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xx Ride to Dunlap , Tennessee ( Coke Ovens / Hang Gliding )
Yesterday at 10:15:40 PM by Smokinjoe
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We had ( 6 ) bikes show up this morning for a ride down to Dunlap, Tennesssee .Most of us  had been to the Tree Toppers before however none of us had seen Coke Oven Park. Pretty cool place to check out.

The Dunlap coke ovens are the remnants of a coke production facility near Dunlap, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Built in the early 1900s, the facility consists of five batteries of 268 beehive ovens, which operated under various companies until the early 1920s. The ovens are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are maintained by the Sequatchie Valley Historical Society as part of Dunlap Coke Ovens Park.

The rise of the steel industry during the Industrial Revolution brought about an exponential increase in the demand for coke, a fuel derived from the carbonization of coal that was used primarily in the production of pig iron. The Dunlap coke facility, which converted coal mined atop Fredonia Mountain into coke for use in blast furnaces in nearby Chattanooga, brought drastic change and modernization to Dunlap and the central Sequatchie Valley, the economy of which had long been based on subsistence agriculture. While the ovens themselves are all that remain from Dunlap's coke production operations, the Sequatchie Valley Historical Society has redeveloped the coke ovens area into a substantial public park and museum.

The ovens themselves are 12 feet  in diameter, with sandstone exteriors and firebrick interiors. Each oven has an opening at the top and a "window" on the side. In the early 1900s, railroad tracks ran across the top of each battery. An incline railway connected the ovens to a coal mine further up the mountain slope, and railroad cars would carry coal from the mine to the tops of the batteries and dump the coal into the ovens' top openings.

During the coking process, a laborer would level the deposited coal through the side window using a scaper. Once the coal was ready, the side window would be sealed with clay, leaving a 1-inch  opening to allow the entry of air. The process, which essentially involves heating bituminous coal in a closed chamber to remove its volatile material, took about 72 hours. At the end of the process, the clay seal was broken, and the coke was removed and placed on a train for shipment to an iron furnace in Chattanooga. Two tons of coal typically produced one ton of coke.

After leaving the Coke Ovens we had lunch then rode to the top of the mountain hoping to see someone Hang Gliding but no one was there but us and none of us had a kite to strap to our arse and jump off the mountain<<< Thats a good thing   :cooldude:

If you would like to read the history on the Radial Ramp click the link

This was a cool place on the way up the mountain it's call Window Rock. Big Al had to do some trail ridin' to get his bike down to it.

I like this one   Evil

Wonder why they call it Window Rock  Huh?

" The Money Shot " taken at Tennessee Tree Toppers. We did a click over 250 miles today mostly on backroads . Great group of riders to share the wind with .

xx PAULRIDES, Apr 19 - U of TN Arboretum
Yesterday at 09:45:41 PM by PAULRIDES
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Ride to U of TN Arboretum with Betty.

Dreary day and we had some heavy sprinkles for a few miles near the end of Pellissippi at Maryville to about half way to Seymour on Wildwood Rd.  We had rain coats on as wind breakers over our mesh jacket. Fortunately, not enough rain to get our clothes (Pants) wet. (road got pretty damp in spots).
We were short of time - got their at 1:30PM, Betty needed to be back home by no later than 3:30PM. So, we left there at 2:17PM and got home at 3:20PM.

I did not know what to expect at the Arboretum, but was expecting to see more color this time of year than we did. Just a few Dogwoods, a couple Azaleas, and one really nice tree with white blooms that resembled Snow Balls (sorry I failed to get the name of the tree). A man was planting some small ones and pointed out the larger ones (two of them). That man also told us what we might have time to see in the short time we had (basically a walk up the main road to the Holly display). 
We did take the time to do as the man said - a brief hike up the main gravel road open only to maintenance people. Sad  :-) as a perfect gravel road - the scooter wondered why we parked). We did not do any of the side trails into the wooded areas. Some trails looked interesting and we could see a few folks and hear children on the trails (no color visible however).

Things of interest were: Conifers and Hollies. A man doing some work said the Holly collection was the largest variety in Eastern USA. I am sure they would be prettier in the fall (maybe red berries to display).

We will have to do it again when we have more time and a nicer day -- then also do the Science Museum (not much further up the road and Betty has never been there).

Red Buds (Picture on the move and a dreary day - Pellissippi Parkway at about 62MPH )have been beautiful this year. Cold winter must have helped them.

Snow Ball blooms (wish I would have taken a close up of a bloom and obtained the tree name).

Favorite part of the Gravel Road was this display of Conifers. Next 5 pictures (last of the 5 was when we left the display and headed on up the road).

The most colorful part of the road. I was stopping for pictures and Betty was moving out (she wanted to make sure she got back home before 3:30PM).

Hollies from everywhere. TN Hollies - developed in TN

This tree caught our attention do to openness of branches and the tiny round leaves (can't really
appreciate the leaves in the next picture).

One of several trails going into the wooded hills.

xx May 17 Pickett State Park (Friends of the Park -- Hike to Double Waterfall)
Yesterday at 08:58:51 PM by PAULRIDES
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Dear Friends,
The next hike will be May 17th at 1 pm central.  Join us at the Park Visitor Center on Highway 154 and hike to Double Drop Falls.  The hike is rated moderate plus and will be less that 4 mile.  There will be a stream crossing (bring a towel) plus a section with close to a 350 foot elevation change to contend with; but getting to Double Drop Falls is worth the effort.  Contact Keith Garnes at  or call the Pickett State Park Visitor Center at 931 879 5821 for details.
Keith Garnes


I am thinking I might ride up there for this (put it on the calendar and see what develops).  Keep, it in mind -- more later. Nice to know if there is any interest.

We could make a 1PM depart as it is about 130 miles (nice ride thru the gorge at Southfork Wilderness area)  to Picket State Park. Plus have time to see an Arch and Cave Room on the way. Start Hike at 1PM (4 mile R/T - Say 1 hr or 1 1/2 hr, check with Keith on that timing) and come back home.

It may get late, but should make it home before dark using major roads back. Paul

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