DAY RIDE TO DR. THOMAS WALKER STATE HISTORIC SITE

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Getting ready to leave on our ride.

On Wednesday September 3rd   we took a Day Ride to the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site just outside of Barbourville, Kentucky.

Jeff talks about our ride with this short video:

Here is another short video to kick off our day:

We left our home in  North Knoxville at 10:45 am. It was overcast and gloomy. The roads were still wet from the rains overnight.

We rode north on Broadway, through Halls and up 33, through New Tazewell and on into Tazewell. We then took 25 North into Harrogate.

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Heading down 25 North into Harrogate.

From Harrogate, we continued north through the tunnel into Kentucky. We stayed on 25 through Middlesboro and into Pineville where we stopped for a few photos.

Plaque in Pineville, KY.

Plaque in Pineville, KY. Joshua Bell was the great grandson of Dr.Tomas Walker.

Downtown Pineville. A quaint town.

Downtown Pineville. A quaint town.

You can see the infamous chained rock from downtown Pineville.

You can see the infamous chained rock from downtown Pineville.

We left Pineville, stayed on 25 and rode into downtown Barbourville. We rode through the town square and parked right in front of the Oldway Cafe where we ate lunch.

Oldway Cafe in Barbourville, KY.

Oldway Cafe in Barbourville, KY.

Friendly folks and great food at the Oldway Cafe!

Friendly folks and great food at the Oldway Cafe!

After lunch, we walked around the town square.

Courthouse in Barbourville, KY.

Courthouse in Barbourville, KY.

Jeff and statue.

Jeff with the statue of Daniel Boone.

Barbourville has a quaint town square.

Barbourville has a quaint town square.

Getting ready to head on out of Barbourville.

Getting ready to head out of Barbourville and on to the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site.

We arrived at the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site.

We arrived at the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site.

The park was nicely maintained with a replica of the cabin built by Dr. Thomas Walker.

Replica of the first house in Kentucky built by Dr. Thomas Walker.

Replica of the first house in Kentucky built by Dr. Thomas Walker.

Jeff tells us about the site:

Memorial of the first house built in Kentucky.

Memorial of the first house built in Kentucky.

Map of the expedition area.

Map of the expedition area.

Long view of the replica cabin and surrounding area.

Long view of the replica cabin and surrounding area.

Another view of this well maintained site.

Another view of this well maintained site.

The Site also has a nine hole putt putt course!

The Site also has a nine hole putt putt course!

We just had to play!

We just had to play!

We had forgotten how much fun putt putt is....

We had forgotten how much fun putt putt is….

We wrapped up our stay at the Dr. Thomas Walker Site and headed down the scenic back roads (State Route 6) through Kentucky.

Scenic back road just beyond the Dr. Thomas Walker Historic Site.

Scenic back road just beyond the Dr. Thomas Walker Historic Site.

Not much traffic on this road!

Not much traffic on this road!

We eventually rode into Williamsburg where we stopped for fuel and a diet coke. From Williamsburg, we rode south on 25 to Jellico where we stopped at the downtown park.

Downtown Jellico

Downtown Jellico

Jeff talks about our day in this short video:

Another view of downtown Jellico.

Another view of downtown Jellico.

After our short break, we took 297 south- a beautiful country road that took us to 63 and into Caryville. From Caryville, we rode through Lake City, then Clinton and finally back home to Knoxville.

It's always great to be home!

It’s always great to be home!

We got home at 7:15pm and our total ride was 205 miles.

We wrap 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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