Then on to Georgia. But before I got there I had to stop at my all-time favorite battle sites, Pittsburg Landing (The Hornet’s Nest) in Shiloh, TN. Below is a pic of where Buell’s troops landed and supported Grant’s troops who just took an ass-whipping. The next day, with an overwhelming force, Grant was able to drive the Confederates back.
Here’s the church that was used to house the wounded. It still stands today!
And here’s the Federal line. This is the center of the line that was attacked by the Confederates. They came up from the trees in the 2nd pic. The fighting was so intense that, between the smoke from the muskets/cannon and the “zipping” of Minnie balls, the soldiers said it was like they were in a “Hornet’s Nest”.
(What looks like just trees is where the fighting occurred!)
Then over to Tennessee where I met up with my friend at Ruby Falls. Here we were on Lookout Mountain. Amazing view! We also decided to go down into the cave to see the waterfall. The story…Leo Lambert decided to crawl for 17 hours through the side of the mountain. He eventually found a waterfall and named it after his wife, Ruby. What would compel anyone to crawl on their stomach for 17 hours is beyond me! But glad “he” did, it’s gorgeous!
The next day we headed towards Cherohala Parkway. Rode the Dragon and the Moonshiner. It was Monday and pretty quiet. I rode through there 2 years ago on my CTX and, let me tell you, then it seemed so long. On the Versys, I remember going into the Dragon and before I knew it, we were done! The Versys handles so well. I remember on the CTX those downward curves being very intimidating. On the Versys, I just zipped through them!
Then to the Foothills Parkway where we stopped at the Fontana Dam. You take this road around towards the bottom. When you come around this curve…BAM!!!...this giant dam comes out of nowhere!
We then rode through this giant forest. It was great riding but, man, that thing never ends! We wound up in Cherokee for the night. While leaving the forest we turned around as there were some elk grazing.
The next morning we headed towards Georgia. (My buddy had to go to work) but we came across the Sac-O-Suds, the actual store that the movie, “My Cousin Vinny” was filmed in. Had to stop for a pic!
Then, because I just love that FD Roosevelt State Park, I decided to head that way before riding home to Florida. I stayed in Warm Springs and the next morning I visited the pool house where FDR would go to swim. The warm waters were thought to help polio victims. FDR would swim here and, although it’s no longer operable (once Salk discovered the vaccine the pool just shut down) it was still neat to walk through there. I bought a little bottle to fill up with the spring water. It’s just neat standing where FDR used to swim.
Then, one more time sitting up on Dowdell Point. I could sit there forever watching the hawks fly. It’s just so peaceful up there.
After a while “relaxing” I went to the restaurant at the foot of the park, got some great food and strawberry shortcake, then got on the Versys for a 500 mile ride home.
Overall a great trip! As always, I hated coming home but I missed my babies (a beagle and chihuahua). My butt was numb by the time I pulled in, but totally worth the experiences! And the Versys did everything it was supposed to!
What was funny is that, my buddy who just bought a 2008 Harley, wouldn’t get a look. People at the hotels were coming out to inspect my Versys all the time. My friend can ride like a bat out of hell and he has 100K on his Suzuki LC. He bought his Harley for something different but refuses to own anything HD! I busted his chops all weekend!