When we drive home from Minnesota/Wisconsin to Atlanta we like to do a larger chunk of the 16-hour drive on the first day so we can get into Atlanta on the second day before rush hour. Plus, it gives us a chance to possibly get something accomplished when we finally get home...other than collapse on the couch.
We are also pretty strategic about where we stop for our meals and we try to get something we can't easily enjoy in Atlanta. One of those places is Noodles and Company which is a Dean/Flaten favorite. The last one we can go to on our drive is in Nashville, Tennessee and so we typically grab lunch there on the second day of our return drive.
During our last drive down we got an early start and so we were going to be past Nashville by the time Noodles and Company was even open. This gave us a great excuse to do some sightseeing and a chance to stop and see one of the sites whose freeway signs had been intriguing me every time we drove past: the Robert Penn Warren's Museum.
Robert Penn Warren, the author of All the King's Men, and the only winner of the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and poetry, was born in the little town of Guthrie, Kentucky, right on the border with Tennessee. His birthplace home serves as a little museum to the author but we were there bright and early on a Friday and so, unfortunately, the museum wouldn't be open until noon.
As we stopped to take some photos around the house, we had few cars stop and slow down as if they wondered what on earth we were doing there.
And while being Robert Penn Warren's birthplace is certainly Guthrie's claim to fame, a close second would have to be their giant pink elephant which was in the parking lot of a gas station on the way into town where, as the small sign says, you can get boiled peanuts.