On Thursday, March 12th, after several weeks of winter snow and ice, we finally got the chance to take a day ride. Our destination was Rogersville, TN in Hawkins County.
At 10:15am, it was around 50 degrees when we left our home in North Knoxville, so we both wore full leathers, our 3/4 Pilot helmets, and neck warmers.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville, headed down Broadway, and went north on Tazewell Pike. We continued on 131 to Plainview where we stopped to fill our tanks.
From Plainview we rode north on 144 to 370 and then on 61 heading toward Maynardville.
From Maynardville we rode north on 33 and stopped in New Tazewell for a quick snack.
After our snack, we rode through Tazewell and took 25E south.
From 25E south we took 33 north to Sneedville.
From Sneedville, we took 31 over Clinch Mountain and into Mooresburg.
From Mooresburg we took 11W north into Rogersville.
We parked right downtown on Main Street and walked to Oh Henry’s- one of our favorite restaurants.
We both had a great meal at Oh Henry’s. If you get to Rogersville, we highly recommend Oh Henry’s!
After lunch we walked a couple of blocks…
… and ended up at the Hawkins County Courthouse.
We went inside and looked around briefly before exiting out the back door.
From there, we walked a couple more blocks to the Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum on Depot Street.
Rogersville produced the first newspaper in Tennessee in 1791 called the Knoxville Gazette. This small building pays tribute to the towns newspaper heritage and includes the antiquated machinery and typesets.
After leaving the museum, we headed back to our bikes.
From Rogersville, we took 66 south then took 113 west through Silver City. From there we went through Springvale and took Dover Road which led us back to 11E just east of Morristown.
We made another fuel stop, then continued on 11E through Jefferson City.
We continued on 11E into Knoxville. Once on Magnolia, we made a brief stop at Chilhowee Park.
Then we headed on home.
We arrived home at 5:15pm and our total ride was 180 miles.
We wrap up our day in this short video:
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