A while back I picked up a new to me 2006 Tiger 955. Then in August it was time for my annual pilgrimage to Michigan to visit the folks. So like every year, I horrified my mother by riding the bike. This year the plan was to extend the trip up a little by making a bit of a side to trip to West Virginia. This is the story. The first part of the trip took us through East Tennessee. The other side of Chattanooga we pick up hwy 30 where it meets hwy 64. I had heard this road was under construction. Well it looks like the construction is finished, the pavement is perfect and the curves are as good as ever. The Sun was still low in the sky and the mist was coming off the Hiawassee River as we turn across it onto Hwy 315 and headed toward Tellico Plains, TN. Of course these is a federal law that says if you pass through this neck of the woods you must stop at the Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters. http://www.tellicomoto.com/ nice people, good stuff and good prices. In fact, the missus ended up buying a new pair of boots while we there. The brand name is Exustar. http://www.exustarotor.com/products_detail.php?type2_sn=67&data_sn=551&pic_sn=1446. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they seemed well made and they fit. And since the missus was bad in need of a new pair, we bought them. She can also attest they are water proof. We later ran into a bit of water on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She was standing in four inches of water as we struggled to get our rain gear on. For the most part she ended up soaked to the skin. Except for her feet that is, which remained dry as a bone through the puddle and the accompanying rain both before and after we got the rain suits on. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> Money spent, it was onto the Cherohala Parkway. The Cherohala is a series of long sweeping turns and great vistas. As we would soon discover, the Blue Ridge has nothing on the Cherohala. <o></o> After the Cherohala we headed toward Cherokee, NC and beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you are in the vicinity of Cherokee take a minute or so and stop at the museum. And excellent place and well worth the time. <o></o> Next stop the Blue Ridge Parkway. <o></o> The Parkway is nice and all. Plenty of curves and scenic views. <o></o> And if you like tunnels this the place to be. <o></o> <o></o> The plan was to ride the entire Blue Ridge from one end to the other and then ride Skyline Drive as well. I was warned this was not a good plan, that we would get tire of the low speed limit. And they were right. It seems as though every curve was exactly the same and every vista a repeat of the one before. So while surfing the net at our motel that evening we noticed that is thing call the ADVrider North American Tag O Rama http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429115&page=190 was a mere 150 miles off our planed path. The missus and I took one look at each other and said “let’s do it”. The parkways were forgotten and after a little bit of early morning fog we were headed for Elkhorn City, KY. <o></o> But it wasn’t like we had to give up the curvy roads. I must confess I don’t remember exactly which roads these are, but they are somewhere between Spruce Pines, NC and Elkhorn City, KY and they are a heck of a lot of fun. Stayed tuned for the next installment.