DAY RIDE TO ROCK CITY

Let's ride!

Let’s ride!

On Wednesday, September 2nd, we took a Day Ride to Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Georgia just south of Chattanooga.

When we prepared to leave our home in North Knoxville at 10am, it was warm with the temperature predicted to rise into the mid 90’s. The skies were partly cloudy and the day was perfect for a motorcycle ride!

Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:

We rode north on Clinton Highway over to Oak Ridge Highway. We rode into Oak Ridge, took 95 to Kingston, then continued on 58 south. We stopped at the Citgo store along 58 to fuel up and eat a light snack.

We got back on 58 south riding through Ten Mile, then stopped briefly in Decatur.

In Meigs County right across from the courthouse.

In Decatur right across from the Meigs County courthouse.

We continued on 58 through Georgetown and finally into Harrison (a suburb of Chattanooga). In Harrison, we rode north on 153, then took 319 into downtown Chattanooga. We rode south into Georgia.

We arrived at Rock City and parked.

We arrived at Rock City and parked.

The entrance to Rock City.

The entrance to Rock City.

We got to Rock City around 1:30pm after riding 135 miles. First we paid for our Rock City entrance tickets, then we ate lunch.

The Big Rock restaurant is right at the entrance to Rock City.

The Big Rock Grill inside Rock City.

The hamburgers were fresh and the staff was very friendly.

The hamburgers were fresh and the staff was very friendly.

After lunch we were ready to start our Rock City tour.

We got our photo taken as we entered the garden.

We got our photo taken as we entered the garden.

We began walking through the garden.

We began walking through the garden.

The paths are nicely laid out.

The paths are nicely laid out.

The rock formations are stunning!

The rock formations are stunning!

Amazing the amount of work put into these structures.

Amazing the amount of work put into these structures.

Lots to see.

Lots to see.

Very peaceful too.

Very peaceful too.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

Getting ready to cross the swinging bridge....

Getting ready to cross the swinging bridge….

View from the bridge.

View from the bridge.

There's Lovers Leap!

There’s Lovers Leap!

View from the Overlook.

View from the Overlook.

Jeff explores the Overlook.

Jeff explores the Overlook.

Don't look down Jeff!

Don’t look down Jeff!

Pamo relaxes in the patio rocking chairs.

Pamo relaxes in the patio rocking chairs.

Rock City Gardens has tons of photo opportunities!

Rock City Gardens has tons of photo opportunities!

More exploring.

More exploring.

Fat Man's Squeeze!

This formation is called ‘Fat Man Squeeze’!

Deer in Rock City.

Deer in Rock City.

Still exploring.

Still exploring.

Look at that rock!

Look at that rock!

That's me, Pamo, out on the ledge.

That’s me, Pamo, out on the ledge.

Rock City is a unique combination of nature and man made formations.

Rock City is a unique combination of natural and man made formations.

Heading into Fairyland.

Heading into Fairyland Caverns.

One of the many dioramas inside Fairyland Caverns.

One of the many dioramas inside Fairyland Caverns.

Inside Mother Goose Village you can see the cow jumping over the moon!

Inside Mother Goose Village you can see the cow jumping over the moon!

Many beautiful plants are displayed at Rock City too.

Many beautiful plants are displayed at Rock City too.

We ended our visit with a trip to the Fudge Shoppe.

We ended our visit with a trip to the Fudge Kitchen.

Fudge... YUM!

Fudge… YUM!

After eating fudge, it was time to get back on the bikes.

We rode back into Chattanooga, rode north on I-24, then took E. Brainard Road which took us out into the country and finally into Cleveland.

From Cleveland we took 64/74 east, stopped for gas, then road to 411 north. We stopped briefly in Benton for a couple of photos.

Polk County courthouse in Benton, TN.

Polk County courthouse in Benton, TN.

Historic buildings in downtown Benton.

Historic buildings in downtown Benton.

We then continued on 411 north through Etowah and Englewood, then stopped in Madisonville for a light dinner.

From Madisonville we continued north on 411 to Maryville and then back to downtown Knoxville. We stopped for a minute just a few miles from home.

Jeff takes in the city view.

Jeff takes in the city view.

Looking down toward working factories.

Looking down toward working factories.

Downtown buildings in the distance.

Downtown buildings in the distance.

We saddled back up and got home at 8:30pm. Our total ride was 268 miles. Rock City is a terrific Day Ride! We wrap up our day in this short video:

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