It was a good riding day today. Actually it was a real good day to ride and we had a short ride yesterday and come to find out that was a good thing.
We left Lakeland, TN at 6:30 AM with the temperature at 63 degrees and headed out to see how close to I-81 we could get. Our plan was to go as far as Cookeville, TN which is about 270 miles. Well we got that far real early and decided to go to Knoxville, TN. When we got to Knoxville we figured, since we were feeling real good, we may as well go to Dandridge, TN which is the beginning of I-81 and would be about 400 miles.
Weeeeeeelll!!!!! Did anyone ever hear of Bristol Motor Speedway????? We never did, but we aren't NASCAR fans. But we have heard of it now. Apparently they are having the Sharpie 500 there tonight and you can imagine that would mean motels are booked. They weren't just booked in Bristol either, they were booked for about 100 miles in all directions. The going price for a room that wasn't booked was $200/ night an up. We did find a Super8 that offered us a room for $181+tax because the bathroom had problems. We said no thanks and left. LOL!!
Finally we found a room in Marion, Virginia for twice what he had been paying, but were sick of stopping and asking if they had a room and it was getting late. Anyway, here we are in Marion, VA. which is 531 miles from Lakeland, TN. The first time in 22 days we were told they didn't have any vacancies and paid twice what we did for a room in the Sturgis area.
Oh well, it was a good day to ride and we both were feeling good and we got a lot of miles on today and see a lot of country.
PS. Marion, VA is on Route 11 the SAME Route 11 that runs through DeKalb Junction. LOL.
I jokingly told Albert that we were going to get out of TN today and he said we wouldn't be going that far. HA HA Albert. LOL.