On Wednesday May 27th, we took a Day Ride. Our plan was to get on our stripped down Sportsters (no windshields, small tanks, no saddlebags) and travel some back roads.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
We left our home at 10am. The skies were cloudy and the forecasters were calling for afternoon showers (much like every other day lately)- so off we went. We rode north on Broadway, fueled up, then took Norris Freeway to 170 north.
We continued on 170 to 33 north where we stopped for a morning snack.
After our break we took Mineral Springs Road which runs north right along Norris Lake.
This took us to Black Fox Road- a one lane road which continued along the lake.
Somewhere along Black Fox Road the name of the road changed and for about 20 miles we weren’t exactly sure where we were. But no matter! It was gorgeous.
We continued to ride along the road until we eventually made it back into Maynardville. In Maynardville we took 61 which took us through Luttrell and then into Blaine.
In Blaine, we took Indian Ridge Road, then took Buffalo Springs Road to 92. We had ridden about 80 miles and our gas lights came on. (One drawback to a smaller tank.) We stopped to fill our tanks and get a cold drink.
After our quick break, we took 92 north and stopped by David Hurst’s paint workshop- Slide Effects. (David does all our motorcycle paint work. We highly recommend him!)
David had to get back to work so we saddled up in search of lunch.
We took 92 south toward Jefferson City. We stopped along the way to check out the water at Cherokee Dam.
We then continued on 92 to Dandridge.
Our plan was to eat a hamburger at Tinsley Bible Drug Store, a famous landmark in downtown Dandridge. Unfortunately, we got there too late (3pm) and the grill was closed. (Closes at 2pm.) Next time, we’ll go earlier.
Plan B for lunch was to eat at Bush’s Baked Bean Cafe in Chestnut Hill. We rode south on 92 to Bush’s. We arrived at the cafe at 3:50pm only to realize the cafe closes at 4pm. That’s just the way it goes sometimes!
Plan C was to ride into Sevierville and eat at A&W. Sevierville has one of the best A&W franchises around!
We took 411 from Chestnut Hill to Sevierville.
After our late lunch, we gassed up at the station near A&W, then got back on 411.
We rode through Sevierville, then took Chapman Highway back to Knoxville. We arrived home at 5:45pm and our total ride was 165 miles.
Our stripped down Sportsters are a blast to ride. They’re light weight, handle the road like a sport bike, and are well powered at 1200cc. These bikes aren’t set up for long distance rides, but they are perfect for a day ride.
We wrap up the day in this video:
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