Why is it called Spring Fling when we
don't even go to the rally anymore? Because!
It's all coming together now. Plans are being made, and routes are being
drawn. Below is what I have so far. Last update 4-3-09.
This would be day 1. Staying off the big roads we would meet up for
breakfast at Country Kitchen at 123 & I-71. Then follow back roads on down
to Lake City, Tn. This is 308 miles, and an estimated 7 1/2 hours without
This would be day 2. Start of with a 3 hour, 114 mile ride to Falls Creek,
Falls for lunch with the gl1800riders.
Then about a 4 hour ride on
over to Fontana Village riding across the Cherahula Skyway. About 156 miles
worth. There we'd spend 2 nights (more if we want) and then do some day
trips to various POI's. Steve James is booking our rooms.
If we stay at Fontana
Village a couple days, here's a 230 mile round trip to Suches and back
taking the back roads.
Polecat is leading the way
to Arkansas when we're finished in Tn for the Rogers gathering April 25.
This is just a route I put together to get an idea of the distance. Plus it
swings through Alabama and that's one state I don't have yet. 900 miles
+/-...Show us the way Polecat.
Since we're in the area we may want
to go and check out some of these sites, and find the crash site.
almost half of the movie is set in rural Illinois, a large
portion of the principal filming was actually shot in
Jackson County, North Carolina
in the Great Smoky Mountains. The famous scene involving
prison transport bus
and a freight train wreck was filmed along the
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
just outside of
Dillsboro, North Carolina.
Riders on the excursion railroad can still see the wreckage
on the way out of the Dillsboro depot.
Scenes in a hospital after Kimble's escape were filmed at
Harris Regional Hospital in
Sylva, North Carolina.
The use of local actors may explain the presence of so many
southern accents on characters who were supposed to be from
Illinois. In one scene, a road sign pointing to
can be seen.
The rest of the movie was filmed in
including some of the
scene, which were filmed in the remains of the
Chicago Freight Tunnels
(and also at
Deals Gap, North Carolina).
The "one-armed man" lived in the historic Pullman
neighborhood of Chicago (see
Harrison Ford used the pay phone in the local bar (the
Pullman Pub), at which point he climbs a ladder and runs
down the roofline of the historic rowhomes toward the
one-armed man's house. There are several other scenes that
show the rowhouses of the historic neighborhood George
Pullman built in the 1870s for his factory workers. During
the St Patrick's Day Parade chase scene, Mayor Richard M.
Daley and then Illinois Attorney General
Roland W. Burris
are briefly, but prominently, shown as participants in the
parade. One night scene under the "El" tracks showed Kimble
exiting an alley by 130 N. Wells St., with "Chicago
Memorial" covering the then-Illinois Bell Building sign.
is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most
scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The
park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and
elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the
canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views
can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of
the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find two waterfalls cascading
over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. (For visitor safety,
wading in pools and climbing on waterfalls is not allowed.) Cottages are
located near the canyon edge, while the park's walk-in campsites provide
exceptional privacy for tents. Outdoor lovers should not miss this park's
On the route I
made to take us to Rogers, Arkansas I have us going through this canyon. We
can take 3 days to get to Rogers on some outstanding back roads.
option. Instead of riding over the Nachez
Trace Parkway, how about riding on it? The next map shows the difference.
Time is not a
Here's a snapshot
of Polecat's Back Road Run
Good news! We
happen to be riding by the
Worlds Largest Red Cedar Bucket in Oxford Mississippi.