|06-18-2008, 10:13 AM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Decatur, AL
Russians on the Tellico
Iíll start the story at the beginning. A while back the missus and I went to a bike show in
So anyway, almost a year later we discover there is a dealer a couple of hours away in
Unfortunately it turns out that Mike had a used 2005 Gear Up for sale. Even worse Mike turns out to be a pretty decent guy and offered the bike for a pretty decent price. So the next thing you know the dang thing is sitting in my garage.
Well after riding the thing around the neighborhood a few times I realize that this thing really shines on the dirt roads. There are a few dirt roads around the house, but a light bulb suddenly comes on in my head. I remember my trusty GPS tried to route me down a dirt road while riding the Cherohala Skyway. http://www.cherohalaskyway.com/. I also remember a road called the
Anyway, I discover that there are a boatload of dirt roads up around
So we pack up the beast and off we go. A word about packing. Let me tell you. These Ural things will haul a ton. But no matter what, the amount of stuff you NEED to bring will expand to just beyond the available space to carry it. I ended up adding an old tank bag to fit in the little bit of extra I couldnít cram into the side car.
We did ride some pavement to get there. Some of it pretty good. This is Hwy 30 in
The Kimsey also had some nice views.
But I was mostly paying attention to where I was going.
The next dirt road was
Wittís main claim to fame is its four water crossing. During this dry time of years all had water but none were a problem.
We stayed at the Green Cove Motel and Trailer Camp. This little mom and pop place is located on
The best part was the back deck. All the rooms open up onto this deck. What you canít see is the deck hangs out over the
The Green Cove story wouldnít be complete with a a shot of the neighbors. Most of which stopped by to chat sometime during our stay.
The next day was what I call the dirt Cherohala. It begins as a continuation of the
River Road passes underneath the Cherohala
After passing under the Cherohala it become Forest Road 81. FR 81 took us the rest of the way into Robbinsville, CN.
We had planned to ride Tatumís Gap and a couple of other dirt roads getting back to Green Cove but the Ural gave me some problems in Robbinsville and I chickened out and road the Cherohala back. I figured that if I was going to break down along the way I want it to be in a place where I might see another human being in the next month or so. No photo of the Cherohala as it is just another piece of pavement.
My fears were unfounded however. The beast ran fine after that and the next day we decided to do the tourist thing and check out Cades Coves. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm Cades Cove was scenic and all that, but the traffic was more than I like and from what I have heard we hit it on a light day.
We also decide to do the squid thing and ride the Dragon. I mean we were in the neighborhood and all. If you are interested you can see us on www.killboy.com. Look for the side cars on Sunday 6/8/08.
But the best part of the Dragon was getting there. There is a one way dirt road that runs from Cades Cove to
And like I said it ends at US 129, the Dragon.
And that about ends the weekend. On the way home we hit
And did I tell you that we got rained on and my trusty GPS quite working
But we finally made it home. Tired but full of smiles. And since we missed Tatumís Gap and a butt load of other roads it looks like we will have an excuse to go back.
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Yankee Dog screwed with this post 06-19-2008 at 10:25 AM
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