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MIRACLE ROAD trip Day 6

A Different Kind of Hook-up

The road trip began with a visit to the fabulous Tennessee mountain vacation home of the fabulous writer, Linda Howard--author of my favorite book of all time, SON OF THE MORNING. (I try not to go too fan girl when I’m around her, but I usually fail.)

As if a six-state road trip by myself wasn’t adventuresome enough, I decided to use the occasion to check off an item on my bucket list. That’s why I,  the woman who married her high school sweetheart back before the earth’s crust cooled (stealing that line from Christina Dodd,) signed up for a different sort of hook-up.

I went ziplining with some writer friends.


For those who don’t know, a zip line is a cable stretched between two points. High above the ground. Very high. The zipliner basically hangs from a pulley and rides from one platform to another. Did I mention it was high?

The scenery was fabulous--both the Smokey Mountains and the cute tour guides who hooked us into harnesses then launched us out above the forest floor. It was a little terrifying stepping off into nothing, but I was determined to have my adventure.

The experience was exhilarating. By the fourth line I had the hang of it and was squealing with delight like a little girl--until I started spinning. A lot.

Recalling the cute tour guide’s instructions, I used my gloved hand to brake. Only I braked too hard.

I ended up stranded 50 feet from the platform and 100 feet off the ground. Oops.

(No, I didn’t do it on purpose so that the hot young tour guide would come out onto the line and tug me to safety.)

Instead, I channeled my inner Wonder Woman and pulled myself hand-over-hand to the platform. Once my tennis shoes touched solid ground, an exhilarating sense of satisfaction swept over me. One more item from the bucket list checked. My MIRACLE ROAD trip adventure had begun on a high note. Literally.

Wonder what sort of adventure I will find today? Today's schedule Florence, AL, Decatur, AL, Madison, AL, Hunstville, Spring Hill, Murfressboro, and finally, Nashville. Long day ahead!


29 comments (Add your own)

1. Dana Bonistalli wrote:
Sounds like such a great experience!! I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing one of your characters do it soon!!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 9:18 AM

2. Dana Brown wrote:
The Smokies are just beautiful this time of year. Love it that you got to Zip line!! That's awesome!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

3. Diane Sallans wrote:
Tho I get very nervous at heights (I get the sensation that I'm being drawn over the edge) I've thought I might like to go ziplining - I'd just need a lot of encouragement and a good push - good for you for trying it - maybe we'll hear about a zipline in Eternity Springs.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

4. Courtney wrote:
Good luck on all of your adventures today!!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

5. Janet wrote:
I am sure your next adventure is right around the bend, just remember to be open to it and what it has to offer. It might just be the best adventure ever, or at least of the week. :)

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

6. Jamie Steadman wrote:
You are having some much fun! I don't think I could get on a zipline I'm not that brave.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 3:42 PM

7. nancy wrote:
OMG! One more thing we have in common. Howards's "Son of the Morning" is one of the few books I ALWAYS make sure I have a copy of to re-read at will. Loved the hero and heroine and cheered loudly when the villain met his end. Congrats on rescuing yourself during the zip line adventure. Sounds like this is a trip for the ages!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 4:18 PM

8. Emily wrote:
This trip sounds like SO much fun! So glad you can enjoy some adventures on your travels. Love zip lining! :)

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

9. Becky Barnes wrote:
Isnt that great excitement...I love to skydive!!!!!Oh the rush.....

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:20 PM

10. Jayme wrote:
Sounds like a great "hook up"... I've always wanted to try that, I hope that one day I can be as brave as you!!!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:21 PM

11. delia wrote:
What an awesome experience! Will Celeste be zip lining in a future novel? Safe travels on the rest of your trip!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

12. Evelyn wrote:
You've convinced me. You are certifiable... LOL

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

13. Teresa Colby wrote:
heck no im way to scared of heights to do that...good for you though im glad you had fun :)

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:23 PM

14. Cindy Husband wrote:
You go girl!! I could never do that. My fear of heights is to great. And saving yourself like that is amazing.
You mentioned your "Bucket List" and I just finished reading THE PINK MAGNOLIA CLUB. In it there is a Life List.
And you lucky girl to meet and spend time with Linda Howard. She is an other author that I am trying to collect all of her books as I am with yours.
Have a fun and safe trip.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:26 PM

15. Beth Estep wrote:
Yikes...I bet scenery was awesome (zipline guys and all ;) but this girl likes solid ground...kudos to you being brave enough to do it....I hope your having a great time!!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:31 PM

16. Wanda Hartung wrote:
Sounds like you had a great time . Fall in the Smilies is beautiful. Don't think I will ever be brave enough to try a zip line.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:41 PM

17. Emily Kirkpatrick wrote:
Congrats on having the courage to do that! We have zip lining over the New River Gorge River in West Virginia.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:43 PM

18. Julia David wrote:
I am too afraid of heights to do a zip line. Good for you for doing it! I am so jealous that you got to stay with Linda Howard. Love her books and Son of the Morning is one of my favorites too. Glad you are having a good time.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:45 PM

19. Julie Farley wrote:
I'm afraid of heights so a zip line is not for me!

I'm so jealous...Linda Howard is one of my faves!

I really enjoyed my day in Nashville. I bet you don't have much time for the tourist attractions, though.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:49 PM

20. Kristine Kretzschmar wrote:
Sounds like fun, I would love to go zip lining some day.
Can't wait to get the new book, Miracle ?Mile and read it. I love your books

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 6:58 PM

21. Rhonda wrote:
I would love to zipline! Kudos to though for doing it!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 7:20 PM

22. Julie Bodie wrote:
I enjoy reading your blog..."zip lining" is on my to do list,one day I will...I have not read Linda Howard so I have a new author and book to add to my list of TBR.
What great foods have you been eating on your road trip? I know there are fantastic restaurants thru-out the south.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 7:27 PM

23. Wanda Hartung wrote:
Fall in the Smokies Spell check likes to change words - May turn it off. Zip line-don't think so.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 8:17 PM

24. Amber Eubanks wrote:
Love zip lining. I was able to do it on a trip to the Bahamas. If you ever travel to Jamaica, I was told they have the best one.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 8:59 PM

25. Marsha Saenz-Jones wrote:
You are so brave! I've seen people do this on The Amazing Race and have decided that this is definitely not for me. From what I've seen on tv, the scenery is incredible. The only problem is, if I were actually doing it, I would pass out. Congrats on crossing an item off your bucket list!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 9:00 PM

26. Donna wrote:
Thanks for sharing this adventure....hopefully I will get to try it some day!!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 10:28 PM

27. librarypat wrote:
You aren't very far from us. The mountains are lovely and there are lots of great things to do.

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

28. Penny Culberson wrote:
Your zip line adventure sounds exciting! I have that on my bucket list too.

Hope you enjoy Nashville - trying my best to catch you at one of the stops.

Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 8:28 AM

29. nancy wrote:
Way to go, Emily! I was 40-something when I zipped for the first time. We took our youth group to a high-ropes course. I was one of the best experiences of my life. Check another one off the bucket list.

Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 8:56 AM

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