Take US-25 to meandering TN-90, which goes back into Kentucky to become State Hwy 74. Here, it tilts upward -- never too steeply, fortunately -- for five miles. Just shy of Kentucky Ridge State Forest, the road begins heading down into the Cumberland Gap. It generally trends downhill for the next 10 miles into Middlesboro. Walk your bike through the tunnel there, then retrace my route and suffer through about 30 miles more or less on the shoulder of US-25. End up at Bean Station, at the Budget Inn.

Starts in: Jellico, Tennessee, US
Distance: 76.6 mi
Elevation: +6550 / -6355 ft

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