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  • Riding 'Round Chilhowee Mountain in East Tennessee Published 12/2/2009 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments

    If you’ve ever traveled through Seymour on Chapman Highway you’ve seen the main destination for this ride, the top of Chilhowee Mountain. Commonly referred to as Bluff Mountain, this is the big mountain you are looking at when you sit ...

  • Admiring the Blue Ridge Parkway Published 10/22/2009 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    The bike I just picked up, a used Ducati Multistrada, is designed for rides like this—a little bit of everything, but with lots of curves. I figured by the end of this day I would definitely be in tune with ...

  • Non-Poisonous Snakes Published 9/22/2009 at 4:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Want to ride miles of tasty curves on a weekend without being hounded by impatient sport bikes, and still be close enough to civilization to have amenities nearby, including a motorcycle-welcoming country store? Despite the venomous name, The Snake might ...

  • Traveling Back in Time to Rugby Published 8/27/2009 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments

    East Tennessee is an absolutely great place for a motorcycle rider to live. Pick any direction you want, and within about 30 minutes you’re getting into some prime motorcycle-friendly asphalt. This month I picked a different direction and headed north ...

  • Lost in Grainger County Published 7/17/2009 at 1:15 p.m. 0 comments

    One of my favorite head-clearing early morning rides is to head into Grainger County and get lost on some of the narrow roads on either side of Highway 11W. Traffic is nonexistent, the countryside is gorgeous, the roads are not ...

  • Down Into The Devil’s Triangle Published 6/29/2009 at 9:58 a.m. 0 comments

    Depending on where you live, this is another ride that can easily be done in an afternoon or morning. Despite being relatively close to Knoxville, this is one of the most remote rides you can tackle. It’s also one of ...

  • Hot Springs on a Hot Day Published 5/27/2009 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments

    After a hot ride in black leather on a moist, muggy day there’s nothing I like more than a soak in natural-spring-fed hot tub. Well, maybe on a cool day in the spring or fall. But even in warm weather ...

  • Foothills Parkway Loop Published 4/24/2009 at 4:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Some weekend after you’ve gotten your Honey-do list taken care of, and you’re looking for an interesting after-lunch ride, keep this one in mind. It has some spectacular views of the mountains, quite a few miles along lakes and rivers, ...

  • The Road to Reliance Published 3/23/2009 at 4:06 p.m. 0 comments

    I hope Knoxville riders know how good we have it. My friends in D.C., Chicago, and Philadelphia lament that they have to slog through hours of urban and suburban sprawl just to get to half-decent riding. Even from the heart ...

  • Clearing the Salt to Crab Orchard Published 3/12/2009 at 4:13 p.m. 0 comments

    After two weeks of snow, ice, and temperatures in the teens, I was beginning to worry about getting in the next ride. If it came down to me riding on a 20-degree day, the next Backroads article was going to ...

  • Riding Through the Land of Kenny Chesney Published 2/19/2009 at 3:03 p.m. 0 comments

    On the Saturday after Christmas, we were looking for a three- to four-hour ride that would take us through some rural countryside and let us enjoy the unusually warm late December day. This route starts on Washington Pike and follows ...

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