Fortunately we had a relatively short day of riding after Elizabeth’s night of raccoon patrol.
Once we got packed up, we had a short (though hilly) ride into Kingsport, TN. Our plan was to spend a good portion of the day in town, enjoying being in a town. For us, this included eating.
Then, after the Bagel Exchange closed, we spent some time in the park next to the library.
A local had told us that our planned route out of town was a busy four lane highway and suggested an alternate route along Netherland Inn Road, a scenic two lane road. We probably would have been better off on 11W, since Netherland Inn Road was highly trafficked during rush hour, and the road had no shoulder. It was actually kind of stressful. We stopped near the final bridge to wait until traffic slowed.
We waited until after 6 pm, when it was somewhat more calm, though still busy. Then we returned to highway 11, which we’ve been riding or paralleling since our descent from Massanutten Mountain. On this section of 11W, the shoulders are ample with a designated bike lane.
After that, we only had about 10 miles to ride to a relatively cheap motel in Church Hill. We arrived, got a room, and went out for Mexican food.
Since entering Tennessee, we’ve noticed that all beverages are served in large cups. Here is a picture of a small large cup.