Acrobats of China

That might seem like a strange headline for someone who’s just left the bright lights of Nashville in their rear view mirror but, let’s face it, Nashville, as wonderful and vibrant as it is, is a city that pulses with a younger beat. And as much as I enjoyed it, a good, slightly-more-than-a-day there was plenty for me. While in Nashville, I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is currently featuring an outstanding exhibit titled Armadillos and Outlaws about the Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings musical break from Nashville to Austin in the early ’70s. The previous day I visited The National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee. During the Civil War, Tennessee, probably more so than any other state, was deeply divided as to its loyalties: it contributed more soldiers to the Confederacy than any other state except Virginia, but also contributed a large number of Union forces to the North. The army Grant led at Shiloh was named the Tennessee volunteers. But back to China… As I drove through Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (yes, that Pigeon Forge, home to Dolly Wood), in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, I saw a sign proclaiming Acrobats of China. Earlier in the day, I clicked over 22,000 miles on my odometer since leaving Concord on May 17. The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles (yes, of course, I had to look that up), but thought, wow, that’s pretty cool. I could be in China now or, perhaps, even a little beyond. Maybe, I thought, I should just keep on going!

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    1. Annie: I’m keeping my eye on Florence. Should be okay, but you never know. Consistent rains are dampening my camping possibilities, but what can you do? See you soon.


  1. Hi Jim! While I must say your photos are spectacular I have to admit I haven’t read much of the blog itself. However, wondering exactly where you were, I started searching for your latest post. I loved the Nashville area, but then I am a big country music fan… However, your comment on China got me thinking. If the circumference of the Earth is 24901 miles and you’ve traveled 22000 miles, it seems to me that you would be almost back to where you started, maybe in the Atlantic somewhere, not China which would be half the circumference away… (Just my mathematical mind kicking in here…) Glad to see you are almost home and headed away from Florence. Looking forward to seeing you when you return. Wait til you see the neighborhood!


    1. Hey Sue: You are absolutely right — I would probably be somewhere in the Atlantic now if I had started out going west. I crossed the Smokies yesterday and am in a little town outside of Asheville — Black Mountain. I’ll be heading north on Friday. Hope you and Moe haven’t let things get too crazy on Elsinore!


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