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Offline recumbentgerry

Touring TN.
« on: February 07, 2016, 11:40:30 pm »
 Has anyone tried riding across the state of TN. leaving Memphis and using hwy.64 to Chattanooga. The hwy. has wide shoulders and seems like a safe route. I am open to any pros or cons or advise.

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Touring TN.
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2016, 10:14:47 am »
Not an answer to your question.  But I rode BRAT, Bike Ride Across Tennessee, a number of years ago.  I think BRAT was its official name.  Pleasant week of riding sometime in the summer months.  Cycling in Tennessee seems to be OK.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Touring TN.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2016, 01:34:53 am »
Most of 64 has been widened, I think.  There might be a few stretches where the shoulders aren't all there, or clean, but that's always a risk you take.  Last time I was up there, the section around Fayetteville still had some 2-lane, but they may have finished it by now.

Going over the south end of the Cumberland Plateau will be a problem, since 64 merges with I-24 from Decherd up the mountain, and coming down from Monteagle.  Double-plus ungood.  Take 41 to Sewanee, instead.  East of Winchester it's 2-3 lanes up the mountain to Sewanee, then I think it's still two lanes to Monteagle. 

You could take 41 down to Jasper, then over the "new blue bridge" to Haletown.  I'd recommend, instead, taking the TN 156 back road from Sewanee down to South Pittsburgh.  You could get on the racetrack-without-shoulders from South Pittsburgh to Kimball, after you get to Jasper the traffic approaches sane across the river.  Instead, cross the Tennessee River on the bridge in South Pittsburgh and go up past Nickjack on 156 to Haletown. 

From there you can take 41/64 up to Wauhatchie, or (better) cut south and climb the hill up to Wildwood, GA, and then follow 11 and Wauhatchie Pike towards Browns Ferry Rd, where you'll follow 64/41/11 over the foot of Lookout Mountain into Chattanooga.