On Tuesday, June 4th, we took another Day Ride. Our destination was lunch in Copperhill, Tennessee. Copperhill is located on the Tennessee/Georgia state line with the line physically painted on the streets and sidewalks running through several businesses. We wanted to see it!
We left our home in North Knoxville at 9:45am. The skies were mostly clear with sunshine and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
We took Alcoa Highway to Maryville. We traveled down 411, stopped at the Weigels in Vonore for gas and a snack. After a quick break we rode south on 411 to Englewood where we took 39 South.
39 South took us into the Cherokee National Forest. From 39 we took 315 South, a twisting, winding road full of gorgeous scenery.
315 took us through a couple of rural communities and brought us to 64.
64 runs along Ocoee Lake Number Two. We stopped off at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, the 1996 Summer Olympic canoe slalom venue.
After admiring the Olympic site, we continued east on 64 to Ducktown, TN. In Ducktown, we took 68 South into Copperhill.
We rode through town and parked our bikes right on Main Street. The Tennessee / Georgia state line runs right through the middle of town. Copperhill is on the Tennessee side and McCaysville on the Georgia side.
Copperhill is a quaint little tourist town with several places to eat. We decided on The Pearly Gates Cafe which sits right on the line.
The folks inside were friendly and we got seated right away. The menu was written on chalkboards on the wall.
We ordered a gyro, a cheeseburger and fries and a cloud nine.
The cloud nine is a funnel cake with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Frankly, the dessert put us way over the top, but Jeff says it’s OK to go wild when you’re out of town. (I say, next ride, we try for more vegetables!) Of course, we enjoyed lunch.
After lunch, we walked around town, traveling back and forth between Georgia and Tennessee. As corny as that sounds, we really had a lot of fun being tourists.
After our tour, we got back on the bikes and headed north on 68 through Ducktown and up to Coker Creek. We stopped at Coker Creek for a few photos.
We continued north on 68 to Tellico Plains, stopping in to check out Cherohala Biker Gear and the Charles Hall Museum.
The museum turned out to be one of those hidden gems that really surprises you. It had an eclectic gathering of artifacts, featuring a huge telephone collection in one building and a huge gun collection in the other building. Also mixed in were a couple of vintage autos, an old Shovelhead police bike and a nice collection of vintage toys.
Both museum spaces are very interesting and both are free to view. When you go, be sure to make a purchase to help fund the museums! We bought a nice Dragon shirt and talked with the owner of Cherohala Biker Gear. It was a great visit and we are so glad we dropped in.
After the museum, we stopped up the road for gas and a drink.
Then we got back on 68 North and rode to Madisonville. From there, we took 411 North to Vonore, and then took Old Morganton Road stopping briefly for a photo.
We rode through Greenback and on into Maryville. In Maryville we took 321 to Alcoa Highway, rode back to Knoxville and returned home.
We arrived home at 5:45pm and our total ride was 228 miles.
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Thanks for sharing your ride and pictures. I know you enjoy what you do but I also know from past experience of my own that it is a lot of work. I haven’t had the motorcycle that I have now long but I have been making purchases to fix it the way that I want and also I have been buying things that I need to make some of the rides that you have shared. I was in your store a few days ago and I was looking for a nice pair of sunglasses and a backpack to put things in on my bike. I found exactly what I needed and at a better price than anywhere else that I checked. Thanks for the good prices and products that you have. I certainly will be doing more business with you.
Calvin- It was a pleasure meeting you. I’m so glad you’ll be out riding and enjoying! Thanks for your nice comment- it means a lot to us. (We enjoyed hearing about your dogs!)
We were so glad you happened upon our museum and shops! Very nice to meet and chat with you. Thank you so much for the kind words!
Thank you Kristie for your hospitality! We loved your store and museum.
Thanks for the visit to the museum. We are always glad to welcome those touring in our area. We hope we always have something new and interesting to show you. Be safe.
Thank you Gary! We really enjoyed our visit. I’ll add the links to the Charles Hall Museum and Cherohala Biker Gear in the post. I didn’t think to do it until I got your comment with your link. Thank you again!
Enjoying dinner at the Pearly Gates right now. Thanks for the destination idea.
Very cool Dave! Isn’t it a beautiful ride? Have fun with the rest of your day!
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