Memphis to Nashville
Mount Juliet, TN - Events of Tuesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 21, 2014
We made a Walmart run on Tuesday, then relaxed around the RV park and watched barges on the river the rest of the day. We had planned to do some sightseeing on Wednesday, but we found out what we wanted to see was only open on the weekend. Oh well, maybe next time. We ended up relaxing some more.
On Thursday, we did some of our pre-departure chores in the morning, then headed to Memphis for lupper at the Bar-B-Q Shop one more time. We both had chopped pork dinner plates again with slaw and potato salad for our sides. Yum!
On Friday morning, we headed east on I-40 to Nashville to the Cedar Creek Corps of Engineers campground in Mount Juliet, TN located to the northeast of Nashville. We stayed at Cedar Creek the first time we were in Nashville back in 2011. It was supposed to be about a 4½-hour drive from Memphis to Cedar Creek, but it took us almost 5 hours because of traffic slowdowns for two separate accidents and because we had to stop for fuel. We arrived around 1:30.
Cedar Creek has about 60 sites with water and electric (30/50 amp) only. The sites are a good bit closer together than we usually see in Corps of Engineer campgrounds, but the sites are still bigger than many private campgrounds. There are about half dozen lakefront sites and another half dozen across the road from those that have much wider spacing; but the lakefront sites are hard to get on weekends, and they have too much shade for our rooftop satellite dish. The photos below shows our site and some of the other sites in our circle.
The cost for the sites at Cedar Creek is $20 a night except for the ones that are down by the lake. Those are $24. America the Beautiful passes are honored for a 50% discount off the regular rates.
We hung around the campground the rest of the day on Friday and spent a little time on the internet researching things to do. We had a strong Verizon 4G signal.
Margery had made an appointment for a haircut on Saturday morning. Paul dropped her off and went to Lowe's to see if he could get a pin to repair the hinge of the latch on one of our storage bay doors. Getting a haircut at an unknown salon is always a big question mark, but this gal did a good job.
After returning to the campground and successfully repairing the latch, we drove about 30 minutes east to Lebanon, TN to have barbecue for lupper at Tom's Blue Moon Bar-B-Que. We went there the last time we stayed at Cedar Creek, and the barbecue was pretty good.
Tom's has smoked pork, brisket, turkey, chicken, ribs and bologna. Yes, they smoke bologna and serve it with barbecue sauce. We had a sample once at a barbecue joint in Memphis, and it was actually pretty good. Sandwiches at Blue Moon are $5 to $6 and include slaw. Dinner plates are $9 to $11 and include two sides and flat cornbread or Texas toast. Ribs are $13 for a half slab and $22 for a full slab and include two sides and flat cornbread or Texas toast.
We both had pulled pork dinner plates. Margery had slaw and home made potato chips for her sides, and Paul had slaw and potato salad. We both had flat cornbread, which is a cornbread-type batter fried up like pancakes.
The pork was not very smoky, but it was nice and moist and tender. The cole slaw was so-so, but the chips and potato salad were very good as was the flat cornbread.
Tom's has "Sweet and Sassy" and "Sweet and Spicy" barbecue sauces. Both are molasses-based, and as the names suggest, both are quite sweet. They also have South Carolina mustard-based sauce that is on the tart side, so we mixed some of that in with the molasses-based sauce to cut down on the sweetness. We always like it when there is more than one type of barbecue sauce because we can blend it to suit our own taste.
With our bellies full, we headed back to the motor home to relax the rest of the weekend. We don't have a lot of sightseeing planned for our week's stay in the Nashville area, but we have a couple of things we are considering doing. Look for our next post to see what we decided on.