Tennessee Plates

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

  1. Rainman901

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    First of all in regards to my pic. My daughter said "very cool", she also stated you look dorky but still very cool.

    Great ride with 8Trackmind today. I was wore out when I got home. Be prepared if you ride with him to find roads that even though they may be close to your house, you have never seen before. :D He has no fear of taking a turn and seeing where it goes. He is a true adventurer. Definitely a good rider and a patient person as to hold back and wait for me.

    Since his writing style is much better than mine, I'll let him get into the specifics of 22 shells and the ATV's. I'm sure no one will be disappointed.

    One other thing, FILL UP before heading out with him. I mean, I had a half a tank when we left out which in my mind was more than enough. When we hit Nathan Bedford Forest State Park, the Wee was blinking at me to get gas! However, Jeff is very proficient at extending the distance between point A and B. :lol3

    Like I said, great ride and certainly look forward to doing it again.
  2. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    I agree, it was a hoot! Glad you had fun!
    Honestly though, I'm no adventurer. No, I'm more like those old dudes in the Viagra commercials that go out, do something stupid, fix it (cause they've been doing stooopid stuff since they were young) then go home. :lol3

    Since I don’t have many photos, I’ll skip to the good part.
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    While waiting for the ferry on the staging ramp littered with spent 22 casings, a third Vstrom from Lexington, TN shows up. A rare sight in these parts. We exchange pleasantries with the new dude and after hearing of our route, he decided to briefly join the fray. (Frankly, I think he was headed south anyway and figured "what the hell", these guys don't look so tough)

    Busch...Head for the mountains.
    Then the hoard of beer drinkin,’ camo wearing, ATV riding hunters arrive. We were halfway across before I realized one of them was female. Yes, they were riding the ferry back across the river with beer in hand. In fact, of the ten or so people on the ferry,we were the only three that were not drinking.

    We “sail” to the other side and disembark.
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    As we briskly ascend up the landing, we pass one of the pickup trucks that came off the the ferry, but the Alcohol Transport Vehicle’s were slightly more concerning. The kid on the 110 was dispatched in seconds. The others were going a pretty good clip in a (semi) straight line, but once we hit the corners, they were easy to pick off as well.

    As I'm passing inebriated ATV riders on the double yellow, thru gravel strewn corners, I go all Judy Garland and think to myself "there's no place like home". :lol3

    Odd thing, I thought the "brew crew" on the four wheelers were all together, but I'm fairly sure they all went different directions. Probably all related though. (Did I say that outloud?)


    After some interesting gravel roads, the three 'Stroms make it to N.B. Forrest State Park.
    However, this is only decent photo I took, so I’ll have to save that report for another time.

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    The end...for now.

    NEXT!
  3. Rainman901

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    We should have gotten a shot of the passenger in the pickup behind us. I swear he could have passed for Manson's brother possibly his twin. He was just chillin' havin' a beer. :freaky

    One thing about all those people on the boat. Everyone was quite personable. I never really got a bad vibe out of any of them other than the fact that we were about to be sharing the road with them after they had those beers. Not to mention their beanie caps weren't really Snell approved.

    It's things like this that make riding a true adventure. :eek1
  4. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    True that. but hey, they were just good natured folk out for an on/off road ride...just like us...only with more wheels and beer. Safety third. :lol3
  5. Rainman901

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    Our tourguide for the day. I told him I wouldn't post this pic, I hope he realizes I was joking. :evil

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    The view from the loading area for the ferry.
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    View from the ferry while on our way. It was either a pic of this or people on ATV's having a beer. We've all seen
    the other.:freaky Note the structure to the right of whats left of the bridge.

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    Here is a better view. Pretty cool that it's still standing and in reasonable shape. Can't be a very hospitable
    environment for an old wood building.
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    From Nathan Bedford State Park. I left this big so that maybe you can read it. It's hard and you'll probably
    get a headache.
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    That's all I have. I just now realized that neither of us took a picture of the ferry. Next time maybe.
    One other thing worth mentioning. The cost to ride the ferry is only 75 cents.
  6. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    The ride to Fort Pillow is somewhat scenic but...You have to ride by the West Tennessee State Penitentiary to get there :lol3
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    You might get caught behind a tractor
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    It's nice otherwise.
    I think they removed the infamous "hitchhikers may be escaping inmates" signs. (I didn't see 'm this time)
    Note the streetlights. Not something you see everyday out in the sticks.
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    Inside the park. Camping there is only $8.00 because you may wake up next to an amorous escapee
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    From this overlook...
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    ...You can see the Mississippi river, and Osceola Arkansas on the other side
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    Here's what the signs at the bottom say:
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    I also visited the museum
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    More on that later...
  7. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    So I amble my way into the seemingly deserted interpretive center.
    The nice lady at the reception desk whispers at me and motions for me to come closer. :wink:
    In a low voice she says "If you can wait about 13 minutes, I can re-start the civil war documentary showing in the auditorium" After chatting with her a bit I found out that she had come down with something and lost her voice a few days ago. It was such a nice day, I didn't want to sit indoors for 30 minutes. I'll catch the flick next visit.

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    Almost the end...Slightly more to come.
  8. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    :rofl

    Civil war sites are always interesting. It was the Union soldiers that were exhumed and moved, right? (Just so I'm clear) I recall that Confederate soldiers are not permitted in National Cemeteries, and that is why the group Mothers of Confederate Soldiers have their memorials and dedications for those soldiers. Does this sound correct, Jeff?
  9. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Yes, they were Union Soldiers.

    I'm no expert, so this fairly well explains it.
    From Necessity to Honor:
    The Evolution of National Cemeteries in the United States
  10. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    So on my way home from seeing something profound, I remembered something trivial;
    While Googleizing some maps, I came across a road in Covington, TN that had an intriguing name.

    Apparently, someone else thought the sign was intriguing as well...so they stole it. :lol3

    When I noticed the sign was gone, I sprang into action with plan B.
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    End of chapter 13
  11. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    The convenience station attendant mentioned to me that when new street signs go up around town (Woodbury, TN), the signs are stolen. :ymca
  12. Liberia

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    I ride a lot in the Woodbury area and it can be pretty hard to find a street sign at times.
  13. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    I normally don't give directions to a particular park, but since this one is in my hometown, I'll make an exception.

    Take the Third Street Hwy 61 Vicksburg exit. Be aware that this is the major thruway to the Casino's just south of Memphis.
    Folks headed down south on third street are in a big hurry to get their freak on down in Tunica, MS.
    Folks headed back north will be inebriated 'cause the casino gives away free booze. :freaky

    When you come to the first stoplight you will begin to notice the prostitutes looking over their shoulders and giving you "the eye".
    Pay no attention and keep heading south.
    As you continue south, you will undoubtedly notice the hourly motels, we-tote-the-note used car dealerships, and a couple dozen check cashing outlets.
    Never mind that.
    Make a right on Mitchell road.
    Continue West through the economically depressed neighborhood.

    In a couple miles you will arrive at the entrance of T.O. Fuller State Park Memphis, TN
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    Alcohol and firearms are not permitted inside the park...
    However, plenty of both are conveniently located nearby on Third street.
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    Hunting and dumping are also frowned upon.
    (Yes, that is the first time I've ever seen a No Dumping sign in any park...ever)
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    T.O. Fuller also has a campground with 45 campsites.
    If the sound of gun play doesn't bother you, and you're an early riser, you may be able to get a good deal at one of the hourly motels up on Third St.
    Don't worry about your bike! MPD recovers stolen bikes by the hundreds so they should have it at the impound lot within a few days...


    All kidding aside, be aware that Memphis is usually at the top of the crime stats for a city this small.
    Property theft, stolen vehicles, robbery, rapes murders, we're perpetrating 'em 'round the clock. Be careful! :eek1
  14. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Hey, wassup Jeff?

    Come back to Indiana sometime. Let's go Stromming. :evil
  15. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Howdy Brian! I'll be back next year sometime.

    Head down this way and we'll hit the Ozarks. :deal
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  16. Staxrider

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    At Shiloh the Confederates were buried in mass trenches. Many were locals but when families showed up in the aftermath of the battle Grant would not allow them through the lines to claim them. At least 5 trenches have been identified but there are at least 12.

    The only reason to venture to TO Fuller State Park would be to visit Chucalissa museum which has information on the mound builders that had a village there. When the park was being built in the 30's indian graves were discovered. As a child I remember being forced to go on field trips where these skeletons were on display. Very creepy.

    Nice report 8track. :clap
  17. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Thanks! Other than the writing and photography it's pretty good, huh! :lol3
  18. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    Hey Jeff!

    How's the new year started for ya? Been out riding yet?


    Hey, if I get out at a decent time tomorrow, I'll be in your area for a pass through - aiming for the Gander Mountain in Jackson. My route has me coming from Centerville, Savannah, and on to Jackson. After that, up through Paris and homeward.
  19. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Arr! I have four wheel plans for Saturday with Mrs.8, but I may get out Sunday.

    Seww, what might you be picking up at Gander Mtn. if I may be so bold? :evil
    *cough* tent *cough*
  20. motocopter

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    Initially a wind-breaker off the sale rack, but anything I feel like I can't live without is an option - limited to what I can carry on the bike. Found Gander Mountains up in the Watertown and Rochester, NY back in '07 and '09. Just like the stores, and there isn't one in Nashville - their locations seem to have Nashville surrounded in a stand-off! :deal

    Anyway, I'm looking to stay on the warm side so, south of I-40 and between Memphis and Nashville is an easy choice. I now have a two-day 1,200+ route that takes me into northern LA, up through AR, and home via MO/KY. Just need a two days of 50-60 temps.