We all wish we had the wealth of Warren Buffet, the stamina of Lance Armstrong, and the leisure time of a hobo but, in the real world, work and family obligations limit us to a more realistic existence. That is, few of us can take off on that cross country motorcycle trip at the drop of a hat. Most of us manage a couple of extended trips a year with an occasional overnighter here and there if we are lucky. The “day ride” is the backbone of our riding experience. Out the driveway trips familiar and doable in a day consisting of way stops and destinations of favorite eateries, parks, or landmarks. It doesn’t matter if the trip is 50 miles or 500. I’ve several memorized rides of varying lengths and sometimes don’t know until I leave as to which one it will be; it just depends on conditions and my mood. And, I’m inclined to mix it up, constantly making up now loops out of existing ones. I bet you do the same.
In the interest of a West Tennessee focus this entry is to highlight a loop I often do that will be enjoyable for anyone in the area. You can start anywhere on the route but, for the sake of a start/stop point, I begin the route in Trimble, TN. Rural West Tennessee is hard to beat for pastoral settings and good roads in peaceful contrast to the Wal-marts, hamburger alleys, car lots, and yard sales one encounters in lockstep with areas of rising population. Approximately 120 miles depending on the riders inclination to hurry or "smell the roses."
Be sure to stop at the China Grove Country Store. The establishment is run by members of the Mennonite faith and offers deli sandwiches to order and all kinds of hard to find goods. Take home a jar of Pickled Jalapeno Eggs. Just don’t expect to find them open on Sundays. Stop also at the store in Skullbone for some history and a postcard.
Above: Kountry Korner Restaurant/Convenience Store in Dresden, TN. Ordinarily not my kind of stop but, on this day, half-price sausage & biscuit after 11:00 AM and a bench out front.
Above: The tracks in Trimble, TN.
Check out the map for the aforementioned stops and a couple other points of interest.
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