On Tuesday, January 29th, we finally got a chance to take our first Day Ride of 2013. Our destination was lunch at the Do Drop In Restaurant in Tazewell, Tennessee.

We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:30 am. The skies were cloudy, the temperature was 46 degrees and the roads were still wet from Monday’s rain. We both wore our full leathers, including our thermal chaps, leather jackets, Olympia’s ‘Best Gloves Ever’, neck warmers and our 3/4 Pilot helmets.

We rode north on Broadway to Halls where we took 331 through Corryton.

From Corryton, we rode into Blaine, then continued on 331 to the intersection of Buffalo Springs and Indian Springs.

We then went south on 92 to 375. We rode north on 375, which runs along Cherokee Lake, and then rode north on 25E.

25E took us through Bean Station and Thorn Hill. We stopped several times along the route to admire the view and once to fuel up before riding into Tazewell.

Once we got to Tazewell, we stopped at the Do Drop In Restaurant, a country style food establishment.

The Do Drop In is located in a shopping center near a cluster of fast food restaurants. We entered and were greeted and seated right away.

We both ordered the daily special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans. We also ordered a piece of strawberry pie.

The food came quickly and was quite good. We both enjoyed our meal and put this on our “we’ll be back” list.

After lunch, we rode through Tazewell, then New Tazewell and then continued on 33 South toward Maynardville. We stopped briefly at the Cedar Grove Marina.

We then continued south on 33 where we took 170 South through Hickory Star and New Loyston.

We headed back into Andersonville, where we took Norris Freeway back into Knoxville and then back home.

We arrived home around 2:30 pm and our total ride was 130 miles.

You can view the entire list of our previous Bike Rides HERE.


  1. I make that ride several times a year as my people are both living and buried on the family farm on the out skirts of Tazewell. (Smith’s Chapel) Wavin’ country I call it. Friendly people, great scenery.

  2. Wavin’ country sounds perfect! Great way to describe it. Lovely country. Thanks for your comment Robert.

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