I waited at the Carroll County War Memorial for Bill and Blackie to ride by. We noticed that Tennessee often respects their fallen heroes.
Brenda and I setup our little camp at the rodeo grounds at the Milan city park. Bob showed up a few hours later and Bill arrived shortly after. The two hit it off and began joking and talking.
Brenda got in contact with the rodeo grounds in Trenton and we got permission to camp out there. When Bill arrived he realized that he had been there before.
After Bill and Blackie took a break at the gas station, they continued on into Dyersburg to the rodeo grounds. Brenda and I setup the panels. She then decided to go and check up on Bill with my car. Shortly after she came back and took the truck and trailer to pickup Bill and Blackie. Blackie had been seriously acting up in heavy traffic.
Bill traveled east on 104 to get to Dyersburg. Though it was a rural area the dump trucks and other traffic made the stretch somewhat treacherous. This is in the morning, before we arrived at the Dyersburg rodeo grounds. Brenda and I drove on to a gas station, but on the way we crossed a very narrow bridge. The bridge rose up, making it impossible to see what was on the other side. So we returned to Bill to warn and escort him over. The dump trucks where traveling 65+ mph and if two had crossed going opposite directions on the bridge at the same time when he was there, it could have been disastrous.
One of Bill's back teeth have been bothering him really bad and we finally convinced him to go get it checked out. W. Bailey Allen, Jr D.D.S. was the first dentist to see Bill. He had a look at Bill and found that his tooth was cracked. The visit was on very short notice and was free of charge. His recommendation was that Bill get a root canal and a dental crown. Mr. Allen is a Tennessee Walking Horse breeder and shower.
The second dentist to look at Bill was Arthur L. Cole D.D.S Endodontist, and is a quarter horse enthusiast. Mr. Cole rearranged his scheduled patients to perform the root canal, which Bill desperately needed to relieve his pain. His donated services are much appreciated.
Last but not least, we would like to thank our good friend Bob Frost. His continued support has been phenomenal. The dentists Bill saw today are acquaintances of Bob's. Both dentists are located in Clarksville, Tennessee.
The temperature began dropping rapidly and some locals came over to our camp to inform us of the impending storm. There where tornado watches in effect and the sky grew very dark quickly. The weather changed from being calm warm and humid, to chilly and extremely windy. We were pelted with wind and heavy rain. There was thunder and lightning which scared Tiger.
We finally find some time to do some laundry in Van Buren. Washing laundry isn't something that we can do every day. So even when we are taking a break, we still have things that need to be done.
We spent Thanksgiving day at the campground in Van Buren, which had plenty of firewood. Before it got to cold i spent some time playing fetch with Brenda's dog Queenie.
We got into Van Buren and asked around for a place to stay a couple days. We where direct to the Van Buren Campground on the Current River, and though it was cold, we enjoyed the quite time. Brenda also found a cantaloupe growing on the river.