Parsons to Clifton

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our original plan was to go to Savannah, Tennessee, but we were skittish about the distance and the accommodations that were available. By staying just three miles off of our route in Clifton tonight we figured tomorrow we can make it to Pickwick Dam State Park where there we will have good lodging according to what we saw on the Internet. We left early and headed into town for breakfast at Granny's and met yet another transplant, this lady moved from Florida and traded boats for horses, hmmm. After breakfast we headed down the road 29 miles for Clifton more than an hour earlier than usual, yeeha! Today we had another good day riding, again rolling hills, no wind or rain, and no dogs; three and counting. We left early enough today that we arrived at Bear Inn at 12:30 which gave us thought to riding the 30 miles to Pickwick but lucky for us it started to rain so here we are, enjoying all of the Bear Inn!
Leaving earlier means lower temperatures and it has been averaging in the high 30's when we leave in the morning and warming up to a sizzling 48 by midday. So, our complaint is, and that we've had since our first day are the shirts we wear that are suppose to wick a way the moisture, just don't! By the time we've ridden a handful of miles or up one of those monster hills it feels like we have a wet towel on our upper bodies all day. Let us not forget to mention the bike jackets that are supposedly breathable AND water-resistant, how can that be? Well, it sure fooled us! We have changed out our layering every which way but to no avail!. We are growing weary of the bad weather and hope we can get to warmer days soon.
The Bear Inn is a self-proclaimed, "finest second-class hotel in the world." (who are they kidding, this is a motel!). We had dinner in the restaurant upstairs which serves salad, perfect steaks, and chicken. Not much for non-meat eaters here, but since we brought our left-over salmon they offered to heat it up on the outdoor grille and tossed in some home-cut fries, so everyone was happy. The atmosphere was extremely casual, and inviting us to have our first beer in a few weeks. The locals, customers if you will, provided the service and even some of the food service. It was difficult at times to tell who was our server, either one of the owners or one of the locals, but tips we were told went to the locals! But Troy he was the Master of the grill! The two owners, Paul and his son Troy were originally from Lake Tahoe and decided to escape to Clifton, Tennessee. Paul's claim for the change was he was tired of shoveling all that dang snow and tired of the hustle and bustle. They bought this dilapidated fourteen-room motel as a foreclosure. They had to gut and re-build all of the rooms in entirety, and then built twelve small cabins a few hundred yards off down by the creek. They also added the upstairs dining room and picnic deck, and a 'cabana' downstairs, and a field out back to play sports on, i.e. frisbee, golf. Paul also has an affinity towards Airstreams and buys and sells them on the grounds. In addition, the Bear Inn sits on the fifteenth hole of an 'Arnold Palmer' golf course! What a great place for anyone and everyone! We're for sure coming back!
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