Indian Mound, Tennessee on the way? to RAGBRAI. 

I had change up some plans due to work and found a great b’n’b in Indian Mound, Tennessee which was about 800 miles from Ruskin and a little more than half way to DesMoines, Iowa for my Grind Kings and Rich and Chrysa meet up. Lots of music while driving, an eclectic mix, N Fla and S Ga- the greatest live album ever, Live at Fillmore East-The Allman Bros Band, some Arthur Rubenstein playing Chopin, Aaron Copland-Appalachian Spring, Dave Brubeck-Time Out and a ton of  Creedence in Tennessee.  I arrived. This blog post will be for two days of activity. My cottage. 

The house owned by Mandy Williams my hostess who is great. 

The family cemetery. 

Mandy runs a girls camp and it is a type of old school country day camp with skills like biscuit making, pillow making, corn shucking, fresh vegetable sorting for the customers of a private local cooperative and apron making among other lost home skills it’s great. 

I rolled out on my ride with some good advise a little maps look revealed what my drive in had shown me I was in the middle of nowhere. A good ole fashion country breakfast of eggs, thick sliced country bacon, real home fried potatoes, 3 types of melon, homemade butter milk biscuits with you guessed it the best sausage gravy I have ever eaten. Made me think of my real good bud, Dave, who is pretty much a sausage and gravy addict. Mandy makes her own preserves and squeezes a local grape for juice that is incredible. The plan was to see some things from the drive in and then go across the Cumberland River on a car ferry near where I was staying and ride across the river. It was a tale of two rides. 

There is big farmland and it’s next to what looks like swamps. 

I rode to high spot with an old fashion water tower that was just like the one that was next to a place we stayed in summer. It was like a flashback. Did I say this a pretty good size hill for me? 

I got back to where I was staying and the road looked like this. 

It was pretty good hill to get up. “Country grade”.  I zoomed down the long hill that took me to the TDOT river ferry that took me to Cumberland City on the other side. Did I tell you it cost me 75 cents. Talk about cheap mass transit and ferry service. Round trip. 

I really think this ferry service is here is it allows people on the other side of the river to go to a day time shift at TVA Cumberland. 

Massive place. 

This is a fossil fuel, code for coal, power plant and at the visitor center they had a multiple directional car rinser. Sure made me think it was necessary to take a certain type of particulate off all those peoples new cars. I did not get very close to the visitors center. I was directed to head out to Erin, Tennessee. A quaint piece of Ireland in Tennessee. More climbing out of Cumberland City. 

It was as advertised. I love the Star of  David at the local Presbyterian Church. 

I was out and back to the ferry and to the orther side of the river. 

I will go to a Caverns tomorrow a little break after today. 37.5 miles with 1670 feet of elevation. It was great. Peace out.  Namaste Tres

One thought on “Indian Mound, Tennessee on the way? to RAGBRAI. 

  1. Love the Pics. Have only had Biscuits and gravy once this month –hahaha, although heard of a new place in Plant City–hahaha.
    Stay safe and have Fun

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