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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    Oh, that tank of gas I burned today was my best yet. Average speed was probably 35 mph, except that I-40 stint at 75.

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  2. Dabears

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    We will look for ya. Heading to the skyway via Tellico Plains tomorrow to stay at Indian Boundaries Recreation Area. Just started our fall trip in the RV with the SYM on back.

    Ride safe.
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  3. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Yesterday was my last day in the Smokies.

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    At an overlook at the north end of The Tail of the Dragon.
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    Fontana Dam power station
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    At an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    A few more.

    A stream just alongside US-441, on the south end of the park
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    I never got tired of views like this one
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    This group was about to hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
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    I bet they didn't make it to Maine...
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    Now, I'm in Franklin, TN (south of Nashville) and am procrastinating on starting my superslab ride home to the northern suburbs of Chicago. Better get a move on. Right after a shower and breakfast... It was a fun trip.
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Stopped for lunch in Henderson, IN. The clouds are gone, temp went up 15°, and a gusty 30 mph wind kicked up. Dammit.
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  6. blip

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    I'm enjoying your journey..nice pics..what camera ya using?
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  7. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! So far, all pix were from my phone camera. (LG G6) I also took pix on my real camera, which I'll edit and upload soon.

    The LG camera does some pretty heavy-handed JPG processing, in terms of color saturation and HDR, but the pix are pretty pleasing to the eye. It has two camera lenses: wide and ultra-wide; but sometimes, there's no subsitute for a telephoto and a larger sensor.
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  8. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Trip's done, I'm home safely. It wound up being about 550 miles home, since I missed a few turns. I had intended on doing not more than 300 miles in a day, but since I slipped in a visit with my uncle, I had to make the run from the south suburbs of Nashville to the north suburbs of Chicago in one day. I've done that many miles in a day on my FJR and SV650. It was no sweat on the FJR, tiring on the SV, but this was a lot more tiring.

    OK, here are some pix from the camera.

    Ready to leave mom's house, after stopping for tea with her in the south suburbs:
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    Visiting an old gristmill (where they ground cornmeal) It's still in operation during the summer for demos. It was refurbished in the 60s.
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    The water traveled down this trough, down a concrete tube near the building, where gravity let it build pressure to turn the turbine and power the mill.
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    I LIVE for this kind of road.
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    A nice green mountaintop
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Just added up all the miles from my fuelly log book. I accidentally deleted Trip B' and lost the running tally, but since I filled up on my way out of town, and just filled up today, I know it was 1,887 miles total. (3,057 km) That averages out to 377 miles/day. (611 km/day) That was a bit more than I'd planned.
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    OK, one more set of pix. A few shots from the photogs at the Tail of the Dragon.

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  12. Dago

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    Love seeing people travel on a Silverwing. I have one myself too and it is the best scooter.
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    Thanks for posting this. Scooters are far more capable and fun than most people realize.
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  14. Smaug1

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    Agreed. (with some bias!) I've had many scooters, but the Silver Wing seems to be good at everything except stop & go traffic under 15 mph. (where the smaller scooters shine, and electrics are the BEST)

    It's not as good at big mileage days as a sport-touring or full-touring motorcycle, not as good at stop and go as a small scooter, but everything else? It's the perfect compromise.
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    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Agreed also! As you know, the best situation is to have (at least) one each of scooters and motorcycles. I don't think that's going to happen for me, at this stage of my life.
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  16. Steve_h1963

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    Thanks for sharing Smaug. Some good photies on there, and I love the chickenstrip one. You obviously enjoyed the ride :-)
    I'm kinda jealous though cos we're entering the wet and miserable season here.
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  17. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    Yep, but I plan to stretch out riding season through November. It'll be shorter days and fewer of them, but I even managed to ride halfway through December one year.

    Once the salt is down, I hang it up.

    Where are you, geographically? (consider adding it to your profile, so it shows up to the left there...)
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  18. Steve_h1963

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    I'm in the UK Smaug, out in the sticks (north pennines, county durham). It makes for a great commute to work though, I spent the first few months here with the radio traffic alerts on just so I could laugh and be a smug git :-)
    And don't worry I do keep riding through the winter provided it's a nice day, just a matter of wrapping up warm.
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