Sorry I am late with this. Have been camping without access to internet, electricity or both.
Since last: Tupelo MS. Elvis, Elvis, and more Elvis. A couple days up the Natchez Trace Scenic Parkway to Nashville. Beautiful ride. Rolled into Nashville the day before the Country Music Awards. I ended up staying 3 nights and had a blast, great musicians everywhere, lots of short shorts with cowboy boots. My partners, not being music fans, headed to NC. From Nashville I went north to Versailles KY. Toured an amazing Stud Farm. Tour and above photo complements of Michaela and boyfriend Aidan. From KY. to West Virginia and a run on the New River. Hoping to get a free nights stay and day on the water as (legendary) CA. guide I made the mistake of asking if I could camp in the Adventures on the Gorge base camp. I was quickly corrected that it is not a base camp but a resort. I rolled in to 100+ ac., 3 restaurant, 2 full bar, live music venue, three layer pool (Vegas style) etc. with 14 different adventure activities. I got lucky and ended up having drinks with a couple of the owners. A huge and very impressive operation. Great day on the river, fun class IV, similar to the Merced in intensity, much larger volume. They rate it a V based on a lot of very nasty undercuts. At the level I saw they were all pretty easy to avoid. On to Charlottesville VA. tonight. Hope to meet back up with my team tomorrow somewhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Plan to spend the weekend in Maryland, then up to DC to see some family.
Hope all is well with you all.