On Wednesday, July 22, we took a Day Ride. Our destination was to ride to Asheville, North Carolina and then ride back to Cherokee on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Jeff kicks off our day in this video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10am. It was a beautiful warm sunny day.
We rode south on Chapman Highway which took us into Sevierville and on through Chestnut Hill and then into Newport. We stopped in Newport at 11:30am for fuel and a quick snack.
In Newport we took 25/70 east through Del Rio.
From Del Rio, we continued on 25/70 into Hot Springs, NC.
From Hot Springs, we continued on 25/70 toward Asheville.
From 25/70 we took 251 south – a beautiful road which runs along the French Broad River.
251 took us into Asheville. We arrived around 1:30pm, our journey not even half done, and we didn’t have a chance to walk around. We rode through downtown without stopping. Asheville was alive with students, tourists, and a multitude of shops, museums, bars and restaurants.
After riding and gawking through downtown Asheville, we took 240 east to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Within a half hour from Asheville, we were at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. We needed to find out about gas stops along the way.
The interior of the Visitor Center is set up like a museum. Restrooms are available and the staff helps visitors plan their travel.
From the Visitor Center, we headed south. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a stunning road with a maximum speed of 45 mph. Often cars travel even slower to take in the views.
By the time we took the above photos, it was 2:30pm and we were hungry.
After reveling in the views, we got back on the Parkway and took the exit to Waynesville, NC for fuel. From the exit, we traveled about five miles into Waynesville, fueled up, then rode back to the Parkway.
The Waterrock Knob is also a Visitor Center with primitive restrooms.
The Parkway ended at Cherokee. From Cherokee, we took 441 up and over the Smoky Mountains.
We took the Gatlinburg bypass and stopped in Pigeon Forge to eat at McDonald’s.
After a burger and a rest, we continued on our ride, down Chapman Highway, and into Knoxville.
We got back home at 9:15pm and our total ride was 301 miles.
We wrap up the day in this video:
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