On Wednesday, September 14th, we took a Day Ride. Our destination was the Pinnacle at the Cumberland Gap National Park.
Pam kicks off the day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville at 10:15am. It was already warm with temps forecast to be in the mid 90’s.
We rode north on Clinton Highway and stopped to fuel up and have a quick snack. We then continued into Clinton, then on to Rocky Top, Caryville and into Lafollette.
In Lafollette we took 25W- a beautiful road that runs up the mountains into Jellico.
In Jellico we stayed on 25 north right into Kentucky and on into Williamsburg. In Williamsburg we took 92 east into Pineville, Kentucky.
From Pineville, we rode south on 25E into Middlesboro, and then onto the Cumberland Gap National Park.
After spending some time inside the visitor center, we began the four mile ascent to the Pinnacle.
The ride up to the Pinnacle is quite extreme- straight up the mountain with some fairly tight switch backs, which ends at a large, nice level parking lot.
The Pinnacle Overlook is pretty awesome with some spectacular views over Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. It’s located just above the 25E Tunnel.
After spending some time on the Overlook, we started back down toward the parking lot, stopping to look at the point where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia intersect.
After spending time at the Overlook, we rode back down to Middlesboro and stopped at the Dairy Queen.
After cooling off with some ice cream, we rode south on 25E and through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.
In Tazewell, we got on 33 south. 33 took us just north of Maynardville where we took 170 back to 33, and on into Knoxville.
We arrived home at 6:30pm and our total ride was 197.6 miles.
Jeff wraps up the day in this video:
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