Tennessee Plates

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by 8trackmind, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. KJD19892

    KJD19892 Been here awhile

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    Very cool thread!

    Im brand new to the adventure/dual sport scene. Bought my first street legal bike 3 days ago. :D
    Any suggestions for the paris landing area of the state? I'm wanting to find some nice old roads around here but I don't have any idea where to start. Dirt and gravel are preferred but I'm open to any roads that are fun.
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  2. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Thanks.You have some nice places to ride up there...after you get a tenderloin breakfast sammmich and a fried pie (peach please) from Trollingers. :wink:

    Wow, I know I'm gonna sound like an old geezer, but three days in, I'd hafta say parking lots, industrial parks, and maybe a nice cushy field would be a good place to start.

    After that, 218, 232 147, the trace etc..Check out whatever gravel roads you run across that don't say "dead end" or "trespassers will be shot". :eek1

    Here's a "Faux Pro Ghetto Cam" view of 232 south to 147. Go right at 147 and you end up on the ferry.
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  3. KJD19892

    KJD19892 Been here awhile

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    Haha we actually own Dodd"s the station out by the lake that has a restaurant and everything, so the tenderloin and fried pies are a lot cheaper for me at our place. And I meant three days into the dual sport portion. I've been riding offroad for 12 or 13 years now. My current dirt only ride is an 06' CRF250r. Its my baby :)
    Oh and I have to go with the apple pies. Sorry :evil
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  4. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Hey, apple is fine..I eat those when there are no peach pies left. Apologies for the misunderstanding. :lol3

    I'm actually the wrong person to direct you to decent dual sport roads in that area.
    When I end up on one, it's usually because I took a wrong turn. I'm just to lazy and/or stupid to turn around. :rofl
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  5. KJD19892

    KJD19892 Been here awhile

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    Haha well slab is fine too as long as it gets me away from some of the lunatics out here. I'm hoping to try the TAT next summer but I want to find some stuff around here to help me get used to the heavy bike.
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  6. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Honestly, many of my best trips have been about picking a direction, then just heading down random roads exploring.
    If I were you, I would simply follow the river south.
    Hell, go to Florence Abalama for no reason whatsoever. :evil Well, maybe not that far...but you get the idea. :lol3

    Here's the GPX file for folks that like to plan: https://www.box.com/s/p8omzoulnqzms0i8mooq Take lots of pics for us!

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  7. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    bikes blues & bbq this wkend ya still thinking about it?
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  8. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    ...Yeah, but it looks like think'n is all I'll get to do.:lol3
    I'll be working out of town the rest of this week so I won't be back in time to go.:becca
    Thank for the invite though. I'm sure our paths will cross sooner or later... (Since it seems we're riding the same roads all the time)
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  9. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    No work for 8track today. No sir. All work and no play&#8230;blah blah blah. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The route to the Natchez Trace:
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    Yeah, I know the Natchez Trace rides have been done to death&#8230;but I have a coffee interlude in my story. :evil

    Sunrise on I-40 east.
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    Rest Rooms were interesting.
    Mens room: Hanks Ladies room: Lorettas

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    Sheep have to stay in the car...no matter how much they whine.
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    To be continued.
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  10. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Made it!
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    Since it was a weekday morning, I had the place to myself it seemed.
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    Turkeys...no really.
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    The house is behind the sign...I didn't get a picture because I was distracted.
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    Yep, it was "coffee interlude" time.
    Pot, cup, beer can chicken holder thingamabob, diet coke stove.
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    Heating up. Areopress ready for liftoff.

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    Breakfast too? Hell, why not.
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    Looks like a chewed up couch cushion with bacon bits... Tasted like a chewed up couch cushion...with bacon bits.
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  11. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    On down the road I came to the
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    Pumpkin strikes are common in the fall.
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    Made it to the Natchez Trace welcome center in Tupelo Mississippi
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    Yeah, I don't know what it says either...but this was the last stop before I hit Hwy 78 and headed home.
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    Made it home before 5:00 PM. 468 miles, now thats a day trip. :lol3
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    (Nevermind that 96 MPH thing, that was done on a "closed course" by a "professional rider")

    The End.
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  12. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    Great ride report. Tennessee has some fantastic rides and you're helping us find them.

    I hope to begin a series on the State Parks of Tennessee one day. There are a lot of them and I think it would be fun. I've also thought that maybe it would be fun to collaborate with some other Tennessee riders in an ongoing ride report about our State parks with different riders going to different parks and doing a story.
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  13. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Thank you.

    No need. I plan on visting every single one next year so I can keep this dumb thread alive. :lol3
    (Kidding. Good idea, and yes I'm in)

    Here's my dumb Idea of the day; what if the rider that's local to that Tennessee park "hosts" or "guides" a day ride or a weekend camp out? Kind of like a pick up game at a basketball court? Kinda like a advrider/match.com :lol3

    Someone says; "Hohenwald, first weekend in November, BP on main. Sat, 8am. Bring a tent. All pavement. First four people to respond have the invite"

    If you show, you show, if not "host" does his thing solo. (he's local so he'll be doing his thing either way)
    It could be a great way to see the best stuff with a local that knows his way around...then again, it could suck. Thoughts?
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  14. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    Seems like a more than decent plan that would get folks together. I would likely have to start in the spring but that might give people plenty of time to pick a park and a date. Could be a lot of fun.
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  15. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    No doubt. We'll give it a trial run in the spring.
    I'm sure you folks in middle/east tennessee will get a lot of action...but me out here in the west...
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  16. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    8Track, I've subscribed to this thread and will keep an eye out for a link-up.

    Today's ride took me from home to the top of the Natchez Trace south to the Highway 50 exit. Then, over to Centerville, Nunley, Dickson, Charlotte, Ashland City, and home. Started to get a little cold soak near the end. Did the 197 mile loop on one tank of fuel and just under four hours.

    Had one head-on cager pull out to pass too close for comfort; one cager just stopped driving at an intersection to talk on the phone; one on-coming cage seriously in my lane; etc. Could they have been from Memphis? :lol3
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  17. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Cool! Any parks you feel like hosting as well? :evil

    It was a nice day today. I'll bet that was a pretty ride.

    With utmost certainty. My fellow Memphibians disburse into a 500 mile circle to wreak havoc on neighboring city's/county's/states. It's part of our "Mempho-Mofo-Auto-Terror-Tour".
    We feel it's our civic duty to show you folks how NOT to drive...by example. :lol3

    They try to kill me daily, so it seems strange when I go to more courteous parts of the state.
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  18. Liberia

    Liberia Fortunate

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    Actually there are 12 parks in the western Grand Division of Tennessee. About the same in East Tennessee. There about double that in Middle Tennessee but I'll share.

    I may go ahead and set up a ride report with all the parks (54 in total I think) so that people could do one now if they wanted.

    I think that I'll simply update list with the ride report link next to each park along with the Inmate and date of the trip. Then each person would add the ride report under their own name and I would simply link to their report. Seems much simpler.

    We've got time to work it out. Might as well get started now....more time to make and correct mistakes.
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  19. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Yeah, linking would easier I think.

    It's fairly flat out here in the "brown" part where I tend to dwell. :lol3
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    For other folks that may be on the fence about visiting us, here is an interactive list of the state parks and a Virtual Brochure Rack

    And just for you folks who may be concerned about your visit, we are not all backwards Hillbillies down here.
    Just ask my wife/sister. She'll back me up. :wink:
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  20. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    Went to the Mississippi River just past Reelfoot Park earlier this year on the C14. Just wanted to check-off that corner of TN. Interesting to see the earthen works to protect towns from flooding. I really enjoy riding in the blue and green areas of the map. East of I-65 in the yellow can be nice rides as well.
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