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Old 05-29-2015, 03:29 PM   #1
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Fort Bragg/Deals Gap/Blue Ridge/Cherokee National Forest and Aunt Bee's Grave

Did the Tail 4 times, excellent way to work on cornering skills. I have been reading proficient motorcycling and worked on a lot of the techniques, for the first time I dragged my boot and felt confident and relaxed.


Big guy had to say hello after I watered a tree nearby.


Mexican food stand on the route to Cherokee national forest. Great gordita.


Ran across a fellow GSA rider in the Smokey mountains.


Cherokee National Forrest


Gotta love a place to put on rain gear, I lucked out, yesterday was the only day of spotty showers till I got to Huntsville then the sky opened up to pour it on.


Harley shops have the best free coffee and are fun to stop at.


Nothing from my bike on the tree of shame.



It ate 3 riders yesterday before noon...all ok though.



At the start point for the Dragon.



Views were awesome, bama rides represented.



Would hate to have to count all 318 curves.


Views.


Blue Ridge Parkway - I did that from Boone NC to Asheville - then took fast route to Deals Gap.


Gotta eat..this was at the Little Switzerland Cafe along the parkway.



Café



Parkway




Diner en route to Boone NC - 9 bucks total and that included a 3 dollar tip. An older couple shared stories with me and invited me to sit with them. Small town America restores your faith in our great country. I did not see one cell phone out in this diner. Refreshing.



Every memorial day I find a grave and talk about what has happened since their passing.


And it just so happened that at the graveyard, in Siler city NC..Aunt Bee was buried. Too bad I did not have a jar of pickles to put on her grave.


More food. Smithfield BBQ.


Day 1 I road to Fort Bragg. Stopped at south of the Border. I managed to get 634 miles in that day and felt great. Most miles ever for me and i had planned to stop and make it home the next day. As a kid we would carpool 1.5 hours down to S of the border and get beer for 3 bucks a gallon, and we provided our own milk jug. They did not check IDs, then we headed back to the Fox Drive In and enjoyed the warm beer :)


She managed to get 1634 miles in over 6 days and performed flawlessly.


What I learned:

It’s about having no agenda.
The stops are often as fun as the ride.
Bead rider seats are awesome.
Standing up on the pegs in slower areas helps the knees a lot.
Purposeful practice helps you gain confidence and improves your skills - kind of obvious but the book I am reading taught me more about cornering than the basic, advanced and refresher MSF courses.
Get on the Dragon before 8 - I did it 3 times with no traffic because I started at 730, by 10 it was a traffic jam.
Food is great at remote places, but it causes your scale at home to be 7 pound heavier and your gear shrinks as you ride.

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Old 05-29-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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very hard to read with the black typeface...
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:42 PM   #3
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very hard to read with the black typeface...
Looked just fine to me.
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:37 PM   #4
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Cherokee Forest is an amazing place to ride. Nice photos too.
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Nice post. Short and sweet. Black type is a nuisance.
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Fixed the bad font color

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Old 05-30-2015, 05:58 AM   #7
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Nice post, makes me want to revisit those places.
I didn't even notice the black print.
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Old 05-30-2015, 06:34 PM   #8
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Fixed the bad font color
Thanks!

On my screen, black text hard to read, approached illegibility when next to a bright image. Current font, much improved!
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:22 AM   #9
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I always think I have a good lean, till I see the photo, so much more potential.

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I always think I have a good lean, till I see the photo, so much more potential.

I never get a good lean angle for the photogs. I guess I just don't want to end up on the Killboy failure thread

Nice pics but why did you post them so small?
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:10 AM   #11
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I never get a good lean angle for the photogs. I guess I just don't want to end up on the Killboy failure thread

Nice pics but why did you post them so small?
Not sure how to post them bigger? Part of the lean problem is I stick my foot out off the peg a bit even though it is still planted firmly on the peg (see the pic) and it drags. At first when it happened I though it was the peg lol, as you can see I need to keep my feet parallel from now on, it really limits my lean potential.
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Just do what I do, pull your feet back to balls when hard cornering. Going down the road do what you want for comfort.
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Nicely done ArmyStrong! Sounds to me like you're well on your way to mastering the zen of motorcycling. Ride far, have fun, and be safe.....

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Fellow Huntsvillian here......I do a lot of Smokey Mtn riding......
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