1/14/09, Oakwood, TN - This was a very quiet day of driving down some real back roads. More then half the day was spent crossing the middle of Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airmobile Division.
The day started at Bob and Teresa’s house about 5 miles north of Fort Campbell. I had to reshoe Joyce in the rear before I left, so it was about 8:45 before I pulled out. Bob and Teresa were terrific hosts.
A couple of miles down the road, I met up with a couple of mule skinners who were kind enough to bring me 5 nice bales of alfalfa - thanks guys.
Only a sign and a tree line marked the northern entrance of Ft. Campbell. We drove about 3 miles down a really quiet road before stopping for lunch. During the 45 minute lunch break only 2 vehicles went by and for the first time on my trip, I had no lunchtime visitors.
Most of the 10 or 12 mile trip across the base was fairly uneventful. The only troops we saw were a couple of Humvees and a platoon playing an old Army tradition - “Hurry up and wait” at a cross roads.
I left the post and hit US Route 79 at Lakewood, TN. We proceeded west about 4 miles before camping for the night at Tarlton’s place. Tarlton, his wife and his daughter have gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable.
it was a long day of travel - about 20 miles and the horses were glad to be bedded down on some really good pasture. The next couple of days are suppose to be pretty cold, so I’ll probably be breaking out the chemical hand and toe warmers.
If you haven’t checked out the “Dynamic Maps” icon on the “Where’s Bob” page - try it. Cliff Berry is doing a great job of improving it with some additional features.