In an effort to put together a dualsport ride for the RA Rally to be held in Shelbyville, Tn October 6-9, I managed to take a couple days off and head down to Tims Ford State Park near Winchester where I set up camp last Sunday night. The park was nearly empty except for this young couple that shared my site for the next two days. They were quiet enough but kept giving me that look like DAM does when he wants you to beer him. Monday morning after a potful of coffee I stowed my gear and hit the road to Cowan where the map showed a 4wd trail heading out of town. The trailhead was owned by the railroad and was now closed to the public so I headed up the road to Sewanee to find another way into this vast area of uninhabited and mountainous terrain that is criss-crossed with forest roads. There was a short, light rain that made the delightfully curvy run up the hill from Cowan to Sewanee a little slick. Near the top I had to wait for a wrecker to extract a car from the hillside off the road. At the top of the hill I was happy to find the old railroad grade road was not posted closed. I dove in and immediately started pounding my way over the very rocky grade. After a couple of miles I ran across the current railroad just as it enters the Cowan Tunnel. Not too much further down the trail I got a flat front tire. It was only flat on the bottom but that's the side I usually ride on so I found a rock to prop up the bike and went about changing the tube. Just as I was finishing up, these two good ol' boys come riding up on their quads to see what I was up to. The trail they came out of was posted closed but they said they owned a cabin up there somewhere. Maybe they did and maybe they didn't, but they were very curious as to why I was out there. I explained that the road I was on was not posted closed but they assured me that it was. After a little discussion they were convinced I was not a revenuer nor a scout for an advancing horde of Yourapein settlers so they went back to whatever it was they were up to. I followed them out and ended up back in Cowan at the trailhead owned by the railroad that I had first tried that morning.