I've seen a similar thread to this in the past, but it was with slightly different circumstances so I figured I'd start my own. I am looking to take about a weeks vacation time (maybe up to 9 days if I include the following weekend) and take a motorcycle trip from my NY home to music city and back sometime this summer. I will be riding my highly modified 1978 kz750 and I hope to take my two main instruments (mandolin and clarinet) with me and find chances to play them all along the way. The path I am planning on taking is more or less like this, although I plan on taking back roads to highways as much as possible. I have friends and family along the way to crash with for the most part, although I don't know anyone near Louisville. It seems like such a historic place that I had to cut through there anyways. I've been to nashville 2 or three times before several years back, but I'm much more into bluegrass now (and a much better player). I'm 23 years old and hoping to have an adventure that will make the rest of the year writing software for hospitals bearable. Anyone have ideas for famous bluegrass landmarks (THE Clinch Mountain, etc), jams, places to eat, things to do, advice? People that want a fill in bluegrass mando player for a gig? Any ideas on when would be a good time to take this trip? I was going to do the first week in July, but I ended up putting an offer on a house, and I think I should take some more time to save for that and set up my bike a little more. I definitely want to take my vacation before the end of the summer, say labor day weekend... Any ideas at all?