Day One Hundred Five

Driving Thoughts

My ladies-only trip to Nashville officially came to a close today when I dropped my mom and sisters off at the airport and made my way north on I-65.  I didn’t have time to stop and check out any trails like I did on my trip south on Day One Hundred Two.  I was dreading the thought of walking anyhow, because after all the weekend’s wanderings, my legs were SORE.  It wasn’t so much the amount of walking we did, but all of the hills and stairs.  This flat-as-a-pancake-prairie girl was not accustomed to all of that CLIMBING!

Between listening to N.P.R.’s Diane Rehm Show and Bluegrass Junction on Sirius XM, my mind wandered on the six hour drive.  I found myself walking through all the places I’ve explored since Friday:

  • The Tunnel HIll Trail, in Southern Illinois
  • The Stones River Greenway and The Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge in the East Hills neighborhood of Nashville
  • The streets of downtown Nashville
  • The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Cumberland River
  • The Bicentennial Mall State Park
  • The atria at the Opryland Resort
  • The Shelby Bottoms Greenway in the East Hills neighborhood of Nashville

Although this is a great list of places to visit, walk, and (eventually) write about, my thoughts dwelt on how it was good to laugh with my sisters and hear about their families.  I realized how grateful I was to my mom for being her wonderful self and making the trip a reality.  Finally, I reminded myself to thank my husband for graciously altering his schedule and taking charge at home.

Good day, good trip!

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