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I have been resting my travel legs for a few nights here at an RV park near the Cherokee National Forest. It just so happens this weekend an Native American celebration will be taking place here, so I look forward to being a part of that gathering . Coincidentally, I just began a bio about Crazy Horse yesterday that I picked up on the road over here at a great used book store in Ocoee, another reason to drive backroads...
Today I took a bike ride down the road, approx 5 miles, to a little town called Reliance. This town of a few houses and a corner store sits along side of the Hiwasee River. The Hiwasee River is a swift moving white water river lined with trees and a railroad that runs along side.
My trek was well worth it! I met a very interesting woman working at the Reliance corner store named Inez.
As it turns out Inez worked for a sewing company in Benton, a few miles up the road, although she relocated to live there and work. She and her family were born in Reliance, and owned land on the other side of the Hiwasee. Her father worked for a lumber company as did most of the people who lived there. She said they had to live close to work since transportation consisted of horse drawn carriage.
I wanted to talk to her more... ask her more questions...but the setting sun was beginning to make it's way over the mountains, and I knew I had a ride through the hills back to my home.
Upon leaving I did thank her, telling her that it is great to hear about other people's lives... she said, "I have had a wonderful life." I believe her!
By our standards in this land of plenty...a life like that Inez lived is hard to conceptualize...I was thankful for the brief time I spent with her, a true history lesson.
This is a great website that provides more information about the history of Reliance with many great photos!