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    Thanking a local

    Friday morning after driving in from Massachusetts I awoke in my tent to extreme pain in my lower back. My sciatic nerve was acting up again. Not knowing anyone I proceeded to the country store and found a member of the local chamber of commerce. That person steered my to one of their local friends who is an urgent care doctor. I rode over there after she made a personal call to him. I was really hurting at this point. The doctor took me in immediately and treated me. His bedside manor was great and his staff was very helpful. After being treated and my pain somewhat relieved at that point he urged me to get a hotel instead of camp. I said in quote, There are around 10,000 out of towners here, I probably won't be able to find a room. End quote. He told me to wait in his office. I few minutes later he came back and said he had secured a room for me very close to the rally at a hotel. He also said a member of his staff will go with me and help me tear down my tent and get me situated in my room at the hotel. He did not have to do this, I did not expect this type of treatment. Not only did his staff member help me to my room they went and got me something to eat, all on their own time. The only thing I can say is THANK YOU. If this is what you call southern hospitality, I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67029 View Post
    Friday morning after driving in from Massachusetts I awoke in my tent to extreme pain in my lower back. My sciatic nerve was acting up again. Not knowing anyone I proceeded to the country store and found a member of the local chamber of commerce. That person steered my to one of their local friends who is an urgent care doctor. I rode over there after she made a personal call to him. I was really hurting at this point. The doctor took me in immediately and treated me. His bedside manor was great and his staff was very helpful. After being treated and my pain somewhat relieved at that point he urged me to get a hotel instead of camp. I said in quote, There are around 10,000 out of towners here, I probably won't be able to find a room. End quote. He told me to wait in his office. I few minutes later he came back and said he had secured a room for me very close to the rally at a hotel. He also said a member of his staff will go with me and help me tear down my tent and get me situated in my room at the hotel. He did not have to do this, I did not expect this type of treatment. Not only did his staff member help me to my room they went and got me something to eat, all on their own time. The only thing I can say is THANK YOU. If this is what you call southern hospitality, I like it.
    That what's known as Southern Hospitality. Glad you got to experience it.
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    Motel?I am shocked that he didn't make you go stay at his house and refuse any money for food etc..I know my folks grew up in north Alabama and that is the way things are done.Hope you are feeling better.Ed

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    The locals from waitstaff to hotel staff to convenience clerks and barristas were to a person
    gracious and helpful. Even with all of us pigpiling on them!
    I'd be glad to get back to Tennessee again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iRene View Post
    The locals from waitstaff to hotel staff to convenience clerks and barristas were to a person
    gracious and helpful. Even with all of us pigpiling on them!
    I'd be glad to get back to Tennessee again.
    i second that.

    the untold story are all the local people who helped our rally leaders put this show together.

    (and... brought us some moonshine....)

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    My experience with the local people in Johnson City and Gray was very positive.

    From getting welcomed to Tennessee by someone in the parking lot at the local supermarket, to the person at Walmart that fixed my daughter's broken glasses and refused payment, to the employee at the supermarket offerring to drive us to another store where we could buy some wine.

    We had a great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mccodavj View Post
    My experience with the local people in Johnson City and Gray was very positive.

    From getting welcomed to Tennessee by someone in the parking lot at the local supermarket, to the person at Walmart that fixed my daughter's broken glasses and refused payment, to the employee at the supermarket offerring to drive us to another store where we could buy some wine.

    We had a great time.
    Yup. We found people in restaurants, stores, most anyplace we went were aware of the rally and very welcoming. When we got home we wrote a thank you letter to the newspaper in Johnson City, but have no idea if it was published. I'd return to TN in a heartbeat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    Yup. We found people in restaurants, stores, most anyplace we went were aware of the rally and very welcoming. When we got home we wrote a thank you letter to the newspaper in Johnson City, but have no idea if it was published. I'd return to TN in a heartbeat!
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    Very impressed with the politeness and hospitality of southern folk. Everywhere I traveled throughout KY, TN and NC during the Rally days, people were friendly and helpful.

    A level of politeness I rarely see anymore here in the midwest.

    My son and I just got back from a post-rally three-day ride to the French Lick area of southern Indiana (SR 135 is a hoot! - 28 miles of 'dragonesque' style curves and switchbacks!!), and found similar hospitality from all we encountered.

    Good manners and good people make visits to the South a pleasure, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    DITTO!

    (SR 135 is a hoot! - 28 miles of 'dragonesque' style curves and switchbacks!!),
    We try to keep that our little secret.

    You probably rode right past my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k12lts View Post
    We try to keep that our little secret.

    You probably rode right past my house.
    Well, after lunch in Nashville, IN, we picked up SR 135 just a 1/2 mile to the south, as it enters a state park.

    After that, it was great sweeping curves and a fun ride......which we felt we deserved after three hours in the rain that morning, from Vicennes, IN to your corner of the woods!

    Next time, I'll wave!
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