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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

The Mountain Ribbons Ride

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the blue skies and sunshine and keeping your knees in the breeze. Biker Wear is now open at our new location at 116 Buffalo Street downtown Johnson City. Stop by and check out the new place. We still have a few things to get done and even though we are open, we haven’t set a big grand opening date.Now your ride for this week. The Mountain Ribbons Ride (about 140 miles round trip) The highways of East Tennessee flow like ribbons through our crowning glory, the Appalachian Mountains. Prepare to have your breath taken away as you cut across the lakes, rivers, and streams of one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. Just when you think you’ve reached the pinnacle of winding roads and natural beauty, arrive at one of the greatest rides in the whole world—the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rev your engines and prepare for the next chapter of this glorious ride where you can visit the Moses Cone House, the Linn Cove Viaduct, or the various overlooks of Grandfather Mountain. Everyone should experience a drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway runs from Virginia all the way to Cherokee, North Carolina. Beautiful scenery all the way. Overlooks and amazing vistas the whole way. No big trucks are allowed on the Parkway and the speed limit is 45. Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina’s landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. This state park opens the mountains to spectacular hiking and backpacking and there is the mile-high swinging bridge. In Linville you can visit the famous Linville Falls, the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” The ride continues through the Roan Mountain State Park, another scenic ride with amazing roads and views, back to Johnson City. Roan Mountain is famous for its spectacular natural gardens of Catawba rhododendron. The peak bloom time for the sea of purple-magenta is usually mid-June, plus or minus a week depending on weather. Enjoy the blooms in two areas: a scenic hike along the Appalachian Trail from Carver's Gap or nearby the Recreation Area with an easy paved trail and picnic area.

Now for the route you will take:Turn left at light US 11E N / US 19W N, 9.3 mi. Turn right on US 19E S, 14.0 mi. Turn left on US 321 S / TN 67 E, 9.6 mi. Turn right on US 321 S, 23.7 mi. Turn right on US 321 S / US 421 S, 6.4 mi. Turn right on US 321 S, 6.5 mi. Turn right on Exit to Blue Ridge Pkwy., 0.2 mi. Turn left on S. Blue Ridge Pkwy., 14 mi. Turn right on Exit to US 221 S, 0.2 mi. Continue straight on NC 181 N, 3.4 mi. Turn right on NC 194 N, 6.0 mi. Continue straight on US 19E N, 33.1 mi. Turn left on US 11E S / US 19W S, 9.4 mi

A few things you might enjoy along your way

1. Downtown Elizabethton - Antiquing abounds, what will you discover?

2. Linville Falls - Experience the beauty of the falls

3. Grandfather Mountain - Breath in some mountain-fresh air and take in the gorgeous scenery

4. Moses Cone Memorial Park - Enjoy regional crafts and explore the beautiful grounds of an estate filled with history

5. Catawba Rhododendron - Take in spectacular views

6. Miso Teriyaki House - Get a taste of some far east flavor

7. Mid City Grill - Discover a local favorite with great, eclectic eats

Useless Facts:

1. If we ever find the end of the Pi number, according to some scientists, that’ll mean we live in the simulation.

2. Dying stars caused that space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and barbecue, according to astronauts.

3. The infinity sign has the name, and it’s lemniscate.

4. Space travel makes mice run in loops.

5. The Eiffel Tower can “grow” to 15 cm during the summer.

6. About 20% of Earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest.

7. A teaspoonful of neutron star would weigh 6 billion tons.

8. Hawaii moves 7.5cm closer to Alaska every year.

9. Life on Earth won’t exist in 2.3 billion years because it will be too hot for it.

10. Finland has the most metal bands per capita, with 53.5 metal bands per 100,000 people.

11. According to research, fans of classical music and those who love heavy metal have similar personalities.

12. The chills you get when you listen to music are caused by your brain releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes pleasure. The brain releases these same feel-good hormones during sex and eating too.

13. There’s music made especially for cats. It seems like cats develop their musical taste soon after they’re born.

14. Music, classical in particular, can help make plants grow faster, according to a 2007 study.

15. One in five country music songs refers to alcohol, one in three to tears, and one in seven to “mama”.


1. Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally May 26th – 30th New Mexico

2. Wild River Boogie Spring Bike Rally May 26– 30 Maryville TN

3. 33rd Annual True Sons Pow Wow June 3rd & 4th

4. 8th Annual Snake Pit Bike Rally June 10th to June 12th Shady Valley TN


1. The Moose Cruise June 4th Kingsport Moose Lodge

Bike Night:

1. Kingsport Moose Riders Every Wednesday

2. 19E Pit Stop Every Wednesday

3. Quaker Steak & Lube Every Thursday

4. Tulips Grub & Pub Every Friday

5. Peacemakers Bike Night 801 Boozy Creek Every 3rd Friday of each month

6. East Coast Wings Every Wednesday

7. Dog Tag Brigade Every Wednesday at Jonesborough VFW

8. The Pub Out Back Every Mond


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