On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, we took a Day Ride to Greeneville, Tennessee to visit the Andrew Johnson Homestead and museum.
Jeff kicks off our day with this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:30am. The skies were blue and it was a little cool, just enough for our light jackets.
We took Asheville Highway east to the Carter community where we took 25/70 to Sevierville. In Sevierville we rode past the new Harley shop, scheduled to open in a couple of months, which is located right next to the Bass Pro Shop.
We then continued south on 66 and took 139 Douglas Dam Road which runs directly next to the French Broad River and into Dandridge. In Dandrige, we took 92 and stopped off to look at the lake.
In Dandridge, we took 92 and traveled to the turn off at 363.
After our light snack, we traveled down 363 stopping briefly for another look at the water.
We traveled down 363 over to 25/70 and into Newport. From Newport we continued on 25/70 into Del Rio.
From Del Rio, we took 107 north through the Meadow Creek Mountains.
We then stopped briefly at the Nolichucky Dam before riding into Greeneville.
We rode into downtown Greeneville and parked our bikes at the Andrew Johnson Homestead.
The entire Andrew Johnson tour takes place in five separate locations easily accessible by foot. You can read more about the tour HERE.
We walked through downtown heading toward the Visitor Center.
We arrived at the early home of Andrew Johnson which is right across from the Visitor Center.
The house is open on the first level with placards and photographs detailing Johnson’s early life.
After touring the early home, we walked across the street to the Visitor Center. The young woman behind the desk was friendly and informative. She invited us to view a short film, which we did.
Then we toured the museum displays inside the Visitor Center.
After our time at the Visitor Center we were told the next stop is usually the Homestead where we had parked our bikes. Entry into the Homestead is by guided tour only and the next one wasn’t scheduled for another hour. Unfortunately, the skies were getting darker and darker and we opted to save the guided tour for another day.
We circled back around to the Andrew Johnson Homestead where our bikes were parked.
By this time, we were getting sprinkled on. We checked the radar and saw that an even larger swath of rain storms were headed our way. We decided to try to outrun the storm.
We hopped on our bikes and headed south on 321. The rain slowed down and after a few more miles, we were in the clear.
We continued south on 321 and arrived Newport around 3:30pm. We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants, People’s Choice.
After our late lunch, we got back on our bikes and took 411 through Chestnut Hill. We continued on 411 taking a short detour on Blowing Cave Road to the Forbidden Caverns.
We only stayed long enough to snap a few photos. We saved the actual tour for another day.
On the way back to 411, we stopped off at the Blowing Cave Mill. A nice young lady took our photo.
We continued down 411 into Sevierville. From Sevierville we took Chapman Highway back into Knoxville.
We got home at 6pm and our total ride was 175 miles.
Jeff wraps up our day in this short video:
See our entire list of Day Rides HERE.