On Wednesday, August 12th, we took a Day Ride to Murphy, N.C.
It was a beautiful day with low humidity and blue skies.
Pam kicks off the day in this video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 9:30am and took Alcoa Highway to Maryville. We then rode 411 south to Greenback where we stopped to fuel up and eat a light snack.
After our stop we got back on 411 south, rode through Vonore and onto Madisonville where we took 68 south. We rode 68 almost to Tellico Plains, then took 39 to 315.
315 took us south into Reliance, a small community right on the Hiwassee River.
Jeff talks about our trip so far in this short video:
From Reliance, we took 30 west and stopped at a roadside picnic area.
After our brief stop, we took 30 west back to 411, then rode south to Benton just north of Cleveland.
In Benton we took 314 which brought us out to 64/74 right on Ocoee Lake. 64/74 is a beautiful road that runs along the Ocoee through the Cherokee National Forest.
Our next stop, right off the highway, was Centennial Olympic bridge where the 1996 canoe/kayak slalom Olympic events were held.
Here’s a short video from the bridge:
After our visit to the Ocoee, we got back on the bikes and continued on 64/74 right into North Carolina and then onto Murphy.
We rode through Murphy and on into downtown where we parked right in front of Shoe Booties Cafe at 2:15pm
The staff at Shoe Booties was really nice and the food was great! Check it out next time you’re in Murphy, N.C.
After lunch we walked about 1/2 block to the Cherokee County Museum.
Fred was very knowledgeable and friendly and made our visit interesting. Next time you are in Murphy, be sure to visit this museum!
After walking around town we got back on the bikes and traveled down Joe Brown Highway. Joe Brown Highway is a country road that took us way up into the mountains.
It was a curvy winding road with a few switchbacks.
Joe Brown Highway ends at the backside of an access road to Hiwassee Dam.
After visiting the dam, we traveled down the access road to 294 and back into Tennessee.
We took 68 north through Coker Creek and into Tellico Plains. We stopped in Tellico Plains for a quick snack.
From Tellico Plains we took 360 to Ball Play Road and into Madisonville. We then road 411 back to Maryville and 129 back to Knoxville.
We arrived home at 7:30pm (a ten hour day) and our total ride was 276 miles. What a great day!
Jeff wraps up the day in this video:
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