Visiting East TN

After Jason and I split up in the smokies, I traveled on to Knoxville, to visit my little bro. Parked the bike in the garage and took a day or two off the seat. Had some local food & beer, drove thru a lot of rain and visited with friends.
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L->R: Joseph, Me, Matt and his wife Hannah, her sister and her bf. I’m wearing one of Joseph’s shirts, because I packed nothing resembling a button up.
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My buddy Tall Paul playing at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. I dropped in on him just before one of his shows, he was quite surprised. He even worked me into one of the songs he sang, pretty damn cool.
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After staying in K-Town a few days, I headed down to see my Dad in Crossville. I tried to stay off the I-40, so I headed down Kingston Pike, which is TN 70. It’s a really nice, twisty road that takes the same basic path of I-40 and was the original route used to get across TN before the interstate system.


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This is a typical shot of the roads in the area.
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I packed up the bike and headed out.
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The drive was great, lonely roads with lots of trees, curves and beautiful countryside. On the way west, I passed Roosevelt Mountain in Rockwood, and decided to go up. The view was stunning.
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The Rockwood Firetower was located up there, build in 1932. Pretty neat, I wanted to climb it since a hole had been cut in the fence, but it seemed kinda dangerous with all the rotting wood.
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Made it to Dad’s house late that night. The next day, my friend Matt took me on a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratories supercomputing facilities. Some pretty amazing stuff. In this pic, Matt is showing all the politicians that had put their signatures on that particular Cray.
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This is the #2 fastest supercomputer in the world, Jaguar. It’s a Cray, hella loud, and yes you may notice the liquid cooling. It’s 8 rows deep like what you see here.
Jaguar, one faaaast computer
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Here, I am standing next to the #6 supercomputer in the world, Kraken. (Also a Cray)
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You can see the rest of the album here.

Dad and I checked out some more of the history in Crossville, including the Palace Theater and the really neat looking county Courthouse, build in 1921. We also checked out the first/oldest steam engine to arrive in the county.
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Crossville Courthouse
Palace Theatre in Crossville

Cumberland County is a really beautiful area. They filmed the Jungle Book near here, in Fall Creek Falls State park. This shot was taken behind an old barn on my dad’s property.
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Tomorrow is my b-day, I leave for Nashville area and meet up with Tracy, who is flying out from San Diego to see me.

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