DAY RIDE TO BURGESS FALLS

Jeff getting ready to ride.

Jeff getting ready to ride.

On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, we took another Day Ride. Our destination was Burgess Falls in Middle Tennessee.

After a record breaking cold night, it felt more like a fall morning than mid summer. We both wore jackets, cold weather gloves, our 3/4 pilot helmets and packed our chaps just in case we needed them.

Jeff talks about our ride plan in this short video:

We left our home at 9:45am. It was 59 degrees with beautiful blue skies. We took 129 south on Alcoa Highway toward Maryville. From Maryville, we took 411 south to Vonore where we stopped to fill our tanks and get a snack.

We stopped for fuel and a snack.

We stopped for fuel and a snack.

After our quick stop we took 411 to Madisonville where we took 68 through Sweetwater, then onto Watts Bar Dam and into Spring City.

View of the stacks near Watts Bar Dam.

View of the stacks near Watts Bar Dam.

Jeff on the bridge over Watts Bar Dam.

Jeff on the bridge over Watts Bar Dam.

In Spring City we continued on 68 West which winds up Walden Ridge with beautiful sweeping curves and scenic overlooks. 68 took us into Crossville.

Heading into Crossville.

Heading into Crossville.

From Crossville, we took 70 west toward Sparta. Before arriving in Sparta, we stopped at the overlook off 70.

Pamo at the overlook.

Pamo at the overlook.

A beautiful view!

A beautiful view!

Wave hello to Jeff!

Wave hello to Jeff!

After enjoying the view, we got back on the bikes and rode 70 west to Sparta.

We stopped in at Yanni’s Grille in Sparta for lunch.

Yanni's Grille in Sparta, TN.

Yanni’s Grille in Sparta, TN.

Inside Yanni's. A great place to dine.

Inside Yanni’s. A great place to dine.

There's Pamo.

There’s Pamo.

Great food at Yannie's!

Great food and great service at Yanni’s!

After lunch we fueled up our bikes, rode to the edge of Sparta and took 111 north a few miles to 135 Burgess Falls Road.

I changed out of my boots into tennis shoes for the hike.

I changed out of my boots into tennis shoes for the hike.

We arrived at Burgess Falls State Park right at 3pm about 165 miles into our trip. We parked in the paved lot that was over half full with visitors. A nice restroom area was available and the park had nicely visible trail markers.

Jeff talks about our arrival in this short video:

After changing my shoes, we headed off on the 3/4 mile hike to the falls.

Marker at the start of the trail.

Marker at the start of the trail.

The first part of the trail.

The first part of the trail.

The trail is nicely maintained.

The trail is nicely maintained.

Halfway to Burgess Falls is the Middle Falls.

The Middle Falls. Gorgeous!

The Middle Falls. Gorgeous!

Here is a short video about the hike so far:

We continued the hike to Burgess Falls.

We continued the hike to Burgess Falls.

Burgess Falls. Spectacular!

Burgess Falls. Spectacular!

We made several videos at the falls:

We take the service road back to the parking lot.

We take the service road back to the parking lot.

Walking down the service road.

Walking down the service road.

The service road is just off the parking lot. It's an alternative to the hiking trail.

The service road is just off the parking lot. It’s an alternative to the hiking trail.

It took about an hour for us to hike to the Falls and back. When we got back to the parking lot, we checked out the public restrooms which were very nice. Then we looked at the water one last time before getting back on the bikes.

We got back on the bikes and took 135 back toward Sparta. We then took 136 north to Cookeville where we jumped on 70N heading east. 70N took us into Monterey and then into Crossville where we stopped at McDonald’s for some caffeine.

McDonald's always serves great coffee.

McDonald’s always serves great coffee.

From Crossville we took 70 east to Rockwood then into Kingston where we stopped at the waterfront for a short break.

The waterfront in Kingston.

The waterfront in Kingston.

Another view of the waterfront in Kingston.

Another view of the waterfront in Kingston.

Jeff talks about our ride in this video:

From Kingston we took 58 to Oak Ridge then onto Clinton and back into Knoxville via Clinton Highway.

Jeff and Butter Bean. It's good to be home!

Jeff and Butter Bean. It’s good to be home!

We got back home at 8:10pm and our total ride was 294 miles.

We wrap up the day in this video:

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