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Old 12-24-2012, 09:27 AM   #76
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End of day 6

Came down for a while after crossing the South Carolina state border, then I pulled back for a rest before heading to Georgia.



Well, here is where I took a rest:



I would take the Warwoman road to Clayton. It's nice motorcycle road, not so wide, but just nice and a lot of twisties:



I took the Warwoman road from Pine Mountain to Clayton:




Checked in a hotel which I have booked in Clayton. The lady at the front desk was really nice and helpful, but her accent seemed strange to me. Faster, stronger voice than what I heard in Texas. She let me parked the bike under the shade, and give me a room which windowing the bike. Nice and big Hotel room with heater and nice bath tub.
Don't remember exactly price, but I think it was $50 or less. Breakfast included.

Took the bike going around Clayton, it's too small place, and have nothing to see... Had a dinner at a restaurant nearby Hotel.

Well, that's it for the day 6:




I have one more day left for traveling back to Atlanta.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #77
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On the way back to Atlanta

Day 7 with VFR

Woke up after a very good night at Clayton. Thanks to the hot water bath tub and the very good heater in the room. The hotel breakfast was ok as well.

It was raining since midnight:



And the morning was so chilly, ~53deg - Note that it's almost 10AM. It was much colder when in early morning:



It was a bit raining when I prepared for departure. The rain suit and the place for camera were ready to go.
Here is the tracklog for the day 7:



It kept changing from rain to heavy foggy and so all the way from the hotel up to some next hours.... The speed was so low. I was also very concentrate to the road as I know it was my last riding day, and I did not want to make a single mistake, even a very small one.

This 's where I stopped to take out the rain suit and stored my camera.



Kept riding for a while, then stopped for fuel, the sky looked brighter:



And it soon became like this:


It was the same as the day I was going to Blue Ridge Parkway with my buddies, but this seemed heavier foggy:





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Old 01-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #78
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Weather was not so good for riding, but I did not want to cut short my route. I still stick to the plan that hanging around with the road 60 and US76.

I made another stop on the way, at a very nice corner:







I passed the corner and come back to take photos. A very impressive turn (you can use the inserted coordinate to see the corner on map).





Leaves almost gone:


I forgot why I came down here...

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:09 PM   #79
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Really nice photos. Could I ask what camera you were using, and any processing.
I live in Bryson City and ride all of those roads all the time, so it is a real treat to see photos from someone that has come from such a long distance.
Thanks for all the kind words describing this area and the fall colors.
Glad you enjoyed the area and had some good riding.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #80
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Really nice photos. Could I ask what camera you were using, and any processing.
I live in Bryson City and ride all of those roads all the time, so it is a real treat to see photos from someone that has come from such a long distance.
Thanks for all the kind words describing this area and the fall colors.
Glad you enjoyed the area and had some good riding.

"Shorty"
Thanks Dude.
You are very lucky guy - you live in the middle of rider's heaven!! Pls help to correct whatever I have put wrongly about the places there. It took me sometimes to figure out where each of photo was taken.
I was using Sony A37 (the mirrorless camera). I was using AcdSee to do batch edit to put the watermark on the photos.
You know what, I also really enjoy the trip reports of the ADV guys riding in my Contry -Vietnam - as their views are different from us, who live with the place for years. I don't know if you find that in my report. Well, too bad that I did not have much time to talk, visit many other locals. If I did, there would be lots more things to share.
Thanks for reading.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #81
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Wonderful ride report and beautiful photographs, thanks for taking the time to share with us!

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #82
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:59 PM   #83
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Thanks guys.
The trip was in Oct2012. I am now back in Vietnam. Hopping to be back soon...
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:30 AM   #84
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Trip ended

I passed Blood Mountain again, alone. Rain kept dropping, the road was very wet. It was not fun at all on Blood Mountain that day.
It's better and better when coming nearer to Sy's place.

Arrived Sy's work place around noon time and it was hot there:


Here's how the VFR come back to its owner:


Sy took his car and come back with me to his house. Ed was already there to wait for me. A happy reunion:



Met Ed and Sy, I have nothing much to say more than my thankful to them. It was amazing time in my life, and it was really created by them.

Riding tracklog of my 7th day with VFR:


And here is the summary of my riding trip to Great Smoky Mountain:



Ed and I back to Atlanta. Sy back to his work.
We met a gain in a farewell dinner, and Mike came to join us again - It's really great to see him so happy :



Someone got drunk so getting this photo out of focus :


Slept very well for the last night in Georgia. Woke up very early and bother Uncle Ed again to drive me to the airport.
We was talking about coming back for another ride... and many others...

He took a photo of me before heading back to his house.
On the plane, I was recalling all of my memory about the trip. It looked like a movie, with lots of beautiful scenes, moments and all the awesome friends.
Talked to myself that I have to come back again.



Arrived Houston when the sun was raising:


I got another rental car for another day, drove to my friend's house:


Took a photo with him before we all going for another farewell dinner in a Mongolian restaurant:





Drove to the Airport in the next morning, transited in Chicago and then Narita (Tokyo) again.


I arrived my home sweet home with lots of great memories about all of my riding buddies; all the great and awesome guys who really make my trip.
I don't really know how to say, just thank you All, my Friends. Wish you All happy and ride safe, always!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:04 AM   #85
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Very nice!! Thanks for sharing your trip.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:52 PM   #86
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Nice report and pics, thanks for sharing!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #87
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Thank you guys for reading.
Really miss the place, friends and beautiful scenery there...
Love to experience Colorado and Arkansas for the next trip....
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:48 PM   #88
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Excellent report and stunning photos.
Many thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:45 PM   #89
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Excellent report and stunning photos.
Many thanks for sharing.
Thank you. Really happy to know that you guys like it.
Having a friend who plans to ride in US from this May-June... My heart is beating like hell...
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:45 PM   #90
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Really awesome report! Read the whole thing! It has been nice to meet you through advrider and I am so glad to see you enjoyed NC. It is always nice to have such great friends to share the fun. Thanks for sending me the link to this. In your report, you recall Lake Logan I am sure...well...I live two minutes from there so if you get back this way, I would love to show you around as there are many, many roads as nice as the Dragon, not as well known, but lots of fun and very scenic. I am getting older now so I stop often for photos or just to think I have been riding in these hills for about 50 years( or more as we had dirt bikes as kids) so there are a few places I could share. Take Care! Ed
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