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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

The Spelunker Tour Ride

Howdy folks hope all is well with you. This week I am going to tell you about

(about 60 miles round trip) and as always the ride starts from Johnson City. The directions come from the Southern Dozen handout. Please always be safe and watch other drivers and enjoy your ride.

In the early days of colonization, settlers were confronted by Native Americans who seemed to attack and then disappear into thin air. Later, colonists discovered the Native American’s escape route—a cave with a majestic underground river running through it. The cave was used as a hiding place during the Civil War, changed ownership through the years and is now called the Bristol and Appalachian Caverns. On this ride you’ll have the opportunity to see this unique cave and explore an underground labyrinth more than one million years old.

Beautiful and majestic Bristol Caverns! Far below the earth's surface, in the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns, a strange and exciting experience awaits you. Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago. In the frontier days, Indians used the Underground River as an attack and escape route in their raids on settlers. Stealing into the area by way of the Underground River and the caverns, they swooped down on unsuspecting families, then disappeared as if swallowed up by the earth.

Appalachian Caverns and Campground, located in Northeast Tennessee, is a glorious example of the majesty of nature. It is the perfect destination to experience amazing natural beauty located deep beneath the Earth's surface. The site features guided tours of the caverns, a campground, picnic area, gem mine, and gift shop. Archaeological evidence released in February of 2006 revealed that the caverns were used by Early Woodland Native Americans over 1300 years ago. The archeologists found burnt firewood located in a fire pit that has been radiocarbon dated to 675 A.D. They also found pottery, arrowheads, and other evidence of habitation. The log cabin located on the property was discovered to have been built in 1777. Historical documents located in the Sullivan County Archives indicate the caverns and cabin were used as a stopover point and shelter during the harsh winter months as they were making their way westward.

1. Turn left at light US 11E N / US 19 N, 10.7 mi. 2. Turn left on Egypt Rd., 1.7 mi. 3. Turn left on Egypt Rd., 0.9 mi. 4. Turn left on Beaver Creek Rd., 0.2 mi. 5. Turn right on Old Beaver Creek Rd., 0.2 mi. 6. Turn right on Patterson Hill Rd., 1.1 mi. 7. Turn left on Cave Hill Rd., 100 ft. 8. Turn right on Appalachian Caverns. 9. Turn left on Cave Hill Rd., 100 ft. 10. Turn right on Patterson Hill Rd., 1.1 mi. 11. Turn left on Old Beaver Creek Rd., 0.2 mi. 12. Turn left on Beaver Creek Rd., 1.7 mi. 13. Turn right on TN 394 E, 7.9 mi. 14. Continue straight on TN 435 N, 2.5 mi. 15. Turn left on Bristol Caverns. 16. Turn right on TN 435 S, 2.5 mi. 17. Continue straight on TN 394 W, 7.6 mi. 18. Turn right on US 11E S / US 19 S, 13 mi

Things you might enjoy along the way

1. Winged Deer Park/Boone Lake - Stretch your legs, go for a swim, and enjoy the scenery

2. Rocky Mount - Experience the Living History Museum

3. Bristol Caverns - Explore underground labyrinths

4. Appalachian Caverns - Explore and enjoy a unique underground landscape

5. Rock’s Wood Fired Grill - Enjoy delicious woodfired pizza

6. Cooper's Gem Mine - is a fun and educational tourist attraction located in historical Blountville, TN

7. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park - Tucked away into the rural mountains of Tennessee is an incredibly fun, self-guided walking path featuring homemade scale replicas of dinosaurs, designed based on recent scientific findings.

Useless Facts:

1. No number from one to 999 includes the letter “a” in its word form.

2.Edgar Allan Poe married his 13-year-old cousin.

3. Jupiter is twice as large as all the other planets combined.

4. The Super Soaker was designed and invented by a NASA engineer.

5. Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

6. Honey is the only food that does not spoil.

7. It’s impossible to tickle yourself.

8. It’s also impossible for you to lick your own elbow.

9. Music has some pretty interesting effects on living things. It makes plants grow faster and cows produce more milk

10. Somali pirates have such a hatred for Western culture, that the British Navy uses music from Britney Spears to scare them off.

11. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

12. According to research, fans of classical music and those who love heavy metal have shown to have similar personalities.

13. Listening to music can improve your physical performance. (This could mean in the gym or between the sheets.)

14. It’s possible to turn peanut butter into diamonds.

15. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.

Local Events:

1. She Ride Moto 11am Meet at Lacresha in Grey

2. Bikers, Beer, Yoga at 19 E Pit Stop May 4th also bike night

3. Bikers & Burgers Blue Circle Diner – with Blue Mountain Saints Band May 6th


1. Peacemakers Mother’s Day weekend 801 Boozy Creek Blountville, TN May 6th – 8th

2. Route 66 Bike Stock Oklahoma May 5th – 8th Depew OK

3. The Crater Rally May 12th -15th Somerville TX

4. Myrtle Beach Bike Week May 13th – 22nd

5. Aspen Cash Motorcycle Rally May 19th – 22nd Ruidoso New Mexico

6. Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally May 26th – 30th New Mexico

7. Wild River Boogie Spring Bike Rally May 26– 30 Maryville TN


On May 21st B.A.C.A. Nationwide have a 100 mile ride so hook up with the chapter near you

1. B.A.C.A 100-mile ride Redding CA May 21st

2. B.A.C.A 100-mile ride Monticello IN May 21st

3. B.A.C.A. 100-mile ride Shasta County May 21st

4. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride May 22nd at Stateline Motorsports

5. Female Ride Day meet at Stateline Indian May 7th

Bike Night:

1. Kingsport Moose Riders Every Wednesday

2. 19E Pit Stop Every Wednesday

3. Quaker Steak & Lube Every Thursday

4. Tulips Grub & Pub Every Friday

5. Peacemakers Bike Night 801 Boozy Creek Every 3rd Friday of each month

6. East Coast Wings Every Wednesday

7. Dog Tag Brigade Every Wednesday at Jonesborough VFW

8. The Pub Out Back Every Monday


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