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post #41 of 54 Old 03-27-2019, 10:04 AM
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Nashville is Tuesday, May 14. Planning on staying at a relatively swanky to-be-determined place there as a final-night treat. The push home is the 15th.
I am glad you changed to Nashville from Jackson, TN. There are several nice hotels in downtown Nashville with convenient access to dining and entertainment. We like the Hotel Indigo. If you push on to Memphis instead as I thought you had originally planned, the Peabody Hotel would be my first choice, Hotel Indigo the second. Again, both near dining and entertainment.

Also, just curious, it looks like you are going south on US 61 from Memphis and crossing the Mississippi River at Helena-West Helena Arkansas. Any reason for this as opposed to just staying on I-40 out of Memphis? With the long distances you are travelling the final two days, it does not seem like you would have time to spend at the casinos or Blues Trail attractions.

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That trip looks great! I am planning to take my Porsche out to LA soon, from Miami. I am not sure if I will just ship it or drive it. If I drive, I would prefer to be on secondary roads since I find highways to be painfully boring. I would stay in Bed & Breakfasts instead of chain hotels. Haven't decided yet. It will be slightly cheaper to drive, I just need to have the days off from work . I would like about 5 days to cross the country.
I endeavor to stay off Interstates, too. Note the Day 1 segment from Dallas to Omaha (where I spent my high school years). It's all on U.S. 75, even though the Interstates would save me about 2 hours. U.S. 75 basically runs from within a mile of my home in downtown Dallas to within a mile of my old high-school home. That's one day of the trip for which I won't need detailed maps, LOL!

If you decide to drive, hit me up for some route suggestions. I've driven all around the southern and southwestern U.S. and can steer you in the right directions (ahem).

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I am glad you changed to Nashville from Jackson, TN. There are several nice hotels in downtown Nashville with convenient access to dining and entertainment. We like the Hotel Indigo. If you push on to Memphis instead as I thought you had originally planned, the Peabody Hotel would be my first choice, Hotel Indigo the second. Again, both near dining and entertainment.

Also, just curious, it looks like you are going south on US 61 from Memphis and crossing the Mississippi River at Helena-West Helena Arkansas. Any reason for this as opposed to just staying on I-40 out of Memphis? With the long distances you are travelling the final two days, it does not seem like you would have time to spend at the casinos or Blues Trail attractions.
Yeah, Jackson just looks like a semi-hellhole, LOL. I've never been to Nashville, so I figure if I'm gonna finally roll through, I'll stay a night and splurge a bit. The Indigo's a good suggestion; noted! Thanks!

I've stayed at the Peabody in Memphis, as well as the River Inn on the island. Great places, both, though for different reasons!

That Mississippi River crossing south of Tunica is one of only two that I've never used south of St. Louis. (The other one is the Chester Bridge between Missouri & Illinois). Knocking it off the list! I've knocked around the delta a couple of times, so no need to repeat that on a trip with 'other' priorities.
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if i am reading this right the night in Cleveland will be May 6th, correct?

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if i am reading this right the night in Cleveland will be May 6th, correct?
That's correct! Staying in North Olmstead near the airport since Cleveland proper is a bit off the path (and Cuyahoga Valley N.P. is on it).

If you're game for a meetup, let me know!

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hehehe. i live in the city directly north of north olmsted. i'd be happy to meet up for dinner and a few beers. depending on when you arrive possibly driving around for a few sights.


let me know where you are staying and i'll tell you if it's worth it or not.

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Wow. What an amazing story. How are do you feel nowadays?

We haven’t yet decided on the route or stopovers yet. We literally got the dates confirmed for annual leave yesterday. Was hoping to get some advice on here.

I’ll probably start another thread so as not to rail road this one.

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My wife and I just locked down 8th-19th June for our trip to Italy from the UK via the Swiss Alps. It’s something which we’ve both had on our bucket list for years.
Wow, that sounds absolutely fantastic. Might I enquire as to where in Italy you're going & what route through the Swiss Alps you intend to take? Both are truly beautiful countries but I have a particular soft spot for Switzerland which is simply stunning. I visited many times as a kid & had always promised to take my wife there but we'd somehow never got around to it. However some 20+ years ago I was involved in an extremely serious motorcycle accident (Hit by a car from the side due to someone else's carelessness, for which the driver was prosecuted). Multiple broken bones, compound fractures of the tib & fib, crushed foot, large blood loss, brain trauma, pulmonary embolism, etc etc. Anyhow, when in hospital I was for some days drifting in & out consciousness. Unless it was the middle of the night, whenever I came to, my wife was usually sat by my bedside, gently holding my hand & talking to me. She spent hour upon hour, day after day there bless her. When I did eventually leave hospital she also had to dress me for some months & I took an awful lot of looking after (I was actually in plaster cast for 2 weeks 3 days short of a full year). Obviously it took some considerable time before I could walk again unaided (2 years) but as soon as I was able to I booked that tour of Switzerland I'd always promised her. When we went I was actually still using crutches most of the time but we still went all over the place & up quite a number of the highest mountains. I don't think I've ever seen my wife look so happy. She had almost a permanent fixed grin. I've since taken her back on many occasions & she can still hardly ever stop grinning. She just absolutely adores the country & I'd have to say so do I. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/718forum/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/IMG]
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Wow. What an amazing story. How are do you feel nowadays?

We havenít yet decided on the route or stopovers yet. We literally got the dates confirmed for annual leave yesterday. Was hoping to get some advice on here.

Iíll probably start another thread so as not to rail road this one.
With regards to how I feel it was never really going to be something I was ever likely to make a complete recovery from. I've actually now had a total of 18 operations, the most recent of which was only last year. That was supposed to be pretty minor, but you know how it is, sometimes s--t just happens. So admittedly things could be better but they could also be considerably worse. I'm ok though. Anyway enough of that, enjoy your trip & if you've never been to Switzerland before you'll be shocked at the depth of its beauty. I'm far from being an expert on the country, though I have done several tours & also visited my favourite locations on numerous occasions. However if there is anything you think I might possibly be able to help you with then please feel free to PM me & I'll endeavour to do so. In the meantime & just to wet your appetite :-
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I endeavor to stay off Interstates, too. Note the Day 1 segment from Dallas to Omaha (where I spent my high school years). It's all on U.S. 75, even though the Interstates would save me about 2 hours. U.S. 75 basically runs from within a mile of my home in downtown Dallas to within a mile of my old high-school home. That's one day of the trip for which I won't need detailed maps, LOL!

If you decide to drive, hit me up for some route suggestions. I've driven all around the southern and southwestern U.S. and can steer you in the right directions (ahem).
Iíll definitely ask your advice if I do the roadtrip. I did a google map route avoiding highways. I would probably stop in Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico. Also, I would start with one short leg to the Tampa area and spend the night with family, so Tarpon Springs to somewhere in Mississippi is doable. 10 hours a day seems reasonable starting from the gulf coast.
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Yep: the Bangor-to-Nashua segment is Friday, May 10. Let's meet up for dinner with @CaymanMatt !

Nashville is Tuesday, May 14. Planning on staying at a relatively swanky to-be-determined place there as a final-night treat. The push home is the 15th.
It turns out I'm heading to Boston that night so I will be coming through Nashua, unfortunately without Iris (our CGTS) as I've had bad experiences in Boston and don't want to risk it. Our timing and therefore ability to be there will depend on when my wife gets home. Her career frequently makes us late -or absent- to whatever gathering we're supposed to be at.

With that said let's plan for a gathering of whoever is local & can make it. Is there anyone here who lives near Nashua and could suggest good places to meet? I do know there is a micro-brew in town that could work. That's about the extent of my knowledge though.
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