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(One more, Three falls ride on page 2 of this thread)
I would think there would be an interest, so I put mouse to Base camp. (.gpx) Being local to the area I'd thought (I know, it'll haunt me later) I'd give some of the visitors to our neck of the woods some options/suggestions to ride and explore. All routes start and end at the fairgrounds in Lebanon. Each route is based on a departure of 9am. I made 4 routes and put them to my google drive;

Natchez Trace Route:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TX4WCpdhn32swwMiM3m-Mw6OTfSTrF1C/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
This route starts out by hoping on I-40 to get to East Nashville. Leave any sooner and you'll hit traffic. (not to say you won’t at any hour). You'll jump off and hit the two lanes and then pick up the northern most part of Natchez Trace. (the part that actually has curves). Riding it down to Leipers Fork, TN (WARNING: STATE PARK RANGER with NOTHING BETTER TO DO). Once off the trace, you'll meander the back roads and ultimately wind up at Puckett's Restaurant in the town Square of Columbia, TN. for lunch. (it’s in the southeast corner of the building. The sign is hidden by trees. From this point, it’s all two lane back roads back to the rally. 209 Miles 4:15 total time

To - Jack Daniel's Distillery Ride:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gIH5kB2LFhUYP-lj4th7XX2tR7viF1Zw/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
This one is simple, takes you out to JD's via two lanes you most likely wouldn't discover. Nothing to brag about, but better than the Interstate. 88 Miles 2:01 Total time.
NOTE: There are several tours. all leave from the main building. it would BEHOOVE YOU to go on-line and purchase tickets before you show up. No cost difference, only you can pick what time you want to start any of the tours. They may be slow, they may have a tour bus full of hardley riders or worse, those GS'ers! Plan ahead! Jack Daniels Site HERE

Once you get into town, don't try to park at the distillery, its gravel. They have a new multi-million-dollar parking lot (on the right, across the street AND ITS FREE! There is a foot bridge leading from the distillery into the town of Lynchburg, tourist crap, food and the "company store". Make sure to stop at the Harley Store (no bikes) to express your admiration for the brand! Depending on the time spent, I did make a route to return to the rally, but you may wish to Slab it back up to Lebanon (you saved your location at the rally in your GPS, right? or...​

From - FROM Jack Daniel's Distillery
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S2Dp0tFcsTZ7TOukuMqetSulBQaN8i2A/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
More of the same, two lane roads that take you through Shelbyville, Wartrace, Bell Buckle up and over I-24 through MurFREESboro and back into the rally. 90 Miles 1:46 Total Time


Finally, is my favorite of these routes, I play up there often as there are no cops, little traffic and fun little out of the way twisty’s!...

Red Route One: (hint: Red October Movie)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_On9Y4CDbVAzEqan9WNSstwLOwC0R2Ee/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
Mosey on out of town, NORTH. towards Lafayette, a few good roads, open her up and it will be better. Once in town, you'll be turning right on Red Boiling Hot Springs road. Once you start seeing the yellow directional highway signs (5+ miles down the road), hold on to your britches! once through the mini dragon (really mini) you’re in for some nice sweepers and a road that hugs the countryside. Warning, a few of those blind (what the **** is on the other side of this rock) corners are fairly sharp... Once past beautiful Hull lake, that dumps into the Cumberland River, it’s nothing but well maintained remote two-lane bliss. Eventually, you'll stop for lunch in Cookeville, TN at Crawdaddy's West Side Grill right off the town square. Those that are two up or don’t like to eat are ride a crap load more tight twisty roads or just plain tired from muscling the beast all day, I-40 is just south of the lunch spot, easy return to Lebanon.

For you other miscreants, I have laid out Hwy 290 for you. Be warned, I've ridden with a few crotch rocket types and a few have gone down. No injuries but be mindful of your speed and ride your ride. I don't have a trailer, and the last time a farmer with a tractor pulled the bike up to the road! Once off 290, the road to Granville, TN, is nice, scenic and picturesque even... The road meanders back to Lebanon to end the day on a good note. 202 Miles 4:28 Total ride time

NOTE: I'll be taking my brother from another mother (Hallzee) on RR1, for those that are inclined, we’ll be leaving at 9:30 AM from the Raceway (pure) gas station on Friday.

Hopefully the links work... if not, I'm certain someone will say something. Enjoy the rally, enjoy Tennessee as a 6 years ago, transplant from NorCal, I sure do.
 

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Thank you. I was looking for some suggestions on riding down there. I will likely do the JD route & the Red Route. I spent a couple hours on Natchez Trace a few years ago & that was enough for me.



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Thanks for your time and effort Mr. Showswell, much appreciated!
 

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Thanks for your time and effort Mr. Showswell, much appreciated!
Yes, excellent job (especially for a transplant :grin:)!

It may be a few days, but one of my offices is in Lafayette (I cross the very mini dragon twice a day from my home when I go in to that office), and the other in McMinnville, so I plan to give the worst miscreants a "slightly more redder route" involving such twisty locations as North Springs and Whitleyville, (or Willette and Wartrace [the unincorporated one]) to Gainesboro, Nameless, and so on as you head down to Granville and Chesnut Hill, and then further South from McMinnville up to Beersheba Springs, through Altamont, down the mountain by another way to Pelham and back to McMinnville.

If anyone is interested in going all the way down to Chattanooga, you can cross over both mountains between McMinnville and Chattanooga with twisty blacktop and avoid the two major multi-lane highways, I-24 and 111.

The mountain riders who think there's nothing in the area are sorely mistaken. >:)
 
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I spent a couple hours on Natchez Trace a few years ago & that was enough for me.
You are correct, Sir! The Trace is a beautiful yawner of a ride. Lovely scenery, but max lean angle of 2 degrees necessary. But highly recommended for those with a pillion who has an upset stomach.
 
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There is just so much one can show to the masses! Didn’t do Chatt or the Dragon, too long of a day for most I’d think. Tried to make a happy medium (200 miles 4-5 hours) for the most appeal. I was down Beersheba Springs/Altamont just yesterday first time, a little rainy and wet so I wasn’t able push it as hard as I would have liked.

Funny, but almost all of those towns on your "slightly more redder route", North Springs, Whitleyville, Willette, Gainesboro (AKA: TN-56), great little road to stretch your legs on! Watch those corners though... and Nameless (TN-290) is fun, assuming the corners are clear of debris. But they are plotted on RR1? Do you not read the information I give? Sheesh!

Dobson Hwy(TN-135) can be fun too, sitting on top of the world for a long time. However, I want to get over to Wilder HWY. The grade up and out of Shiloh is fun for all ages... Assuming its been repaired. The winter rain did a number on it...

To those that have been on the North end of Natchez Trace. May I suggest you “find” the Ranger (there’s only one) and then drop a grear or two. I had the LT wound up in 4th, dropping Crotch rockets in the corners like they were kids on big wheels!
 

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If you are down by the JD distillery, there's a little town called Bell Buckle. Has (at least had in 2005) a nice little old fashion ice cream shop.
 
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If you are down by the JD distillery, there's a little town called Bell Buckle. Has (at least had in 2005) a nice little old fashion ice cream shop.
Its still there...
Bluebird Antiques 15 Webb Rd, Bell Buckle, TN 37020 (Neat little shop, the cafe around the corner is good too!) If your taking the route above BACK to the Rally, you'll pass right by it..
 
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Noticed one was left off!

[URL="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ISoyVyCS5hBy0Mfi09DEoL1AYmWnuMvw/view?usp=sharing”] Three Falls Ride: [/URL] ]
Again, starting at the rally, ride north a few miles then a right to get out of town, the first section is fairly straight, but watch for the nice sweepers (if you’re into that sort of thing: laugh:). cut south to Center Hill Lake, over the dam and back to heading east along nice twisty roads, nothing too mind boggling, but fun none the less. Eventually you'll head south again, stopping off at Burgess Falls State Park. Stop at the parking lot, the falls themselves are a short walk down an easy path. (the easy path is the UPPER path). medium difficulty (lots of stairs) on the lower path. Once mounted back up, more two-lane spender awaits until you get to the next falls. Rock island State park. Watch for the left turn, it'll sneak up on you. The road looks like an old logging trail, but it gets much better (and wider) as you go. You should have passed Foglight Foodhouse (only open for dinner). The falls are visible from the parking lot at the end (ALLOW enough space for a U-turn if you go all the way to the end! the road slops down, fairly steeply) Park at the first parking area (dirt if memory serves) or send a runner to see if there is parking lower). There is a cement staircase to the river floor, if anyone feels inclined. After that, lunch is a short ride away.... The landing, it isn’t much but you’re out in the sticks! After lunch however... Hwy 30, nice two-lane black top, nice twisty’s, your welcome, enjoy!

You'll head into Fall Creek Falls State Park next. Nice state park, nice roads, rangers are pretty good. You'll take a left at some point to run the scenic loop. Once on the loop there is another short hike to view the waterfall, which cascades down 256 feet, is one of the tallest single vertical drop fall east of the Rocky Mountains. for those inclined to stay or visit another day, hikes to several other falls are in the same park. Once you’re done with the park, you'll hightail it back via old 111 (roller-coaster road) ultimately to Hwy 70S, then back to the rally via some more two lanes and twisty’s. 220 Miles 4:38 total time

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ISoyVyCS5hBy0Mfi09DEoL1AYmWnuMvw/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
 

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@ dobervol

There is just so much one can show to the masses! Didn’t do Chatt or the Dragon, too long of a day for most I’d think. Tried to make a happy medium (200 miles 4-5 hours) for the most appeal. I was down Beersheba Springs/Altamont just yesterday first time, a little rainy and wet so I wasn’t able push it as hard as I would have liked.

Funny, but almost all of those towns on your "slightly more redder route", North Springs, Whitleyville, Willette, Gainesboro (AKA: TN-56), great little road to stretch your legs on! Watch those corners though... and Nameless (TN-290) is fun, assuming the corners are clear of debris. But they are plotted on RR1? Do you not read the information I give? Sheesh!

Dobson Hwy(TN-135) can be fun too, sitting on top of the world for a long time. However, I want to get over to Wilder HWY. The grade up and out of Shiloh is fun for all ages... Assuming its been repaired. The winter rain did a number on it...

To those that have been on the North end of Natchez Trace. May I suggest you “find” the Ranger (there’s only one) and then drop a grear or two. I had the LT wound up in 4th, dropping Crotch rockets in the corners like they were kids on big wheels!
Wilder? Hadn’t thought about mentioning that one. Nice ride, but be careful not to leave the main road, or you’ll wind up down roads that go from blacktop to tar and chip to gravel. You can almost hear the banjos, and people will just stop and stare at you as you ride by.

Gainesboro to Hilhelm is nice, then to Livingston where you can pick up the Wilder Hwy. Or Livingston to Jamestown through Alpine. And Livingston also picks up 111, if you want to head back down southward to civilization, and I-40.

If no one wants to go up and down mountain at Altamont, there’s Hillsboro to Sewanee, which takes you up a higher mountain with even more switchbacks, and the University of the South at the top has been voted the most beautiful college campus in America several times.

I just wanted to identify most all the twisties in the area, since I’d seen more than several comments from the mountain riding bunch that the area roads would be boring.
 

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Have any dinner suggestions? The maps are great, I was struggling finding good roads to take. Didn’t want to spend 3 hours getting over near The Dragon


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(One more, Three falls ride on page 2 of this thread)
I would think there would be an interest, so I put mouse to Base camp. (.gpx) Being local to the area I'd thought (I know, it'll haunt me later) I'd give some of the visitors to our neck of the woods some options/suggestions to ride and explore. All routes start and end at the fairgrounds in Lebanon. Each route is based on a departure of 9am. I made 4 routes and put them to my google drive;

Natchez Trace Route:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TX4WCpdhn32swwMiM3m-Mw6OTfSTrF1C/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
This route starts out by hoping on I-40 to get to East Nashville. Leave any sooner and you'll hit traffic. (not to say you won’t at any hour). You'll jump off and hit the two lanes and then pick up the northern most part of Natchez Trace. (the part that actually has curves). Riding it down to Leipers Fork, TN (WARNING: STATE PARK RANGER with NOTHING BETTER TO DO). Once off the trace, you'll meander the back roads and ultimately wind up at Puckett's Restaurant in the town Square of Columbia, TN. for lunch. (it’s in the southeast corner of the building. The sign is hidden by trees. From this point, it’s all two lane back roads back to the rally. 209 Miles 4:15 total time

To - Jack Daniel's Distillery Ride:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gIH5kB2LFhUYP-lj4th7XX2tR7viF1Zw/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
This one is simple, takes you out to JD's via two lanes you most likely wouldn't discover. Nothing to brag about, but better than the Interstate. 88 Miles 2:01 Total time.
NOTE: There are several tours. all leave from the main building. it would BEHOOVE YOU to go on-line and purchase tickets before you show up. No cost difference, only you can pick what time you want to start any of the tours. They may be slow, they may have a tour bus full of hardley riders or worse, those GS'ers! Plan ahead! Jack Daniels Site HERE

Once you get into town, don't try to park at the distillery, its gravel. They have a new multi-million-dollar parking lot (on the right, across the street AND ITS FREE! There is a foot bridge leading from the distillery into the town of Lynchburg, tourist crap, food and the "company store". Make sure to stop at the Harley Store (no bikes) to express your admiration for the brand! Depending on the time spent, I did make a route to return to the rally, but you may wish to Slab it back up to Lebanon (you saved your location at the rally in your GPS, right? or...​

From - FROM Jack Daniel's Distillery
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S2Dp0tFcsTZ7TOukuMqetSulBQaN8i2A/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
More of the same, two lane roads that take you through Shelbyville, Wartrace, Bell Buckle up and over I-24 through MurFREESboro and back into the rally. 90 Miles 1:46 Total Time


Finally, is my favorite of these routes, I play up there often as there are no cops, little traffic and fun little out of the way twisty’s!...

Red Route One: (hint: Red October Movie)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_On9Y4CDbVAzEqan9WNSstwLOwC0R2Ee/view?usp=sharing <-- Click for link to .gpx file
Mosey on out of town, NORTH. towards Lafayette, a few good roads, open her up and it will be better. Once in town, you'll be turning right on Red Boiling Hot Springs road. Once you start seeing the yellow directional highway signs (5+ miles down the road), hold on to your britches! once through the mini dragon (really mini) you’re in for some nice sweepers and a road that hugs the countryside. Warning, a few of those blind (what the **** is on the other side of this rock) corners are fairly sharp... Once past beautiful Hull lake, that dumps into the Cumberland River, it’s nothing but well maintained remote two-lane bliss. Eventually, you'll stop for lunch in Cookeville, TN at Crawdaddy's West Side Grill right off the town square. Those that are two up or don’t like to eat are ride a crap load more tight twisty roads or just plain tired from muscling the beast all day, I-40 is just south of the lunch spot, easy return to Lebanon.

For you other miscreants, I have laid out Hwy 290 for you. Be warned, I've ridden with a few crotch rocket types and a few have gone down. No injuries but be mindful of your speed and ride your ride. I don't have a trailer, and the last time a farmer with a tractor pulled the bike up to the road! Once off 290, the road to Granville, TN, is nice, scenic and picturesque even... The road meanders back to Lebanon to end the day on a good note. 202 Miles 4:28 Total ride time

NOTE: I'll be taking my brother from another mother (Hallzee) on RR1, for those that are inclined, we’ll be leaving at 9:30 AM from the Raceway (pure) gas station on Friday.

Hopefully the links work... if not, I'm certain someone will say something. Enjoy the rally, enjoy Tennessee as a 6 years ago, transplant from NorCal, I sure do.
Thanks, I'll have my attorney review these, and let you know if there's any unusual liabilities on these routes. Who's yer insurance carrier?
 

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Dinner? Being a transplant and not knowing what your looking for, here are a few suggestions. Some local, some not. There is a plethora in and around downtown, just a few I’ve been to more than twice, in no particular order.

Blue Moon BBQ, 711 Park Ave, Lebanon, TN 37087

Collins River BBQ & Cafe, 117 E Main St, McMinnville, TN 37110

Snow White Drive in, 1714 W Main St, Lebanon, TN 37087

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Midtown Nashville, TN, 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Mas Tacos Por Favor, 732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Readyville Mill, 5418 Murfreesboro Rd, Readyville, TN 37149 (fri-sat-sun breakfast lunch only)

Burger Republic, 1982 Providence Pkwy #101, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Town Square Social, 145 Public Square, Lebanon, TN 37087

Rosepepper Cantina, 1907 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Chocolate Covered Strawberry, 2375 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066 (The wife will enjoy it)

More (and more) here: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/states/tennessee/nashville/
 

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Thanks, I'll have my attorney review these, and let you know if there's any unusual liabilities on these routes. Who's yer insurance carrier?
Rex/Renna underwriters. They tend to get their opponents wrapped up pretty good AND they love me more than you...
 

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...for those that are inclined, we’ll be leaving at 9:30 AM from the Raceway (pure) gas station on Friday.

I'm having a hard time pinning down the location of this station. Can anybody give me an address?



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Thanks. My first thought too.

BUT ... since the post stated "the Raceway (pure) gas station" I thought maybe "(pure)" meant Pure (Brand) fuel.

And that Raceway doesn't promote the Pure brand...


OK then ... here's a Pure gas station in Lebanon


Coles Ferry Station - PURE
306 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon TN
615-444-9851
Ethanol-free octane ratings: 90
GPS coordinates: N 36.21679 W 86.29258 (located from address)

But it isn't a Raceway ...

Maybe the OP meant "(pure)" as in ethanol-free ... so if no one else chimes in that IS 100% sure, then the Raceway is where I'll go




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Rex/Renna underwriters. They tend to get their opponents wrapped up pretty good AND they love me more than you...
Depending on how long you've been a transplant, you may or may not be able to confirm for you Cali. brethren that you are FAR less likely to be held liable for most things in TN than there, in most instances. I'm an attorney, and the jury verdict data proves it.

But by extension, don't count on successfully suing someone else for a little gravel in the road off their driveway on one of these twisties, unless you can show it's a known problem and a bunch of bikes have wrecked there before.

Standard lawyer disclaimer: I'm a lawyer, but I'm not YOUR lawyer; I'm only licensed in TN; and we're just talking generalities here, not specifics, blahblahblah....:grin:
 
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