On Thursday, March 27, 2014 we took a Day Ride to the Eastern Foothills Parkway just south of Newport, TN.
You can hear about the beginning of our ride in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:15am. The skies were cloudy and the temperature around 40 degrees. We rode through Knoxville and stopped on the Henley Street bridge for a few photos:
We traveled down Chapman Highway then stopped at the Weigel’s on John Sevier Highway to fuel up.
After our quick break, we continued south on Chapman Highway, riding through Seymour and then on into Sevierville. After riding through Sevierville, we took 339 south and stopped to admire the Harrisburg Covered Bridge.
We got back on the bikes and continued on 339. This road, 339, is a beautiful winding country road going through Sevier County and then into Cocke County, ending at 32 Cosby Highway.
At 32, we made a right turn which immediately placed us at the entrance to the eastern section of the Foothills Parkway. Separate from the original parkway, the views here look down into Cosby and Kodak. It is six miles long and comes out on I-40 just about ten miles south of Newport.
I talk about our ride in this short video:
Here are some photos from the Parkway:
After spending time on the Parkway, we exited right onto I-40 and rode to the Newport exit. Our destination was, once again, The People’s Choice Restaurant.
If you are looking for a biker friendly restaurant with great home cooking, be sure to put The People’s Choice Restaurant in Newport on your list.
After lunch, we rode through downtown Newport, took 321 north for a couple of miles, then took 160 north.
160 north took us through Bybee and then into Morristown. We continued on 160, which loops just south of Morristown, then ends at 11E. We rode south on 11E through Jefferson City, New Market and then back to Knoxville.
We got home at 3:15pm and our total ride was 140 miles.
Jeff sums up our ride in this short video:
You can see our entire list of Day Rides HERE.