Friday, 8 Jun 2007
Athens, TN to Chattanooga, TN
51.6 miles, 4h02m, 12.7 mph
Elapsed Time: 4h56m, Max speed: 32.5mph
Total Climbing: 1691ft, Max elevation: 933ft
Total mileage: 862.0
There was nothing special to see today. This ride was all about
connecting the dots. One dot being in Washington, DC and the other dot
being in Chattanooga. I had routes that would take me through the
Tennessee countryside, but I eschewed them and adopted a git-r-done
So I just got on US11 and headed south. Sometimes the road had no
shoulder, sometimes it had a big shoulder, but it almost always had
plenty of traffic. There are two kinds of roads in Tennessee: busy
roads, and roads with no traffic at all. The roads with no traffic
don't go anywhere. Since I was going somewhere, I had to ride with the
I got off US11 in Cleveland because it was too dangerous. But then I
spent quite a bit of time trying to work my way through town, and there
was almost as much traffic on the side streets (at least on the ones
that went anywhere). At one point I found a bike path that seemed to
head in the right direction, but...
...it went nowhere.
Eventually I got out of Cleveland and back on US11. That took me to the
Chattanooga city limits at the unpronounceable crossroads of Ooltewah.
Linda and I ate lunch there at a Subway. From there it was a meandering
ride through a residential neighborhood on a busy back road and finally
to the Marriott at Hamilton Place, which is a big mall area.
After checking in, we loaded the gear in the car and headed to the post
office. We boxed up most of my gear and sent it away. Then we headed
downtown to Suck Creek Cycle (http://www.suckcreek.com/)
we dumped the
bike for shipment back to the Bike Doctor Annapolis http://www.bikedoctor.com/annapolis.htm).
The ceremonial finish photo at the Marriott parking lot.
The rest of today is for rest. Tomorrow we tour Chattanooga. Where's
the choo-choo at? Woo-hoo!
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