A great collection at DesMoines Toyota.
I had another great breakfast and a quick turn in the family cemetery.
The girl campers were returning for the family banquet tonight. Shout out to Mandy camper, Savannah, for subscribing to the blog. Killer. It was a loooooong drive with no real cool stops in an effort to be here by dinner time. Drove by Hannibal, Mo home of Mark Twain. Lots of corn and soybeans. Met Rich and Chrysa for a quick dinner and early night. Need to load for RAGBRAI by 7 am. Peace out. Namaste Tres
I woke up and got to my front porch and Gabby greeted me and made herself at home.
I had made a reservation for the Dunbar Cave at 9 am. Blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, ham and cheese omelet and more of that great grape juice. The girls were back for camp and it was Tara dress up day with tea and the Virginia Reel.
The cave was a show cave that was used in the 1800 and 1900’s. Roy Acuff owned it at one time. It had been abandoned for a couple years in the 70’s before the state purchased it. The cave was heavy with graffiti and many columns had been vandalized. Some were intact. There were some big rooms and it was an 8 1/2 mile system. I walked the upland trail in downtown Clarksville, home of the Austin Peay State University Governors.
I walked some the historic downtown and it was fairly quiet and I went to Dover to a place called The Land between the Lakes. Pretty cool. Quiet afternoon am getting ready for getaway tomorrow for IOWA. Peace out. Namaste Tres
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mariella and I marched with the East Hillsborough County Democrats Club at this huge parade in Brandon. We were forming up in the parking lot and Gwen Graham was marching in the parade, as well. See featured image. The Dems has a trolley car.
It was the last day of the trip and we had 2680 of elevation. It was a great evening of Missouri Hicks BBQ and a great all female progressive rock band.
We headed out just before six. It was a big climb out of Waynesville and he did 2650 feet or so. The wing is slowly getting better and my C2C friends have been great. We went past Big Piney and Little Piney River. There’s was a bad bike accident on a downhill into Big Piney. C2C fellow rider and RN, Julie Wilmering was on the scene first and really did a fantastic job of managing a very confused head injured bicycle rider before EMS came. I arrived and the FD arrived 5 minutes later with an ambulance coming. She was incredible. Big Chapeau, Julie. The scenery is outstanding.
I was up and ready as I could be for the 2500 feet of climbing through the “Heart of the Ozarks”. The wing was some better and I could not sit a second day and away I slowly went.