On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, we took a Day Ride. Our destination was The Lost Sea Adventure in Sweetwater, TN.
Rather than ride directly to Sweetwater, we decided to get a good ride in before visiting The Lost Sea.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville right at 10:00 am. The skies were partly cloudy but the sun was shining and the temperature was right around 55 degrees.
We stopped to fill our tanks and get a quick snack.
Then we headed north on Clinton Highway to Clinton, took 61 to Oliver Springs, then 62 to Wartburg.
Once in Harriman, we stopped and checked out some of the old historic buildings.
After we rode through some of the beautiful old neighborhoods in Harriman we got back on 27, then took 70 to Kingston.
Once in Kingston, we took 58 south, turned onto 72 and rode into Paint Rock. In Paint Rock, we took 322 which led us into Sweetwater.
After lunch, we rode through Sweetwater and onto 58 south which took us to The Lost Sea.
The Lost Sea Adventure is a 3/4 mile round trip guided tour through the caverns. (You can read more about the attraction HERE.)
There are many points of interest along the route and the tour guide is well informed. It’s a great way to learn about the history of the cavern. The tour took about an hour and a half and it cost $18.95 per person.
Jeff tells the story of his bike key during the tour:
After our walk through the village we got back on the bikes and rode to Madisonville.
After gassing up, we took 411 back into Maryville. It was 5pm and we were hungry once again. So we stopped at McAlister’s Deli for a light dinner.
After dinner we got back on the bikes and rode back into Knoxville.
We arrived home at 6:15pm. Our total round trip ride was 160 miles.
We wrap up the day in this short video:
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