General plan

General plan

Working site for TN Route network

Each section of the network will have its own blog entry with links to relevant resources. Comment boxes are for suggestions and updates that may then be incorporated into the main post. Note: Proposed Routes are listed On the right panel. You may click on these and comment as in a regular post. However, it is a good idea to send me an email a bruceeday at gmail dot com

Route over view

Overall Plan
1. Two East West Routes.
a. Knoxville to Memphis via mostly SR 62 following an approximation of the Historic Avery Trace to Nashville, then US 70 toward Memphis but detouring South to connect to US 64 at Waynesboro
b. US 64 from Murphy NC to Memphis except for a detour where US 64 is routed on I-24 for a while.

2. Six North South routes.
a. Follow the Great Valley Route From Bristol to Chattanooga. This would connect with the Northern EW route in Knoxville to give connectivity to Virginia, NC, and GA
b. Celina to Winchester where it would connect with the Ken Kifer route to Alabama
c. Franklin, KY, through Nashville to Ardmore AL
d.Adventure Cycling Great Rivers Route, Land Between the Lakes to Natchez Trace parkway, to AL
e. Adventure Cycling Underground RR, roughly parallels Tennessee River to the Trace in the Land Between the Lakes.
f. Mississippi River Trail

I wouldn't argue with another NS Route between Memphis and Savannah and altering the northern EW route to more closely follow US 70.. I just don't know enough of that region to make a suggestion.


  1. Bruce, Have you see our Bicycle Suitability Map at

  2. Yes, I guess it belongs here as a resource also. It is not particularly accurate in depicting roads I would ride on but better than a wild guess.

  3. Just a thought from one not as hardy as some riders: Let's keep in mind that this 'system' needs to encourage a greater cross-section of riders and bring new riders into the community. It cannot be just for those who ride now and understand the benefits these routes will allow all Tennesseans. Given those hopes, and addressing the uniqueness of some TN terrain, perhaps taking less straight lines and working the routes in spur-like fashion 'off-the-beaten-path' will smooth out some terrain spikes and expand the area of possible ridership in the future.