The Loneliest Highway Nashville to St Louis - Day 6 - 9000 Mile Coast to Coast Solo Motorcycle Trip2
July 1, 2021: Day 6
I start the day with a quick tour of Nashville. I want to see Broadway Street by the day, so I cross the Cumberland River to get downtown. I first swing by the Bicentenial Park which is surrounded by points of interest like the Tennessee State Capitol building and Tennessee State Museum.
Heading out of Nashville I decide to check out lesser traveled roads. Going north and then west I continue through Tennessee. The usual route west from Nashville is through Arkansas and the Ozarks, but I cut north before heading west becauseI specifically want to see the off the beaten path regions of the United States.
My first stop is for a late breakfast at “Golly G's Coffee, Ice Cream & Sweets”. This bakery is in Pleasant Valley Tennessee. I enjoy a grilled cheese and ham sandwich with chips and a drink.
An hour or two after leaving Nashville just about on the border of Kentucky the slow changeover from the East to the Midwest is complete. The Appalachians are long gone, the hills and forests thing out and are replaced by flatter lands and fields of corn.
My plan was to head Northwest on route 91 and then north on 45. This route would avoid the highways and link up with route 50 continuing west. But both my GPS and phone light up red along my intended route and refuses to cross the mighty Ohio River in that direction, instead the gps guides me due north continuing on route 41. I can only assume a bridge must be out or there is some other traffic event.
Continuing North on 41 I’m in Henderson, Kentucky and looking for lunch. An officer of the law strikes up conversation with me. He’s on motorcycle so I’m sure it’s a mix of diligently checking out a newcomer to town and a friendly desire to talk bikes with a fellow motorcyclist. I ask him for recommendations on where to eat and he points me in the direction of the fast food places along the highway. I don’t follow his advice because I’m hoping for something a bit more local. But, I find all the local restaurants in town are closed despite the nice looking town center by the river.
A bit frustrated I cross the Ohio River towards Evansville, Indiana. Leaving the rain behind I continue Northwest on Indiana State Route 66. The terrain changing over from the hills of the Appalachians to this farmland happens so gradually I hardly even noticed, but I’ve as I approach Evansville it quite clear that entered the vast cornfields of America.
And soon I’m in Illinois connecting to route 50 by way of 45 looking for a place to stop for the night. I’m about an hour and a half east of St Louis in Salem, Illinois and since this town is on the well known cross country route of route 50 there are plenty of recommendations from published travel guides. One guide recommend, “The Continental” in Salem. I do not. The place is well past its prime, and just driving by will raise the hairs on your neck. If this place doesn’t set off your spidey sense, consider a different hobby.
I make a quick stop at the grocery store to stock up on water, snacks, and dinner for the evening. By now the sun is just about under the horizon so I make a quick decision to find the nicest place in town figuring a newly constructed hotel right on the junction with the interstate is going to be my best bet. I find what I’m looking for in a newly minted Holiday Inn Express right on the cloverleaf to I-57 a few blocks from the Walmart and sleep easy.
3:16 Out of Nashville
06:27 The Rain Begins
07:55 No More Mountains, but plenty of corn
09:13 Raining Harder
12:00 After the Rain the Skies are Beautiful
14:21 No Food at the Kentucky/Indiana Border
16:50 Even more Beautiful Skies
19:49 The Most Isolated Stretch of Highway East of the Mississippi
22:18 The Last Stop of the Day in Salem, Illinois
The Shanty - Roy Edwin Williams
Different Times -Jett Everill
Rust on the Tracks - Peter Crosby
West of the Soul - River Foxcroft
Virginia Highway - Tigerblood Jewel
Ball and Chain Blues - Peter Crosby
Muddy up the Dirt - Will Harrison
Wild Rooster - Tigerblood Jewel
Just Keep Playing - The Tap Room
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