Concord, NC to Mooresville, NC

This 27 mile road isn't very scenic. It's congested and busy for much of the way, and certainly doesn't qualify as a fun road. What does make it a must for many touring riders is revealed in the road's alias, "The Dale Trail."

It starts at the intersection of US-601 and NC-49 on the southeastern edge of Concord. The first mile or two are fairly clear of stop lights and any impediments to a nice cruise at 50 MPH. That quickly gives way to the traffic madness that is generated by a large trauma hospital at the intersection of US-29.

During the work day all of the route between the intersection of NC-73 to the northwest side of Kannapolis is slow and riders MUST be aware that distracted driving is rampant here. Be careful, or you'll end up in that trauma center. After 6 PM and on weekends it's actually a quite nice urban ride.

  
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27 Miles
.8 Hours
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The Dale Earnhardt Tribute and the Curb Motorsports Museum are clearly marked in Kannapolis. The Tribute area is about six blocks off NC-3 and the Curb Museum is right on the route. Parking is rarely a problem at either location.

After turning onto the Mooresville Road section your ride becomes very enjoyable. The scenery opens up to many large farms and if you are a sharp eyed NASCAR® fan you might see a few buildings that hold some interest. The DEI Shops and Museum are difficult to miss - it's a very large complex located about two miles before the Mooresville city limits.

Although significant in content, neither the Curb nor the Earnhardt museum is very large, allot about and hour for each visit. Use the rest of your day to cruise by the dozens of race shops scattered around town in several industrial park areas. Many of them allow visitors. Stop at the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau in Kannapolis to ensure you get the most current information and a knowledgeable steer to any specific shop, it's located on the Dale Trail, right at the intersection with I-85.

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