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Old 05-08-2013, 03:54 AM   #16
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I love fly and rides.. Bought a 1100GS from a guy in LA a few years ago. Took three days to ride it back to St Louis.. I think the trip alone was worth the price of the bike!
I also love my XC, I haven't heard about many clutch issues..

Time for a update..
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:32 AM   #17
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #18
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DAY 2
After Skyping with my son & daughter in the evening I slept well, in contrast to the previous night. Up at 6:30, ready to go.
Can't say enough about the Best Western. Room was the cleanest I'd ever seen and breakfast was quite good.
After filling the body it was time to load up the bike...Its May 4, my birthday, and I'm heading for The Dragon!

Its dry as I pull out of the hotel parking lot but the weather looks ominous. Rain on the way and the wind is still there too.
I start the short ride north on hwy19 to hwy129 and the start of The Dragon.
For those who don't know, The Dragon is a section of HWY 129, running through the Smokey Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee. It is 318 turns in 11 miles and is often touted as being one of the most dangerous roads in the world. In my opinion its not the road that is dangerous, but the drivers.
I was told it was highly over rated. After having done it , I don't agree. If you are going to do it I would suggest being there early in the morning as I think the traffic would be a bitch.
On the way there I saw my first real opossum...dead on the road...
I arrived there early and, as I was going by the Deals Gap store,I pulled over to let a car by. Still having issues with my clutch, I gave the throttle a little blip and popped the clutch out, into what I thought was second. Well holy Shit! It was first gear and I'm doing a wheely! Right in front of all the Harley dudes parked at the store. Tried to make it look like I ment to do that...note to self..change underwear!:eek:



There are several companies that are set up on corners to take your pics.

Its a cool concept to get a picture of yourself riding the turns while solo riding :
Traffic was no too bad heading west (my direction) but there was about 20 mini Coopers in a row, heading east. I took it really easy and let one car by me.

After the Dragon I missed my turn for the Foothills Parkway, by 17 mi:what: probably added 40 mi to my day as I had driven further west and took a less direct, though probably faster, route to Gatlinburg. A classic tourist trap.
It was at this point I was stuck with the realization of how similar all the larger towns and cities looked. All had the same MC Donalds, Home Depot, Walmart etc. Corporate America has wrecked much of the differences that would have existed 50 yrs ago. How sad:(.
Since I work for Costco I'll stop there...;)
It was here that I hoped on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I am convinced this would have been the highlight of the trip IF mother nature had not caught up with me ghead:. The rain and high winds were back a well as fog (cloud) at higher elevations. Not a confidence inspiring mix on a new to me dual sport bike with 1000ft drops of the side of the road....

The weather finally drove me off the parkway shortly after Cherokee.
I headed for I81 & super slabbed it to Bristol.
First motel I saw was The Budget Inn. $40/night. What a deal, or so I thought. Should I be scared to take my boots off in a hotel room?
Headboard fell off and showed how dirty the walls were. Heater burns on the sheets, pillows and tub. Hole in bathroom wall etc. I'm out here! After a small confrontation I got my money back and headed to the Motel 6.
Finished with a 356mi day. Still behind on a schedule that I thought would be easy to obtain...:
Gonna have to make up some miles tomorrow..:eek:
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:43 AM   #19
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We have pics from that same spot a few years ago.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:25 AM   #20
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We have pics from that same spot a few years ago.
Its a beauty isn't it!
Btw, like you're avatar...:

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:31 AM   #21
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Oh yeah your bike lol. I don't pay much attention do I.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #22
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DAY 3
While miles above the Budget Inn, Hotel 6 is far below the bar set by Best Western in Murphy. What kind of a Hotel dosent have Kleenex in the room? No shampoo? Good thing I stole the leftovers from Best Western!
As tired as I was, sleep did not come early. I woke up feeling a little groggy but determined to make up some miles.
First order of business was to see if I could save some moola while expanding my list of friends. I hit the Free Tent Space thead on Adv. Looking to fine a place in PA, I contacted MXRNPA and left a PM, hoping to get in contact later when I found some wifi.
Knowing I had a long ride ahead I decided to fuel up at Cracker Barrel restaurant. Nice restaurant, though its in an odd location, off the main road on top of a hill.

Easily the best breakfast of the trip!
Weather issues remain as I watch my bike take a shower while eating.

Time to hit the road. On to I81 & head north. Bike has no issues maintaining 80 mi/hr and I start to eat up miles into a serious headwind.
One side effect if this is significantly reduced fuel economy. I had gotten over 110 miles before the low fuel light, but today it came on with a little as 77. :what:
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:24 PM   #23
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License + plates, question

Bob,
Awesome trip so far. I also live in Ontario and have often (almost daily) thought of doing fly n rides from the US... but... what did you do about licensing and plating the bike?

I did buy my current bike in North Carolina but trailered it home. The border process was fairly easy, like many government things - just smile often and be patient, you will get through. You did fax a copy of the title to US customs, didn't you?

Good luck with the ride and importation. Nice looking BMer, hope you get the clutch worked out.

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #24
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Carry on Bob

I did a Fly and Ride in 2010 and rode back my new-to-me 2008 GSA from Winchester, KY to Victoria, BC. Perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the new bike during the 5000 km ride
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:18 PM   #25
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tent or hammock

Are you going to pitch a tent or hang a hammock?
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:48 AM   #26
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Bob,
Awesome trip so far. I also live in Ontario and have often (almost daily) thought of doing fly n rides from the US... but... what did you do about licensing and plating the bike?

I did buy my current bike in North Carolina but trailered it home. The border process was fairly easy, like many government things - just smile often and be patient, you will get through. You did fax a copy of the title to US customs, didn't you?

Good luck with the ride and importation. Nice looking BMer, hope you get the clutch worked out.

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Hi Jeff. Nice to..e'er..meet you!
In my case the owner couriered title so the boarder stuff was easy. She also left it plated, and my Insurance company have me temp insurance.

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:53 AM   #27
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Are you going to pitch a tent or hang a hammock?
Will be this week! Heading to Algonquin for a fishing trip with my hammock!
As for my X challenge trip,I brought my full camping Kit....and never used it.
Will update the thread when I get back!

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:10 PM   #28
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license, plates question

Thanks for update on info Bob. I knew you could temp inure, just wasn't sure how the plates part would work out.

Glad to hear you had no issues at the border, mine went well also.

Hope you are not in Algonquin right now... brrr, little on the chilly side. Just so happens that canoeing there is one of my other favourite hobbies.

Have fun, catch lots of trout!

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Thanks for update on info Bob. I knew you could temp inure, just wasn't sure how the plates part would work out.

Glad to hear you had no issues at the border, mine went well also.

Hope you are not in Algonquin right now... brrr, little on the chilly side. Just so happens that canoeing there is one of my other favourite hobbies.

Have fun, catch lots of trout!

Jeff
Was in the park for the cold snap. -4 & 2" of snow the night before we got there. -1 the first night....wind followed me from my bike ride too......back now and will update the RR tonight
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:43 PM   #30
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Snow in Algonquin

The park is not nearly as much fun in those conditions, fishing likely wasn't very good either. Too bad.

Did you get a chance to look into the clutch issue?

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