... drats! anyway I headed over to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum which I hurried through - but found to be quite excellent. I especially liked the Chet Atkins exhibit... Always loved his playing...

I also popped in at the Hatch Show Print shop. I had read a bit about the shop and was excited to check the place out... they are one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. They did a lot of the posters for shows at the Grand Old Oprey and stuff like that. The presses weren’t running today but it was still cool to see all the equipment and look at poster prints.

Then we drove 5 hours to get to Indianapolis... it reached 90°F today when we were in Nashville... it was around 80°F when we hit the border of Pittsburgh... within an hour it was 46°F !!! We were in summer clothes and freezing when we got out of the car!

Clive at Borroum’s Drug Store - begging for a sip of Smoky's shake...Well once we got settled in our hotel... ate some Denny’s... Skyped home... and I got a couple of shots of JD in me... David was insisting that I give Clive a bath (which I have been promising for the last few nights - Clive has gotten to be a bit o a mess. What with hanging out in bars... lying in puddles of beer... numerous face-plants... a dive behind the bar in New Orleans... etc). So I undertook the project and have some stills to document the ordeal...

Clive in the tub...Clive getting dry!Clive looks like a million bucks in Indianapolis!!