Sunday, March 28, 2010
Stones River Greenway Trail of Nashville
Stones River Greenway is a nice paved trail that follows the Stones River down from Percy Priest Lake. The scenery is cool as you wind your way through the trees. Parts of the trail get interesting when you make your way onto a canti-levered bridge system. I had taken the wrong spur trail which lead past some nice old buildings. This added a couple of miles to my planned 6 mile out and back. Just past the Kohl's parking lot you cross the Stones River on an old structure bridge. At this point two gals past me on the run. On the return portion we came to a lengthy hill. I could here the girls behind me saying they wanted to beat me up the hill. Well this Colorado trail runner is not going to let a couple of Tennessee runners beat me on a hill, no matter how out of shape I feel.
Back at the trail head I spotted some guys bouldering just across the river close to I-40. This got my desire up to try a little scrambling while I was in Nashville. Although I have no other Nashville climbing areas to compare it to, this is a nice place to climb.
Most of my time in Nashville was spent pursuing country music. Michelle and I seen Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and many others at the Grand Ol Opry. The next two nights we headed downtown to the honky-tonks to listen to some hungry artists. The atmosphere in Tootsie's Orchid Lounge was much livelier than any other bar. The line dancing and huge stage at Wildhorse Saloon was not my style.
I hit two breweries in Nashville: Blackstone and Big River. I also visited my first liquor store that did not sell beer. We visited the Belle Meade plantation. Oh yeah and we went to Willie Nelson's museum.