DAY RIDE TO CHEROHALA SKYWAY

Jeff is ready to ride.

Jeff is ready to ride.

On Wednesday, October 26th, we took a day ride. Our destination was the Cherohala Skyway to see the beautiful fall colors.

Jeff kicks off the day in this short video:

It was cool when we left our home in North Knoxville at 10:00am, around 45 degrees, but the skies were clear blue and it was forecast to get into the mid 70’s.

We rode south on Alcoa Highway to Maryville, then got on 411 riding to Vonore.

Heading toward Vonore on 411.

Heading toward Vonore on 411.

Once in Vonore, we stopped to fuel up and eat a light snack. In Vonore, we took 360 south to Tellico Plains.

View from bridge off 360 just outside Tellico Plains.

View from bridge off 360 just outside Tellico Plains.

From Tellico Plains, we began our ascent up the Cherohala Skyway. We stopped several times along the Skyway to view the beautiful colors.

Parking area at one of the first overlooks that we stopped at.

Parking area at one of the first overlooks that we stopped at.

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The view from the overlook is spectacular!

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It’s beautiful every way you look.

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At another overlook, there was a nice bench from which to observe the view.

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Yep- it’s a great view!

After riding the entire Skyway, we rode into Robbinsville, NC and headed into downtown.

The courthouse in downtown Robbinsville.

The courthouse in downtown Robbinsville.

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We stopped to eat at Lynn’s Place for lunch. It’s right across from the courthouse in downtown Robbinsville.

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Inside Lynn’s Restaurant.

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A yummy grilled chicken sandwich!

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And a yummy mushroom burger!

The folks at Lynn’s were friendly and the food was great! This is a great stop next time you ride the Skyway.

From Robbinsville, we rode north on 129 heading toward the Dragon’s Tail. We stopped to view the water along the way.

We traveled down this way on 129.

We traveled down this way on 129.

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We stopped on the bridge to look at the water.

Looking across the bridge from where we parked.

Looking across the bridge from where we parked.

We're heading that way on 129.

We’re heading that way on 129.

We eventually made it to the start of the Dragon’s Tail. We stopped to look at the Cheoah Dam right before reaching Deal’s Gap. This was the dam used as a film location for the 1993 movie, ‘The Fugitive’.

Dam on 129.

Cheoah Dam on 129.

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Another view of the dam.

View of the way we just traveled on the Dragon's Tail.

View of the way we just traveled on the Dragon’s Tail.

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Riding down the Dragon’s Tail.

 

We rode down the Dragon and into Tallassee. We then took 336 to 411 and back into Maryville. From Maryville we took Alcoa Highway back to Knoxville.

We got home at 5:30pm and our total mileage was 197 miles.

Jeff and half of the greeting committee.

Jeff and half of the greeting committee.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

View from Cherohala Skyway.

View from Cherohala Skyway.

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