J.D. Dist

Now, before we get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Deals's Gap, and Wing Ding, y'all need to set a spell while I tell ya about one of my favorite folks ... Jack Daniel and his distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I mean, a trip to Eastern Tennessee ain't complete without a lil' side trip to see the first and oldest registered distillery in the United States. Of course, the opportunity to dip ya finger in a vat of mash and inhale that one of a kind aroma don't come along every day either!

If you've got a few extra minutes, you might want to make a side trip and take a "cyber" tour yourself. Just click on the "Man" himself below.

Jack Daniels

Mr. JackYou can't help but admire the guy! Believe it or not, this is a life size statue. In fact, Mr. Jack only had a size "4" shoe. When they constructed this statue they had to increase his shoe size to a "6" so it would support the weight.

It stands just in front of where the underground spring water used in the making of Jack Daniel's Whiskey comes to the surface, and is made of Italian marble. Anyway, that's me and Terry admiring the little big man.

We made this part of our trip in the company of JR (Jerry) Elkins (gold shirt) and Vern Attaway (white shirt and cap behind JR). Now for those of you that don't know JR, he rides a 94 Wing (BLACK, of course) nick-named Black Cat - 13 (BC13). JR is a single fellow by circumstance and a flirt by nature. As we all stood listening to our tour guide explain things around the distillery, you can see where JR's eyes are focused! Oh yea, that's me in the foreground on the left.

This is the inside of just one of a number of warehouses on the distillery grounds used for ageing their fine liquid gold. Each warehouse holds over a million gallons of whiskey. This one was filled, top to bottom, with 55 gallon barrels of "Gentleman Jack". JR kept wandering around muttering "I think I can ... I think I can ..."

Enough Said!

We split up with JR and Vern that evening, as they headed off for Asheville and Terry and I headed for Cherokee, NC. for some riding before meeting up with Wings On The Internet (WOTI) friends from all over the country, and in fact the world, at the Piscah Inn in a day or so.

Come on along .....