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Events / Re: Rally in the Other Valley Oct 25-27
« Last post by Chitza on Today at 09:55:50 AM »
Well, I thought the forecast was looking up. Only 40% chance of rain for Saturday yesterday. Now we are back up to 90%. Being without rain and winter gear, I’m not inclined to lead any rides :(
We’re still gonna be here, wrenching, cooking, eating, enjoying adult beverages and having a fire if we can get it lit. We will be here both evenings with plenty of food and drink. No time frames after 5:00pm Friday. Show up when you get ready, stay as long as you can stand. I will have some EZUPs and there’s plenty of room in the garage. Bring muck boots or a change of shoes if you want to stomp around the property. Can’t wait to see you guys!!
Events / Re: Rally in the Other Valley Oct 25-27
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on Today at 08:14:37 AM »
Planning to attend on Saturday night if at all possible. I may be able to get there earlier, but I have been a little neglectful of work this month. So I want to, but probably not going to be earlier in the day.
I will bring a cot for some floor space.
Events / Re: Vintage Festival October 3-6, 2019
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on Today at 08:03:13 AM »
Hey guys.
Sorry I have been slammed this month. Working 60 hour weeks and running every single weekend. Vintage, Moto camping, then Stone Mountain Highland Games last weekend, camping again next weekend.
I love the idea of solar, and it works on a certain scale. I’m not sure why you didn’t use the generator in the trailer? Then make sure the solar is charged for the evening, but I wasn’t there the whole time.
Anyway. Thank you to all that helped make this thing happen. Karla, John, Wayne, and Mike were awesome. All the people that came in later to man the tent and sale, sale, sale. I have some things working to help make things a little better and overall easier next year. I am excited to see what Buzz and Karla come up with on the trailer.

Then a special thanks to those that help pull off the Memorials to Springer. I had a rocky relationship with him over the years. We always remained friends though. Most people would have dropped you and moved on. It speaks to his Character that he could work problems and move on as friends. For that he holds a special place in my heart. Not to mention all the tires we ate up together.

So if you want friends like that remember. Miles make Friends. Cover miles with people. It will create a bond that is hard to break.
Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by klaviator on October 22, 2019, 08:56:20 PM »
Looks like ya'll had a great ride.  If I didn't have a wedding to go to that weekend I would probably have joined you.
Scooters / Re: Show us where you rode your scooter today.
« Last post by klaviator on October 22, 2019, 08:54:39 PM »
Rode my scooter up into Tennessee today.


Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by Nice Goat on October 21, 2019, 05:37:01 PM »
Great photos and enthusiastic writing = awesome rode report!
Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by Fencejumper09 on October 21, 2019, 10:48:15 AM »
The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile National Scenic Byway from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville

The Cherohala Skyway was completed in the fall of 1996 after planning and construction for some thirty-four years. It was North Carolina’s most expensive scenic highway carrying a price tag of $100,000,000. And if you ask me, it was worth every penny (of the NC resident's money)! It was a beautiful road with good pavement and amazing views. We did hit some traffic but nothing could dampen my spirits!

I did shoot a couple of videos and hope to get those edited up before 2025!!

We arrived in Robbinsville and turned north onto US 129, the freakin Dragon!! For those who aren't familiar (yeah right) The Dragon technically begins 16 miles to the north of Robbinsville and continues north into Tennessee. We arrived at Deal's Gap at around 12:30 central and began taking obligatory photos!

I made a small contribution to the store for some stickers and left a sticker of my own along the handrail!

As the anticipation built up we geared back up and made our way up The Tail of the Dragon!!!

It was a beautiful road with lots of tight twisties, unfortunately we did hit some traffic of both the two and four-wheeled varieties.  And of course they were generally right at the turns with photographers. I am not a fan of how any of the photos turned out since I generally only have one hand on the bars and it looks like I am out for a Sunday ride in my one piece leathers! (yeah they are as sexy as you think)

At the overlook I snagged a quick photo before heading back down!

A great run heading back into North Carolina with a little bit less traffic but still enough for bad photos (at least that is what I am blaming it on)!

We filled up with 100% gas (NOW WITH 100% MARK-UP)  at Deal's Gap and continued on to Hwy 28 (Moonshiner 28) with a quick stop at Fontana Dam

I got an update from my dad (Ed had bailed out of the trip the weekend before) and it looked like he would be able to meet us in Waynesville so we put Frog Level Brewing into our GPS and headed east on HWY 74.

We arrived to Frog Level 5 minutes before my dad and secured parking right up front. Before settling in we confirmed that in addition to libation they would provide weary travelers with sustenance and they produced a nice menu!

The beers were good and the tap handles were awesome!

The food hit the spot and was better than average. I ended up getting a pizza while the others tried the wraps and sandwiches.

Shiny head crew! ( I know karma has already started taking my flowing locks)

Somebody in our group made a comment about Birmingham while we were eating and a family walking by stopped and said "Alabama?" Turns out they were on vacation from Vestavia Hills so @Brian A told them his Canada story and we all had a good laugh! It is a small world!
Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by Fencejumper09 on October 21, 2019, 10:21:58 AM »
Quick intermission on the ride report:

As many of you know our dear friend @springer passed away on August 3, 2019. He and I had many encounters at weekly Gymkhanas, dual sport rides and other forum events. He was a solid guy and he will be missed by me and this community.

@dredman obtained some of Harvie's ashes and came up with idea to place a small portion in an urn and let him ride with those he has ridden so many miles with before.  I jumped at the chance to take him along with us on this ride so if you see this little guy in some of the pictures:

That is our man Harvie tagging along and watching over us!
Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by lazeebum on October 21, 2019, 10:08:49 AM »

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Ride Reports / Re: The Slaying of a Dragon (and other mythical beasts)
« Last post by Fencejumper09 on October 21, 2019, 10:04:18 AM »
We all arrived at Jack's around 6:30 AM to grab a quick breakfast and discuss the ride. We had a plan to get to Tellico Plains as quickly as possible with contingent routes around Chattanooga pending traffic.  I was the limiting factor when it came to gas stops as by bike can only get just over 100 miles per tank.  Fortunately we all agreed that is a good distance to stop and stretch the legs anyways.  We saddled up and hit the interstate up toward Tellico. 

The ride was uneventful besides the sunrise, it was glorious! Not necessarily the most beautiful but when looking through the visor of my helmet coupled with my anticipation for the upcoming weekend I couldn't help but smile and get all giddy inside!!

We arrived at the gas station in Tellico and decide to get a fast bite to eat at Hardees.  It was starting to get exciting as were were beginning to see a good number of other two wheeled adventurers!

We all loosened up our belts one notch after a "Hardee" meal and prepared to head for the Cherohala Skyway
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