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Karen Duquette drove a military tank at
Tank Town USA
10408 Appalachian Highway (Highway 515)
Morganton, Georgia 30560 (Fannin County)
May 7, 2021

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Tank Town USA is located in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of North Georgia, 6 miles outside of downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. It is a wonderful place to drive a tank, crush a car, shoot a machine gun, operate a 40,000 pound construction excavator, and more. Prices vary according to choices made. Drivers must be at least 15 years old with a learner's permit. Passengers must be at least 7 years old. Reservations required. Check their website for pricing, dates, hours, clothing, directions, etc.

Tank Town USA sign and phone num overview of Tank Town USA

Karen Duquette wanted to drive a real military tank, so they went to Tank Town USA in Morganton, Georgia just so she could do that. She was told to wear old clothes because she would get dirty. It was a cold morning, so Karen dressed warmly, but when she saw the pictures, she was sorry that she wore black. Toby was a wonderful guide, verbally teaching Karen how to drive the tank. Karen Duquette highly recommends this adventure.

Karen Duquette ready to drive a real military tank
Karen Duquette ready to drive a real military tank Karen Duquette ready to drive a real military tank

Below: Photos taken before the tank ride. The drive was basically around in a loop, and through the big mud puddle as well.

the mud and track crushed cars

The back of the building

Tank Town USA
panorama at Tank Town USA

Lee Duquette took some panoramas of the area.

Karen Duquette at the mud track

Below: A ladder was placed by the loading platform. The seats on top of the tank are for the passengers, in this case, for Lee Duquette.

The Military tank The Military tank
Karen Duquette

Then it was time for Karen Duquette to climb the ladder up onto the tank.

Karen Duquette climbing up the ladder

Toby took a photo of the two RV Gypsies after Lee Duquette was safely seat-belted in.

passenger seat the two RV Gypsies on the tank

Below: Two openings in the tank. The small rectangle opening is for the driver and the round one is for Toby so he can verbally instruct the driver. He does not have any controls.

the entry to the drivers seat Karen Duquette getting in the drivers seat of the tank
entry to the drivers seat

Below: Karen Duquette is driving the tank and Toby is verbalizing instructions. Lee Duquette took pictures from his seat on top of the tank, but most of the time he could not actually see Karen.

Toby instructing Karen Duquette Karen Duquette driving the tank
Karen Duquette driving the tank Karen Duquette driving the tank

Below: Cars that have been crushed by other tank drivers. Karen Duquette would have loved to do that but could not afford the price at this time, even though prices are reasonable for what is offered. She would have liked a longer driving time though.

crushed cars crushed cars
crushed cars muddy path for the tank
Lee Duquette on the tank Karen Duquette in the drivers seat of the tank

Below: After the short, but fun drive, Toby took a few pictures of Karen and Lee Duquette.

The two RV Gypsies on the military tank The two RV Gypsies on the military tank
The two RV Gypsies on the military tank Karen Duquette and Toby

Karen Duquette bought a T-shirt. even though she seldom wears T-shirts because this one is special. But she does want to add something to the T-shirt before she posts a photo here because it needs to state that she actually drove the tank.

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