Brushy Mountain Prison Tour
Sponsored by the Mikos
Bring your “get out of jail free” card and come with Gregg and Chere’ Mikos on May 18 as they lead us on a driving tour to the infamous (and rumored to be haunted) Brushy Mountain Prison. Decommissioned in 2006 after 113 years of operation, it once imprisoned James Earl Ray and is now open for tours. Former guards and inmates will share their stories with you and tell you how it really was. After the tour, you can check out the distillery, gift shop, and snack bar. Admission is $12 per person (military and senior discounts are available).
Leaving Brushy Mountain, we’ll head into the mountains for a twisty drive through the equally infamous “Devil’s Triangle.” For the uninitiated, it’s 44 miles of thrilling windy two lane roads, the kind your Miata was designed for. It’s character is a mix of contradictions — from serpentine twisties to stretches of bucolic rural Tennessee farms to gnarly switchbacks to glorious mountain scenery. After completing most of the loop, we’ll head southwest over more great Miata roads to Crossville where we have 4:00 p.m. dinner reservations.
Lefty’s BBQ is known for their famous BBQ and ribs, but they also have a full menu of other favorites such as brisket, porkchops, catfish, burgers, and specialty sandwiches. They’ve also got a great selection of homemade sides. Great food at a reasonable price and the company of good friends sharing the stories of the day, what better way to conclude our tour?
We’ll assemble for our tour at the Mt Juliet Cracker Barrel (I-40 exit 226) at 8:00 a.m. After a brief driver’s meeting, we’ll depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. Those wanting to eat breakfast there should plan accordingly.
If you’d like to join the Mikos’, please email them the number of persons in your car at TennMikos@comcast.net no later than Wednesday, May 15.