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.
From Wartburg we rode north on 27 for a short distance then took 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 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.
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 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.
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 decided to stay awhile and snap a few photos.
We shot this short video while seated on the bench outside the Livingston Courthouse:
From Livingston we continued on taking 52 east into Jamestown.
After traveling through Jamestown we stopped on the bridge before heading into Rugby.
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.
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!
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:
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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