Redbud Ride (Red Route 2013)

The Big Red Route is challenging but very scenic. The route has lots of hills but all are short. The longest hill is only 0.25 mile long. Most all of Big Red is on country roads.

At about the 25 mile point you will want to stop and snap a couple photos of the Camp Wildcat Civil War Confederate Camp Site. The 3rd weekend of October, actors reenact the Battle of Wildcat Mountain on this site.

At the 28 mile point you should stop at the Rockcastle River Trading Company. The Rockcastle River Trading Company is owned and operated by the Carloftis family, including nationally famous landscape designer John Carloftis. They are open from mid-April to mid-October.

At the 33 mile point you will pedal through the little town of Livingston. There is a small grill-type restaurant in Livingston.

At the 41 mile point you will take a left on Hwy 89 to pedal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Before turning left you may want to park your bike long enough to take a photo of the beautiful Rockcastle River from the refurbished highway 490 bridge. Hwy 89 has the feel of a bike path instead of a highway.

At the 44 mile point it is best to walk your bikes across the WPA constructed historic bridge. The boards are spaced the perfect distance apart to catch those skinny road bike tires.

At the 50 mile point you will turn right on Hwy 2002 and will soon start your toughest climb of the day. The Tussey Hill climb starts with a 0.25 mile hill. After this hill you will have 0.1 mile to catch your breath before starting up a 0.1 mile hill that looks like a vertical paved wall. After this climb you can relax and pedal gently rolling hills, a nice downhill and flat roads for the next 30 miles.

At the 61 mile point you will have the opportunity to stop at a country store/gas station (Liberty) that has great ham and cheese sandwiches or if you want a hot meal there is a roadside restaurant (Tucky’s) just 0.1 mile further. There is water available at the McWhorter Church, located at the 77 mile point of the route.

At the 87 mile point you will climb the last steep hill of the day. The hill is only 0.1 mile long but is very steep at the top. At the 100 mile point you are back in beautiful downtown London, where there are local restaurants, a bike shop and lots of other things to do. Congratulations. You made it.