Posted by: Beemer Bob | May 16, 2015

Go East Old Man, Go East!


Natchez Trace State Park is a great area for exploring in a Ural
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Even came across some young ladies by the “beach” in bikinis :-)

For lunch, we take a trip to the nearby town of Lexington, TN.  The cook at our dinning facility was fascinated with our mode of transportation so I took him for a ride in the goose.
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The park is over 9,000 acres and in addition to a nice network of paved routes, the park is laced with dirt fire service roads perfect for Uraling.

Thee Saint was a good sport by going “off roading” with me

A few of the roads had minor obstacles

Natchez Trace State Park is peppered with old cemeteries. There are something like 26 different cemeteries within the state park. Most are only accessible by going down the various dirt roads laced throughout the park. The first one shown here is one of the few accessible by a paved road. Note that the grave sites here are marked only with a small stone with no inscription.
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After some searching around the back dirt roads, we find these. Even though they are down small dirt roads, they are well maintained and mowed.
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It was late in the day and time to call the cemetery search to an end for now. I was fascinated by the collection of all these back wood cemeteries. I’m sure they all have a story to tell, I just don’t know the story. As previously stated, there are about 26 of them hidden throughout the park but the maps provided are sketchy and difficult to follow. I think it would be a fun quest someday to do some research on the cemeteries. Who were these people? Why are there so many here? It would be a fun project to locate them all and document the GPS coordinates of each one as well as detailed maps of the network of dirt roads.

But that will be a project of another day. As I was telling Thee Saint that I wanted to stay here for a week or so to do this project, I was informed that it was time to go east. I don’t know where we are going, but I know we are going east.
We load up and head east. We stop for lunch at a roadside park near Crossville, TN.
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Driving west to east in Tennessee is like driving across Texas. After a day of driving, you are still in the same state. We finally leave Tennessee and enter into North Carolina. I notice that the mountains here seem to be smoking. I think I am going to call them the Smokey Mountains. I wonder if that name will catch on.
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We arrive at our next stop in Waynesville, NC (Near Asheville).

We set up and have dinner while hunter begs.

View from our site

A swift moving stream next to our site
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Don’t know where we are going, but for now – we are in North Carolina

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Responses

  1. Great post and pics. Good to see you back on the trail! 🙂

  2. I should probably check a map but Thee Saint might enjoy a trip to the Toe River Valley – :http://www.toerivercrafts.com/ – in Celo. Thanks for sharing your adventures! I hope I’ll enjoy something similar some day.


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