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Dodging the Roadkill: The First One Of The Season

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Well, it seems that Mother Nature is trying to “sober up” here in Middle Tennessee, so it won’t be long before I take off on my first overnight trip.  I have ambitious plans this year to put some miles on the bike and I can’t wait.

When I first began this journey, I took off for Texas to visit some friends who are near and dear to me.  It was a two day trip to San Marcos, and until I pulled out of the garage, I was a hot mess.  

I had prepared, studied, read every possible blog, watched every video, talked to other bikers and I was ready to go.  The anticipation was enormous.  Read it here.

That same feeling greets me today.  I hope it NEVER changes.  That’s the beauty of what we do, and where we go.  What’s around the curve?  Who will I meet?  Will there be problems?  Is the bike in good shape?

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Bald Knob Cross

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s only fitting that on the day that millions of Christians celebrate their faith and the sacrifice that was made for them for all eternity, I share the story of Bald Knob Cross.  You can read the history at the link I’ve provided. 

I was made aware of this magnificent structure from one of my followers of this blog.  Just another reason I LOVE the people I meet on this bike.  

While I have ridden the Ozarks, in both Missouri and Arkansas, I’ve never been to Alto Pass Illinois, or this magnificent structure.  Here’s the video.  

The Christian Motorcycle Association sponsors their annual “Blessing of the Bikes” here each year, drawing thousands of bikers from all over the country.  This years event is April 29th. 

Blessing of the Bikes

Blessing of the Bikes

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APSU Men’s Basketball head coach Matt Figger finalist for Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award

 

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APSU Men's BasketballBoston, MA – 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year Matt Figger has been named a finalist for the 2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually by CollegeInsider.com to the nation’s top mid-major coach.

Austin Peay State University Basketball head coach Matt Figger. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Basketball head coach Matt Figger. (APSU Sports Information)

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 1st, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts was honored Thursday, March 29th, 2018 on the House Floor for his twelve years of service to his constituents in the 67th District and the citizens of Tennessee. 

Rep. Pitts earlier this year announced that he would not run for re-election to the House.

His wife, Cynthia, joined him on the House Floor. 

As for his future plans, Rep. Pitts said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

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AAA reports Gasoline Demand Sets New Record for March as Motorists Pay 25-cents more at Pump compared to last March

 

AAATampa, FL – Consumer gasoline demand is at the highest level on record for March. According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report, demand measured at 9.6 million b/d – levels typical of summer months, not the first quarter of a year.

U.S. exports continue to trend high, accounting for a large chunk of this week’s demand data.

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APSU Basketball’s Matt Figger named OVC Coach of the Year

 

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APSU Men's BasketballBrentwood, TN – First-year head coach Matt Figger and the dynamic low-post duo of senior Averyl Ugba and freshman Terry Taylor are all new to the Ohio Valley Conference, but they have left an indelible impact on the league.

Tuesday, Figger was named OVC Coach of the Year, while Taylor earned Freshman of the Year honors. Taylor and Ugba, the graduate transfer from Grambling State, both were named First-Team All-OVC and to the All-Newcomer team via a vote of the league coaches and sports information directors.

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AAA reports Gas Price Averages Trending Cheaper on the Week Nationwide

 

AAATampa, FL – The national gas price average has been steadily decreasing for nearly two weeks dropping from the year-to-date high of $2.61 (on February 5th) to today’s national average of $2.53.

Motorists in nearly every state are paying less on the week with Midwest and Southern states seeing the largest price drops at the pump. Hawaii (+2 cents) and Indiana (+1 cent) were the only states to see increases.

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APSU Baseball plays Southern Illinois for first home game, Tuesday

 

Austin Peay vs. Southern Illinois

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 | 3:00pm
Clarksville, TN | Raymond C. Hand Park

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team will open its 2018 home schedule when it hosts Southern Illinois in a 3:00pm, Tuesday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park.

Austin Peay (3-0) opened its season with a last-minute excursion to St. Louis where it swept through two games against South Dakota State before closing the weekend by downing Illinois.

Austin Peay Baseball plays first home game of the season, Tuesday, when it faces Southern Illinois at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball plays first home game of the season, Tuesday, when it faces Southern Illinois at Raymond C. Hand Park. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Baseball’s Brandon Vial earns share of adidas® OVC Pitcher of the Week award

 

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APSU BaseballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University baseball’s junior right-hander Brandon Vial tossed 7.1 shutout innings against Illinois, Sunday, and has been named the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference co-Pitcher of the Week by the league’s sports information directors, Monday.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Baseball, Men’s Golf Teams open seasons with a flourish

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball and men’s golf teams opened their respective spring schedules this past weekend with impressive starts, as Governors athletics continue to shine during the 2017-18 school year.

Both teams couldn’t have asked for much more to kick-off their seasons, with baseball going 3-0, with two wins versus South Dakota State and a victory versus Big-10 Conference member Illinois, while men’s golf went right down to the wire in finishing second out of 16 teams at the Invitational at Savannah Harbor – won and hosted by William & Mary.

Austin Peay Baseball and Men's Golf starts the 2018 season with a bang. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball and Men’s Golf starts the 2018 season with a bang. (APSU Sports Information)

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