Well, I guess I won’t be doing the Dam J.A.M. ride in Oklahoma after all………..instead I’ll be riding in Tennessee! I’ve decided to do the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (otherwise known as BRAT). This tour will be very similar to the one I did in Indiana in June. We ride for seven days, camping at different state parks along the way. I’ve decided to do the camping part on my own rather than use a tent service this time. The parks department hauls all the luggage and gear and provides most of the meals. I think the route will be more difficult than Indiana (due to the mountains), but the temperatures will hopefully be in the 70’s instead of the upper 90’s we had in June. The ride begins near Chatanooga, TN at the Harrison Bay State Park. Other parks along the way that we’ll stay at include Fall Creek Falls, Athens Regional Park, Fort Loudon State Park, and the Gee Creek Campground at Hiwassee River. There are two layover days during the week where riding is optional. Mileage is as follows: Day 1 (75 miles), Day 2 (30 or 60 – optional ride), Day 3 (60 miles), Day 4 (52 miles), Day 5 (55 miles), Day 6 (several loop options, river rafting, or both), Day 7 (48 miles). The route description from their website claims the terrain varies greatly each day……..hills, river valleys and even some flat terrain. It also claims that this year’s BRAT will be more “mountainous” than in past years. Two of the people I met in Indiana will also be doing the ride, so at least this time I’ll know someone when I get there. Deb (from upstate New York) and Bob (from Kansas City) will be joining me. We were the three people on the Indiana ride that were always on the Internet on our phones whenever we found wi-fi or had a good signal. Bob is the first person I know that can ride his bike and text at the same time! Here are some photos from the parks we’ll be visiting.