Rides 1 & 2 - Cades Cove

Cycling in Cades Cove starting at The Y and ending in Townsend

Ride 1 - aborted Cades Cove ride.

The heavy snow over the weekend meant that the road up to Cades Cove was closed, so my dad and I got dropped off and took our bikes up it.

There was snow in abundance so everything looked nice and the road was closed to cars, so it was very pleasant despite being freezing or so.

We saw a snow plow and a park ranger coming down the other way and gave them a slight wave which was entirely unreciprocated. Unfortunately, the ranger turned around and told us that the route was closed to bikes as well as cars, so that we wouldn't get hit by snow falling off of tree limbs. We turned around, went downhill, got very cold, left the park, remained very cold, and called in a pick up so we'd stop freezing.

Ride 2 - Cycling Cades Cove, successful this time

This time we actually made it into Cades Cove. See map here.

It was nice and scenic with the dusting of snow that remained, but still with bunches of cars, who often slowed us down. During the summer months they close Cades Cove off to cars Wednesday and Sunday mornings, in which case you'll be slowed down by people on hybrids rather than cars.

Getting over the cars though, and passing over the idea that me getting frustrated by having to slow down for cars is like cars having to slow down for me, it was a nice ride though.

Ride 3: Foothills Parkway and Tail of the Dragon

Cycling in Townsend and the Smoky Mountains

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