Same event, about the same time at the same place! The Tourism League has granted me funds to host this again so expect a big tent in case of rain, free camping and rides on local ferries.
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The basic theme: There are 4 major rivers (Tennessee, Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi) and 4 working ferries (Houston-Benton Ferry, Cumberland Ferry, Cave-In-Rock Ferry and the Dorena-Hickman Ferry respectively) within my area that act as the ride objectives for an event. It's not many days that a motorcycle rides over water without being on a bridge and many of the back river roads are the most scenic and least traveled routes around.
Location: Paris Landing State Park http://www.tennessee.gov/environment.../ParisLanding/
on the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake) will be event headquarters and accomodations site. Hotel, cabins, campground and restaraunt offer multiple lodging options on site. Other accommodations and local info can be found at http://visitparislanding.com This local area is within an 8 hour drive from most of the major cities within the Midwest, South and central regions of the country. See attached map for details of the 8 hour drivetime map.
Destinations: The 4 basic ferries plus more options along the way - RTE at Lambert's Throwed Rolls in Sikeston, MO or Kirchoffs Deli in Paducah, KY or Cave-In-Rock State Park restaurant overlooking the Ohio River, Pattie's in Grand Rivers, KY. General sightseeing stops at Garden of the Gods in Shawnee Natl Forest, Land Between The Lakes, Fort Donelson Battlefield and many more. There is always something to see or do close by. For those who can't get enough dirt and like to DS it, there is always plenty of gravel throughout LBL or south in Houston and Humphrey Counties.
Timing: This can always be iffy with the fluctuating river elevations in the spring time. The Mississippi River and the Ohio River will be the most affected by the high waters and the ferries are often closed due to high water levels in the spring. Routes will be changed as required. The river roads offer some of the best touring available.
I will post proposed routes on GPS map files as I get them drawn up. Bring your water wings and your pink tutus!
Menu for the state park's restaurant : http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/...buffetmenu.pdf
If you are not into camping and would prefer to motel it, there is the state park hotel or these 2 other local motels who are on the Tourism League
Paris Landing Motel
15515 U.S. 79 Buchanan, TN 38222
14275 Hwy. 79 North
Buchanan, TN 38222
I will definitely plan a RTE at Lambert's Throwed Rolls in Sikeston, MO again. We had many good reviews from that ride and meal.
No shirts this year.
9 AM local ride if anyone is interested - email or call me if interested
6 PM Free BBQ at campground - bring your own drinks
7:30 AM group ride departs for Lambert’s Throwed Rolls in Sikeston, MO - show up with a full tank of fuel!
11 AM Lambert’s Throwed Rolls for lunch – be ready to carry left overs
5:30 PM Pie – Ice Cream & Coffee by the Paris Landing Seniors at the campground
7 PM – equipment demonstration for those interested – GPS coord N36 28.784 W88 06.561 then follow private dirt road along north side of building to N36 28.763 W88 06.040
6:45AM Wounded Warriors send off at marina – meet at old bridge section (PENDING VERIFICATION FOR THIS YEAR)
7:30 AM group ride to the Kirchoff's Deli in Paducah, KY
11::30 AM Kirchoff's Deli for lunch
12:30 PM group ride continues to Cave In Rock Ferry then back to camp via LBL routing
6:00 PM Dinner location TBD by vote - catfish, pizza, buffet or other
Meet for breakfast at Dodd’s Country Store 14300 Highway 79 N Buchanan, TN
Local ride if anyone interested
Free BBQ Thursday night
RTE Lambert's on Friday
RTE Kirchoff's on Saturday
Pie with the Senior Center on Friday night
Routing - having issues loading GPX files. I've combined 5 routes into 1 file in 2 different formats. My Montana requires Direct format, others may be able to use Motorcycle routed formats. My ADV loops are too large to post due to the number of roads and turns. I will try to have some of these available on paper at the tent.
Link to state's Tennessee Historic Trails for more local destinations / information http://tntrailsandbyways.com/trail/1...ver-trail/?p=4