DAY RIDE TO OAK RIDGE, TN

Jeff is ready to ride!

Jeff is ready to ride!

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 we got the chance to take another Day Ride.

A thirty degree day to start with overcast skies- we knew we had to dress for the ride.

We both wore our Gerbing heated jacket liner and gloves as well as thermal lined chaps and leather jacket. We also wore our face masks, Pilot 3/4 helmets with shields, and heavy leather boots.

For winter riding, we also both have wind shields and crash bar covers both of which block a lot of wind.

Fluffy, our garage cat, says "Have a great ride!"

Fluffy, our garage cat, says “Have a great ride!”

We left our home around 10:45am heading south to Seymour. Once in Seymour, we stopped at Weigel’s to gas up and get a quick morning snack.

A light snack tides us over until our lunch destination.

A light snack tides us over until our lunch destination.

From Seymour, we took 411 to Maryville. In Maryville, we took 321 going west to Tellico Dam.

On the bridge near Tellico Dam heading into Lenoir City.

On the bridge near Tellico Dam heading into Lenoir City.

Looks like that pier is under construction.

Looks like that pier is under construction.

Jeff waits patiently for me to finish snapping photos.

Jeff waits patiently for me to finish snapping photos.

Once in Lenoir City, we took 11 south to Loudon and then took 72.

A view on 72.

A view on 72.

Nice gentle curves on 72.

Nice gentle curves on 72. Plus brine all over the road.

We rode 72 through Paint Rock and onto 58 just south of Kingston. Unfortunately for us, all the roads were coated with brine for a predicted snow storm. And by all of the roads, we mean ALL of the roads! Those salt trucks had been very busy.

We continued on 58 into Kingston where we took 70 to 58 north and then rode into Oak Ridge for lunch.

And this is how us and our bikes looked by the time we got to Oak Ridge.

And this is how our bikes looked by the time we got to Oak Ridge.

Our lunch destination was Dean's Restaurant and Bakery in Jackson Square, just a few steps away from the Oak Ridge Play House.

Our lunch destination was Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery in Jackson Square, just a few steps away from the Oak Ridge Play House.

Dean's specializes in "soulful southern cooking".

Dean’s specializes in “soulful southern cooking”.

Dean's has a nice spacious dining room.

Dean’s has a nice spacious dining room.

Grilled chicken and green beans. Yum!

Grilled chicken and green beans. Yum!

Turkey and dressing. Double yum!

Turkey and dressing. Double yum!

The bread and rolls were delicious!

The bread and rolls were delicious!

After our leisurely lunch we got back on the bikes. We rode through Oak Ridge and took 61 north into Clinton. We then rode down Clinton Highway back into Knoxville and stopped in at the new Indian dealership.

Doesn't it look great?!

Doesn’t it look great?!

Lots of construction going on between the Honda and Harley stores on Clinton Highway.

Lots of construction going on between the Honda and Harley stores on Clinton Highway.

It's going to be a mega motorcycle complex!

It’s going to be a mega motorcycle complex!

After gawking awhile, we got back on the bikes and rode home. We pulled into our driveway at 4:00 pm. Our total ride was 130 miles.

After recording our video for the day, Jeff will wash the bikes in 45 degree weather. BRRRRR!

After recording our video for the day, Jeff gets to wash our salt laden bikes in 45 degree weather. BRRRRR!

Here is our only video of the day:

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4 Responses to DAY RIDE TO OAK RIDGE, TN

  1. lunch looks yummy! Nice shots Pam, Hi to Jeff. xx

  2. Mike says:

    Pam I was born and raised in Oak Ridge and have ridden that same route many times. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

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