Saturday, August 13, 2011

09-13-2011 The Ride

   Me and Denise headed out today. We were suppose to ride with Missy & Richard and Dale & Anna but they wanted to head to Bluff City, or something like that, towards Johnson City way. I've wanted to go to Cherokee, NC for 2 years now, so me and Denise decided to head out solo. Plus I think the trip and departure time would have thrown us riding in the dark. I can't see very well in the dark anymore. The first chemo 5 years ago done some damage but either this chemo or the Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy pretty much done the rest. They love to ride at night, I can't. Sooo the problem was fixed today.

  We left here at a little before 12, went through Dandridge, to Chestnut Hill, to Pigeon Forge. We bypassed Gatlinburg but doubled back to the end and got us some KFC. We had intended on eating at the Chimney Top Picnic Area, but it was full. Denise said she hasn't been to Clingman's Dome in a while (may has spelled that wrong), so we went that way. It started raining withing a few miles of there so we turned around and found a roadside pull over and stopped. We ate on a stump on the side of the road with a fantastic view. The rain passed and on up we went, all the way there. We walked around but didn't go to the Dome. We headed back down and the headed to Cherokee, NC. We saw an Elk on the way, first time I've seen one. Cherokee has changed a lot, a whole lot since I've been there. We didn't see many Cherokee there, except the fake dancing on the streets. It has become as ugly as Gatlinburg now, too commercial and with big business. We stopped and ate Ice Cream, then headed back.

  We took several stretch and butt breaks along the way, lol. Stopped at an old Grist Mill. Stopped at beautiful look out points. We worked our way back into Pigeon Forge, then came the back way into Dandridge, up the highway and home. Back home by 7pm!

  I wasn't sure if we'd be going anywhere, Denise brought home a stomach bug and I had it until this morning. It seemed odd at first, but then it was nice. Just me and her. Where we wanted to go, when we wanted to go, and how we wanted to go. And of all things... my tooth stayed in!

  I a going to so pay for this tomorrow, but today was worth it.


Deborah said...

HI Anthony

Just saw your NDE story here in Perth Western Australia and was so intrigued that I thought I would find your blog.
I love the description of your bike wrote it well. I look forward to looking through your blog over the next couple of days.

anthony7 said...

Hi Deborah, Thank you for the compliment. Australia, I've seen pictures of over there and it looks beautiful there.

IEDarla~ said...

Your reason for still being here.... maybe to make people like me think. I mean really think about the blessings that I have in my life. One never knows how they will touch anothers life, regardless of the miles that may separate them. This by now, I am sure you know.


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Lori Bei Durst said...

Glad you went for your ride and hope both you and Denise are feeling well after the bug!
I have spent the past 2 1/2 weeks watching this:
The emperor penguin in New Zealand. They will release him on the 29th, 28th here in the states. Well actually he will go on a ship on that day and head south for 4 days and then be released. He is a special creature, like all, a gift from God. It is addicting for sure! :o) Take care, Lori

anthony7 said...

Darla, Thank you for the compliment. I believe that if we can just help 1 person then it has been a life well served. So I'm humbled that your life has been toughed by mine. And I must say that my friends I've made on here have touched my life and improved it.

God Bless,

anthony7 said...

Hi Lori,

I watched a few of those clips... so cute. It is a miracle from God. He will be happy.

Kimberly said...

I'm still keeping up with you, I think I've missed a few "episodes" of your blog lately though. I haven't been very active in my own blog, either. I bet once the cooler weather sets in, we'll be "reading" a lot more of each other. Happy travels on that bike!

anthony7 said...

I haven't been on the web as much either. I'll be on here a little more until this passes, then back outside trying to get some more done.