On Wednesday, April 23rd, we took another Day Ride. Our destination was Charleston, TN in North Cleveland, TN.
Here is a short video of our upcoming route:
We took off from our home in North Knoxville at 10:30am. The skies were clear blue and it was cool- right at 50 degrees. We both wore our leather jackets and chaps. We also wore our Olympia “Best Gloves Ever” and our HCI Pilot helmets.
We rode south on Alcoa Highway through Maryville, took 411 to Greenback, and stopped to top off our tanks and eat a snack.
After our stop, we continued south on 411 to Vonore where we took 360 which runs south into Tellico Plains.
Here is a short video of our ride so far:
We stopped for a short delay on 39 West due to road work. No matter- the scenery was beautiful.
We then rode west on 39, then took 315 south to Reliance- a small community right on the Hiwassee River. We stopped along the bridge for a few photos.
At Reliance we took 30 north which took us to 411. We took 411 north for a couple of miles then rode 163 west into Calhoun.
Calhoun and Charleston are part of Northern Cleveland which leads straight into Cleveland, TN. We spotted Catie’s Kitchen right off the highway.
The folks at Catie’s were super friendly and the food was great.
After lunch, we rode around Cleveland trying to get our bearings. We stopped to get our directions clear and then headed east on 64.
64 is one of the most beautiful roads we’ve ever ridden. It runs from Cleveland east along the Ocoee Scenic Byway, the Ocoee river, and by the 1996 Olympic Rafting Site. We stopped briefly at the dam overlook.
Jeff talks about our trip so far in this short video:
We continued down 64 and stopped again for a few more photos.
We rode 64 into Ducktown and stopped for gas and a snack.
After our break, we took 68 north through Ducktown, Turtletown, Coker Creek and back into Tellico Plains.
We made this short video in Tellico Plains:
From Tellico Plains, we continued north on 68 to Madisonville, then took 411 north through Vonore. After crossing the lake in Vonore, we took E. Coast Tellico Parkway heading north. This is a small two lane road that runs along the Little Tennessee River.
This two lane road comes out on 95 just south of 321. We took 321 to Maryville, then Alcoa Highway back into Knoxville.
We got back home at 7pm and our total ride was 265. We had a great day!
Here’s our wrap up video:
You can see our entire list of Day Rides HERE.