OCTOBER 4, 2011
On Tuesday, October 4th, we took off for another Day Ride. We woke to beautiful blue skies and cool temps around 48 degrees.
We leathered up with our new thermal lined chaps, our heavy leather jackets with the liner in, our Olympia "cold weather- Best Gloves Ever", our 3/4 helmets with shields and neck warmers. We both wore Milwaukee boots. We headed out around 10am.
We rode up Broadway and stopped to top off our tanks before heading north on 33 toward Maynardville.
We continued on 33 through Maynardville and headed north toward Tazewell. We went through downtown Tazewell and then took 25E where we stopped off to view the scenery.
From 25E we took 33 North heading toward Sneedville. This is yet another beautiful East Tennessee road with gentle curves and open land scenery.
Our bike painter, David Hurst (Slide Effects), told us about this great place to eat in downtown Sneedville- the Sneedville Family Diner.
The Sneedville Family Diner is right off Main Street in downtown Sneedville in an old gas station. When we got there around 1:30pm, the parking lot was full- so we knew we were in the right place.
We went into a kind of diner/buffet type restaurant- so we put down our gear and got in line.
We both ordered from the buffet and it was some of the best home cooking we've ever had. The folks were friendly, the place was clean and the 'Beverly Hillbillies' played on TV. It was great!
After lunch, we took more photos of downtown Sneedville.
We headed out of Sneedville, stopped for gas and took a few more photos before traveling toward Rogersville.
We took 66 from Sneedville to Rogersville. It was 24 miles of curves with a few extreme switch backs and heart stopping drop offs. A challenging road to ride- similar to 116 by the now closed Brushy Mountain Prison.
At Rogersville, 66 returned to a normal road, and we continued on to Bulls Gap where we briefly stopped for a photo.
Then we got back on 11E South which took us to Morristown. We took the Morristown bypass (160) and then got back on 11E heading back to Knoxville.
We stopped in Jefferson City for gas and a snack.
Then we continued on back to Knoxville.
We returned home a little after 4pm. Our total ride was 176 miles.
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