Just another day of work back in the spring of 2008. Driving around with a few of my co-workers while one of them was reading an issue of Cycle World magazine. It was the May 2008 copy. I just happened to see one of the pages inside and I saw a new bike called the BMW F800GS. Thats what started it all, after I got a chance to read that article I knew I wanted one. Now two years later it was time for my first big trip on the F800GS. All loaded up in the garage before heading out on is maiden voyage. The plan is to head south into tennessee, north carolina, and virginia to do some riding in the mountains while stopping to see some friends and family along the way. I also wanted to ride the tail of the dragon. I had a few waypoints set in my garmin 60csx and if I was close along the way I figured I stop and check them out. Neil Armstrong air and space museum just off of I-75 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. I was there before it opened, but I didn't plan on going inside as I've been here before many years ago. Along with a F5D Skylancer out in front of the museum. The goal for the day was to make it to Nashville for the end of the first day but I made it through Ohio in good time so I made a slight detour in Louisville, Ky. I stopped by Churchill Downs for a few quick pictures. I'm not a fan of horse racing but it was close by so I figured I'd stop to see the place. The Barbaro Sculpture in front of Churchill Downs with Barbaro's ashes interred beneath the sculpture. Just south of Louisville Fort Knox with The U.S. Gold Bullion Depository. Where's all the gold? Easily visible from highway 31W. The clouds hung low and dark for most of my first day of riding only later in the day by the time I had reached Nashville did I recieve some sun and clear sky. The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Turns out it was built in 1897. My friend Carly showed me around the city a bit that night. We planned breakfast the next morning after she helped me out with a place to stay for the night. After breakfast the next morning the weather wasn't looking the greatest. I figured I could beat the rain clouds but got caught in a down pour shortly after saying goodbye to Carly. The rain came down in buckets from about 30 mins. Sorry no pics of the downpour I was too busy putting my rain gear on. I ended up making it to Knoxville, TN that night for plans of riding the tail of the dragon. I stopped at the shop of dualsporttouring.com just west of Knoxville around 5:30 that evening. I learned from Francois "Guy in Charge" shop owner that there was a rock slide on the north side of US129. A detour of about 3 hours was required to get to the dragon. To top it off they close the dragon from 8pm to 8am. So much for riding it today. If your ever in eastern TN and need dual sport items check out dual sport touring. Sorry no pics I was too busy talking and checking out the shop. After getting a good night rest I hit the road at 6:30 am hoping to get some good riding in and be able to ride the dragon. Within 30 minutes of leaving for the morning the rain from yesterday started to catch me. Many pictures here while heading into the mountains just outside of Tellico Plains. I took 165 to 143 into the cherokee national forest and Nantahala National Forest. Some great roads even though the weather was less than ideal. At just over 5235 ft the weather turned even worse rain and fog (clouds) it was a slow go after passing into North Carolina. My view ahead into the uknown.