I made my annual trip to Bell Buckle, Tennessee today. Well, actually… I’ve already been there once this year for the Bell Buckle Motorcycle Days back in June… but every year I like to ride down to the quaint little town just for the fun of it… and today was the day. Of course I took the scenic route and enjoyed some of my favorite aspects of riding the backroads of Middle Tennessee.
One of those things I love is seeing the huge fields of various crops that surround the Nashville area. People who work the land (aka Farmers) have my utmost respect and although I know it is incredibly hard work, I can’t help but think it must be very rewarding as well. Kind of a one with nature thing that is very appealing to me. And speaking of nature… note that the sky was pretty overcast this morning when I started my trek.
A lot of people don’t realize it but just south of Nashville, our great state gets pretty “hilly”. It’s one of the things that I have enjoyed since I first moved here almost 20 years ago… and it definitely makes for some great scenery when riding.
On my way to Bell Buckle, I stopped off in Christiana, Tennessee. They have a tiny post office, a rather famous restaurant and that’s about it. It’s a great backroads Tennessee town.
A couple other things I love about the backroads of Middle Tennessee are the barns (yeah… it’s kinda weird but I just like them for some reason) and then the historical cemetery’s. Miller Cemetery is one of the really old ones with some of the people having passed in the 1800s. When I walk through these kind of cemetery’s I can’t help but wonder what these people were like and what Tennessee was like when they were alive.
After all the stops and photo ops, I finally arrived at my destination of Historic Bell Buckle around 11:00am… and the place was packed as usual. The town square (complete with tiny post office and quilted parking lot) is full of craft and antique stores as well as one of the best southern style cafe’s you will find anywhere… so there is rarely a shortage of visitors on the town square. If you are ever in the area, you need to visit Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
Bell Buckle, Tennessee is a smallish rural town just south of Nashville that hosts an annual Motorcycle Days event each year. Not sure why the call it Day”s” because it is only one day… but regardless, it usually draws a good crowd. This years event was originally scheduled for May 16th but due to rain it was rescheduled for today. That probably explains why attendance was a bit down this year. Still… it was a good time and I’d guesstimate that there were 250 to 300 bikes on hand.
One highlight of the day was a great performance by Middle Tennessee’s own Big Mike Griffin. Mike is one bad blues guitarist/singer and as usual his performance was superb. For more pics see below.