On Wednesday May 25, 2016- we took a Day Ride. Our destination was the Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown, Tennessee.
Jeff kicks off the day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:30am. The skies were mostly cloudy and it was cool enough for both of us to put on our textile jackets and full finger gloves.
We rode north on Broadway to Halls, where we stopped to fill our tanks and get our morning snack.
From Halls we took 131 north through Plainview, Luttrell, and Washburn.
We continued north past 25E to Thornhill and onto Treadway.
We took 31 south, a beautiful winding road that climbs Short Mountain and then back down to Mooresburg.
In Mooresburg, we took 11W to Bean Station, and then 25E heading into Morristown.
Once we reached Morristown, we headed straight toward the Crockett Tavern Museum. The Museum was easy to find. It’s just one block off 11E. (Just watch for the signs.)
When we arrived, we were greeted by Sally Bennett, the museum director, who spent about an hour giving us the tour and showing us exhibits. The entrance fee is $5.00- money well spent.
Sally was very friendly and knowledgeable. She truly made our time at the museum enjoyable and educational. To read more in depth about the Museum, check out this very informative article by CLICKING HERE.
If you want to get an up close glimpse into pioneer life and learn more about Davy Crockett, the Crockett Tavern Museum is a great place to visit. You can get more information about hours and events of the museum by CLICKING HERE.
After our museum visit, we rode into downtown Morristown and had lunch at The Jersey Girl Diner.
After lunch we walked around downtown, taking photos and enjoying the unusual second story elevated sidewalks. From the East Tennessee Vacation website is this information:
Completed in 1969, the downtown “SkyMart” was an ambitious urban renewal project that added a second overhead sidewalk to Morristown’s Main Street. They add a unique character to the Historic downtown area and serve as a fun venue for downtown’s festivals and events. Enjoy a variety of dining and shopping featuring several specialty and antique stores.
Next time you’re in Morristown, take some time to stop in and explore downtown. It’s really a lot of fun!
After exploring downtown, we got back on the bikes, then took 66 south all the way to Dandridge.
In Dandridge, we took 139 along Douglas Lake and into East Knox County. We then took Thorngrove Pike back to John Sevier Highway and then back into Knoxville.
We got back home at 5:00pm and our total ride was 147 miles. What a great day!
You can see our entire list of DAY RIDES by CLICKING HERE.