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Jan got herself a new Trike- it’s a 2006 Honda Goldwing 1800. It has a 2008 California Sidecar trike kit. It’s a sharp looking machine!

Sightseeing Visitors…

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Our Friend Kay & Lenora are visiting us while they are on a massive vacation traveling across the states. Today we took them to a few local sights- Poinsett Bridge, Campbells Covered Bridge and Ballenger Mill. Tomorrow we will take them to Gatlinburg and Cades Cove. That will be a nice trip for sure.In the bottom photo you will see Lenora taking a photo of “Flat Stanlietta” on the covered bridge at Ballenger Mill. If you would like to follow Kay and Lenora’s travels- you can see them at Road Trips and More. 04242009 042

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Ballenger’s Mill & Covered Bridge…

Another day, another ride, another beautiful destination: Ballenger’s Mill & Covered Bridge

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Ballenger’s Mill was originally built by Lewis H Dickey (the areas largest landowner) in the 1820’s and has since been restored to todays condition. For years after the Civil War it was named “L. Green’s Mill” but was renamed in the 1860’s after it was purchased by J.L. Ballenger. The grounds are privately owned and currently host weddings and gatherings of all sizes. The truly awesome part of the day was driving down a fairly average road, turning onto Old Ballenger Mill Road, and out of nowhere this beautiful sight was in front of us. Jan has lived in this area her whole life and never knew this place was here. It was quite breath taking!

Also on the grounds is Ballenger’s Covered Bridge. I’m unsure of when the bridge was built- it’s just labeled as a bridge of the 20th century. It crosses the south prong of the Middle Tyger River. The area of the river directly before the bridge is a county road that still fords the river (you can see where the road emerges from the river on the right side of the bridge) just as settlers in the area did in the mid-18th century. Jan was brave enough to ride through the river on the trike… I on the other hand was chicken and crossed on foot using the bridge .

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The mill is on the other side of the bridge… the photo of the mill was taken from inside of the bridge. (just as a reference)