On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 we took a Day Ride to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit the Chickamauga Dam and Harrison Bay State Park.
It was a beautiful morning with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. It was already around 80 degrees when we saddled up at 9:30 am.
Jeff kicks off our day in this video:
We rode I-640 to Western Avenue then rode north to Oak Ridge where we took 58. After stopping for fuel and a snack, we rode through Kingston.
We took 58 south to 68 which took us over Watts Bar Dam.
Then we took 302 south into Dayton. In Dayton, we stopped at the waterfront for a cold drink and watch all the ducks enjoying the day.
By this time it was already in the 90’s, with full sunshine. It was hot!
We got back on our bikes, rode through Dayton, then took 27 south through Soddy Daisy. In Soddy Daisy we took 319 south- a beautiful windy road that runs along the water.
319 took us into Hixson- a suburb of Chattanooga. We then took 153 south which runs over the Chickamauga Dam. After crossing the dam we took the first exit which brought us to a waterfront park at the foot of the dam.
The park at the base of the dam was full of folks bicycling, jogging and enjoying the day.
We stayed for awhile taking photos and drinking water.
After visiting the dam, we rode through Hixson, then took 58 north to Harrison Bay State Park.
After admiring the deer for awhile, we continued on our day.
We got back on 58 north and quickly took 312 east to the Countryside Cafe, near Ooltewah.
After lunch, it was 3:30pm. We fueled up at the station next to the restaurant, reloaded our small cooler with drinks, and continued on 312 which took us into Cleveland.
We rode through town, then took 64/74 east to 411 north.
On 411, we stopped in Etowah to hydrate and rest awhile in the quiet park adjacent to the L&N Railroad Museum. It was in the mid 90’s. With such a hot day, it was essential to rest and hydrate.
After our nice break, we got back on 411 continuing north.
411 took us through Englewood, Madisonville and Vonore, then into Maryville.
After resting in Maryville for a few minutes, we took Alcoa Highway back to Knoxville and back home.
We got back to our home at 6:45pm and our total ride was 256 miles.
Here’s the ride video wrap up:
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