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Old 03-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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You can't eat fun

This is what a 30-something college student does with his Spring Break time. Teens and early twenties – go somewhere as warm as possible. Late 20s and early 30s I can’t pin down…probably because that’s marriage for most. 30+ and back in school…now there’s a party. And for the 2nd time in a few days, I go looking for rocks. It’s not so likely that I’m gonna see boobies, get drunk out of a coconut, or catch a sunburn, but I can’t say I feel I’m missing out on much.

Today I’m doing exactly what I want to do. Okay, not exactly. I’d planned to take a bit of a trip on my F650 Dakar some time over these mostly free nine days. But as fate would have it, I’d wind up popping both fork seals on a ride Sunday. As I was getting started on a service, I noticed a few other things were pressing…bearings, chain, sprockets and such and the BMW got grounded. I really just wanted to ride it because I can sit on it for days on end and not get sore. Well, that and it’s a much better road bike, but no sense complaining…DRZ it is. I like the DRZ just as much…just in a different way. It prefers dirt, so today, I’ll play along.

Today I’m headed back to Short Mountain (Middle Tennessee) which, I believe, is the highest point between the Appalachians and the Ozarks. At 2092 feet, it is also the highest feature on the Eastern Highland Rim and an outlier of the Cumberland Plateau perhaps formed with the Taconic Orogeny. Sometimes called a monadnock (mountain which stands alone), Short Mountain is made mostly of conglomerate and sandstone. However, I found many other types of rocks today; several chert varieties, geodes, limestones, slate, possibly breccia, and a few that were a bit out of place. I found something really similar to pumice as well…really out of place…found a few of ‘em actually.

Quite a bit of variety in here



This is just stream runoff…had lots of rain lately so I figured it’d be a good time to poke around



Notice anything interesting about the top of this rock?



Look a little more closely



It sort of looked like something came along and smacked the top of it pretty good…piece of construction equipment or something. Anyhoo, it exposed a really cool section of chert (flint) on it…see how it looks like it was poured into a mold not so long ago?

Tons of geological fun right next to the road



Headed up one of the hills



The graters and gravel trucks are up here fixing the roads. All the rain we had over the weekend tore it up pretty good.

Lots of cattle catchers through here…something else that’s a little out of place in this part of the Southeast



Lots of fun, curvy, steep stuff through here



And some not so fun stuff



Country livin’ baby!










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Old 03-08-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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A wise man once said you can’t eat fun.

Another one made the sign



Curious yet?

From Sunday’s ride







It was a bit muddy out here Sunday…not so much today











All compliments of the Daffodil Meadow Contemplation Center.






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Old 03-08-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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Sometimes you find some pretty cool things when you get off the beaten path. Sunday this was flowing like big river and was a water crossing. Today…a mere piss



Headed up to Short Mountain proper



I have some school friends who do the climbing and bouldering thing up here



Sunday was too wet and muddy to find much of anything good to ride but the more traveled roads. We were in a cloud up there



And it was snowing a little



So today would make 2 days the weather man got it wrong. Sunday was supposed to be in the mid 40s and partly cloudy. It rained, snowed, and never a peak of sun. Today was supposed to be in the 60s with a 20% chance of rain. I did rain for 3 hours and it never broke the mid 40s (and that was brief)…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Dry enough to ride





I’m a little blown away by the trail network up here. I couldn’t see very far Sunday, but today I can tell there are trails all over. And I’m glad I’m on the Z today



A good bit higher than the surrounding area



Coming back down



Lots of this stuff to be found



And this





It started getting a bit later in the day and I was watching the clouds lower and get darker. So I set about slowly working my way home through every crack and crevice of a trail that I could follow.

Not soon enough though. This would be the 2nd riding day in a row the weather people in charge would lie. Err, not. They made good on their promise for that 20% chance of rain. My gear isn’t very good with lots of rain and I'm underdressed per the weather fold, so I found some evergreens to hang under for a while.



But at some point the trees started leaking and it didn’t look like I was gonna get to ride out a passing shower afterall. And sure enough…all the way back, they’d make good on that 20%. Still making good by the sound of rain on the windows outside.

So for those of you unfamiliar with the Middle Tennessee area, we have a pavement problem. It’s awful hard to find roads like these in the area until you get at least 2 counties away from the Nashville Metro area. We have to work for our dirt. And this recent find was a very welcome addition to my own personal arsenal of varied terrain…cold rain or not…I’d have rather done this than beach bum it any day.

Thanks for tagging along, happy Spring Break, and remember: you can’t eat fun!
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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Lots of nice roads, paved and not paved, in this area.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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i rode this the other day with directions from Ben. Great ride.
Did you notice on Short Mt rd that it seemed like you went around the same corner about 6 or 7 times?? the ones with the steel beams.......
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i rode this the other day with directions from Ben. Great ride.
Did you notice on Short Mt rd that it seemed like you went around the same corner about 6 or 7 times?? the ones with the steel beams.......
You mean the green beams holding up the drainage system? Yeah...I noticed that today...freaked me out . Glad to hear it's not just me
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That's the ones. u ride out there by yourself today??
I did the same about 10 days ago. wishing i had a small carry arm in my pocket. i just saying........

But it sure is some good riding. May go friday or sat.
looking for something............ i think i'm warm
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:09 AM   #9
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That's the ones. u ride out there by yourself today??
I did the same about 10 days ago. wishing i had a small carry arm in my pocket. i just saying........

But it sure is some good riding. May go friday or sat.
looking for something............ i think i'm warm
Yip...flying solo and unarmed yesterday...as per usual

Holler if ya want some company this weekend. I'm not done exploring out there.
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Cool! I've come across places similar to this in the desert. Creepy but fascinating. The leafless trees compound the eeriness!

Thanks for sharing your experience. If at all possible, could you revisit that place after a week or two of sunny days? I'll bet it's even more incredible after the Daffodils bloom, but nowhere near as spooky.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:46 AM   #11
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Your RR should be named "The Blare Witch Ride" Awesome
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:15 AM   #12
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Cool area, nice stone and you have hippies there too eh?

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:53 PM   #13
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I'll second the Blair Witch comment...

Looks like cool riding but I hope you don't break down out there overnight!
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Great pic friend...

Lonely... Forest... Motorbike......

I love this...
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:44 PM   #15
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could you revisit that place after a week or two of sunny days? I'll bet it's even more incredible after the Daffodils bloom, but nowhere near as spooky.

Very likely. I was out there last weekend, but there was a bit of a party going on and it was getting dark so we didn't stop .
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