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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

The Vinegar Pie Ride

Hello everyone, Hope you are out and about riding your bikes and enjoying the spring weather. If you are riding in the cage please look twice, you could save a life and if you are lucking enough to be riding a motorcycle always watch out for those folks around you who may not hear or see us coming.

The Vinegar Pie Ride (about 155 miles round trip) This ride from Johnson City to Clinch Mountain is sweeter than it sounds—just like the Lookout Restaurant’s vinegar pie, which you can try during your ride. Ride on the trails blazed by Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, and journey through some of East Tennessee’s oldest communities. If the vinegar pie leaves you hungry, don’t worry—you can feast your eyes on a panoramic view of Cherokee Lake and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains!

A number of years ago, some Great Lakes Road Riders (GLRR) folks and Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) folks would take an annual "Guys Ride" from Michigan to the Tennessee and North Carolina border region to ride the routes around there, such as the Tail of the Dragon, the Cheroholla Skyway, and so on. Anyhow, during our departure ride from Michigan to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which was the location of their hotel "base camp," they would stop at the Clinch Mountain Restaurant and Lodge in Thorn Hill, Tennessee. The Clinch Mountain Restaurant, which was just a small mom and pop restaurant, was known for their vinegar pie, which tastes awesome! Apparently, during the Depression era, lemons were hard to come by, so when people would make lemon pie, they would somehow substitute the lemons with vinegar. Vinegar pie. The annual "Guys Ride." Ripping through the Tail of the Dragon. Cruising the Cheroholla Skyway. VIsiting the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum.

Now for the route you will take:

Turn right at light 11E S 250, ft. Turn right on I-26 W/ US 23 N, 3 mi. Turn right on Exit 17. Turn left on TN 354 S / Boones Creek Rd., 6.2 mi. Turn right on US 11E S, 50.8 mi. Turn right on US 25E N, 16 mi. Turn left on Lookout Mountain Rd. / Old Mountain Rd. Turn right on Clinch Mountain Restaurant. “Home Of Vinegar Pie”. Turn right on US 25E S, 0.1 mi. Turn right on Veterans Memorial Lookout. Turn right on US 25E S, 7.1 mi. Turn right on US 11W N/Rogersville exit, 42.5 mi. Turn right on Netherland Inn Rd., 2 mi. Turn right on Ridgefields Rd., 0.1 mi. Turn left on Riverport Rd., 2.5 mi. Turn left on Exit to S Wilcox Dr. Turn right on Wilcox Dr., 1.7 mi. Turn left on TN 93 N, 2.6 m. Turn right on TN 36 S, 14.5 mi

Things you might enjoy along your ride:

1. The Lollipop Shop - Visit yesteryear today in an old-fashioned candy store

2. Main Street Café & Catering - Great, fresh food since 1982

3. Andrew Johnson Birthplace - Learn more about our 17th president

4. Clinch Mountain Lookout Restaurant - Try a slice of the classic vinegar pie

5. Cherokee Lake - Stretch your legs and cool off with a swim

6. Riverfront Seafood Restaurant - Enjoy delicious food along the beautiful riverfront

7. Historic Netherland Inn - Soak up some history

8. Fort Patrick Henry Dam - Enjoy the impressive structure and watch the water flow

9. Gray Fossil Site - Take a prehistoric adventure

10. Jonesborough Repertory Theater - Have an evening out at the theater

11. Amis Mill Eatery - Refuel with something tasty

A Side Note For Pam:

One day when talking with Pam she told me that when folks say someone has a green thumb they are saying that person can grow anything (as we all believe) but where the term green thumb really comes from is when someone uses their thumb to sucker vegetable plants or to use their thumb to pinch leaves off plants.

Useless Facts:

1. The oldest known soup recipe dates back to 6,000 B.C. Among the ingredients? Hippopotamus and sparrow meat.

2. Due to their high oil content and lower water content, pistachios are prone to self-heating. In fact, if transported in large groups, they can spontaneously combust!

3.. Nectarine means, “as sweet as nectar.”

4. Raspberries are a member of the rose family.

5. In the 14th century, the Aztecs and the Mayans used chocolate as currency.

6. In the Middle Ages, black pepper was considered a luxury. It was even used to pay rent and taxes on occasion.

7. In 1965, astronaut John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich into space for a six-hour mission. Spoiler alert? The sammie didn’t do well in the zero-gravity environment

8. Neptune orbits the sun once every 165 years.

9. Dark Matter accounts for over 85 percent of the universe.

10. If the moon dropped out of the sky tomorrow, it would influence our oceans, the weather, Earth’s axis, and even the length of our days.

11. Fruit flies were the first living creatures sent into space.

12.. Space .is completely, totally, and utterly silent.

13. No one knows just how many stars are in space.

14.A NASA spacesuit costs a cool $12,000,000.

15. The footprints made on the moon will be there for 100 million years.

Local Events:

1. 2nd Annual Veteran Flea Market/Swap Meet May 21st – 9am to 2pm Greenville TN VFW Post 1990


1. The Crater Rally May 12th -15th Somerville TX

2. Myrtle Beach Bike Week May 13th – 22nd

3. Aspen Cash Motorcycle Rally May 19th – 22nd Ruidoso New Mexico

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

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

6. 33rd Annual True Sons Pow Wow June 3rd & 4th

7. 8th Annual Snake Pit Bike Rally June 10th to June 12th Shady Valley TN


On May 21st B.A.C.A. Nationwide have a 100 mile ride so hook up with the chapter near you

1. B.A.C.A 100-mile ride Redding CA May 21st

2. B.A.C.A 100-mile ride Monticello IN May 21st

3. B.A.C.A. 100-mile ride Shasta County May 21st

4. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride May 22nd at Stateline Motorsports

5. 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 Monday


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