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Formed: 1796
Population: 6346105 people
Area: 109220 sq/ kilometres

First visited by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540, the Tennessee area would later be claimed by both France and England as a result of the 1670s and 1680s explorations of Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, Sieur de la Salle, and James Needham and Gabriel Arthur. Great Britain obtained the area after the French and Indian Wars in 1763. During 1784–1787, the settlers formed the “state” of Franklin, which was disbanded when the region was allowed to send representatives to the North Carolina legislature. In 1790 Congress organized the territory south of the Ohio River, and Tennessee joined the Union in 1796. Although Tennessee joined the Confederacy during the Civil War, there was much pro-Union sentiment in the state, which was the scene of extensive military action. The state is now predominantly industrial; the majority of its population lives in urban areas. Among the most important products are chemicals, textiles, apparel, electrical machinery, furniture, and leather goods. Other lines include food processing, lumber, primary metals, and metal products. The state ranks high in the production of marble, zinc, pyrite, and ball clay. Tennessee is a leading tobacco-producing state. Other farming income is derived from livestock and dairy products, as well as greenhouse and nursery products and cotton. With six other states, Tennessee shares the extensive federal reservoir developments on the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems. The Tennessee Valley Authority operates a number of dams and reservoirs in the state. Was in the state too short of a time and missed out on some of the major cities like Nashville and Memphis to know if I would want to cycle tour through again.

My Experience

It didn't take more than 15 minutes of being in the state before a friendly land owner invited me over to his house to stay in his RV.  While the area that I travelled had little hills, I'm sure the Blue Ridge Parkway to the east would be more challenging to ride. I stopped at the Bonnaroo Festival and worked for free entrance throughout the weekend, and quickly sailed through the remainder of the state heading to Alabama.


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while travelling through Tennessee. Click one to read!



Distance Traveled: 247.76 km
Distance Ascended: 2,264 m
Distance Descended: 2,200 m
Energy Consumed: 13,172 calories
Overall Cost: $79.81
    Food: $49.10
    Drink: $13.00
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $0.00
    Equipment: $7.00
    Misc: $10.71
Longest Day: 2011-06-09 - 118.67 km
Most Climbed: 2011-06-08 - 887.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2011-06-09 - 6157.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2011-06-09 - $ 62.00

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2011-06-12 Manchester, TN, US 0.00 $0.00
2011-06-11 Manchester, TN, US 0.00 $0.00
2011-06-10 Manchester, TN, US 0.00 $0.00
2011-06-09 Manchester, TN, US 118.67 $62.00 Map
2011-06-08 Alexandria, TN, US 79.19 $6.25 Map
2011-06-07 Red Boiler Springs, TN, US 49.90 $11.56 Map


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