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GQkudzu in Kentucky is doing 36 things including…

ride a bike around Cades Cove.

5 cheers


GQkudzu has written 4 entries about this goal


I guess with the government shut-down, the road around Cades Cove is closed to traffic all day everyday. Is it also closed to cyclists? Is there anyone there to keep them out?

Well, maybe in the spring

I regret that I didn’t grab a Saturday or Wednesday when the weather was nice and just do this. Now, I’ll have to wait the winter out.

I should've done this Saturday

It didn’t even cross my mind until it was too late, but yesterday would’ve been a perfect day to get up before dawn, drive down to Cades Cove, pedal the loop and get back home. The weather was perfect, and I didn’t have anything terribly pressing to do but yardwork. I missed a good opportunity, but I’ll catch it next time.

A unique spot

The Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park has long been a favorite of mine. The 11-mile, one-way loop road around the old Appalachian farmland, homesteads and churches is closed to vehicular traffic until late morning on Saturdays to give cyclists a chance. I’m putting it on my list.

GQkudzu has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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