On Wednesday, September 16th, we took a Day Ride to Fontana Village in North Carolina just south of Deal’s Gap.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:00am. It was cool and cloudy so we both wore our light jackets with sweat shirts and our Pilot helmets.
We gassed up, then took off down Alcoa Highway to Maryville. We stayed on 129 heading for the Dragon.
After eating and watching all the bikes roll by, we proceeded south on 129 riding the Dragon.
We stopped at Deals Gap at the top of the Dragon.
After visiting for a few minutes, we took 28 south- a beautiful road that runs right along the water.
Then we stopped at the bottom of Fontana Dam for a look.
We then got back on 28 and traveled a few more miles to Fontana Village. We arrived at Fontana Village around 1:00pm and headed to the Wildwood Grill for lunch.
It is a large restaurant with a huge outside deck. We grabbed a table on the deck and enjoyed the view while we ate. The food and service were both terrific.
Then after lunch we walked across the parking lot to the Putt Putt course.
After playing mini golf, we walked down the sidewalk to a historic cabin built in the 1870’s.
Inside the cabin we read the story of the Gunter family. Then we got back on the bikes.
By this time it was 3:30pm. We headed south again on 28 just a few miles and pulled into the top side of Fontana Dam.
Of all the dam’s in this area, Fontana Dam is probably the most intimidating. You can walk to the top of the dam and look down into the inner workings of the water release system. It is quite spectacular! Put this one on your list to visit.
After visiting the dam, we got back on 28 south then took 143 west to Robbinsville. We stopped in Robbinsville to fuel up then headed to the Cherohala Parkway.
We rode into Tellico Plains then took 68 north to Madisonville. From there we rode 411 to Vonore, took 72 to Loudon, then 70 back to Knoxville and finally back home.
We left this morning at 10:00am and got back home at 7:45pm. Our total ride was 228 miles. What a great day!
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