The speed limit from the north end at Highway 100 in Nashville to Highway 46 at Leipers Fork (about 13 miles) is 40mph. At Highway 46 it changes to 50 and stays that way for a long distance. I've been down it to Tupelo, MS and I think it stays at 50mph at least that far.
The rangers are pretty forgiving but 50mph means 50mph. Hit a ranger on a bad day and you might get a ticket. I understand they are pretty expensive as well (in the $250 range) since it's a federal highway, federal rangers, and a federal offense. I had one just flash his lights and shake his finger at me one day and I was doing 60 in the 40 zone. I think I was just lucky that time though.
I've talked to the rangers on a number of occasions. They are very nice guys, and aren't trying to make problems for people. On the other hand they aren't willing to take a lot of crap either. They can and will give tickets, but act decent and so will they.
The other big thing is bicycles. The place is infested with them and while most of them ride properly there are a bunch that appear to be brain dead. The posted rules for the NTP are that bicycles are to ride single file. Period. I've come around curves and found them 4 wide in front of me blocking a lane and a half. I came around a semi-blind curve a month or so ago (decent visibility but I couldn't see all the way around it) and there was a gaggle of 30 or 40 of them with several cars backed up behind them coming straight at me. There was barely enough room for me to squeeze by right on the edge of my lane! Watch out for them. They are NUTS!
Scott Craig - Nashville, TN
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