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Jun 29, 2017 - Columbia, TN

Finally left the cornfields and hit the rolling hills of Kentucky and Tennessee. Ended up taking the road less traveled and found the Cave-in-Rock Ferry to take us across the Ohio river to leave Illinois and make it to Kentucky.... our two bikes and three other cars. Not a particularly large ferry. Nice, free, easy ride though. Booked another 400 miles and spent the night in southern Tennessee. Nice weather with minimal sprinkles.

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Oct 28, 2014 - Back to Tennessee

Sikeston and points south had a bunch of cotton fields on the side of the road, Crops seemed to be beans and cotton, very little corn, with corn combined first as they were working beans and cotton fields. Strange thing though was not seeing any cotton combines, gins, pickers, whatever the term is. Made it into Columbia and enjoyed some good fried catfish at the Catfish Cabin with Ms Johnnie.

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2014 Trip West

Oct 30, 2011 - Two Franklins and a dime

Lessons (still not) learned:  never listen to you GPS.  Woke up with a early start to head out of town on the only major highway from Corbin, Ky.   The first sign of trouble was the corrugated road with no black top.  The next sign was -- well, a sign reading "pavement ends".  Accepting that I would be on a unpaved road, I preceded.    The final warning was the blockade of hazard devices.  Apparently, I should have taken the sign little more literally.   The pavement did in fact end.   In all fairness to Jane The GPS, all the maps agreed...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Natchez Trace National Park

March 7 This was a short drive of about 2.5 hours to the most northern free campground on the Trace through small towns in the Tennessee countryside. We stopped at the same campground on our way south except that this time there is a camp host. This couple are travelling is a hard-top tent camper is a bit out of the norm for snowbirds, especially when they are from Michigan. That evening the weather was warm enough to have our last campfire (we had one log left) and our last BBQ. A couple that lives close to London Ontario stopped by to say...

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Dec 29, 2010 - Driving to the Natchez Trace Parkway

We headed on to Nashville and the start of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The problems with the dashboard heater in the motorhome continued, but with the outside temperatures above freezing, the furnace was able to keep us reasonably warm. We had a pleasant drive along a secondary scenic road past Lincoln’s birthplace and school through the Kentucky countryside through light rain. We stopped at the Camping World store in Bowling Green to pick up a few things we really needed. We finally caved in and bought two reclining chaises using our...

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Apr 6, 2010 - President Polk's House

On the 6th, we decided to drive to Columbia and were sorry that we hadn’t driven there before. Columbia was the home of James K. Polk, 11th U.S. president. When we stopped at the visitor’s center, we discovered that the Mule Days were just starting. The mule days have been going on since 1840. Our first stop was at the fairgrounds, where the mule sale was happening. The mules were there and the buyers were there, but the bidding was very low and the sellers evidently didn’t have to take what was offered, because they would turn down the...

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Nov 12, 2009 - Columbia, Tennessee

Today we took the Everest back to the dealer in Columbia hopefully for a final visit for repairs. We had a short list today--secure the bedroom TV to the cabinet door, replace the hinges on a cabinet in the living room, and, most importantly, repair the leak on our main slide. After we dropped off the Everest, we toured historic Columbia. Located about 60 miles south of Nashville, Columbia is the county seat of Maury County. It is a typical old southern community with the courthouse in the center of a “square” surrounded by local merchants....

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Scratchin' the Itch

Oct 28, 2009 - Meriwether Lewis on the Natchez Trace

One of the nicest drives to see fall color near Nashville is along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway is operated by the National Park Service and consists of a two-lane scenic byway connecting Nashville to Natchez Mississippi, a distance of 444 miles. This stretch of “road” is not new. Originally, it was hunting paths for local Indians. Later, the French and Spanish used the paths as they explored into the interior of the continent. Andrew Jackson used the old trace road to move his troops to New Orleans during the War of 1812. We...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Oct 6, 2009 - Service on the Everest

I am happy to report that almost all those things that were not working properly, fell off during the trip from Washington, or were otherwise broken are now fixed and in proper working order. Like an automobile, RVs go into the service bay for repairs rather than the service man coming to you. Of course, there are mobile repair services, but for our warranty work we needed to take the Everest to an Everest dealer. The closest one was in Columbia, south of Nashville. Our appointment was at 10 AM, so we were in the tail end of morning rush...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jan 11, 2007 - Cornersville, TN

Had a nice drive to Cornersville, TN - way out in the country. Staying at a nice campsite at the Texas T Campground. Beautiful scenery around here. Got the hot water heater working, then had a nice hot shower.

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Oct 3, 2006 - Marilyn is strong, but Dave BONKS on the Natchez Trace!! 68 Miles

Natchez Trace History: I (Marilyn) don't remember learning anything about the significance of the Natchez Trace when I studied American History. I was glad the National Park Service provided some background. "This is a story of people on the move, of the age-old need to get from one place to another. It is a story of Natchez, Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians following traditional ways of life, of French and Spanish people venturing into a world new to them, and of people building a new nation. At first the trace was probably a series of...

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TANDEM TRIP 06

Jul 22, 2006 - Waynesboro to Cornersville, TN

After finishing the day's ride in Waynesboro, we sagged to Cornersville, TN. This will help keep up on route for tomorrow's start and make up some time through Tennessee. On the way, we stopped at a tavern to watch Floyd Landis recapture the Maillot Jaune on the eve of the Tour de France's finish tomorrow in Paris. We loved witnessing an American join the pantheon of Tour Victors.

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