Scooter trip: Chicago to the Smokies

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Smaug1, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    I left the north suburbs of Chicago this morning just after rush hour. I rode one hour on i - 294 then stopped at my mom's for tea.

    I wanted to get the rest of Illinois and Indiana under my belt today, so I took interstates. I want up with about 350 miles today.

    Just North of Indianapolis I found a family-owned Winery and stopped there for a tasting. Picked up a couple bottles of wine and also these Great Inventions called wine skins.

    I stopped for a picnic lunch and then got the rest of the way through Indiana, past Cincinnati and into Kentucky.

    Cheers! More tomorrow, when I will take back highways.

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    A few more pix from today: a picnic lunch, another interior view of the winery, and the sun setting behind me as I ride the final leg.

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    It looks like you will have some nice weather the next few days. Enjoy the trip, I was just in Smokies area last weekend. Wish I was still there.
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    Day 2: only 280 miles to do today. Time to get off the interstates and hit the twisties! Screenshot_2017-10-04-08-00-36.png Screenshot_2017-10-04-08-01-06.png
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    Looks like a fun trip, enjoy!
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    The Silverwing looks good, must be fine ride on the road!

    Glad to see a fellow scooterist doin' the long haul travel thing.

    All the best on this trip, I'll stay tuned!:lurk
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    Looking forward to your ride report! Enjoy!
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    The view off the balcony of my resort

    Self portrait, front view. Wave of you see me on the road!

    A lake and dam, see next pix for details.

    The Silver Wing is getting 50 mpg on the expressway at 75-80 mph, and 58 mpg on back roads at 60 mph. It would probably do a little better without the top case.
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    A few more pix. I'll post some from my proper camera when I get home. I can't get the WiFi link to work. New camera, new phone, no dice. Grrr.

    The Silver Wing in front of a rock formation

    Selfie

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    I should say that the lake in the photos above is Lake Cumberland, in case you want to visit there some day.

    Now that I'm down here, I'm going to take it easy tomorrow. Maybe just 100 miles. (But that is a lot of riding, on tight mountain roads)

    I just realized too that I double-booked Saturday. I won't be home I time to get up to Lake Geneva, WI for Skootoberfest, which is a lot more fun than super-slabbing home that day, which is what I'll be doing instead. Damn.
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    Very nice area!!
    I see you are half a day's ride from the where they hold the Mountain Crawl at, Townsend TN
    I missed it the first 2 years.
    I'll ride down there next year.
    Very nice ride report, stay upright!!
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    I was out riding or I'd have given you a better route through KY! If you plan to go back N via KY- PM me if you have time to do a slower, more scenic route?
    One of the best MC roads I've seen (on it two weeks back) in E TN is TN68 from area where NC/GA & TN come together, then north. And of course there are many others. Have you done the Cherahola Skyway yet?
    Another great route back N is via VA/WV or the back roads of OH.
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    Kantuckid, Yes, I love the Cherahola Skyway, I rode it maybe 10 years ago. I will take that West to Nashville tomorrow.
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    Story of my life: too many things (riding) to do and not enough time to do them all.:(
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    Is this an ADVdriver? (Left-over from the first night) 20171004_082436_HDR.jpg
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    Today, I rode a couple hundred miles of back roads in the Smoky Mountains. The last couple times I was here, there were always some clouds, and it seemed to be raining off and on all day. Today, there was not a cloud in the sky. No "smoke" in the Smokies. 20171005_131133_HDR.jpg

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    This area used to be a Cherokee stronghold. Here's some history:

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    The above pix were taken along Rt. 441, which is the major road that goes through the national forest.

    South of there is the town of Cherokee. I stopped they're for lunch, and avoided all the tourist traps.

    I then headed just back into the forest and picked up the Blue Ridge Parkway heading eat for awhile. It's speed limit is only 45 mph, but that's fast enough to get done serious lean going on. Fast enough to get a person in trouble in s few spots. No pix from that, as the views were the same as above.

    Next, I headed back west with some county highways and back to I-40 W. The tickets there are going 65 or 70 in what is a 50 mph limit for them. That's way too fast for the twisty conditions and an unstoppable force like that. I didn't want to be behind them, (turbulent) but to pass them, I had to go 80. Those were some real high speed sweepers. I admit, I missed my FJR on that stretch. (More planted at high speeds) Still, the Silver Wing acquitted itself well.

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    I exited the interstate to take some especially tight and technical roads back. I had forgotten that the tightest, hilliest and most technical roads in this area are gravel! Well, I'm an ADV rider, after all. I handled it without falling off the mountain, but it was quite a nervous experience. This is a heavy bike with pure road tires, but at least the CoG is low! 20171005_165839_HDR.jpg

    After that 20 minute stretch, I was back on pavement, my old friend. This stretch is my favorite tight one. It's as twisty as The Dragon, but with a lot more elevation change and no traffic. The sharp-eyed reader will notice my chicken strips are looking quite healthy:

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    Oh, I forgot to mention I stopped to take a look at an old mill, powered by the river. The water powers a turbine, which makes about 11 hp; enough to power everything inside. I need to come back and see this in the summertime, when it's operational. 20171005_133745_HDR.jpg 20171005_134425_HDR.jpg 20171005_134321_HDR.jpg
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    With the challenging riding behind me and the sun setting, it was time to stop for dinner. One nice thing about touring on a maxi scooter is that when I arrive, I can just lock the jacket and helmet in the bike, and arrive inside with the muggles none the wiser.

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    Let's see how they do pizza down here.
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    ...but I punked out and ordered a Greek salad and a couple of beers. I wasn't that hungry after the tuna melt I had in Cherokee.
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    Tomorrow, Cherahola Skyway and back highways to the southern Nashville suburbs tip visit my uncle.
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