This Driving Shortcut Can Shave Hours Off of a Nashville Road Trip
Just ask Willie Nelson’s tour bus drivers.
To quote Willie Nelson, "Ain't it funny how time slips away?" Especially when you’re crawling along the highway in traffic and your GPS shows no signs of salvation.
When it comes to life on the road, Willie Nelson is King. So when it comes to life navigating the roads, who better to ask than his tour bus drivers? In a recent article, Popular Mechanics interviewed Nelson’s drivers—Gates "Gator" Moore and Tony Sizemore, who've split Shotgun Willie’s tour bus driving for almost 40 years—for their best intel.
The duo revealed everything from how to survive getting lost (”If you're lost, keep it to yourself. Act confident, even if you've got no idea where you are,” Moore advises) to the right way to ask for directions. One common thread in their advice? We need to stop with depending too much on GPS. "For interstates, generally, north–south routes have odd numbers, growing larger from west to east. East–west routes are even, getting bigger from south to north. That's not the kind of thing you're gonna learn from GPS," points out Sizemore.
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Sizemore also remind readers to not let GPS override your common sense and pay careful attention to billboards. If you start to see billboards for excursions and hotels in the the city you're trying to get out of—surprise!—you're probably not headed the right way.
Of all their tips, our favorite was a terrific shortcut to make it to ever-popular Music City: “If you're coming from Chicago to Nashville, people assume you come down 65 through Indianapolis,” explains Sizemore. “But if you take 57 on the Illinois side and hit 24, it's 20 miles faster with no major cities in between.”
Perfect excuse to plan a road trip to catch Kenny Rogers’ farewell concert.