Greetings from…Memphis! :) After another week working in Nashville, I’m safe at home. Safe, and zonked.
For the most part, the week was quiet. I worked my paid job in the morning and my unpaid job for a few hours in the afternoon and evening. And I walked a lot in between.
I started on Sunday with a return to Two Rivers Park and Shelby Bottoms trails. Y’all remember this bridge over the Cumberland River from my last Nashville trip:
Here’s a look from the bridge down to the Shelby Bottoms greenway:
Not so bad getting down there, but getting back up wasn’t so much fun.
After my walk, I headed to Subway for a quick supper and then a trip to Kroger for some yogurt to keep in my room. That’s when I discovered my wallet was missing. The wallet that I put in MY BACK POCKET BEFORE I WENT ON MY 3-MILE WALK.
I tore my purse and car apart, of course, retraced my steps to Subway (no luck) before dashing back over to the park to repeat my walk. I didn’t especially remember having it at the park, but I hadn’t actually needed it either, you know?
So I run-walked along for a bit, intent on checking out one particular bench where I had paused to reset my playlist and had perched on a bench for a minute. My hope was that the sitting movement might have pushed my wallet out of my pocket there, and that it was tucked in behind the bench where no one would notice it even though it’s bright red and shiny.
No luck, so with darkness pending, I headed back to the hotel to look up the phone numbers of my credit card and bank. Along the way I prayed that they’d be able to overnight replacements, because I had about $40 in cash to last the week and I had to get gas in my car. (My plan had been to use one of my bank’s branches in Nashville to get cash and to use my credit card to fill up the gas tank.) As I was walking into my hotel, I felt oddly calm. I had a plan.
I also had a wallet. It was in the floor of my hotel room, where it had apparently fallen at some point before my departure. Needless to say, it was a hallelujah moment! Also needless to say, I developed a minor case of OCD with respect to wallet-checking the rest of the week.
With all that drama, I decided to avoid the trails on Monday afternoon and walk from my hotel to Opry Mills, a nearby shopping mall I’ve never been to before and really had no desire to see at all. But it wasn’t a trail, so I packed my Life is Good backpack with my wallet and other essentials and headed out for the day’s adventure.
Nothing particularly interesting along the early part of the walk. I did go into the FREE Dukes of Hazard Museum, where there’s a pretty good collection of memorabilia. If you are/were a fan of the show, it would be worth a stop-in.
From there, I headed through the Opryland Hotel.
Nothing says ‘Nashville’ like a bunch of New Orleans-inspired balcony and palm trees. A slow drizzle had started up by the time I got there, so I dashed in a side door and promptly got lost. I think I walked two miles up and down stairs just to get to the atrium.
From there, I passed the Grand Ol’ Opry (new):
Pretty, but closed, so I kept trekking until I reached the mall. Now, I know I snapped a couple of pictures in the mall, but I can’t seem to find them. I did, however, find a picture of my dinner.
I love Which Wich sandwiches. They have a delicious healthy-fat olive spread that adds tons of flavor to the simplest sandwich. We don’t have the brand here in Memphis, so I took the opportunity to enjoy a muffaletta-sorta for dinner. The only downside was the food court ambiance.
After walking once around the mall, I headed back to my hotel. My feet were screaming at me by that point. My total walk time was about 2 hours for Monday, so I guessed they earned the right.
Tuesday’s walk was along the Stones River Greenway, starting at the Percy Priest Dam.
This path starts at the dam and actually connects to the greenway I walked on Monday. It would make for an awesome bike ride.
For Wednesday’s walk, I chose another section of the Stones River Greenway. This leg started at the Heartland trailhead and had the river on one side and farmland on the other. There were also hills.
This was a single hill. The image on the left was my view. The one on the right is the POV of my shoes.
Other scenes from this section of trail:
Even with the hills, this is my favorite section of the greenway. I like the openness of it vs. the towering trees of the other greenways.
But they’re all good, and my six hours walking them was time well spent.
Today, I only squeezed in a half-hour walk, but I’m headed out to one of the local greenways tomorrow morning for a longer walk. I’ll be glad to get back to the gym next week so that I can rest a bit.
Speaking of next week, I’m not working or traveling next week, so I hope to have content that might be useful. Or at least entertaining.
Have a great weekend, everyone!