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    50 degree temperatures = 50,000 miles

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    The weatherman's promise of mild temperatures set me off on a short ride to get the numbers up on my odometer. They have been stuck in the 40,000 mile range for the past three plus years. I was going to set things straight. Headed through the Homesteads Community. America's experiment with socialism. This is one example of several hundred homes built in the 1930's and is now a museum. Click on photos for a bigger view.

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    Beautiful clear skys. Hard to tell where heaven stops and the Earth begins.


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    Rode to the edge of the world and looked down into Sequatchie Valley. The lowest point and highest point in my county are side by side. 3048 & 900 ft.

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    The view always restores me mentally. I'm good for another couple of weeks back at the desk...
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    DSC01778 (2).jpgAnother view from the same point. I've decided to head to the ridge jutting out from the right.

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    Back wheel slipped off into a gully. I stepped off the bike to assess the situation. It wasn't pretty after I took this photo. Dropped the bike on it's left side but pointed downhill. Straining to pick it up I took off my jacket and helmet and rode out of the gully; turned around managed to avoid any other entrapments

    DSC01785 (2).jpgNew wood decking..always afraid the county road department would replace this bridge with an ugly concrete span.
    DSC01786 (2).jpgAlways pictured Yankees storming this stone wall to the right where Confederate defenders repelled their attacks. Now an ageing oak has breeched this rampart spilling ancient stones toward the road.
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    The Confederate States of America's National Flag still flys here

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    A brief pause at the Orme home to reminisce...Always enjoyed our talks that took place under the now collapsed roof of the porch. Miss those warm summer evenings with the cats pawing cricketts. Few were lucky to escape between the boards.


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    Shadows creeping across the lane. Time to head to the house.
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    But not before a stop at the local watering hole. I was first in line and quenched my thirst with nectar provided by the gods that surely dwell within these mountains.



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    Home. What will next year bring?

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    Beautiful country, nice to see the colors still flying.
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    Awesome ride report. Thanks for taking us along.
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    Beautiful country, thanks for the pics! I especially like the pic of the barn, you caught that just right. More miles = more smiles!

    I'm curious if you've done anything major to the engine in those 50,000 miles.
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    Thanks for the tour. Makes me want roll up some more miles on my TW.

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    B-dub. Back when the dub had 32,000+ miles on it I replaced the timing chain and tensioner. Didn't even have to take the lung off. I was replacing the front sprocket and just out of preventative mantenance replaced those items too. Only had to pull the stator (flywheel?). Didn't really need it. But I was headed to some remote sections of Colorado and Utah. Didn't want to try my towing insurance or cell phone reception in the middle of a desert. Couldn't tell the new timing chain from the old one. Tensioner was about half worn though. Still the origional rings, valves, clutch.
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    Awesome trip report and cool to see that odometer at 50,000.4

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