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Monthly Archives: July 2010

This is a local landmark.  Now I know those of you from across the world don’t have a chance  at knowing what this is.  I just thought it would be fun to see if anyone else knows where and what this is.  There have been lawsuits to save this landmark.  The widening of a US highway was changed because of this.  Take a peek at these two photographs and rack your brain then let me know the answer.

Ride Safe

Ronman

Nestled along the Calf Killer River  on Tennessee Highway 84 is a quaint little cemetery.  Lying in rest here are heroes to some and villains to others.  No matter what side of this debate you are on you still must understand that the soldiers buried here helped mold and change the history of not only the region but also the nation.  Back in 2003 I read a book written by Thurman Sensing titled Champ Ferguson: Confederate Guerilla.  Learning of this man’s story rekindled a fire inside me to learn about the terrible conflict between the states back in the 1860s.  I’d kept this story in the back of my mind until I happened across this place while on a ride with some close friends.  I wanted so badly to stop and visit but I knew that I  needed to stop here alone.

One of only two men that didn’t receive a pardon for their actions during the War of Northern Aggression.  Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out who the other man was.  I encourage you to dig deeper into this man’s story.  Champ Ferguson isn’t the only Confederate soldier buried here.  There are others here as well.  Each one has a story.  Each man fought for the country he believed in.  Each one paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country he  loved.Highway 84 aka Calf Killer Highway runs from Sparta, Tennessee up through Monterey, Tennessee.  Should you ever get the chance ride this road.  The scenery and  curves will satisfy your needs.  The history along this road will mystify you and cause you to wonder to a time long ago.

Get out and ride through some history!

Ride Safe,
Ronman

Recently I took an afternoon and ventured out with no particular destination in mind.  I wanted to do some Geocaching and some scooter riding.  Two goals well worth my time and effort if you ask me.  As I wandered and wondered I soon found myself in the ‘Boro.  Being the growing boy that I am I was a tad bit hungry.  Always a quandary it seems.  Ah ha!  I have it.  Slick Pig it is. Having eaten here for years I can safely say I’ve never had a bad meal at Slick Pig.  You owe it to yourself when in Murfreesboro to take a ride out East Main Street and enjoy some wonderful Bar-B-Q.  Needless to say I left here with a full tummy and ready to ride and Geocache.

This is one of the many reasons I LOVE Tennessee so.  Always something historic and beautiful to soak in.  Old barns will forevermore have a special place in my heart.  This particular one I’ve ridden past many many times.  Today I just had to stop and share.

I  hope you enjoyed this little peek into this ride.  I may not have posted lots of things in a while but I have been busy researching material for the blog.  This is just a little taste of things to come in the very near future.  That’s right, I’ll be getting caught up on blogs very soon.

Thanks for taking this little ride with me.  Hope you enjoyed it too.

Ride Safe,

Ronman

Everyone knows that the most important meal of the day is breakfast.  Well what could be more important than a good breakfast before a ride?  That’s why we met at Kym and Bev’s  to get this great day started.  Should you ever get to LaVergne be sure to check them out.  Don’t show up too late though.  Their hours are Monday through Friday 7 am till 2 pm and Saturday 7 am till Noon.

This small group of friends headed east after enjoying our breakfast.  We took Jefferson Pike out of Smyrna over to Hwy 96 up to Hwy 70 at Liberty.  Going east on 70 we rode up to Sparta where we picked up Hwy 84.  Let me tell ya this is one NICE scooter road.  Curves galore along the Calf Killer river.  We wound our way up the tree covered route to Monterey.  Here we picked up Hwy 62 east over to US 127 north.  Just outside of Jamestown we picked up another great scooter road, Hwy 52.  Let me take a minute to say both 84 and 52 are MUST RIDE roads if you are ever anywhere near here.

Soon we were entering Historic Rugby.  Rugby is said to be the most well-preserved historic English village in America.  This once vibrant utopia hasn’t changed much in the past 120 or so years.  You can take a small tour of the library, church and one of the original homes.  Take the time to view the movie in the visitor’s center to get the entire story of this amazing and enchanting place. I like combining more than one of my hobbies at a time.  Geocaching has become an addiction with me.  So I loaded up some caches on my GPSr and soon we were finding them.  Here is a picture of Paul with his first Geocache. On the way to another Geocache we happened upon some ripe Mulberries.  Needless to say the caching came to an end.We enjoyed some of the fantastic back roads on the Cumberland Plateau as you can see of these next couple of photographs.  First Dennis leads the way and then here comes the rest of the group.  Get out and enjoy some of the beautiful things near you.  Ride, geocache, learn history and enjoy time spent with your friends.

Ride Safe

Ronman

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