Leaving Nashville we ended up driving right through the lightning storm. We took a video of it so here's a screen shot from the video to give you an idea of what it was like:
It was seriously one of the scariest nights of my life. Chris assured me that we would be fine especially because we were in a car which made no sense to me. All of a sudden it started pouring on us and we had to get off the freeway. We pulled over close to a fire station and watched the storm on our weather app. It was coming right for us so we had no other choice but to keep going. We hopped right back on the road and before we knew it we were ahead of the storm again.
Made it safely out of Tennessee and into Kentucky a few hours later. We had planned to visit the Mammoth Caves but we learned shortly after double checking the hours on Google that the park was closed until May--bummer!
We stopped around 1am which was actually 2am (we were now in east coast time) at a 24 hr Walmart to sleep. Shortly after we lied down it started to pour on us. Windy and hard rain for hours on and off. We still slept til about 8:30am and we got up to no rain.
We made our bagels and headed to Starbucks then got on the road again to heard towards Pittsburgh PA. Driving through Kentucky was gorgeous. Green everywhere and blue and white cloudy skies.
On the way to Pittsburg we went through Ohio. Really had no desire to see anything there however, we quickly changed our minds when we saw "Phantom Fireworks" off one of the exits.
Chris had always loved blowing things up as a child. I'm sure knowing that already should have told me something. Just kidding. He was so excited at the possibility of getting some fireworks that it was like he was a kid in a candy store all over again. They had buy one get one free and really affordable pricing. We just got a few things--nothing too dangerous. We were wondering how it was possible for us to buy them here and bring them with us back home and the people at the store informed us of their very crafty rule. As long as you are taking them out of state, its perfectly fine to have them. So clever.
After our fireworks adventure, we stopped for lunch and coffee in a little town in Ohio. As soon as we got out of the car we instantly felt the humidity. We aren't fans of the wet heat.
It was both of our first times at the Waffle House and boy was everyone welcoming. Right as you walk in you're made to feel like a couple of locals. Their food was actually really decent considering they are a diner chain. Everyone loved our story and it seemed like they were so excited to be a part of it. They gave us a couple of Waffle House paper hats and syrup (so cute!)
Back on the road again!! Next stop, Pittsburgh PA.