We made it out of the park, and continued on, this time trying to find somewhere to stop, eat, etc. Harding Place and Nolensville Rd was flooded out. No power along Franklin Rd. so the restaurants were closed. We headed back to East Nashville and pulled into Sonic for a quick snack, and then decided to check out the Great Escape's Madison location, which was open and dry, fortunately.
A few purchases later - I found a cool Allman Brothers set for 18 bucks - we set back out. By this time it was around 3:30, so we figured we'd head back across the river in the general direction of the Sheraton. Still trying to show Arlene pieces of our town, I went across the bridge in Madison to the Old Hickory area, home to the dam on the Cumberland, and the DuPont plant. Access to the dam was flooded out. Going on down Old Hickory Blvd towards the Hermitage area, thinking to show Arlene the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), it was flooded out again.
No way out except to go back to Madison. So we did, and headed back down towards town. We got to Briley Parkway, which wasn't closed, and turned to go across the river into Pennington Bend, where the Grand Ole Opry House and associated hotels/tourist things are.
The road SHOULD have been closed.
We made it across the river just fine, and past the Opryland Hotel. Then we saw the water across the road, and folks were slowing down. By this time we were next to the Opry Mills Mall. Arlene started taking pics . . . here's the mall parking lot.
And here's the water we plowed through . . .
Breathing a sigh of relief, we reached the other side unscathed. Then we saw the NEXT big patch of water - OMG, this one looked even deeper and worse. There was a policeman by this one.
We were trying to decide what to do. I could turn around and go the wrong way back to the Opryland Hotel exit, back through that scary patch of water we had just GONE through, or go through this next patch.
We watched. The policeman was letting people drive through, and people were making it out OK. I decided to go for it.
Here's the pics as we went through . . .
This was the car NEXT to us. You can see how deep this stuff was!
And this was the view in front of us.
I was shaking by the time we got through this, and we headed on to the Sheraton to pick up J.J. without mishap.