>More Lost Roads

>November 14th, 2010.
Mounting up the “Lil Girl” I headed toward the Johnson City. I had decided to help Edward Winterhalder and Wil de Clercq promote their new book “BIKER CHICZ OF NORTH AMERICA”.   I am, after all one of the 22 featured “CHICZ” in the book. 

It’s 12:00 in the afternoon and I figured I would ride up to Smith Brothers Harley Davidson in Johnson City.  I wanted to leave some advertising material Edward had forwarded to me along with a few advance copies of the book.  Smith Brothers know me and my bike: the 150 thousand mile Sportster.  When I asked to leave the brochures at the desk they were quite enthusiastic.

Leaving the parking lot from there, I decide to head into Bluff City to talk to the guys at Biker Wear on RT-11E.  I left some brochures then continued on my way.  Now, with business out of the way it was time for lost road riding. 

I’m very broke this weekend.  I somehow have misplaced my last $10.00. I did have a full tank of gas which gave me a radius of 90 miles to play with. Life is still good. Even with a greenback missing in action.

ten dollar bill
IMAGE CAPTION: Lost greenback….

I decide to head back into Elizabethton on the Bristol Highway (RT-19E). I had recently driven this way with my mom in her BMW.  She had noticed a few back roads along here that appeared interesting.  She was right of course: I had been meaning to ride these roads for a year or two at least.  I just never thought of it again until today with my limited funds. 

I’m so glad I did!  Taking these “lost roads” keeps me happy. I never know what I will find, how the road will end, or where it will lead to.  This time was no exception.  I didn’t take note of the roads I was on, and most of them dead-ended in a driveway, but along the way I found some of the best sights!

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Image Caption: Lost Roads Log Cabin

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Chimney View of Log Cabin

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IMAGE CAPTION: Log Cabin Window

Or how about the oldest church in Tennessee?

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IMAGE CAPTION: Oldest Church in TN. (Sinking Springs)

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IMAGE CAPTION: log structure is the oldest church in TN.

I know I’ve mentioned how much I like trains. I’ve been longing for a train to pass beneath me while on an overpass for a very long time! GOT MY WISH THIS DAY!

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IMAGE CAPTION: Coal Train and overpass

Later, I found myself riding this gravel road through the Cherokee National Forest near Stony Creek. This was fun! It got much more narrow and potholed…but it was worth the views I got!

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IMAGE CAPTION: Gravel road in the Cherokee National Forest

I would really like to take you guys along for more sights, but let’s face it…the longer you sit here checking out MY ride, the less time your spending on your own LOST ROADS!

If Old Man Winter hasn’t gripped you yet in his icy clutches, GET OUT HERE AND RIDE!  I’ll see y’all on the roads!


11 comments on “>More Lost Roads”

  1. >"Lost road riding", I LOVE it!!! 🙂 Looks like you had a great day, awesome photos as well. Miss those days. 😦 Hope to maybe have a few more before the snow flies here in SE Michigan.. Thanks for sharing your day with us!

  2. >Loved the virtual 'ride' Chessie and would love to have lived in that old log cabin in its glory days……….just hauled my lil gal inside for winter and a few cosmetic repairs like new righhand turn signal on rear and a bit of spit and polish….hugz Valkyrie

  3. >Nice pictures, you really have nice country in the East. The book looks interesting too! Might have to put on my list on books to read this winter.

  4. >I love those old country roads. You find some of the neatest places. Good photos. Really like the oldest church.

  5. >Enjoyed the post once again.Still riding my bike as it is not cold enough to put up. Heading to Danville this weekend to the tank museum. Where might that cabin be located for a look see?

  6. >The cabin is in an area near Bluff City. I need to go back and revisit it so I can give clear directions on how to get there. Better yet, call me…I'll ride at the drop of a hat!MotorOZ,yes, you know, I go past that church a few times a week. I never stopped to investigate it. I thought it was just a replica. But a local stopped while I was photographing nearby…told me it was the oldest church…I should have stopped long ago…but at least I did now!cbbiker- It's nice living here, but I can find cool stuff to photograph in a supposedly "empty" desert. If your eye is tuned to find the curiosity… it's there….Valkyrie, sister of the wind…I luv ya…you always give me the best encouragement.

  7. >That's one of the nice things about riding solo – you can take whatever turn strikes your fancy. I'll often go out for a "lost road" ride with the sole intention of having no destination and no route. Then I'll see how many new roads I can find. A great way to spend a day in the saddle.

  8. >I haven't commented in a while but I still love seeing your pictures and reading your post. This Georgia boy can't wait to get a bike of his own and do the same thing.

  9. >Thanks Steve! and all of y'all who come! Bless you guys…my world gets rocked everyday! I have some great rides coming up soon!

  10. >I'd call you Chessie if I had the number. Maybe go to my blog and send an email and we'll exchange numbers. I found a two story log home by accident near work and still need to get back for pictures and closeup lookin. I'll be heading towards Danville VA at 9 a.m to the aaf tank museum.

  11. >Love them pics of old homes and small roads you capture when traveling your Harley.Winter here now, cold and freezing, snow and hardly possible to stay in the workshop. Looking forward to spring.Have a nice christmas.Sverre

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