DAY RIDE TO ANDREWS, NC

On Wednesday September 4, 2013 we took another Day Ride. Our destination was Andrews, NC to visit Cherokee County Cycles.

Leaving our neighborhood.

Leaving our neighborhood.

We left our home around 10am. The weather was just beautiful with blue skies and cool air.

We rode south on Alcoa Highway to Maryville where we took 411 south. We continued on 411 until Vonore where we stopped to fill our tanks and get a cracker.

After our break we continued south on 411 riding through Madisonville, Englewood, Etowah and onto Benton where we took 314 south.

On 314 south heading toward 64/74.

On 411 turning onto 314 south, then toward 64/74.

314 took us to 64/74 which runs by the Ocoee. It’s a beautiful winding road that runs by the rapids, one of the prettiest roads around our area.

The Ocoee Dam #1

The Ocoee Dam #1

Map at the Ocoee Dam.

Map at the Ocoee Dam.

Ocoee Dam #1

Ocoee Dam #1

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A second stop along the Ocoee.

64/74 took us into North Carolina, through Murphy and onto Andrews.

It was around 2pm when we found the Burger Basket and stopped for lunch.

The Burger Basket

The Burger Basket

We both ordered mushroom burgers and shared fries and onion rings.

We both ordered mushroom burgers and shared fries and onion rings.

The food was really good.

After lunch we started our search for Cherokee County Cycle, home of the World’s Largest Motorcycle. We initially rode past our turn off, had to back track and finally found the shop right off Highway 19.

Cherokee County Cycles

Cherokee County Cycles

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A car on display outside the shop.

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Another car and bike on display outside the shop.

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And yet another cool vintage car.

And here is the World's Largest Motorcycle!

And here is the World’s Largest Motorcycle!

Cherokee County Cycle is an old time bike shop that harkens back to bike shops before the bike boom of the 90’s. It’s a must see! Jeff says it’s one of the coolest bike shops he’s been to in a long time.

After visiting the shop and seeing the World’s Largest Motorcycle, we got back on the road and continued on 74 which runs into 129. We took 129 to Robbinsville where we stopped at McDonald’s for a dip cone.

McDonald's dip cones are a great dessert.

McDonald’s dip cones are a great dessert.

After our break, we took 143 out of Robbinsville, which runs directly to the Cherohala Skyway.

At the top of Cherohala Skyway.

At the top of Cherohala Skyway.

Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway

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Cherohala Skyway

We stopped a couple of time over the Skyway to gawk at the views and put on our jackets. The Skyway eventually ends up in Tellico Plains which is a great place to take a break.

Taking a break in Tellico Plains.

Taking a break in Tellico Plains.

From Tellico Plains we rode north on 68 to Madisonville, then took 411 north to Maryville and Alcoa Highway back to Knoxville, then back home.

We arrived home at 7:15pm and our total ride was 295 miles. What a great day!

Susie and all the other fur kids are always glad when we get home.

Susie and all the other fur kids are always glad when we get home.

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2 Responses to DAY RIDE TO ANDREWS, NC

  1. Steve Major says:

    Nice ride. We’ll have to do that one someday. You guys are so entertaining.

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