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Ye-ouch! Waking with the feeling of a mild concussion, Mike and Bone rolled out of the Hotel and on the road around 8:00 AM heading downtown, looking for the geographical apex of Bristol to start "Chasing Daniel Boone" on the Wilderness Road !
Eyeing Evan (Shelby), founder of Bristol
Why Bristol? Bristol (which was complete in Virginia territory at the time) was founded by Evan Shelby, father of the famous Isaac Shelby (from the Battle of King's Mountain) as a trading outpost on the westernmost reaches of British colonization in the 1760's. Evan strategically built the outpost where the Cumberland Gap began, knowing that eventually it would end up being a major trading hub between the east and west.
Shelby also was a friend of Daniel Boone whom used Bristol as the starting point of his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap. However, before heading down the pike (literally and figuratively) Mike and Bone thought to get some sustenance in Town to retire their nagging headaches, since the Trip started with a sleazy breakfast, they decided to have another one at the Burger Bar !!
Hamburgers and Hank Williams ?!?
The beat-up Burger Bar is supposedly the last place the famous Country Singer Hank Williams was seen alive.
So what is the Story ? Hank Williams saw the light in the Burger Bar on New Years Eve 1952, but he didn't get out of his Cadillac convertible due to the injection he received for Back Pain in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hank stayed in the back all covered up while his driver, Charles Carr, stretched his legs and had a sandwich at the restaurant, while Hank passed on into history. Its specialty is the "Howlin' at the Moon" chili burger, which was a bit much at 9:00 AM, the boys had a more traditional southern, greasy breakfast. It is little wonder that the place killed Hank Williams with the filthy conditions, and heavy food, Bone and Mike waddled and belched their way out of the greasy spoon to hit the road lookin' for Dan'l !!!!
Clowning thru the Cumberland Gap
Daniel Boone really did build the National Road right, to this day much of the current 2 to 4 lane road is on the exact same ground that Daniel laid out in the 1700's. As they started out of Bristol the Boys came across a number of Historic Markers, one of which is the origin of Country Music. Bristol is also known as the Birthplace of Country Music, with the famous Carter Family living just outside of Bristol along the old National Road.
Gaping at the Gap !!
The morning was clear and perfect as the Boys cruised the bucolic landscape between the stark gap between the Appalachian Mountain range, as the Boys gabbed about life and work, After a pleasant few hours, they reached the "triangle" where Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky meet, the Cumberland Gap National Park !
Tunnelling from Virginny to Kaintuckee!
There are miles and miles of trails and activities in the massive Park, one of the coolest trails is to the top of Pinnacle Mountain, where you can see where the Surveyors "divided" Virginia into Kentucky and Tennessee. With it being a vigorous hike, the Boys just hadda do it ! Being a hot and muggy day the in-shape and lean Mike, easily out-paced the Fat-Bone (pictured sagging below), For a while the Boys walked with a ditzy local as they walked by deer and dopey tourist while enjoying a great landscape.
Piqued and Peaked on Pinnacle
About 20 minutes after Mike made it to the top, Bone finally huffed and sweated his way up to a beautiful panorama, of the "Three States" .
"So ya finally made it, eh Fat Boy ?!"
Viewing the Pinnacle on Pinnacle Peak !!
Viewing the Cumberland Gap from Pinnacle Peak
Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky !!!
The mountain above is what the Surveyors used to split Virginia territory into Tennessee and Kentucky. To the left of the Mountain ridge is Tennessee, to the right Kentucky, to the south is the ole' Dominion,, Virginia!
Viewing the Cumberland River cutting through the Gap
The Pinnacle of Pinnacle Peak !
Continuing the "War of Northern Aggression"
On the way down, Mike decided to "christen" the Kentucky Virginia State Line on behalf of the 23rd Wolverine Division of the Army of the Potomac-Civil War !! Similar to christening a ship, but only different !
Hiking through the Hills !
Finally hiking on Dan'l's Wilderness Road Trail !
What so cool about Daniels Wilderness Road? The
Wilderness Road led settlers to the Daniel Boone Trail which led
Wilderness Road Trail Scenery
As the afternoon waned on, the Boys slowly wandered back to the Car in a very hot and humid Southern afternoon. As they descended they took an alternative route back that let them take a Hiking section on Daniel's Wilderness Road. As Mike and Bone walked along, it was easy to imagine what the Road (really more of a path) was like in the 1770's as Daniel would sheppard Conestoga wagons full of settlers to the Kentucky wilderness. As they got back to the Car they started to head north in the general direction of Lexington and Boonsboro State Park. As the Appalachian's diminished into the rolling blue-grass hills of the Kentucky that is so often talked about, victuals again became front and present in the Boys thoughts. Having had a greasy breakfast two straight days, and Fried Chicken the day before, it only made sense that lunch should be some more greasy fried chicken, and since the Boys were in Kentucky, how could you' all pass up Kentucky Fried Chicken at the place where Colonel Sanders started it all in Corbin, Kentucky !!!
Honouring the Colonel
Over the years, Mike and Bone have used KFC on many of their trips to quell hunger and hangover as they jaunt on down the Road with greasy steering wheels !. Getting a chance to worship at the font of fryers where the Harland Sanders concocted his 7 herbs and spices was not an option. plus they could pickup a bucket for the Road !
So what is the Colonel's story? For many years, people from all over the United States and
the world have enjoyed the culinary creation of Corbin’s most famous citizen —
Harland Sanders, known worldwide as Colonel Harland Sanders. Even though people
all over the globe are familiar with the snow-white bearded restaurant icon, few
are familiar with how the Colonel got his start in the restaurant business.
Sanders, who was born on
In 1939, fire destroyed the eatery, which Sanders then rebuilt as both a restaurant and motel. For many years, the restaurant and motel served as a popular stop for travelers driving along what was then the major north-south route — US 25. Business continued to boom until the completion of Interstate 75, which provided an alternative route for motorists...a route which no longer directly passed Sanders’ restaurant.
Sanders subsequently auctioned the restaurant and motel off. At the age of 66, he began to sell franchises based on his famous chicken recipe. Although he was a pioneer in the relatively new business of franchising, initial sales were slow. His first franchisee went to Pete Harman of Salt Lake City, Utah. By the late 1950s, more than 200 Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises had been sold in the United States and Canada. During the administration of Kentucky Governor Ruby Affton, Sanders was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. He was re-commissioned in 1950 by Governor Lawrence Weatherby. Although he had been a Kentucky Colonel for nearly two decades, it wasn’t until after 1950 that Sanders began to look the part, growing his trademark mustache and goatee and donning his white suit and string tie.
Regardless of where he appeared, Sanders was immediately recognizable. At the age of 87, he testified against mandatory retirement before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aging. Sanders died on Dec. 16, 1980, after which his body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. He was buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery.
Each year, thousands of customers make a stop as Mike and
Bone did at the Corbin
Kentucky Fried Chicken location, where they can view a variety of items from
the early days of Sanders’ restaurant business, including a barrel of his famous
recipe, a life-size statue of the Colonel, as well as a replica of his original
Colonel Sanders,, Pedophile ?!?
After touring the Museum, it only seemed proper to leave with a full Bucket of Original with some fixin's !
As Mike and Bone tooled up I-75 through the bucolic bluegrass, the side of the road was becoming suspiciously covered with chicken bones, trailing from a Volvo with NC Plates !
As they headed north the Boys noticed a sign for a Civil War Battlefield, not wanting to pass up an opportunity, Mike and Bone pulled off the Freeway and ended up driving 15 miles out of their way looking for the Battlefield in pretty rough country roads, when finally they found "The Battle of Camp Wildcat" !
Wildcattin' the Battle of Camp Wildcat
In the lexicon of Civil War Battles, most everyone has heard of Gettysburg, a lot of people may remember Shiloh, Antietam, Bull Run, Chancellorsville, and Petersburg, but even Bone was drawing a blank on the Battle of Camp Wildcat. The Battle of Camp Wildcat (also known as Mountain and Camp Wild Cat) was one of the early engagements of the American Civil War. It occurred October 21, 1861, in northern Laurel County, Kentucky during the campaign known as the Kentucky Confederate Offensive. The battle is considered one of the very first Union victories, and marked the first engagement of troops in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Brigadier Gen. Felix Zollicoffer’s Confederates moved from Tennessee in an effort to push from Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky and gain control of the important border state. Zollicoffer with some 5,400 men occupied Cumberland Gap and took position at the Cumberland Ford (near present day Pineville) to counter the Unionist activity in the area. He readily brushed aside home guard troops near Barbourville in a relatively minor skirmish.
Alarmed by the Confederate incursion,
Brig. Gen. George H. Thomas sent a detachment under Col. Theophilus T. Garrard
from Camp Dick Robinson at Lancaster to secure the ford on the Rockcastle River, establish a camp at the heavily forested
The two sides clashed in a brisk battle in the late afternoon of October 20, 1861. On the morning of October 21, soon after Schoepf arrived, some of his men moved forward and ran into Confederate forces, commencing an intense firefight. The Federals repelled repeated Confederate attacks, in part due to fortifications, both man-made and natural. The Confederates withdrew during the night and continued their retreat to Cumberland Ford, which they reached on October 26. A Union victory was welcomed.
Schoepf reported 4 Union soldiers killed and 18 wounded in the Battle of Camp Wildcat. Zollicoffer reported 11 Confederates killed and 42 wounded or missing.In the grand scheme of things not a really eventful or game-changing battle.
The battlefield, is about nine miles northwest of modern day London, Kentucky,is located on land held by the Daniel Boone National Forest and is in private hands. The private organization that maintains the property met with Mike and Bone and were zealous guardians of the Battlefield. It was as well kept as any National Park Battlefield and impressed the Boys with their passions.
How can it rain in a Dry County ?!?
As the Boys left Camp Wildcat, the sky turned dark as night and the wind really whipped up buffeting the car from side to side between the limestone hills of Central Kentucky, as the downpour finally started, lightning struck all around the Boys, so in response to the Storm, the Boys kicked up the Who's Quadrophenia to full blast, rolled down their windows and sunroof and flaunted their defiance to the pelting rain and wind during what turned out to be a Severe Thunderstorm !! After 15 minutes the rain (sadly) died down to a steady downpour. The sound of the word pour made the Boys realize that a pour of some good beer is exactly what they needed, so seeing a sign for Burea, a small College Town, the boys drove the 15 minutes into town with a thirst for a college Brew pub !
Finding a quaint downtown and Town Square Burea Mike and Bone found a lovely old Hotel that is on the list of National Historic Landmarks. Walking in to the Antebellum Lobby drenched from the rain, sweaty from the climb and wearing grungy clothes, the Boys passed fine southern ladies in petticoats, silk gloves, and taffeta dresses, and college-aged boys in tuxedos. Slopping around loudly, Mike and Bone asked anyone who would listen, "Where's the Bar !?" Finally a timid, well-dressed young man came up and used horrible, foul words on the Boys, "uh Sirs?, this is a Dry County"
Screaming and flailing the Boys left running wildly out of the Hotel loudly, jumped in their car and headed up to their Hotel In Lexington.
How can you really beat Pizza and Beer ?
By 9:00 PM the Boys checked into their Hotel, unfortunately it was still raining pretty hard, and with the hard partying, the heat from the hike, and the long day driving caught up with the Boys, so instead of checking out Downtown Lexington (home of the University of Kentucky), Mike and Bone picked up a case of Beer, chilled it in the Bathtub, found a good Movie on HBO, and ordered a couple of pies from Pappa John, The belching, burping, and gaseous rectal emissions (farting) continued until the beer and pie was gone at 12:30 AM.