The Cotaco Backroads Backwards Metric is 61 miles, with one long climb and several long hills, most of them in the first half. Otherwise the route is rolling, with mostly good pavement and rest stops at 24, 34 and 44 miles. 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 1.3  South on Cotaco-Florette Road x
L 0.1  on Guyer Cove Road x
R 0.4  on Dotson Road x
S 2.2  on Fowler Cove Road x
SL 0.2  on Fowler Road x
SL 2.1  on West Point Road (begin climb) x
R 0.8  to stay on West Point Road x
R 3.6  on Morrow Mountain Road x
L 0.5  on Pines Road at "T" x
R 1.5  on Forman Bottoms Road (rough) x
R 0.6  on Apple Grove Road x
R 2.6  on Center Grove Road x
L 0.5  on AL-67 at "T" x
R 0.3  on Gum Pond Road x
R 2.3  on Lawrence Cove Road x
L 5.5  to stay on Lawrence Cove Road x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on right,
 next rest stop in 10 miles
S 100'  West on Lawrence Cove Road x
SL 3.5  on Gandys Cove Road x
R 0.4  on Nat Key Road at "T" x
R 3.2  on Key Turney Road x
R 2.6  on Wilson Mountain Road at "T" x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store across Eva
 Road, next rest stop in 9 miles
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
L 1.0  North on Eva Road
 (right from store)
L 3.8  on 6 Mile Creek Road (dogs) x
S 0.8  on 6 Mile Road x
L 1.7  on S Old 6 Mile Road x
L 0.1  on AL-36 at "T" x
R 1.4  on Old 6 Mile Road x
R 0.6  on Cut-Off Road x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store in Somerville
 17 miles to the finish
S 0.2  North on Main Street x
R 4.1  on Broad Street /
 Center Springs Road
L 0.1  on E Upper River Road x
R 2.8  on Charest Road x
R 2.2  on Sharp Ford Road x
RL 4.2  across Upper River Road onto
 Antioch Road
L 1.6  on Herman Bailey Road (no sign) x
L 0.2  on AL-36 x
R 0.9  on Red Oak Road x
L 0.9  on Cotaco-Florette Road at "T" x
S 0.2  onto Cotaco School Road x

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