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Old 10-05-2010, 09:55 PM   #108
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Sunday morning leaving the Iron Horse

It was looking like it would be another great day weatherwise...

I took a different way to Andrews to meet the boys, a rapid on Old River Rd.

...and a very old looking pipeline...

Soon we would be heading up 129 but we were also heading up into the clouds.

Shortly after passing this dam at the bottom of the climb to Deals Gap I met a familiar looking yellow GS.

Sure enough It was Chris Land! He recognized my bike and came back up the hill.

It was good to see Chris had been since WestFest when we rode out to explore a ghost town in Montana this past July. CLICK HERE for some pics from that ride.

The pilgrims arrive at motorcycle mecca!!

...maybe the light is better from the other side....

The Tree of Shame.....riders come from all over the world to sacrifice parts of their bikes to this road, something we hope to avoid.

It actually wasn't too crowded for a Sunday morning.

Don't let the Dragon's Tail put the squeeze on you!

Well I guess this is what we came here for....and of course the T-shirts.

Wave back to the rider known on some forums as hondapotomus.

Now if I can chase him down!

I decided to take some pics of zeefoto.....these photogs sit here all day taking pics of riders, I figure somebody should return the favor.

I don't think that this old guy has discovered that Al Gore invented the internet screen name.

We were in a foggy mist up at the Calderwood overlook.

Now you have to admit...that's one handsome bunch right there!

Leaving the infamous 11 miles we got behind a group that I had met at the IH the night before....

...we decided to loop around to Tellico Plains by riding up to 72 then down 360....the weather was starting to look a little iffy.

The crowds were non-exsistant on the Tn side.

Once in Tellico Plains we found them at mini-mike's place, Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters.

Stay tuned to see what happened after lunch.
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