Camden to Parsons

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We said goodbye to the owner of the Best Best Western, Ben, mounted our bikes and left for Parsons, Tennessee. This hotel is one of the better hotels we've stayed in, maybe because the owner makes himself available by being on the premises which allows him to actually manage his business... Just a thought.
Today was another good ride, more how we envisioned it way back in the planning stages. Our route was on a two-lane state highway and again we were blessed with an eight-foot shoulder. We made good progress and before long we were at the 15-mile mid-point having our somewhat usual snack and/or lunch. Still with some elevated rolling hills, we were having our second day in a row with over 10 mph average and no sooner we were pulling into town looking for the Parsons Inn, a boutique hotel we found on Google Maps. After turning onto Main Street and riding down a few blocks we did not see much in the way of accommodations and soon developed a sinking feeling about this 'boutique' hotel. Oh we did finally spot the Parsons Inn but it didn't look anything like the photo provided online. In fact it was so small it could only be considered boutique if you were a roach or a mouse.
We decided to grab a bite to eat while still downtown as we had plenty of time to back-track to the only other motel in town we opted to pass on the way into town (as they had not claimed to be a boutique hotel!). During our wait for dinner we were feeling the chill of our sweat-drenched clothes and took our jackets and sweaters to the conveniently located laundromat next door. After dinner we went to retrieve our now dry and cozy warm clothes from the dryer and met Lori and Bruce, a couple that had moved from the St. Louis area in Illinois. They were in the process of gutting and restoring an older house just five miles south of Parsons. We voiced our concerns about riding to Savannah the next day, and they had suggested the Bear Inn in rural Clifton because, "it was only fifty bucks a night and included a FREE melt-in-your-mouth Steak Dinner; that would be if you like cedar, 'cuz there's lots of that"! Thereafter we back-tracked about a mile, uphill of course, and checked inn at the Deerfield Inn; not a boutique hotel. Our past overnight stays have shown that some motels do not have guest laundry facilities so when we asked if the motel had them on premises, Tina, the Manager gladly offered the use of their machines that housekeeping uses. We were surprised when she told us she was originally from Toronto, Canada, and moved here about seven years ago. Like many of the transplanted residents in these remote towns they fall for the beauty, the laid back life style and the affordable cost of living. She also shared some interesting stories telling how she and other small motels like this accommodate and not the many people, locals and otherwise in order to maintain a desirable establishment for travelers.
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