ADVrider

ADVrider (http://www.advrider.com/forums/index.php)
-   Day Trippin' (http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=79)
-   -   Tennessee Plates (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801407)

8trackmind 06-19-2012 07:43 PM

Tennessee Plates
 
You know those epic ride threads with the great writing and awesome photography?
This ain't it.
You’ve seen those colorful people in faraway places on exotic machines interacting with the native indigenous peoples?
This ain’t it.
Have you ever been so intrigued by a soul stirring ride report that you spent an entire evening reading every page?
This ain’t it.
So just what is this longwinded mess?
It’s me blundering through the Tennessee countryside with a camera in one hand, and a peach fried pie in the other.

Read on if you dare but heed my warning; Poor photos, bad grammar, shaky cinematography and ignorance are the only recurring themes…so don’t flame me. :1drink
But, what I lack in substance, I hope to make up in sheer volume. Yep, plenty of photos with just enough boring prose to tie it all together...sort of.


Here's what I look like if you ever see me out on your road...:huh
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5938.jpg


It was a nice day today. 70 ish, overcast, but still nice. Finished up at work early and hit the road. No real plan, but I ended up at the Hatchie wildlife viewing area. (info)
Went down some gravel roads. (my route is the red line)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...urehatchie.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5889.jpg
Lake side photo. (pre crash)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5878.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5881.jpg
More road
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5877.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5879.jpg
Got some nifty new SW Motech crash bars yesterday. Had no idea I would get to test ‘em so soon! (yeah, right)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5883.jpg
The Strom got sleepy and took a dirt nap here: (it was a bit more muddy than I thought)
I've read that they were rather lazy and like to take naps often.
Mine was smart and decided on a nice soft spot to take a snooze.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...DSCN5884-1.jpg
Easy to see what happend. I was turning around and... Wheel spin, too late, too heavy. Squish. 0.0001 MPH.
Still more fun than being at work
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5886.jpg
Post crash photo: No broken signals, no damaged side cases, no scuffed plastic, no nothing...I did have to re-adjust the left side mirror, but that was about it.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5888.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5882.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5887.jpg


04-07-2012

<o:p>I went on/off/on/off roading up in Lauderdale county TN today. I was doing some GPS testing with a crazy route that was based on staying as close to the Mississippi river as possible. Little did I know a good portion of my day would be spent on gravel, dirt, and some interesting (but slippery) pavement hybrids the likes of which I've never seen. Pure fun!</o:p>
<o:p>Obligatory poor photography to follow:</o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
<o:p>Rest area near Ripley, TN.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5907.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>Picnic area was still decorated for St. Paddy's day I suppose.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5909.jpg</o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
<o:p>Photo op somewhere near a redneck ATV park.</o:p>
<o:p></o:p>
<o:p>http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5903.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>Garmin leading me to hells half acre. (can you say redundant?)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5902.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>Had no idea this was here. Hmm, wonder whats in there?
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5918.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5919.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5920.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>And here I thought Illinois Nazi's were bad...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5914.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>View from Das Bridge.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5913.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>...and a little further down, Ansel Adams can be seen in the mirror.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5911.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>I learned to just keep it from 20 to 30 in second gear and let the bike gyrate around on the gravel like a drunken stripper.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5915.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>No, I didn't go there...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5916.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>Later on I ended up on Geat river road
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5923.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>I guess so-so river road just didn't have the same ring to it.
This is the Obion river I think.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5921.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>J.T. and his (her?) Nazi buddy's Kryloned that bridge too...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5922.jpg</o:p>
<o:p>The always popular "Jet on a stick" in Covington, Tn.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5925.jpg


5/1/2012

Near Waverly, Tn:
So you come around this blind corner heeled over at speed and see...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6113.jpg
This:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6114.jpg
I was on the bridge before I figured out what had just happened. I started laughing out loud in my helmet.
I figured it was all but deserted and so we stopped to check the bridge out. Then a traffic jam broke out. No joke. A couple cars going one way, and three going the other... Over that rickety bridge.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6109.jpg
My pictures usually look like crap, this is one of my better efforts.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6116.jpg
Bikes resting while we take bridge pictures.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6121.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6106.jpg

Meanwhile, back in town...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6124.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6125.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6126.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6127.jpg

The Pictsweet pickle engine. (just in case you were wondering what it looked like)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6130.jpg


5/10/12
Who in blue blazes is Herb Parsons?
...and why does he have a lake?
<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nu9-D9KqR4k" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe>

Here is his lake
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6142.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6140.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6139.jpg
While I was there I Terrorized Turtles
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6172.jpg
Bothered Birds
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6185.jpg
Fiddled with Flowers
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6156.jpg
Considered Christmas
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6169.jpg
Wild young 'Strom in native habitat
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6145.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6166.jpg
"I'll wait here while Jim moves in for a closer look"
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6160.jpg
Then I remembered that I wasn't Marlin Perkins...and this was not Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
No, I was someone else...
When I returned to the Bridge, I called out "Plot us a new course Mr. Sulu"
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6153.jpg


5/28/12

Lakeland, TN
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6261.jpg
Went to Paris , TN
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6262.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6263.jpg
Decided to go biking AND boating at the same time.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6267.jpg
It's not easy
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6269.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6268.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6270.jpg
...but we managed
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6271.jpg
Saw the bridge to nowhere
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6274.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6276.jpg

<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FbQrU_zAoz0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" width="853"></iframe>

To be continued:
</o:p>

8trackmind 06-19-2012 07:50 PM

After leaving Trollingers in Paris, taking a ferry ride, and a trip down 232 (good road) we went to the Land Between the Lakes state park.
Saw some live critters
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6278.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6279.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6280.jpg
...and a dead one
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6282.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6283.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6284.jpg
Went to DQ in Murray, KY.
Hung out in the parking lot....it's a must do in Murray...so we did it. It was not as much fun as i thought it would be. Call me crazy...
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6289.jpg

Got gas in Paris.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6291.jpg
One of the rare times I actually had my camera when I needed it.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6290.jpg
The wheelie bars are optimistic I would say.

8trackmind 06-19-2012 08:18 PM

6/10/2012

Decided to bother the folks in Kentucky and Indiana this weekend.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6301.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5938.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5932.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5933.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5934.jpg

Went up through Hazel, Ky
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6305.jpg
The world famous Dundee, Ky church goat.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6307.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6308.jpg
The 'Strom peering off the edge at the Ohio river. In Leavenworth Indiana
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6323.jpg
The Ohio river. I'm on the Indiana side looking over at Ky.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6318.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6319.jpg
Almost Home! Not really...:lol3
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6306.jpg

6/17/2012
Decided that the people in Arkansas would just love to have me visit...again. :lol3

I was out of town on business in a hotel room bored to death. I decided to play around on Microsoft Streets & Trips and maybe plan a trip. Then it hit me! Why not just head out to the Ozarks.
<small></small>I spent maybe an hour figuring out a route, and loaded it into the GPS.

Came home Friday night, packed the bike and headed out late Saturday morning. (6:45 AM :wink:)
I decided to go sans saddle bags and packed lightly. (top box)
Over the Mississippi River on I40, right on to I55 North, then thankfully I was done with the interstate.
Hwy 64 is flat and boring to ride, but there is plenty of stuff to see. Old rusty trucks.
CrAzY critters of all sorts, and interesting small towns with strange names.
What are you called when you reside in Bald Knob? Are people there Bald Knobians? Bald Knobites? Thoughts like that bouncing around in your helmet will keep you occupied for hours...oh yeah, and crop dusters. I could watch those things all day too. Flying under power lines is still a fan favorite.
Heber Springs road was pretty good. It just kind of slowly crept up on ya. First a 45mph corner. Then the motorcyclists favorite squiggly road ahead sign. Then 35, then 25, then "steep grade ahead, trucks use lower gear". Jackpot!
However, in my enthusiasm I had forgotten something. There is a straight stretch of two lane at the bottom of a hill heading into Mountain View, Ar and the staties like to sit there. The reason I knew this is I used to take the kids camping up in Blanchard springs. My 1973 Dodge Van used to descend mountain roads as fast as the Space Shuttle makes it's re-entry into the atmosphere. (and with about as much ability to slow down) In fact, that van had a lot in common with the Shuttle; Fuel consumption was similar, it held roughly the same amount of people, and needed just as many repairs after a long mission.
So, I am behind a car and I decide that I would like to pass. As I roll the throttle and clear the rear bumper, the radar detector goes off and the car hits is brakes. We both see the trooper at exactly the same time. Unmarked car. Damn.
I manage to get back behind him about 200 feet before we hit the radar trap. We both pass at 55 mph like we had been doing it all along. He was watching the traffic coming from the other direction, and did not notice my shenanigans. (Yay!)
"Quiet Pipes Save Money" (Don't steal that, I may put it on a t-shirt and get rich)
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6346.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6370.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6369.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6363.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6360.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6366.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6354.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6352.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6347.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6348.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6355.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6374.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6356.jpg


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6357.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6385.jpg
So I make my way into Mountain View. Motorcycles everywhere! That's the strange part. I saw a TON of 'em in town, but as I ascended crooked Hwy 5, not a single bike.
As I went up, the roads just kept getting better. Finally I arrived at the road I came here for. 341 Push Mountain Road.
Like Hwy 5, it started out tame and just kept getting better. Towards the bottom at the hwy 14 junction, the corners are closer together, all marked 35, and they are banked really well. Because of that, the corner speeds attainable are...well, quite shocking frankly. I looked down at my speedometer a couple times and laughed...and slowed down 'cause I was out here solo after all. Didn't want to end up as a Buzzard Buffet.
Meandered my way through Fifty Six, Ar (again, are the residents Fifty Sixers? Fifty Sixians?) to Blanchard Springs caverns. Nah, didn't go in the cave. I did "go" in the restroom though. ;)
Went back through Mountain View and back to Heber Springs over the Greers Ferry dam.
It was pushing 4:00 by this point and it was hot...(how hot you ask? I baked a dozen chocolate chip cookies in my top box)
So, I checked into my room, took a shower on purpose, and a nap by accident.
Once I woke up I was hungry...but I didn't want cookies.
My sweaty gear had not dried yet so... even though I'm a "gear" guy, I went full Squid 1.2 miles to the steak joint.
T-shirt, boat shoes, and (gulp) shorts. I did wear my helmet though.
No, I'm not apologizing for it either. Yeah, it felt way funny, but at least I wasn't melting.
Had a "stuffed steak"...and an iced tea. (no drinking and squiding) It was good!
Made my way back to the hotel (after being pelted with June bugs) in one piece, ate my (still hot) cookies and went to bed happy and tired.
Photos from the ride back home Sunday.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...DSCN6388-1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6392.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6390.jpg
The creepy looking Woodruff county courthouse
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6394.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6395.jpg
Boat ramp
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...2/DSCN6398.jpg

patmo 06-20-2012 05:49 AM

You, sir, are much to modest! Excellent pics and quality commentary. Being new to the Vol State, I especially enjoy ride reports from anywhere within. Thanks for taking us along as you explore.......:clap

Patrick

espacef1fan 06-20-2012 06:26 AM

I live in Clarksville, TN.

I've ridden 232 once, it was AWESOME!( compared the the crap roads immediate to Clarksville..the paved ones anyways...)


In any case, keep it coming, you are giving me ideas for short trips. Also, I enjoy reading threads I can relate to(local area)

bergy 06-20-2012 07:46 AM

good report

this is a RV 06-20-2012 07:54 AM

Nice report
Nice Bike, I would have a hard time rolling it around in the mud.

8trackmind 06-20-2012 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by patmo (Post 18951850)
You, sir, are much to modest! Excellent pics and quality commentary. Being new to the Vol State, I especially enjoy ride reports from anywhere within. Thanks for taking us along as you explore.......:clap

Patrick

Thanks. Glad to do it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by espacef1fan (Post 18952092)
I live in Clarksville, TN.

I've ridden 232 once, it was AWESOME!( compared the the crap roads immediate to Clarksville..the paved ones anyways...)


In any case, keep it coming, you are giving me ideas for short trips. Also, I enjoy reading threads I can relate to(local area)

Thanks! I have a Video of 232, I'll post it later.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bergy (Post 18952620)
good report

Thank you as well.
Quote:

Originally Posted by this is a RV (Post 18952674)
Nice report
Nice Bike, I would have a hard time rolling it around in the mud.

Thank you.
Having a dirty bike really helps to sell the story of man and machine being tested to the limit of endurance at the local ADV hangouts.I can't tell the Barista's at Starbucks that I just rode through Bugtussle Arkansas and I'm to lazy to wash it. No sir. That would totally ruin my studly "Ewan Mcgregor" reputation. :evil

hhenrie 06-20-2012 11:59 AM

Lbl
 
I don't know if you know but once a year Land Between the Lakes opens up there trails to dual sports. Also somewhere else I like to ride in Tennessee is Natchez Trace state park nice trails gravel roads and curvy paved roads.

bigblockbarry 06-20-2012 02:36 PM

Nice ride.I hit LBL 3 or 4 times a year,my parents have a place a mile from Paris Landing.Next time you are in Murray stop off and eat at the Sirlion Stockade on 641.Great food.I work in Cordova and ride a Wee too.

8trackmind 06-20-2012 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by espacef1fan (Post 18952092)
I've ridden 232 once, it was AWESOME!( compared the the crap roads immediate to Clarksville..the paved ones anyways...)
In any case, keep it coming, you are giving me ideas for short trips. Also, I enjoy reading threads I can relate to(local area)

I feel ya on the local road situation. We are on the wrong end of the state. :lol3

I'm as local as they come so as promised, here's my "Ghetto Cam" run down 232. And, if you're interested, when you get down to the South end of 232, hang a right on 147 and ride the Ferry. Once you get to the other side head back North and you arrive in Paris, Tn. It's short ride, but you really feel like you're on a major vacation...Must be the water. :wink:

<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/S7rgMxzgvmk" allowfullscreen="" width="640" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe>

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigblockbarry (Post 18955610)
Nice ride.I hit LBL 3 or 4 times a year,my parents have a place a mile from Paris Landing.Next time you are in Murray stop off and eat at the Sirlion Stockade on 641.Great food.I work in Cordova and ride a Wee too.

Ah, so you know about 218 and 232 as well. I have never tied on the feed bag at the 'ol Stockade, but I have had breakfast over at Triollingers a few times...and a fried pie on the way back. Ok dammit, it was two fried pies...but they were small...No really.
All kidding aside, I'll give the stockade a shot next time I'm up there.

Wees are rare around these parts...In fact any two wheeled vehicle WITHOUT a belt drive is rare. :lol3

hhenrie 06-20-2012 04:43 PM

Showman Shooter
 
Herb Parsons is considered by many to be the best shooter who ever lived. Crow flying at 1,700 yards with a .270, 7 clay pigeons self thrown with a pump and 7 shots. Youtube him.

espacef1fan 06-20-2012 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 8trackmind (Post 18956148)
I feel ya on the local road situation. We are on the wrong end of the state. :lol3

I'm as local as they come so as promised, here's my "Ghetto Cam" run down 232. And, if you're interested, when you get down to the South end of 232, hang a right on 147 and ride the Ferry. Once you get to the other side head back North and you arrive in Paris, Tn. It's short ride, but you really feel like you're on a major vacation...Must be the water. :wink:

Does the ferry cost anything? (Curiosity has me asking...)

At anyrate I'll have to check that right turn out.

I tried going straight on the south end of 232...didnt care for that stretch.

8trackmind 06-20-2012 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hhenrie (Post 18956454)
Herb Parsons is considered by many to be the best shooter who ever lived. Crow flying at 1,700 yards with a .270, 7 clay pigeons self thrown with a pump and 7 shots. Youtube him.

I kid, I kid! :lol3
Yes, he was the greatest, and he's probably the most Famous person to come from Fayette County. I posted a link to his video up in my Herb Parsons lake story.

Speaking of Fayette county TN:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...WestTNLoop.jpg

Whiteville Cleaners near the town square
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5948.jpg

Somerville Court House with the Wee hiding in it
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5949.jpg

Rossville
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5945.jpg
Also Rossville
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5943.jpg

I don't think Herb Parsons shot this sign though...The grouping is all wrong.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN5946.jpg

8trackmind 06-20-2012 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by espacef1fan (Post 18956480)
Does the ferry cost anything? (Curiosity has me asking...)

At anyrate I'll have to check that right turn out.

I tried going straight on the south end of 232...didnt care for that stretch.

It is a but a mere $1.00 for the whole day. :clap

Yeah, going straight on 232 is how I ended up on the "blind corner one lane bridge".

Maybe it was the faint sound of Banjo music that spooked me. :eek1
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...gs/Bridge2.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...s/DSCN6114.jpg


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014