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Friday, June 6, 1997
Bowling Green, Kentucky to Clarksville, Tennessee
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Clarksville, Tennessee:
Latitude: 36° 32' 27" North
Longitude: 87° 21' 49" West
Altitude: 441 feet
From Seattle: 1981 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Motel 6

Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Regions: Kentucky, Tennessee
Route: I65, I24
Start: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Stop 1. Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Stop 2. The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville
End:Clarksville, Tennessee
Road Miles:154 miles
Linear:154 miles
Weather: Rain

Available Photos:

Someone on the tour emerging from one of the tight spots Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Some of the tour canyoning Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Me on a rest break Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Me after surviving the cave Visitor Center, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 57
Miles Driven:12122
Linear Dist: 53449
Countries Visited: 2
Regions Visited: 27
More stats...
Hotels: 24
Friends / Family: 18
Camping: 9
Hostels: 6
Beers: 165

Journal Entry:
The "Wild Cave" Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park was definitely an E-ticket ride. Almost 7 hours underground, they give you a hardhat and a light to strap to it, and send you off with a sadistic guide. I can't recommend this tour enough, unless you are even slightly claustrophobic. There were places that involved wiggling on your stomach (through mud even) with so little vertical clearance that you couldn't even turn my head. There were places where I seriously couldn't take a deep breath (I tried).

After surprising myself by surviving the tour I spent the best $1.50 ever and had a shower. Unfortunately I didn't have time to burn the clothes as I had a ticket for tonight's performance of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. I figured 90 miles, 2.5 hours, no problem and I'd have time for dinner. 1.5 hours, four miles, and after passing three accidents I realized I might have a problem. Luckily things cleared up and I only missed the first half hour. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. The audience was mostly older, and the intro to most songs went something like "Here's something from 1957" or "I wrote this in 1963". There were only two songs that I had ever heard before. Having said that I am glad that I went. Here's the line up.

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