::: Viethorse experienced riding Texas and Smoky Mountain

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by VietHorse, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. VietHorse

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    After getting all my things done in Texas, headed to Atlanta with some other friends and a new riding plan to Smoky Mountain.

    Thursday morning, took the 7:45A flight, cheap one, by SouthWest:
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    A friend of mine came to pick me up from the ATL airport:
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    He left for me this room in his guest house in Atlanta - two beds, with all other stuff i.e. kitchen, laundry etc...:
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    Get all my package stored at his house, he drove me to Alabama.
    On the way, feel the heat of motorcycle, which I hard to see in Houston:
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    Arrived Alabama:
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    And almost there:
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    We stopped outside for lunch. The accent of people here make me difficult to understand. However, all the thing around lunch was motorcycle related - all the guys around talking about motorcycle, wearing motorcycle shirts... etc... What an impression!

    Into the gate of the Museum:
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    Baber started his collection from 1989.
    1994 he opened the non-profit museum.
    Now there are around 1200 bikes models showed on 05 stories building.
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  2. VietHorse

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    Front view of the museum:
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    These Ducaties right at the entrance of the museum:
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    Some small stuff:
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    The museum is arranged with a "mixture style". Means you can see all kind of bikes (naked / sport / cruiser...) and all year of them (old and new) on the same floor. I have asked the admin there, and he said that 's the intention of them. They don't want anybody come in the Museum and miss some good stuff. They want all the visitor can experience every kind of motorcycle during their visit.

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    (to be continued...)
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  3. VietHorse

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    I was at the Baber Museum almost the same time with this post: Link.
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    Many bike brands which I 've never heard:

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    and many more....
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    During the time I visited, they have so called a qualification practice of the Vintage bike racer on the track behind the Museum. Enjoy seeing all the beautiful beasts in the Museum and hear the racing sounds from the windows - what a feeling!!

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    Oh, this bike looks sick:
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    This looks still very new, even the wooden parts:
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    An interesting info is the starting point of this Museum was from three VFR - hehe, I am now riding a VFR as well :D:
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    Cool set up - feel like on a track:
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    Some special stuff, i.e. Micheal Jordan's racing bikes:
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    Or a steam bike:
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    Just wanna have them all !!!
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    Spent some more time with the bikes and the souvenir shop, then we headed back to Atlanta for a dinner.

    Here was where we had dinner that day:
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    The place is a meeting place of Atlanta bikers every Thursday night. That night was the last one before all the bikes are stored in the garages until next year riding season:
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    Great opportunity to meet with a friend, who is very impressed to me with his strength and great recovery after a serious accident:
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    He looks great as always:
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    And he could drink well, too:
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    Went sleep quite late that night for packing stuff for the long ride from the day after.
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    Friday morning, 12Oct, Wrestler and me two-up on his Red VFR to RollingAgain's house.
    Until now, I still don't understand what made Wrestler missed the road and went further than RollingAgai's house may be around 10miles. LOL....
    At least, we get to the right place, RollingAgain was almost falling into sleep.
    Beautiful white pearl VFR was up on the trailer, ready for the trip:
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    Getting RollingAgain's bike, check around and make all the baggage organized and ready to roll.
    His bike is almost the same as my bike in Vietnam, just the difference is mine is ABS version. It 's really great that he installed the Power outlet on this bike, it's good for me to use it for my GPS. Thank to my great GPS, I brought it from Vietnam, installed the US map myself and it works fantastic since the time I was in Texas.

    Our first stop was for gas. Here was the second stop, for our stomachs. Hahah...
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    RollingAgain was so amazing, he got the things so well prepared and organized. He was a bit too excited with the drinks LoL...
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    Wrestler was, too:
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    You have been caught, Mr. Wrestler:
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    Then we were heading to the Blood Mountain, where RollingAgain said it's a good start for a mountain ride.
    At this junction, RollingAgain was making a sudden turn to the right. Wresler missed the turn and we gotta wait for a while:

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    Nice lake beside where we stopped:
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    Wrestler came in!
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    Prepared to roll again:
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    Nice roads ahead:
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    I could not stay behind the trailer, even though there was a beautiful VFR on it. Push more gas, rode on my own GPS:
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    After around 15mins cornering, we stopped at a tourist place:
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    Wrestler came in:
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    I was there with the RWB VFR:
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    I have no idea why people hang a lot of shoes on this tree:
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    At the time we arrived, a singer was sitting infront of the shop, playing a country song with his guitar. Great moment with the nice view, nice song and music, with good friends, in a bit chilly weather.
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    We on road again:
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    We started to see the fall color:
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    Fall smell, color and feeling are all around...
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    The road and view was too beautiful then, I was so excited, so that I keep riding ahead, passed the entrance of the cabin.

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    Rode for a while, not seeing Wrestler in the mirror, I stopped beside of the road to wait:

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    Then I saw him, he asked me to return as I passed the destination.
    We head back, and I saw Switchblade, other inmate on the way. We all came to the cabin.

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  9. Mongle

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    Viethorse, Good thing you got your ride in when you did. It is snowing in the NC mountains pretty good now!

    Great report!
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    Thank you.
    Friends told me that the time I was there is the best time for riding. So your bikes must be sleeping well in garage now??
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    Nope! I'm in the low lands (warmer temps) then the mountains. I ride year around-I just don't go anywhere there is snow! :lol3
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    I see, Mongle. So it's good that you still can ride around.

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    Finally, arrived the cabin. The entrance:
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    Wonderful color, which I only see on the internet:
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    Front view of the beautiful cabin:
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    04 bikes at that time (RollingAgain, SwitchBlade, Viethorse, Wrestler):
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    RollingAgain and SwitchBlade were offloading food and drinks:
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    Some nice view around:
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    Front yard of the cabin, where we had a big fire on the next day. Awesome place:
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    Someone so excited before going for the dinner:
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    Dinner menu - Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times:
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    Saturday morning, discussion for the ride:
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    BR was ready for his Dragon session:
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    8:40AM, we reached the Deals gap:
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    A group photo in front of the Deals Gap store. RA was the one taking this pix:
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    Took some photos here, it was my dream to be there and ride there:
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    My great friend:
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    It was quite early so there were not many bikes:
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    Dude! You hooked up with a good crew, those TWT guys are the best. I'm missing some Rudy's right now... great pictures, keep them coming.
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    Hey, you know them? I meant the TWT guys. Yeah, as you said, they are really great people, really nice, friendly and helpful. Without them, my time in Texas would be very boring.
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    Kebrider, Switchblade, and probably Adam have done some Dragon laps before. Just me, BR, RollingAgain just arrived.
    People was considering of having breakfast first then slay the Dragon. However, I myself was so excited of the fist time there, and I think RollingAgain and BR was most likely prefer do the Dragon right away.
    I quickly grabbed a Snickers to ensure my stomach wont do any revolution before the real breakfast.
    People was trying to warn me of the dangers and some precautions should be taken..
    Then we headed to the Dragon, damn, I was so excited...
    I still remember that since beginning of my trip planning, my core is always the Dragon. Well, it quite easy to understand that the Dragon has been being marketing so well, it became a very well-known place. And it seemed to be the only and the most preferred riding place to me, as I have no idea about the Blue Ridge Parkway or Cherohala, etc....
    I saw all the guys, BR, Kebrider and his wife, Switchblade are all familiar with the road. They seemed remember every curve on the Dragon. I felt a bit in-confident. I think I did a lot of brakes in front of each decent curve.

    I did not take any photo while riding on the Dragon.
    I dont know what they called this place, but that is the end of 11miles Dragon:
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    The lady was cornering very well on her Vespa. I passed her and her buddy about 1-2 miles befor getting to this place.

    She head back early, may be did not want me to slow her down. LOL...
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    Some more view there:
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    This 's way back to the Dragon:
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    On the way back, I had chance to stop once more time here:
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    And had chance to take photo with the Killboy cameraman - I am very impressed with his website, which we don't have one in Vietnam:
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    My friends were there as well:
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    Yeah I lived in Austin for 12 years, I was one of those TWT guys :D
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    Wow, that's long enough to ride all of the good roads in Texas? I bet you got a lot of good dirt roads as well. Scott (Tourmeister) asked me if I like some dirt road but it was not my preferred option, and I did not prepare my gears for dirt roads.
    Thank you for being along with my trip report.
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    Back to the Deals gap resort, more bikes were coming:
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    I did not have anything to hang on here:
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    Someone climbed quite high to hang the stuff:
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    Breakfast:
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    It's nice place and really impressed me, the things I had only seen on internet:
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    Dave showed me his big photo on the wall. Great one!
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    Done the breakfast, we prepared for Cherohala. I was told that this Cherohala skyway is one of the most beautiful riding road during this season.
    So, what to wait for?? Just took some more photos before departure:
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    Left the Deals gap, we rode on the Hwy-80 heading to Cherohala Skyway.

    Stopped for fuel:
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    My excitement before going to the new road:
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    As per my request, Kimball lead us to visit the Cross, where we tribute to a passed away friend:
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    The road after that was really amazing. Left side was the cliff, right side was a river. That day I could not stop to take any photos there. However, I have tried to have some photos during my lonely ride later on.

    Fall colors:
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    It's very nice curves:
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    Dave was heading back and we didn't understand why we stopped:
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    Really great weather to ride out:
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    (to be continued...)
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