Yeah, I thought so. So, without further ado… meet the Nashville Pedal Tavern.
It’s a trolley. It’s a 16-person bike (well, only 10 people pedal – we’ll get to that in a minute). It’s the perfect vehicle for a bar crawl. It’s the best way to spend your last night in Nashville.
We headed to Tin Roof to kick off our epic adventure around 8pm – love that it was still light outside! Since a few of our friends backed out at the last second, we only had 13 people. Luckily, we picked up a fun group of three middle-aged ladies from Cleveland who were more than happy to abandon their group and come with us!
Unluckily, they chose the seats that didn’t have pedals. So between those three, and our two friends Skyler and Andie who were too short to pedal, everyone else had to pedal most of the time. But that was fine by me! More pedaling equaled more beer drinking. After all, you had to stay hydrated and cool off!
We sat around the Tin Roof parking lot for awhile (and started rolling towards some cars at one point – nothing like a good near-death experience to start your night off right!) and got everything situated. The pedal tavern has a bar in the middle, complete with coolers and a tap for you to bring your own keg, so we made sure to designate the shorties (Skyler and Andie) as bartenders/dance entertainment for the evening.
Pretty soon, it was time to start pedaling! We signed a waiver stating that we chose not to wear helmets, and we were off. The drive down from Tin Roof to Broadway was the most harrowing of the night, because we were on normal roads! And let me tell you – that thing never got above 15 or so mph. So we were quite the hazard. But we were singing along and having a grand old time pedaling, and before we knew it we could see the bright lights of Broadway.
Our driver, Angie, steered us onto a sidestreet and parked. But not before we were passed by a horse-drawn carriage. Now that’s embarrassing! I guess our pedaling wasn’t up to Olympic standards. The downhills were easy, but there were a few times on the uphills where people had to get off and push us!
Then it was off to our first stop of the night – The Stage. One of my favorites.
The schedule was pretty flexible – once you were on Broadway, it was really up to you as to which bars you visited and for how long. So we spent about half an hour at the Stage, then headed back for some more pedaling! At this point, we were already in the general area of all of the bars, so we just kind of pedaled in circles, singing and dancing and working up a sweat before stopping for another drink or two!
Our next stop was at the old Cadillac Ranch (now it has a new name, but it’s still Cadillac Ranch to me!) Sadly, the bull wasn’t in operation so no one could ride it. I’m sure that would have made for some serious entertainment! We danced around, then hopped back on for one last pedal around Broadway.
As you can see, we attracted a lot of stares. And pictures. We also had a lot of fun! Afterward, we hopped off and were already on Broadway, so we just continued our night. It was only 11:30 at this point, so the night was young!
It was the perfect evening – a great way to say farewell to a city that has been my home for so long, and to the people who have made this past year spectacular. I definitely foresee another pedal tavern ride in my future!
After all – you know the night is a success when there is a picture taken with Elvis. Good times, Nashville, good times.