In Coalfield we turned back toward
I talked to the guard and an old gentleman standing at the main gate for a bit. The guard said there were a few tours just after the prison was closed, but nothing was being allowed in at this time. I told them of my 70's visit, when the prisoners had been moved to Nashville, and about Geronimo, the whitetail buck that was once a pet of the inmates. The older fellow remembered the deer and we enjoyed reminiscing about that little known fact, and the guard added that there were currently about 6 deer living within the fences at Brushy.
Even though the light was not perfect for photography, it was a good day for a circuit through Roane and
We passed the prison and rode up a way on Bald Knob Road, past three sandstone cones of rock just on the side of the road. Apparently these piers of rock are capped with a much harder layer of stone. After the road was cut by them, the elements have eroded them from the side facing the road. They make a very colorful addition to the area's beauty.
I didn't stop to take any photos, but we did notice that this hollow has a great abundance of Rebel Flags and Camaros!
Leaving Hwy 116, we turned back west toward Wartburg and then made a southerly turn onto