DAY RIDE TO ROCKWOOD

Getting ready to ride.
Getting ready to ride.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, we took another Day Ride. Our destination was lunch in Rockwood, TN.

Jeff talks about our route in this short video:

We left our home in North Knoxville at 10am. The skies were clear blue but the temperature was chilly, around 46 degrees.

We rode north on Broadway to Norris Freeway, then rode Norris Freeway through Norris.

Norris, TN
Norris, TN
Norris, TN
Norris, TN

From Norris, we rode on to Norris Dam.

In the parking lot at Norris Dam.
In the parking lot at Norris Dam.
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View toward Norris Dam.
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There are well maintained restrooms at Norris Dam.

After snapping a few photos, we rode into Lake City and stopped at Weigel’s to refuel and get a quick snack.

Weigel's in Lake City
Weigel’s in Lake City
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Pamo is always happy to get a snack!

From Lake City, we took 116 through Briceville and then onto 330.

Looking down 330.
Looking down 330.
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330 heading toward Oliver Springs.
There's Jeff in Oliver Springs.
There’s Jeff in Oliver Springs.

Once in Oliver Springs, we took 61 toward Harriman. Just east of Harriman, we took 27 north, rode for a few miles toward Wartburg, then took 328.

Just after Wartburg, on 328.
Turning onto 328 just before Wartburg.
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Nothing like being on the bike in East Tennessee!

328 is a very curvy road which took us up toward the Cumberland Plateau and through Oakdale.

View of railroad track from bridge in Oakdale.
View of railroad track from bridge in Oakdale.
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On the bridge in Oakdale.
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View from the other side of the bridge in Oakdale.

From Oakdale, we took 299 which is the Airport Road up on the plateau. 299 took us over to interstate 40 west of Rockwood. We took I-40 for a few miles, then rode into Rockwood.

After riding for one hundred miles, we pulled up to the restaurant at 1:30pm. We discovered that Junior’s is now called Annie’s. Great food and great folks.

Annie's in Rockwood, TN.
Annie’s in Rockwood, TN.
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Great home cooking at Annie’s!
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Yep- it’s good eats.
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Downtown Rockwood.
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Another view of downtown Rockwood.

Here is a short video of our trip so far:

We rode out of Rockwood on 70 east into Kingston. From Kingston, we took Sugar Grove Valley Road which runs right along the Emory River.

View of Emory River.
View of Emory River.

Sugar Grove took us into Dyllis where we took Poplar Creek Road to Old Harriman Highway.

Jeff consults his trusty map.
Jeff consults his trusty map.

Old Harriman Highway took us back into Oliver Springs. From Oliver Springs we took 62 into Oak Ridge and then into Knoxville. We ended up at Biker Rags, the place to go of course!

Jeff talks with Bryan from Willis Cycle Works right behind Biker Rags.
Jeff talks with Bryan from Willis Cycle Works right behind Biker Rags.

We stayed at the store for awhile, then continued back home. We got home at 4:30pm and our total ride was 152 miles.

Jeff wraps up our ride in this short video:

Dave is very relaxed now that we're home.
Dave is very relaxed now that we’re home.
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Jumba is ready for a snack!

You can view our entire list of Day Rides HERE.