DAY RIDE TO COOKEVILLE

Heading to Cookeville.

Heading to Cookeville.

On Wednesday October 9, 2013 we took a Day Ride to Cookeville.

We left home at 10am, the skies were blue, but it was cool. We both wore our leather jackets and chaps along with our Olympia “Best Gloves Ever”.

Here is a brief video of our start:

We took Western Avenue through Solway into Oak Ridge, continued on 62 to Oliver Springs and then rode north to Wartburg where we stopped to get a cracker and cold drink.

The 27 Quick Stop in Wartburg.

The 27 Quick Stop in Wartburg.

From Wartburg we rode north on 27 for a short distance then took 298.

On highway 298

Highway 298

Highway 298 is a beautiful road that goes through Obed Scenic Wildlife Area.

We stopped along the highway and made this short video:

We continued west on 298 into Crossville where we took 70N.

70N

70N

We needed our full leathers on during the morning hours.

We needed our full leathers on during the morning hours.

70N took us through Monterey and into Cookeville.

We rode to downtown Cookeville and parked by the Courthouse. We walked around awhile looking for points of interest.

Courthouse in Cookeville, TN

Courthouse in Cookeville, TN

Another view of the enormous courthouse in Cookeville, TN.

Another view of the enormous courthouse in Cookeville, TN.

We decided to get back on the bikes and travel deeper into downtown and find a place to eat.

After circling around for ten minutes, we spotted Poppy’s Cafe.

Poppy's Cafe

Poppy’s Cafe

Poppy’s is a small bistro type cafe.

The two ladies who ran the cafe were friendly and accommodating. I ordered the daily special of chicken barbeque casserole and Jeff ordered the daily panini sandwich special.

Lunch at Poppy's Cafe.

Lunch at Poppy’s Cafe.

We both agreed the lunch was good.

Because we hadn’t fully researched sites to see our trip to Cookeville wasn’t panning out the way we hoped. But that’s just part of riding. To quote an over used cliche- it’s the journey not the destination.

We got back on the bikes and headed north. We took 111 into Livingston, a quaint little town with a nice town square.

We arrive in Livingston, TN.

We arrive in Livingston, TN.

We decided to stay awhile and snap a few photos.

Livingston town square.

Livingston town square.

Plaque about the history of Livingston.

Plaque about the Livingston Courthouse.

Cannon on display.

Cannon on display.

Livingston.

Livingston.

Another view of the businesses in the Livingston town square.

Another view of the businesses in the Livingston town square.

We shot this short video while seated on the bench outside the Livingston Courthouse:

From Livingston we continued on taking 52 east into Jamestown.

Highway 52.

Highway 52.

Highway 52.

Highway 52.

After traveling through Jamestown we stopped on the bridge before heading into Rugby.

Bridge overlooking gorge on highway 52.

Bridge overlooking gorge on highway 52.

 

Beautiful view from the bridge.

Beautiful view from the bridge.

We made another short video:

We continued on 52 through Allardt and Rugby and into Elgin where we took 27 north.

We rode 27 into Huntsville where we took 63 east. Just outside of Huntsville we stopped at DJ’s Pit Stop.

DJ's Pit Stop on 63.

DJ’s Pit Stop on 63.

As you walk into DJ’s there is a glorious smell of roasting chicken. We quickly noticed that DJ’s has a whole kitchen full of homemade food. We ordered two pieces of pizza and a piece of chocolate cake that was indescribably excellent. In fact, I think it was the BEST piece of chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten!

Pizza and cake at DJ's. Excellent!

Pizza and cake at DJ’s. Excellent!

After our impromptu meal, we filled our tanks with gas and continued on 63 heading toward Caryville. We stopped along the way for a few more photos:

Highway 63. Leaves are just starting to turn.

Highway 63. Leaves are just starting to turn.

Another view of 63.

Another view of 63.

When your windshield is splattered over with bugs, you know it's been a good day.

When your windshield is splattered over with bugs, you know it’s been a good day.

We rode on into Caryville and then into Lake City. In Lake City we took 441 toward Norris Dam, but were stopped at a road block. There had been an accident on the road heading toward the dam and we were directed to turn around.

So we did what we rarely do and that was to jump on the interstate, 75 south, to book it on home. We blasted by the Clinton 441 exit and rode into Knoxville.

We got home around 6:30pm and our total mileage was 271.

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10 Responses to DAY RIDE TO COOKEVILLE

  1. John Troutman says:

    I really enjoy your day ride journals. There are so many beautiful and scenic roads in our area! It’s that time to put the liners in the leathers and keep on riding! – Thanks, John (Wears Valley)

    • Pam Huggins says:

      We agree John! Hope you can join us on November 10th for our Anniversary Party here at Biker Rags.

  2. Phillip James says:

    The bridge at rugby is the tallest in tennessee. I worked on that project for tdot. I hope you had an opportunity to visit Brooks store and see all the fine folks there. Rugby is a great place to visit. Enjoy hearing about your rides.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      I didn’t know that Phillip! Thanks for the info on the bridge. We didn’t make it to Brooks store but will put it on the itinerary for next time. Appreciate your comment.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Phillip- Also meant to say that we hope you can make it to Biker Rags on November 10th for our Anniversary Party! Have a great week.

  3. Jeff Jones says:

    Enjoy reading your day rides. Your pics and videos give my wife and I ideas for places to go and things to look for. Keep it coming and ride safe.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thanks Jeff! Let us hear about any good spot you guys find. We are always on the look out. 🙂 Appreciate your comment.

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Jeff- Hope you and your wife can make it to Biker Rags on November 10th for our Anniversary Party! Have a great week. At least it will be warmer.

  4. Wendy & Gene says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Thanks Wendy and Gene! Hope you guys can make it by for the Anniversary Party.
      Have a great week.

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