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17 March 2008 @ 10:35 pm
was at Colbert's Ferry Palm Sunday  
The place pictured and described in the last post I will call Colbert's Ferry for now.

I went there again this weekend because I took the plan outlined in the last post further.

Saturday, March 15th I completed the rental of the storage parking space in south Nashville that I mentioned.

But then I went to Colbert's Ferry, crossed the big bridge there, exited the Natchez Trace Parkway, and drove through the forest to a county boat ramp and campground on the Tennessee River. Adjacent to the ramp is a general store next to an eight-bay boat storage garage.

For just $50 per month I am now renting a slot at this garage.

I put my folding Porta-bote and my new 6HP motor in the bay and had lunch at the volunteer fire station open house.

The ramp, campground, picnic spots, store, garage, and rural fire station are the sum of this remote "Riverton Rose Trail" community.

Then I visited the nearest town or city, the other side of the Natchez Trace Parkway, Florence, Alabama, about 15 miles upstream of Colbert's Ferry on the Tennessee River.

This is actually a "quad cities" of almost 70,000 people with a large state college. I was quite impressed with the places, especially the waterfronts and adjacent downtown and urban, walkable places. So I camped Saturday night there for $5 right next to the Tennessee River.

Then Palm Sunday dawned sunny and warm. I returned to Ohio Sunday night after spending all day hiking and investigating various stops along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

As before, on this fourth time I've been on this road, I had several intense periods of a very peaceful joy, such as at the beaver pond at Rock Springs where I had a sandwich with a young family among the new spring blossoms.

I need all this, because scary things are happening now that I've foreseen vaguely for 38 years and in detail for five years. Tipping points are really being reached, not just predicted. This other world is important for sanity.

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