All good things must come to an end, and given that Debbie and I haven’t figured out what we’d do for employment or income in Maryville, Tennessee, Sunday would be our last day in Tennessee before heading back to Georgia.
For the Sunday ride, Matt Alexander’s idea of a “recovery ride” is apparently quite different from what I imagined and probably says more about our fitness and riding habits as it does our understanding of ride descriptions among the more elite cyclists. What Matt had teed up for the day was a ride over the Foothills Parkway. No thanks, been there and done that and we were in no shape to give that a try, even if giving up or only doing 1/2 of the ride gives you an all-downhill ride back to Townsend.
So, instead, Tim & Sharon offered up a more tandem-friendly, easy-paced ride into the Smokey National Park for a visit to Tremont, then a ride along “Eddie Roubaix” to Lover’s Lane and the dry valley that sits just across Little River from Lamar Alexander Parkway. It was a grand ride, to say the least. There were just the six of us — Tim & Sharon, Roger & Eve and yours truly plus Debbie — and no one was looking to start a hammer-fest, so it was a nice easy day on the bike, with measured effort on the climbs… of which there were several. This was by no means an “easy” ride, it was just a hard ride made easy by electing to ride it at a social pace. Some photos appear below.
The Sunday ride was as good as it gets when it comes to tandem cycling. Great ride tempo, great friends and beautiful surroundings. After we finished the ride we made plans to meet at Cycology Bicycles so that Roger & Eve could take care of a few things before we all headed to Tomato Head restaurant on Broadway St. in downtown Maryville, Tennessee. It took us a little longer to get to lunch than we planned, but since we only had a few errands to run once we were back home a late start back wasn’t a big deal. So, we “chilled” and ended up having one last get-together with Tim & Sharon and Roger & Eve at the restaurant.. in fact, it was at the very same table you see to the right of the tree in the photo above.
After lunch, it was fond farewells and then a 2.5-hour drive back home.