Austin City Limits travel blog

Pigeon Forge to Huntsville, TN

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Eric and I took a drive on the quad runners

there are trails like this all over the mountains

that would be Eric's ride

there are small cemeteries spread throughout the hills--note the headstones carved in...

Eric had to clean the mud off is quad

while Eric and I were out, Janet drove down to Obed Wild...

There was a big Off Highway Vehicle event in town and this...

...everybody around drove up to a mountain top for a concert...

...some of the kids played in the mud bog...

...and walked around...

...others waited for the show to begin

Tracy Lawrence is a well known country music star

He sang for an hour and a half--great show!!

after the show about 1500 ATV's headed down the mountain...

...it was pretty neat to look back and see the headlight snaking...

 

Gap info board

we walked out to the Pinnacle

view from Pinnacle

Pinnacle info board

Fern Lake

Google Map shows borders of three states

forget the hottie in the pink T--this photo show the V in...

we took a ranger lead tour of the Gap Cave

cave 2

one of many bats in the cave


On Saturday, Sept 3, we drove up to Huntsville, TN and parked the bus at POG friends Eric and Debbie's house. Eric has built a beautiful bus barn, so we had 50 AMP power. And he has lots of toys in the barn--several motorcycles, 3 quadrunners (ATV's). He is a serious motorcycle rider having crossed the Arctic Circle on two occasions. They could not have been more accommodating for Janet and me. They drove out to the highway and escorted us to their home, we shared meals together, went to a concert. There is a bathroom and laundry room in the bus barn, and we were free to use it and anything else we needed. On Sunday we gave Eric an excuse to hop on one of his bikes and he escorted us to Cumberland Gap NP, "just to make sure we knew the way". Thanks Eric and Deb--you have the gift of hospitality for sure.

Saturday afternoon Janet and I drove up to Big South Fork River Visitor Center. There is not a whole lot to do there unless you trek down to the river itself. Some of the canyons are 600 feet high, and rapids range from Class 3 to Class 5. After returning, Eric took me out for an ATV ride. There are trails all over the hill country. Huntsville is a town of about 1000 people, but this weekend there is a big ATV event here, and 1500 or so ATVs are driving around. Burgers on the grill for dinner, and then off to a mountain top for a concert. What a great venue!! Some of the young people were playing in the mud bog, but all in all the crowd was very well behaved and the evening was a delight.

Sunday morning Janet and I were off to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. It's about an hour and a half from Huntsville. The Visitor Center had a good video of the park and it's history, then we took a cave tour, and drove around the park. We rendezvoused with Eric and Deb for dinner at a Mexican restaurant of all places. I got to tell you, the chili verde maybe the best I've ever had. In the hills of Tennessee no less!!

Happy Labor Day everyone. And the adventure continues,

Ken



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