Misadventures, poor decision making and short attention spans..

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    Yay for old train tunnels.
     
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    Nothing like a free torque wrench!

    In all seriousness though, I’m shocked they even bothered to use one.
     
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    When I returned it they were pretty happy to get it back.

    That service center manager said that his district boss's #1 rule was "If you can't be bothered to use the proper tool then the company can't be bothered to employ you". And they have a lot of cameras in the work bay. I don't know if this is common as I don't frequent Walmart tire bays.
     
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    One of the best easy access trail systems just outside of Chattanooga is the Rainbow Lake Wilderness on Signal Mountain.

    It's nice because even though it gets heavy traffic, once you pass the dam and "lake" and start the climb up to Edward's Point you cut out 99% of the crowd, especially on hot or wet days.

    You can do a quick few miles if pressed for time or a solid 5-8 miles of ups and downs. The best thing is to get dropped off and head over to Prentice Cooper via the Cumberland Trail doing as much mileage as you want with some pretty good camp sites.

    Water is plentiful with several creeks and some springs along the trail and the Tennessee River just down the mountain.

    Some random pics from today.
    Down the Tennessee River gorge towards Nickajack.
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    Looking at Edward's Point from another overlook across Middle Creek.
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    The other overlook.
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    Upriver towards Chattanooga.
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    Taconooga. The green bowl is salsa. The red bowl is some sort of acid as best as I can figure. I love hot stuff and add hot sauce/peppers to nearly everything I eat but I wanted no part of this. It didn't tease you on the first bite, it went ahead and punched you in the face.
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    Yummy. (I may have added the above mentioned acid to one of these. But just a little. I then regretted it. Every last bite)
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    I could eat those tacos all day long. With the hot acid!

    can you access that cliff cave? \
     
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    With a rope. Most of those aren't big enough to warrant the effort unless one is just practicing rapelling on the wall. There are a few bigger ones nearby.
     
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    More time on/near the Cumberland Trail today. Five miles of ups and downs and then spent a few hours exploring and relaxing around a bridge and creek.

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    Wife found a nice place to rest while I played with the fish, seeing what local bugs really got their attention.
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    Dessert in Chattanooga after some good bbq.
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    Evening walk the family.

    Girls were gossiping so no wildlife to be seen today.
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    I'm still really liking the Topos.
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    Old blocked tunnel below the road bed.
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    Old narrow guage rail tunnel.
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    If you don’t mind sharing, where is this located?
     
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    Crockford Pigeon Mountain WMA in Walker County, Georgia. Specifically the Estelle area off of Hwy 193 outside of Lafayette (although many in the area have a Chickamauga address ).
    The tunnel is a remnant of the long defunct TAG (Tennessee/Alabama/Georgia) Railroad that ran from Chattanooga to Gadsden, Alabama.

    Estelle was a big mining town (iron ore) a hundred or so years ago. Just north of the pictured tunnel entrance there was a side track where the iron ore was transferred from a narrow guage line, which ran through the ridges to the mine, to the main railroad route.

    The tunnel in my post from today is the largest tunnel that the narrow guage track ran through and one of the few that has not collapsed completely.

    Other well known parts of this WMA are Pettyjohn and Ellison's Caves and Rocktown.
     
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    When you end up knee deep in mud getting to the trailhead and let the rain showers and bumpy road clean your sandals for you...

    It's hard to see, but they are ziptied on.
     
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    I have that exact recovery point on my Jeep rear hitch. Its amazing for attaching tow straps, as a step and also as a bombproof rope anchor for on rope use.
     
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    Yeah, they are versatile.

    Two additional notable uses I've appreciated were routing rope when pulling well pumps in tight spaces (combined with a snatch block) and destroying a new Mustang's front bumper/grill/etc when it rearended one of my work trucks a few years ago.
     
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    ^ YES! love it when people bump into me in the supermarket lot and their radiator breaks!

    my venerable BushTruck (1990 Mazda B2200) has two 1/4" thick x 2" wide x 6" long steel pieces sticking out on the front bumper (used to be for foglamps)

    there has to be over 50 vehicles in Metro Vancouver BC with "divots" from those mounts (dumbazzzzzes backed into the truck) . Insurance company has ruled against every single one of those vehicle owners claims.
     
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    Did three hours in a local training group last night. It was a twenty minute drive instead of my usual hour plus, which is great.

    Focus was on weapon retention while on the ground. My partner for the first half was a hundred pounds and six inches larger than me.

    My last partner was a 90 pound female who choked me out. From a top mount.

    I don't think my forearms have ever been this sore, even after a long day of tossing square hay bales.
     
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    Two pieces of inexpensive gear that I use all the time. The coolmax Buff has been great and shows very little wear after a year of sweat, blood, dirt and briars.

    Victorinox Classics are hard to beat for general utility vs size. I've had dozens of these and end up giving them away probably twice a year.
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    My wife and I went for a run at Prentice Cooper today.

    A few shots of the Tennessee River from mid run.
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    Using my Buff for shade.
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    Otherwise the glare from my head might accidently signal planes. Or aliens.
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    From blue sky and partly cloudy...
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    To all clouds and sprinkles. Unfortunately the rain held off (I love running in the rain). 20190804_151649.jpg

    Grabbed BBQ and ice cream in Chattanooga and bummed around the river area, mostly checking out the changing cloud combinations.
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    Awesome awesome awesome.

    Great content buddy! I love seeing the different geographical locations we all live in! Thanks for posting!
     

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