Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Meriwether Lewis Nat. Mon, TN to Collinwood, TN
34.9 miles, 3h13m, 10.8 mph
Elapsed Time: 4h20m, Max speed: 27.1mph
Total Climbing: 968ft, Max elevation: 1037ft
Total mileage: 272.8
I broke camp and started riding at about 7am. It rained a little during
the night and everything was still wet. It was still cloudy. It looked
like it wasn't done rainin'.
My wet camp.
I pedaled up to the Meriwether Lewis monument and took a look around.
Lewis was shot and killed at the age of 35 at an inn at this location
on the Trace. His death was probably a suicide, but nobody knows for
sure. His is the only marker in a "Pioneer Cemetery" on the site. There
is also a reconstruction of the inn.
It started sprinkling as I nosed around the exhibits, but the hard
stuff held off until I was a few miles down the road. It rained almost
constantly for three hours, and it was really pouring when I reached
the town of Collinwood. I stopped by the welcome center and asked about
lodging (all of my sources said there was no lodging in Collinwood).
Turns out the guy who runs the Home & Auto store across the street
rents out a room around the corner. When I called the guy and asked for
directions he said, "I can see you from here." And he waved. So that's
the story of how I ended up in Collinwood, TN on a Tuesday night.
My home for tonight.
This puts me about a half day behind schedule. Because of the scarcity
of lodging, and the liklihood of more lousy weather, I suspect that the
half-day will turn into a full day. We'll see how it goes.
I was thinking about making reservations at a hotel in Belmont, MS for
tomorrow, but if the weather is only half as lousy as today, then I
would rather stay on the Trace and camp. So, I'm just going to play it
by ear. The plan is to be in Tupelo, MS by Thursday. That may be the
next time I have Internet access.
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