On Thursday, July 9, 2015 we took another Day Ride. Our destination was the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest – right off the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina.
Jeff kicks off our ride in this video:
We took off from our home at 10:15am. It was a warm beautiful day with clear blue skies.
We rode down Alcoa Highway through Maryville to 411.
We took 411 into Vonore where we stopped to fuel up. From Vonore, we took 360 south and then took Citico Road. We were heading south toward the Indian Boundary which is just off the Cherohala Skyway.
About ten miles into Citico Road, the road turned to gravel.
We felt the gravel and steep grade up the mountain was too much for our cruisers, so we turned around and headed back to 360.
Once we reached 360 we rode to Tellico Plains…
… and then onto the Cherohala Skyway.
We continued along the Cherohala Skyway into North Carolina. We rode past the Joyce Kilmer Forest Road to first go to our lunch destination…
The owners of the store were super friendly and the deli sandwiches were great. We ate our sandwiches in the nicely maintained picnic pavilion next to the store. And we fueled our bikes before continuing on our journey.
After lunch, we headed back to the Joyce Kilmer Forest Road.
We stopped at the Joyce Kilmer Campground and picnic area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn more about the history of this forest.
After visiting the campground, we rode four and a half miles up to the Maple Springs Observation Point.
After visiting the overlook, we continued on Joyce Kilmer Road which took us to 129- just south of Cheoah Dam.
We rode north on 129 to the Deals Gap Dragon Store where we stopped for a cold drink. Bikes and bikers were everywhere!
From the Dragon store we continued on 129 down the mountain to Tallassee.
After enjoying a cool treat, we took 335 into Maryville, then back on Alcoa Highway and into Knoxville.
We got home at 6:45pm and our total mileage was 220 miles. What a great ride!
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