Exquisite day to ride … sunny, not too hot, little wind, no traffic. Just doesn’t get any better. 🙂
I’ve done portions of this ride as an out-and-back, but decided to find a way to make it into a loop. Map My Ride proved to be a very useful tool. There are limited road crossings over both the river and dealing with the interstate (I-75), but managed to plot a wonderful, low-traffic and picturesque loop. It touches three counties – starting with Bradley (home), Meigs, and finally McMinn and back into Bradley. A few hills to make things interesting, but nothing epic. Otherwise you’ll get lovely gently rolling and smoothly paved rural roads, with a few scenic water crossings.
Two interesting country stores along the way – throw-backs to the rural grocery & bait shop days. The few miles by main road (Hwy 58, Co. Rte. 163 into Calhoun) all have ample, clean and very bikeable wide shoulders. Literally an entire lane-width of debris-free pavement to keep out of the way of vehicles.
A great distance for a lovely spring or autumn day. Just doesn’t get much better…
Here’s the link to the mapped route :