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Day 1
Old Iron on the Skyway

Day 2
Cannonball, Canyon, Cave

Day 3
Aquarium Day

Day 4
A Little More Dixie

September 16, 2010 (day 4)
I ate breakfast at a true Nashville institution then followed the Dixie Highway to Elizabethtown, Kentucky. I stopped at one museum for the first time and another for the somethingth time.

September 15, 2010 (day 3)
Today was my day to finally check out the Tennessee Aquarium but first I fortified myself at a wonderfully quirky restaurant. With the aquarium visit completed by mid-afternoon, I decided to take the longer way home and headed up US-41 and US-41A to Nashville and the Bluebird.

September 14, 2010 (day 2)
I returned to Coker Tires to see the Cannonball resume then headed south for an abbreviated look at a canyon. Back in Chattanooga, I managed to get Ruby Falls on to my "been there" list.

September 13, 2010 (day 1)
Riders reached the Skyway a little earlier than I thought they would but I got to see them all and photograph quite a few. Then I got to see them standing still at the end of day stop in Chattanooga.

Prelude - September 3, 2010
I'm not sure how I learned of the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball. It was back in March and I flagged it on my calendar just in case. The full name is the "Pre-1916 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run". It is a sixteen-day coast-to-coast run of some very old (catch that pre-1916 bit?) motorcycles that begins a week from today in Kitty Hawk, NC. They'll end in Santa Monica, CA. The closest they come to Cincinnati is somewhat less that 300 miles as they approach Chattanooga on the beautiful Cherohala Skyway. In Chattanooga, the machines will be on display at Coker Tire while riders and crews enjoy dinner in the museum there. Coker Tire is a Cannonball sponsor and owner Corky Coker will be participating in the run on a 1908 Thor Single.

I've just started to get my plans together but I'll likely spend Sunday night in the area so I can check out the Skyway in the morning then watch the bikes come across it in the afternoon. I've driven it once but that was nearly four years ago and the details fade. I'll see what I can at Coker Tire in the evening and might hang around to watch Tuesday's departure. I've recently read some praise of the Little River Canyon Parkway which is about fifty miles south of Chattanooga. I may try to work that in and could finally make it to Ruby Falls and the Chattanooga Aquarium. Things are far from firm.

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