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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).jpg Another 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).jpg New wood decking..always afraid the county road department would replace this bridge with an ugly concrete span.
DSC01786 (2).jpg Always 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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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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thanks for the ride, nice to see TW with miles on them and being used. A fellow in the park in TX where we are in , is going to buy a new harley because it is wearing out at 48,ooo miles, maybe he needs a real bike, a TW.
 

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Congratulations on 50K!

That is impressive for both you and the TW.

You have an extremely well farkled bike. It looks like it could go forever in comfort and haul anything.

I'd love to ask you a hundred questions about your bike but I will limit it to just two. Are running stock sprocket sizes? And what does the sticker on you tank say?

Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing.
 

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I figured if I ever traveled the world it would be to chart a course of discovery…discover what this rock sailing through the solar system is all about. More importantly who, after 60 years, I am. May hang-it-up this year…though I just received a promotion 3 weeks ago. I’m now Assistant Director of Operations. Three years ago I was looking forward to retirement. Now, I’m not sure.

Needed a theme for the proposed trip. Ewan and Charlie had one…or two. It came to me watching an old movie. The words “Round Trip” I copied from the 1946 movie The Best Years of Our Lives. In one of the end scenes there are row upon row of bombers and fighters, radial engines, propellers landing gear waiting for the scrap man. One B-17’s nose art stands out predominately, Round Trip. I think of the 10 men that crewed that bomber over the flack and fighter filled skies over Germany. This is my homage to them. (I helped start the military museum here in Crossville). Military Memorial Museum - Tennessee Vacation

The cube shaped Earth…aaah…this is a voyage of discovery. I’ll find out.

Ex Peregrinari Nos Lucrum Scientia Quod Intelligendo is Latin, the language of science. English translation, From Travel We Gain Knowledge and Understanding which I hope to.



link to the aircraft graveyard scene on utube. I grew up around guys like this.

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Great pics and report, longroof. I used to spend a lot of time in Western NC, SC, and VA. Eastern TN, too, but rarely West of Knoxville. It's a beautiful part of the world.

And as others have said, many congratulations on T-dubbing 50K miles! That's a pretty exclusive club.
 

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Another rider with a Joeband colored helmet!

Beautiful country! I bet in the other seasons it is as spectacular! Just curious, what happened to the Orme house?

And 50K miles is very encouraging. I have half that and mine makes funny noises though I do ride it for extended periods at high RPM. I figure an oversize piston is due in the next 10K miles.
 
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