Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Carl’s Kings and Cows

Today was a pretty easy riding day. Not many miles, so this enabled us to spend more time at the parks. http://tinyurl.com/63hwu4

First stop was Kings Mountain National Military Park which was turning point in the Revolutionary War. We essentially beat the crap out of ourselves here. Way back then there were individual that wanted their independence from Britain and those that were loyal to the British rule, hence only Americans fought at this site. This battle was unique because the Patriots (those that wanted independence) used rifles where the loyalist used muskets. Rifles were highly accurate and could hit a target 300 yards away, whereas muskets were good for 100 yards. Rifles were slow to load, muskets much faster.

Next stop was Cowpens National Battlefield is another Revolutionary War site. Now being from New England, it was my assumption that most of the fighting was done in the Boston area, but that simply is not true. I simply grabbed INK here and moved on to the next stop

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic site is a pretty neat place and it just about killed me walking up to the house. Ok I should be in better shape. I bet Carl drove his car up to the house and did not walk. I watched the movie here, which was an interview with Carl by Edward Murrow. While I had always known his name, I really didn’t know who he was. I now know a little more than I did.

The next stop for grabbing INK would be in Chattanooga and Chickamauga, so we had the rest of the afternoon with no time pressure to get somewhere. Steve had a hankering for BBQ, so off we were to this place. http://www.muttsbbqonline.com/ Mutts. This required some back tracking and was probably 50 miles one way out of way, but with no time constraints who cared. Mutts turned out to be great. Now anybody can cook pulled pork and stuff. I judge BBQ places on the sides they have. Mutts had some of the best macaroni and cheese that I have ever had, homemade to boot.

Some days feel like that train sign, but this was not one of them.

It looked like rain so we pulled over to don our rain suits. Since we preempted getting wet, it only rained a little bit. Mother Nature was so disappointed.

The Smokies we coming at us fast and the sun were settling in for the night and with the moisture in the air it made for some really beautiful scenery to watch.

Doesn’t this picture almost look like a picture at a studio like Sears or JC Penny. You know the one. The one you have pictures taken of yours kids or had to suffer thru your parents going gittche gittche goo to make you smile, but you showed then. you just sat there and pouted.

With our little diversion for BBQ we rode til about 10:30 and decided to call it a night

say Good night John boy..stayed tuned for tomorrow.

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