This is a cross post from the Happy Bike Facebook page. Shoot me your top 10!
While out on the road bike recently, I drew some inspiration, drum roll please....
10) Fences may make good neighbors, but they make terrible dog containment structures.
9) If you see anything that resembles a farm, turn it to 11 and get outta there. There is a dog bred to chase things on the property...see #10.
8) Big trucks make loud noises, that's good, you can hear them coming from much further away then the sneaky electric ones.
7) It's hilly
6) If you really intend to explore, bring a topo or relief map, just 'cause it's the most direct way home doesn't mean it's the fastest and definitely not the easiest...see #7.
5) Careful of any road that is quite narrow, vehicles like to go the fastest there regardless of signs, not quite sure why, but it's true.
4) If you see a goat within ear shot, holler really loud. It's quite possible it's one of the elusive Tennessee fainting goats and it'll fall over stiff.
3) There is plenty of hidden singletrack around, see if you can find a way to get the road bike dirty, it's a blast and instant shade for bonus points in the summer.
2) If you get chased by a pack of rogue dogs in a tight valley affectionately known as "Dog Alley" careful of the friend who is carrying the pepper spray. Wind and pepper spray don't mix!
1) You will find beautiful scenery, great roads to explore, and loads of great folks who are respectful of cyclists.
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.