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Archive for May 25th, 2009

Day 168 – 25th May 09

Posted by TravellingStrom on May 25, 2009

Monday – Winchester, Tennessee

I fuelled up first thing after breakfast and while chatting with the girl in the servo, who loves the accent :), I mentioned the ‘dry’ Sunday, she told me I could have gone up the road to a strip joint and relaxed, lol, I am probably lucky I did not know about that last night 🙂

Now, it is a bit late, but in case you are wondering how I managed to get used to riding this side of the road over here, well, every time I dial in a destination on the GPS I get this warning screen, and it is still very helpful.

I had to first travel back the twenty miles to the trace via the freeway before plunging back into the green tree lined roads and some history.

The road I was on was a lot better than the one they used way back then.

An old Indian burial mound place and village and some more history.

It was about here I noticed that the rear tyre sensor had finally given up the ghost, that is the two dotted lines on the bottom of the display.

It had been flashing ‘low’ for a few weeks now and I had queried Sophie from LDL Technology about it, because I was sure the battery should have lasted 5 years. Ahh, but the response came back, 5 years or 30,000kms, so after 50,000kms I guess I should be grateful. Anyway, hopefully a new sensor is waiting for me in Florida, but it means removing the rear tyre again to install it. It is a shame the battery cannot be replaced, but I will have an old sensor to play with, so it may be possible.

There was a lot more countryside being used for farming around this area, in between the trees that is.

Just a quick note on that road I could not find yesterday. When the sign said Natchez trace to the right only, I think it may have been just a slip road, so if I had gone down it for a look, I may have ended up at a T intersection with a choice, east to Nashville, or west to Natchez, but this is only a guess and over 200 miles back now, judging by this sign 🙂

It was gone midday by now and I figured that it would take me the best part of 4 hours to do the 200 mile at this speed, so I may end up staying in the country music capitol of the USA. Well, I guess I can put up with that, as long as there is no line dancing to rap music anyway, otherwise out with the ear plugs! Along the road with some more greenery until I get to the state border of Alabama, but the side of the road here was terrible for a staged photo, so maybe I can get one on the way out as I would only be here for an hour or so. But, I did get one for Mississippi 🙂

There were more and more croplands before I crossed the Tennessee River.

Then more trees for a while until the next state of Tennessee.

I managed to have a whizz in two states at the same time here, dunny facilities are few and far between so it was lucky for the trees eh. 🙂 I was beginning to become a bit bored with where I am. I mean, I liked the info from the history boards but the actual scenery was going to be the same for another 150 miles or so. I had already crossed through Alabama and seen nothing but trees, I actually liked riding through the towns and stuff of the different areas as it was all different. Of course, this was a runners traceway, so they picked the most flatest land they could find for foot travel, so a tad boring for a bike 🙂 Anyway, once again my fuel supply decided for me, I would need to get more before continuing to Nashville, so I dropped off the trace at a small town called Collinwood where the sign said a visitor’s centre. Here I scored another good state map and found that this state was wide and narrow and where I needed to go, the Smoky Mountains, was in the south east border region, weras Nashville was up north in the centre, so bye bye line dancers, I am now heading east!

Straightaway as I headed towards Lawrenceburg I was seeing something different, still agricultural, but better than trees with a speed limit and on the Tennessee side of the border along the trail I had seen 3 cop cars with radar, so that would have been no fun anyway.

I was amongst more traffic of course, some of it crazy, so in the end I went down this lane for an out of the way kidney relief and on the way back saw this place. Check out the 4wd with wide high wheels, that is quite normal over here, in fact this one is modest, the DOT rules must be way different to back home. They have fun in the mud though in their big rigs.

I ended up getting fuel in Lawrenceville and continued on to Fayetteville where I saw some grand old houses.

And an hour or so later some not so grand old houses.

I was planning on pushing on to Chattanooga, of choo choo fame, but with the amount of road works I had been hitting, it was slow going.

With a speed limit of 45, I was nearly going backwards so about half 5 I dialled in a motel in my GPS and it found a place in Winchester where I negotiated a deal for $40. As I was starving I nuked some noodles in the microwave asap, that is when I found the internet was faulty, bummer, so I got a $5 discount from the ‘no speaka da english’ asian Indian lady. I could connect to the server no worries, but their router needed fixing and as she did not speak english it was hard to explain. I had already unpacked everything and did not feel like riding around for another so I stuck it out. There was a free network around but they kept kicking me off every time I connected, so I wrote some stuff up and read a book, once again there was no pubs around. I’ll get healthy the rate this is going!

Day – 307 miles and 494 km
Trip – 11,045 miles and 17,775 km


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