Day 11 - Dover, TN to Grand Rivers, KY - Two Far 2020 - NTF (Not Two Far) - CycleBlaze

June 10, 2020

Day 11 - Dover, TN to Grand Rivers, KY

Enjoying the Land Between the Lakes (LBL)

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Today's story is told mainly in pictures.  For those interest in the history of  LBL, Wikipedia has a good  article 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Between_the_Lakes_National_Recreation_Area

This was the road surface when we started out today. Luckily, we had talked to members of the paving crew last night at the motel and knew we only had 3 miles of this.
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The Great western Furnace
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John getting educated at the furnace
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The Great Western Furnace. Took a while to build and was only in operation for 34 weeks.
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Where the molten pig iron came out
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Story board for the furnace
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For Sale ad for the furnace. Equipment and MEN were for sale.
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The Homplace. A historical exhibit of an 1850's farm. This was the main house and was called a dogrun
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The Homeplace Smokehouse
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A shed at the Homeplace.
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Carriage Shed
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The garden at the Homeplace. The female interpreters at the Homeplace planted and tend the garden. As the vegetables come in, they give cooking demonstrations for the visitors. All of the vegetables grown were heirloom vegetables from the 1850's
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Another shed. We thought that there were a lot of buildings and that one farm would not have as many. One of the staff said that actually there would be many more - for instance, there would be multiple corn cribs and tobacco sheds to store the crops
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A dry streambed on the farm
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This was another house on the Homeplace site
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Still another shed containing a woodshop
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Same shed - different view
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Tobacco shed where the tobacco was hung to dry. They kept a fire going in the middle to dry and cure the tobacco. Many sheds burned down.
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The chicken and ducks roamed free. A guide told us that in the 1850's all of the animals would roam free.
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Sheep
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Creating a seed furrow as it was done in the 1850's
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Across from the Homeplace was a large pasture that contained buffalo (bison). At the time Europeans first settled the area there were large populations of bison and elk, but they were soon hunted to extinction. They have since been re-introduced.
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Holding and loading pens for the bison
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Yep, another state
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The main visitor center in LBL
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Squeal on your neighbor
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Fulton Furnace
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Fulton Furnace (cont.)
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Not much traffic on the main road in LBL. If you like hills, its cycling heaven. For me, some of the 10% grades were far from heaven. The day was like a yo-yo for me - 5-6 MPH uphill and then 35-36 MPH downhill
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John made me do a 3 mile detour to see this campground and Kentucky Lake. The main road in LBL is on what is known as the Tennessee Ridge and the 3 miles to the lake was mostly downhill. All the way out I kept thinking of the climb to get back to the main road and thought "I'm going to kill him, I'm going to kill him!" Acutually the climb on the way back was not that bad, so he gets to live and ride with me again tomorrow.
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Rachael AndersonI sympathize with you and have had the same thoughts with rides Scott has mapped out. I’m glad it wasn’t as hard as expected!
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Scenes from the campground
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Scenes from the campground
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Scenes from the campground
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The Nickell Cemetery just south of Grand Rivers
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Andrew Jackson Smith, MOH recipient
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A canal connects Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River) to Lake Barkley (Cumberland River) near the dams
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Empty coal cars. In the distance, there is a pier where coal is loaded onto barges for trips down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The barges deliver the coal to powerplants along the rivers or to New Orleans for export.
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Today's ride: 55 miles (89 km)
Total: 573 miles (922 km)

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Lou HarminMost interesting with great pictures. Thanks. Lou H.
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