The Cotaco Backroads Metric ride is 63 miles, rolling with long grades and three climbs. It travels on mostly good pavement thru beautiful quiet farmland, with rest stops at 17, 27 and 37 miles.

To skip the final climb and shorten the ride by 3 miles: At mile 52.4, stay on Pines Road another 1.5 miles, then Right on Pines Church Road for 2.3 miles. Return to the normal route with the slight right on Fowler Cove Road at mile 59.2.

Directions to start: This ride begins at the Cotaco School parking lot, on Cotaco School Road off of AL-36, south of the Tennessee River. Travel South from Huntsville on US-231 (Memorial Parkway) across the Tennessee River. Three miles after the bridge turn Right on AL-36 at the flashing yellow light. Travel 8.3 miles to the intersection with Cotaco School Road and Cotaco-Florette Road, at the Cotaco Grocery store. Turn Right and go 0.2 miles to the parking lot in front of the school.
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
L 0.9  South on Cotaco-Florette Road x
R 0.9  on Red Oak Road x
L 0.2  on AL-36 at "T" x
R 1.6  on Herman Bailey Road x
R 4.2  on Antioch Road (no sign) x
RL 2.2  across Upper River Road onto
 Sharp Ford Road
L 2.8  on Charest Road at "T" (no sign) x
S 0.2  across Upper River Road onto
 J Henderson Road
R 4.1  on Center Springs Road (no sign) x
L 0.2  on Main Street / Bluff City Road x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store in Somerville,
 next rest stop in 9 miles
S 0.6  continue South across AL-67 onto
 Cut Off Road
L 1.4  on Old 6 Mile Road x
L 0.1  on AL-36 at "T" (no sign) x
R 1.7  on S Old 6 Mile Road x
R 0.8  on 6 Mile Road at "T" (no sign) x
SR 1.9  on 6 Mile Creek Road x
Begin Climb 1.9  405' in 0.9 miles, 8.5% avg grade x
R 1.0  on Eva Road at "T" x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on left,
 next rest stop in 10 miles
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
R 2.6  West on Lawrence Cove Road /
 Wilson Mountain Road
L 3.2  on Key Turney Road x
L 0.4  on Nat Key Road at "T" x
L 2.6  on Gandys Cove Road x
Begin Climb 0.9  265' in 0.8 miles, 6.3% avg grade x
SR 100'  on Lawrence Cove Road x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store across Eva
 Road, 27 miles to the finish
S 5.5  East on Lawrence Cove Road x
R 2.3  to stay on Lawrence Cove Road x
L 0.3  on Gum Pond Road at "T" (no sign) x
R 0.2  on AL-67 at "T" (no sign) x
L 2.1  on Crawford Road x
L 3.5  on Apple Grove Road x
L 2.0  on Pine Ridge / Pines Road x
R 3.6  on Morrow Mountain Rd  Climb:
 410' in 0.9 miles, 8.6% avg grade
L 0.9  on West Point Road (no sign) x
L 2.1  to stay on West Point Road x
SR 0.2  on Fowler Road x
SR 2.2  on Fowler Cove Road x
S 0.4  on Dotson Road x
L 0.1  on Guyer Cove Rd at "T" (no sign) x
R 1.3  on Cotaco-Florette Road at "T" x
S 0.2  onto Cotaco School Road x

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