DAY RIDE TO CORDELL HULL STATE PARK

Jeff demonstrates our beginning of ride snack.

Jeff demonstrates our beginning of ride snack. (At Norris Dam.)

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, we took a Day Ride. Our destination was the Cordell Hull State Park and Museum located just outside Byrdstown, TN.

We left our home in North Knoxville at 9:45am. It was sunny and quite cool with near record low temps. We both wore our light jackets and brought along extra gloves and an extra shirt.

Jeff kicks off our ride in this short video:

We rode north on Broadway, stopped to fill our tanks and then took Norris Freeway riding north to Norris Dam.

Norris Dam - A great place to take a break.

Norris Dam – A great place to take a break.

We stopped for a snack and to add a shirt. The morning was still cool! It felt like fall weather, not mid summer.

View of Norris lake. A beautiful area.

View of Norris lake. A beautiful area.

From Norris Dam we rode through Lake City (Rocky Top), then took 25 to Caryville. In Caryville we rode north on old 63 to 63 and into Huntsville. In Huntsville we took 456 north to Oneida where we took 297 to the Big South Fork.

Entrance to the Big South Fork

Entrance to the Big South Fork

We rode through the park (a beautiful ride), then took 154 to Jamestown where we stopped again to add another layer of clothes. From Jamestown we rode north on 127 through Pall Mall and then took 325.

325 is a wonderful winding country road.

325 is a wonderful winding country road.

325 wound us into downtown Byrdstown.

Downtown Byrdstown

Downtown Byrdstown

We stopped in for some great home cooking at the Dixie Cafe.

The Dixie Cafe in Brydstown, TN.

The Dixie Cafe in Byrdstown, TN.

YUM!

YUM!

The food was great and the folks were very friendly. Next time you get to Byrdstown, be sure to eat at the Dixie Cafe!

After lunch we rode the few miles to the Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum.

Entrance to Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum.

Entrance to Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum.

Cordell Hull was born October 2, 1871 in a log cabin in Pickett County, Tennessee. He received his law degree in 1891 and was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1893 to 1897. He served in the Spanish-American War, then returned to Gainesboro, TN to practice law. In 1903, he was appointed judge of the Fifth Judicial District. He was elected to Congress in 1907 and served there until 1931. In 1933, Hull was appointed Secretary of State by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He served from 1933 until 1944, making him the longest running Secretary of State. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations. He died on July 23, 1955.

Entrance to the Cordell Hull Museum.

Entrance to the Cordell Hull Museum.

The Cordell Hull Museum provides a fantastic glimpse into the political life of Secretary Hull.

Inside the museum.

Inside the museum.

After visiting the museum for awhile, we then proceeded down to view the Cordell Hull Farm.

Walking toward the farm house.

Walking on the property toward the farm.

Plaques along the property provide lots of information.

Plaques along the property provide lots of information.

The early Cordell Hull cabin.

Replica of the Cordell Hull cabin where Hull was born.

Life is depicted inside the cabin.

Life is depicted inside the cabin.

Another scene of cabin life. Audio tapes inside the cabin give even more information.

Another scene of cabin life. Audio tapes inside the cabin give even more information.

To find out more information about the Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park, CLICK HERE.

After visiting the museum and farm, we got back on the bikes. We rode south on 111, planning on a quick stop at the Dale Hollow Lake Recreation Area.

Dale Hollow Lake. Photo from highway 111.

Dale Hollow Lake. Photo from highway 111.

But at the Recreation Area entrance, a road crew was pouring hot road tar.

Delay on 111 at the Dale Hollow Recreation Area entrance.

Delay on 111.

We waited awhile, then followed the traffic flow away from the entrance. We decided we would visit the Dale Hollow Recreation Area another day.

We continued south on 111, riding through Monroe and then into Livingston.

We stopped in Livingston for fuel.

We stopped in Livingston for fuel.

After fueling, we took 84 into Monterey. In Monterey, we took 62 east and rode into Clarkrange where we stopped for a quick snack and a drink.

We had a snack of champions in Clarkrange.

We had a snack of champions in Clarkrange.

Jeff talks about our day so far in this video:

It was around 5:30pm and the sun had gone behind the clouds, so once again, we put our sweatshirts on under our jackets. We continued on 62 riding east until we stopped in Lancing, a small, quaint community just west of Wartburg.

Church in Lancing, TN.

Church in Lancing, TN.

In Lancing, TN. How sweet!

In Lancing, TN. How sweet!

After our quick stop in Lancing, we continued on 62 which took us through Wartburg and into Oliver Springs.

Highway 62

Highway 62

View from highway 62.

View from highway 62.

From Oliver Springs, we took 61 heading toward Clinton. First, we stopped at the Gibbs Ferry Park (just off Highway 61) for a short break.

Park

Gibbs Ferry Park

We got back on the bikes, rode through Clinton and then back into Knoxville.

Always good to see the fur kids!

Always good to see the fur kids!

We got back home at 7:45pm and our total ride was 264 miles.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

You can see our entire list of Day Rides HERE.

About Pam Huggins

I love to hang out with my family, ride motorcycles, and draw comics.
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2 Responses to DAY RIDE TO CORDELL HULL STATE PARK

  1. suzanne dismukes says:

    Hey yall! I just got my 1st email from you – (thank you so much for not filling my in-box with tons of stuff, btw, but I knew you wouldn’t) – and I looked at your day ride to Cordell Hull and watched your videos. Lots of great info and, as always, entertaining. Makin me want to ride to Byrdsville and hey, whoever’s even heard of it??? LOL

    • Pam Huggins says:

      Hi Suzanne! So nice to see you here and thanks for your kindly comment.
      Jeff is really great about finding these spots I’ve never heard of either. It’s a fun ride. You’ll love it!

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