DAY RIDE – HUNTSVILLE LOOP

Our ride begins at Biker Rags.

Our ride begins at Biker Rags.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, we took a Day Ride. Our mission – to ride our planned route for the Jeff and Pamo Fun Run coming up on Saturday, April 30th.

Jeff kicks off the day in this short video:

Our Fun Runs are when we invite everyone to come for a ride from Biker Rags. We have pizza and drinks before the ride and make a fun day of it.

We always like to pre-plan our Fun Runs mostly to check out the mileage for gas stops and to see if there are any unusual road or construction projects going on.

Today we left our home around 10:30am and rode to Biker Rags to begin the run.

Silas is manning the store today. Hi Silas!

Silas is manning the store today. Hi Silas!

We left Biker Rags around 11:15am – took Pellissippi Parkway to Edgemoor.

Here we are on Edgemoor nearing the turn off to Melton Lake Drive.

Here we are on Edgemoor nearing the turn off to Melton Lake Drive.

View of river below the stacks.

View of river below the stacks.

From Edgemore,we traveled down Melton Lake Drive to 62. 62 took us into Oliver Springs.

On 62 at Oliver Springs.

On 62 at Oliver Springs.

Looking down at Oliver Springs from the bridge.

Looking down at Oliver Springs from the bridge.

We then continued on to Wartburg where we stopped to check our mileage and fill our tanks.

We fueled up at the 27 Quick Stop in Wartburg.

We fueled up at the 27 Quick Stop in Wartburg.

From Wartburg we continued north on 62 through Sunbright.

Here we are in Sunbright enjoying a public park.

Here we are in Sunbright enjoying a public park.

Jeff talks about our ride so far:

Hi Jeff!

Hi Jeff!

We then continued on to Elgin. Just a few miles north of Elgin at about 62 miles into the ride is a nice gas station with a large parking lot and restrooms. This will be our first stop on our Fun Run.

We continued on 62 into Huntsville and took 63 through Huntsville.

This is 63 just leaving the town of Huntsville.

This is 63 just leaving the town of Huntsville.

And this is 63, the way we are heading.

And this is 63, the way we are heading.

A little further down 63, almost to Old 63 which is our next turn.

A little further down 63, almost to Old 63 which is our next turn.

From 63 we took Old 63, an old two lane road that used to be the only way to Huntsville before the interstate.

Traveling down Old 63.

Traveling down Old 63.

Old 63 is rather isolated even though it runs parallel to I-75.

Old 63 is rather isolated even though it runs parallel to I-75.

Now Old 63 is mostly a logging road.

Now Old 63 is mostly a logging road.

Hi Pamo!

Hi Pamo!

Old 63 took us into Caryville where we rode south on 25W to Rocky Top where we determined the Weigel’s will be our second rest stop at about 115 miles into the run.

From Rocky Top we took Norris Freeway over Norris Dam.

View of Norris Dam from the Overlook.

View of Norris Dam from the Overlook.

View below the dam.

View below the dam.

After riding over Norris Dam, we headed south back into Knox County where we took Raccoon Valley heading toward Clinton Highway.

Norris Freeway leads us to Raccoon Valley Road.

Norris Freeway leads us to Raccoon Valley Road.

From Clinton Highway, we took Edgemoor back to Pellissippi Parkway and back to Biker Rags.

Our total route for the Fun Run is right at 150 miles and it is scheduled for Saturday April 30th. We leave Biker Rags at 1:00pm. We hope you can join us!

After today’s ride we rode downtown to Market Square.

Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

We had a late lunch at the Tomato Head.

We had a late lunch at the Tomato Head.

We had the fabulous fresh salad.

We had the fabulous fresh salad.

And Tomato Head's delicious pizza!

And Tomato Head’s delicious pizza!

Best pizza in town!

Best pizza in town!

After eating we headed back home.

After eating we headed back home.

And once again, our greeting committee makes us glad to be home.

And once again, our greeting committee makes us glad to be home.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

About Pam Huggins

I love to hang out with my family, ride motorcycles, and draw comics.
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