August 28, 2016 – Partly cloudy, 85 degrees
Miles Today: 46
Miles to Date: 15,284
States to Date: 42
Tennessee is beautiful place to cycle. The roads are in good shape, drivers are courteous, and the scenery is lovely. I spent the entire day on back roads.
As a cyclist, and lousy drinker, I opted for the ‘dry’ tour at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg. Still, when our guide simply lifted the top from a fermenting vat the vapors rushed through my head and cleared my sinuses for the rest of the day. Old No.7 is a powerful brew.
It’s rained, at least once, every day for the past three weeks. Today I was lucky that the shower occurred during my factory tour. The remaining miles to Bell Buckle were glorious. The landscape is so rich, green, and sculpted I felt like a figure in a toy train landscape.
Bell Buckle is a funky little town that’s transformed itself into an arts colony of sorts. My host, John, took me all over town and introduced me around to a city councilwoman, restaurant owner, and Cubs fan. Everyone is related, by blood or just by knowing each others’ business.