On Wednesday, June 10, 2015- we took a Day Ride. Our destination was The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
It was a beautiful morning as we left our home in North Knoxville at 9:15am. We rode north on Broadway, taking 33 through Maynardville and then to Tazewell. In Tazewell, we took 25E north.
We stopped briefly to fuel up and eat a quick snack, then rode through Harrogate and into Virginia where we rode east on 58.
58 is a beautiful road. It starts out as a four lane road, then narrows down to a two lane road.
As we head into Bristol, just above Kingsport, highway 58 turns into a twisty two lane road that rides up into the mountains and then right into Bristol, Virginia.
Once in Bristol, we rode straight to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The museum opened in August of 2014.
Once inside the museum, we were greeted by a super friendly staff. They told us the layout of the museum, we paid our entry fee ($13.00 per person) and off we went.
First we checked out an installation donated by the Smithsonian in the Special Exhibits Gallery. This exhibit featured early country roots, bluegrass, and blues.
We then watched a short, nicely done video in the upper theater. We learned the history of the Bristol sessions in 1927 and how this era set the stage for most of the recorded country music at the time. After the video, the doors opened to the rest of the museum.
After spending about an hour and a half inside the museum, we then walked across the street to the beautiful Cumberland Square Park opposite the museum.
After spending a short time enjoying the park, we rode a few blocks over to the world famous Burger Bar restaurant.
Legend has it that this may be the last place Hank Williams was seen alive. No one knows for sure, but it’s a great story.
We didn’t have room for dessert, so we packed up and rode a few miles south.
After admiring the sign, we headed south looking for 11W.
The map indicated that 394 would intersect with 11W so we continued on. And we were so glad we did because we got to see the Bristol Motor Speedway.
After gawking for a few minutes, we continued on to 11W. We rode south through Kingsport where we stopped once again for fuel.
We then rode through Rogersville.
We stopped in Mooresburg to get a cool drink and shoot a couple of short videos (just for fun).
After our short break, we continued on 11W. When we got to Rutledge, we stopped to see a replica of Andrew Johnson’s Tailor Shop.
We then got back on 11W and road the remaining trip back into Knoxville. It was fun to see all the commemorative signs declaring 11W part of the First State Road that runs from Memphis to Bristol. You can see the T-DOT map HERE.
We got back home at 7:15pm and our total ride was 280 miles. What a great day!
We wrap up the ride in this video:
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