Waverly to Camden
Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
51Trip End Ongoing
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We said our goodbyes and were off to Camden, TN... We rode all of five blocks into town where we decided to stop at Waverly's Cafe for a couple of lunch-to-go's. If there had been a choice, this would have been it, they had everything and more that one would want in a coffee shop. Have we mentioned that conversation follows us everywhere, so a 'quick' fifteen minutes and we're out the door
We decided to stay off of the treacherous county roads and took a four-lane divided state highway with a luxurious eight-foot shoulder, gently rolling hills and NO DOGS! We felt as if we were in a dream cruising along at 13+ average mph. Ten miles in we were quickly brought back to reality when we crossed into another county and the roads narrowed to two lanes and the obligatory five to eight-inch shoulder! Another seven miles had us going through New Johnsonville and passed by three gas stations, in our case pit stops. Finally we spot what looks like it could be a train stop with a few vehicles parked outside and pull over in desperation. We approached the 10x20 gray building with trepidation, knocked on the door with no answer, so we opened it and called in, still no answer; we thought this must be a work station for the railroad and there must be a washroom inside, ...voila! We accomplished the mission with a little fear and very much haste! We skedaddled out of there, hopped on our bikes, and quickly rode up to and over the Tennessee River. We were soon seven miles from our destination and came upon a roadside sign that enamored us with just it's name, Birdsong Resort only 6 miles, down Birdsong Road. Realizing the potential for a winding, hillacious (that's right, new word: hillacious!) road, we spotted some county employees working on Birdsong Rd just behind us, so we asked them knowing they would be the ones to ask; and our guess was right, not to mention google maps had them 8.8 miles away, not 6
When we make good time as we had today we tend to want to take risks such as going on to the next town, another 30 miles away. Today we were brought to our senses when the clouds rolled in sooner than expected. A half mile before our hotel, we spotted a sign that designated the 'Crash Site of Patsy Cline' 3 miles down the side road (6 miles to us! and another destination by car!). We made it to the Best Western just before it rained. We settled in and headed to the laundry, then the lobby to write the travel log with time to watch Ellen. Since it was raining and we didn't want pizza again (delivered, of course) we asked the desk clerk about restaurants. Karen, a transplant from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was more than helpful as she offered us her car! We decided on the Cowboy Restaurant, look out Larry's eating steak tonight!