AT trail-days-2015

Hitchhiking Tennessee

I should being pedalling now from Chicago to Santa Monica by Bicycle Route 66 but instead was hitchhiking from Nashville to Mountain City, Tennessee.

 

My bike delivery in reality is going to take ten days instead of two so I decided to take a bus to Nashville and visit my friends there for a couple of days, then hitch to Mountain City to stay at Appalachian Folk School during the great event – Damascus Trail Days.

 

Nashville

Nashville

From last year, when I hiked the Appalachian trail, I knew it was possible to hitchhike along the trail, so I took my chance to do it from Nashville. I was sure it would be fine, but it was much better than any expectations.

 

People made a u-turns to pick me up and drove extra 30-40 miles to drop me at better locations! After a few rides I got an idea to take pictures of my drivers, so open, colourful and interesting personality they had. Luckily they never mind to be photographed! Unfortunately, not always I remember to do it while chatting with them…

 

Nashville and Asheville

Nashville

 

I stayed with my Facebook friends, Alfia and Renat, who invited me since I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. They showed me around. Everything in Nashville downtown is about country music. Country musicians start performing in the pubs along Broadway almost from the morning. Next night in Asheville a picture was the same – the whole town was singing and dancing.

 

Photo album

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.

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