The Cookeville Comfort Inn Suites laid out a decent breakfast, sausage, eggs, cereal, bagels, yogurt, the works. Of course I ate sensibly and passed on the bagels as I’m now watching my calories. I loaded up Green Girl and after refueling I was on the road fairly early. My route took me north on 111 and Old TN 52 past lots of small roads and settlements with interesting names like Poor House Road and Neely Crossroads and Joe Stone Road.
My first stop of the day was to look over a business called Practical Combat - The Blade Store. Judging from what they were advertising I’d guess the local militants are their clientele. Less than a mile before I reached them I noticed a house flying the Confederate higher than the USA flag.
The Practical Combat people had a large assortment of flags for sale and their range of offerings seemed a bit incongruous. I suppose it’s something one has to be around to understand their message…
My next stop was to see the small historic village of Gainesboro, the last town in Tennessee I would visit. It was a spur of the moment stop and fun to ride through and look at some of the old buildings.
The warm sunshine cast a sparkle on everything and the few people who were out always waved or greeted me as I walked along.
The sign on the city park telling people not to bring their guns in gave me a chuckle. I wondered if they were referring to all guns including legal concealed weapons or just the visible ones. Like the Dixie Cut thing, this was another item I’d not test the waters with.
Just north of town there was an interesting old bridge located over Sugar Creek so I paused to look and take a few shots. I always wonder about old bridges and wish they could talk, I’d bet they’d have plenty to say. This one was sporting a healthy crop of tall grasses and looked like it had been abandoned for a long time.
Where have you been Larry?
We thought you were dead!
They live way out in the country on a road not listed on most maps but I was able to zero in on a small town not far from their place and wing it the rest of the way. I found them on my 2nd try and after our happy reunion we drove to town for dinner at a Chinese buffet restaurant. It was great; we ate ourselves into oblivionThey both had commitments previously scheduled at their church for the evening so I went shopping at Wally World.
Tomorrow I’ll start towards Kansas City to see my friends David and his son Noah and if I'm lucky I'll get to see Noah race his kart on Sunday.
Life on the road is good.