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Old 05-26-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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Outerbanks, Charleston SC, the Smokies!!

Shakey Hands, Dyno and I agreed several months ago to go for a week long ride this Spring. Dyno and I had done a 4,000 km trip to James Bay last June, so we knew that we and our bikes were compatable, and we met Shakey at a Fall Colours ride last fall and he mentioned he was ready for a week long ride. After 6,000 emails we finally agreed on a route that would take us from the Toronto area, down past Baltimore to the coast, down the Outerbanks to Myrtle Beach and on to Charleston, SC. From there we would head north again through the Smokey Mountains and back home.

Here are a few teaser pics to get this RR started:




See the two guys standing in the middle of the next picture? They are NOT looking for a lost dog...




There is a bike down over the edge, about 30 feet straight down, and one of the guys standing there is "all shook up". More on that later...

Our first plan was to go to Newfoundland, but quickly discovered that was not a one week trip from the Toronto area. We really needed two weeks, so we had to file those plans for later. Our next plan was to hit Maine, Nova Scotia and PEI. We learned that May can/will be very wet and cold on the east coast of Canada. Even the Nova Scotia tourism brochures mentioned that "spring comes reluctantly to Nova Scotia". One of Shakey's friends commented that we would have to be retarded to ride Nova Scotia in May. For a while we were referring to our ride as the reTARD ride. So, south it was going to be.

This RR will be short on words and long on pics, okay?
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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We all met Friday night at a house in Niagara Falls. This would allow us to get an early start at the border Saturday morning. We had a route generally prepared for us by Shakey Hands, but we did not have destinations selected for each night, nor the exact roads/highlights we would hit every day. As it turned out, we sort of picked a destination each night for the next day. It worked out really well (even if we did have an awful lot of miles to cover the last two days to get home!)

The obligatory Duty Free stop. Shakey is a smoker, so you know we had to stop here before crossing the border.




You can see our rides in this shot. Dyno is on a V Strom, Shakey on a 990 Adventure and I am on a 1200GS. Very capable and compatable bikes for a long distance ride. None of the bikes caused us any grief what so ever all week long (and we tested them!), except one small incident where Dyno's bike got some bad gas. Come to think of it, some of the riders had bad gas as well.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:19 AM   #3
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Sounds like a great trip!! Wish i had been... oh wait.......
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:54 AM   #4
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Notice how the Europeans never let the Asian bike park next to them?
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #5
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The first night in Niagara Falls we had supper at Ruby Tuesdays and drew out our route on a napkin.



Shakey was joking around with the waiter, telling him we wanted a romantic table for the 3 of us... the waiter sent a girl over to ask us if we wanted candles, and if this table was "private" enough for us. The staff all figured we were queer; we didn't straighten them out. Dyno just asked for some crayons.

WHAT have I got myself into???



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Old 06-01-2010, 07:48 PM   #6
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The next morning we got up early and headed south, across the border into the U. S. of A. We took 219 and basically super slabbed it all the way to Annapolis, kind of skirted between Washington DC and Baltmore. We stayed in a KOA there.



Shakey had some friends in Baltimore, so we met them for dinner at a Japenese restaraunt. We invited them back to our campsite, but they gave us the same look that the waiters at Ruby Tuesdays gave us the night before.

It WAS a nice campground; not sure what the problem was...





Tomorrow we hit the ocean!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #7
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The first night in Niagara Falls we had supper at Ruby Tuesdays and drew out our route on a napkin.







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Notice how the Canadian falls are so mucher prettier to look at? Thank goodness we avoided that Trooper as well, of course knowing exactly where he was sitting was very helpful.....
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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Hi guys. We met by the side of that curve where the two guys are looking down the bank at a wounded KLR650. You guys were great! You certainly weren't "up tight city folk" that day or we would never have gotten the bike back up the bank. I'm Rudi G on this forum, and was the one down the hill with Jim tying the straps to the KLR so the rest of you could pull it up. Me, and the two guys riding with me that, day are eagerly awaiting the big moment on your ride report. We put the KLR back together with zip ties and Gorilla duct tape, and the rider was able to spend the next three days enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway and the roads in North Georgia like nothing happened at all!
Thanks again, canucks, you are welcome down south anytime.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:32 PM   #9
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Hi guys. We met by the side of that curve where the two guys are looking down the bank at a wounded KLR650. You guys were great! You certainly weren't "up tight city folk" that day or we would never have gotten the bike back up the bank. I'm Rudi G on this forum, and was the one down the hill with Jim tying the straps to the KLR so the rest of you could pull it up. Me, and the two guys riding with me that, day are eagerly awaiting the big moment on your ride report. We put the KLR back together with zip ties and Gorilla duct tape, and the rider was able to spend the next three days enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway and the roads in North Georgia like nothing happened at all!
Thanks again, canucks, you are welcome down south anytime.
Say hi to Jim for me. Any questions I had about the new style KLR's being too Fragile have now been erased!

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:10 PM   #10
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We left the Magnolia campground and headed for the mountians. We ended up in Highland for lunch. It was really surreal how we were riding for hours past very "modest" homes and small farms, and it seemed we turned a corner into a VERY upscale town. Very expensive looking homes and hotels, and lots of cutesy little stores that sell stuff at 3 times the Walmart prices.

Yes, that's a Masserati in front of the hotel. No Holiday Inn Express in this town.






Lots of teenagers with expensive looking haircuts, yaking on their cell phones. A whole different world than a few miles back.

We HAD to have an "extreme chocalate" ice cream after lunch.




Back on the road. Hmmm, this sign is pointing to some good stuff.


Well there was GREAT riding from here.




Mountains, streams, AWESOME!!






We were all getting into this BIG time. The riding was spirited, and as the roads got twistier and mnore fun, I started thinking that maybe I should slow down a little. There were huge drop offs beside the road, and the corners were getting sharper, and the elevations changes more wild.

As I am pondering these things, I see a guy standing beside the road. I assume he has stopped to take a picture, and I stay focussed on the curve coming up. But Dyno stops and turns around to talk to the guy. I pull over and quickly learn that the rider lost control coming around the curve, slid on the gravel shoulder and bailed from his bike. Thankfully he stayed on the shoulder as his bike plummeted over the edge. After confirming that he was okay, I asked if I could take a picture.


If you look closely, you can see the tailight still lit. It was about 30' straight down the hill. I could not see how we would get it back up again.

Shortly after we stopped, more riders stopped. Then the people this guy was riding with came back to find him. Dyno had lots of straps with him (he is a GREAT guy to ride with - he has tools and supplies with him for any event). By the time we had the straps down at the bike, there were lots of people to help us pull the bike back up the hill.









And here is the wounded but rescued KLR: Some broken plastic and mirrors, but it fired right up. As you read in the previous post, the rider went on to enjoy a few more days of riding through the mountains.




We all said afterwards that we were very happy the rider was not hurt, but that this was a reminder to us to take it easy and stay focussed.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:21 AM   #11
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I wish I had a picture of the initial moment:

Wailin' down a mountain road, scanning the next blind uphill decreasing radius, clear the guy staring down the hill, roll on the brakes, stay out, .......SHIT! The dude had a helmet on. Where's the bike? What was he looking at down the hill? Body-english was pretty forlorn.....

Turns out that you can hold your body in such a fashion that it will convey to somebody in just a glance that you lost your motorcycle over the side of a big hill and you are very sad about it!
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:10 AM   #12
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Very nice report
Question though, the small upscale town of Highland? WHere is that?
We are coming down to the south {N. Carolina, onto Florida} next week and that looks like a nice stop over
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