::: Viethorse experienced riding Texas and Smoky Mountain

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  1. BitShuffler

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  3. VietHorse

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    Continue with the trip. I think I was coming down South on 441:
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    Then saw this:
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    Well, save that BRP for the next day.:
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    Reach Cherokee:
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    I still feel regret that I did not take time to visit the Indian museum there.
    And did not buy any shirt, even with good price:
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    A busy little town:
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    We don't have this in Vietnam:
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    But we have such kind of power lines:
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  4. VietHorse

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    Passed Cherokee, I keep continuing on 107 down to Glenville and Cashiers.
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    The roads to Glenville was awesome, a bit small but very few traffic, and lots of twisty:
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    Arrived Glenville around 3:30PM. I was quite worried because there was still quite long way back to Robbinsville, and I did not know how the road would be:
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    Glenville Post office:
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    I stopped for a while. Look at the map, try to figure out the location and the route back to Robinsville from Glenville. I was thinking of riding in the dark on 129 when getting back the cabin. Then I decided to continue with the planned route.
    Kept going for a little while, I saw a very nice lake on the right:

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    That's the boat rental station:
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    The bike in the sun:
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    Quickly got on the bike, to Cashiers in about some miles, then I turn right at Cashiers to 64.
    The 64 to Highlands and the 28 to Franklin were really great as well. However I was feeling not really comfortable as the sunlight hit directly to my eyes. It was quite difficult for me at many corners.

    It was quite late, darker and darker so I did not take anymore photo, except this:
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    In Vietnamese, Macon, actually "Ma con" means a "little ghost". I was reading that in Vietnamese all the way back to Robbinsville. Damn, that night was the first night I stayed alone in the Robbinsville cabin!!

    Hit back to the town, had dinner and end the riding day.
    I turned all the light inside and outside the cabin that night. Made some plans for the cases of someone knock at the door at the midnight... ect... Damn, that was a long night!

    :))
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  5. BitShuffler

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    I can read a bit (understand maybe 70% of that article) but actually my wife sent me that link and I thought "hmmm those photos seem familiar..." :)
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  6. VietHorse

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    Wow, 70% is too good already. So your wife is a Vietnamese, I guess. And you must know very well about riding in Vietnam. Very few Vietnam residents active on ADV.
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  7. VietHorse

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    Day 5 with VFR.

    It was the day I plan to move away from the Cabin in Robbinsville. I was hopping I can head North to reach Virginia, just pass the state line couple of miles then I can claim that I 've been to one more State. [​IMG]
    Well, If having a local with me, for sure I can make it. However, I chose the safer option which could let me take an easy day and really enjoy the ride.

    Here is my tracklog of the day 5:
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    Last time see this:
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    Got off the cabin, started the bike, it was quite chilly:
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    I headed to Dragon from theere. Done the last round of the Dragon.
    Nothing else to see and taking photos others than these - RWB VFR at the state line btw NC and TN:
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    I left the Dragon with the same route #80. But this time, I have chance to take photos with the very beautiful lake, I think it may just around within 10miles from the Dragon:

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    I headed to Blue Ridge Parkway. Passed Bryson City, I think I went for the wrong way for a while. Then came back to get thru Cherokee one more time. That was the last time I passed those two places.

    And after that I again missed the turn from the Hwy 19 to Blue Ridge Parkway. I gotta make another U-turn.
    Finally, I got this:

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    I was so happy when reaching that area. Further more, that day was really beautiful weather.
    I don't know it 's allowed or not. But who cares!?
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    Wow... many and many wow... I was really ecstatic with the beauty of the scenes on Blue Ridge Parkway:
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    (to be continued...)
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  8. VietHorse

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    The Blue Ridge Parkway may be familiar with lots of you guys, but for me, it was really awesome. I would never forget my excitement when seeing all those wonderful color.
    Words may not be able to express all the beauty of the trees, roads, and mountains there.

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    I stopped at quite numbers of overlook area. Some places I just pulled off, still sitting on the bike, enjoy the view for some seconds, then kept riding. Some others made me to off the bike, pulled my camera up and shot:

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    I reached the highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway:
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    I was wishing of Wrestler and RollingAgain being there with me:
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    (to be continued...)
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    Left the highest point of the Blue Rigde Parkway, I kept riding toward the Ashville area.
    The parkway offered lots of amazing sceneries, all the beautiful looks which I had seen only on screen:

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    One of the most beautiful look to me:
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    and this:
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    There was a tunnel:
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    I was riding near to Ashville. I sent messages to Wrestler and Earthshake to ask for some places to stay that night.
    Besides, I also looked into my Garmin GPS to find the place. Lucky me, I found the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. I calle the number on the GPS and the owner answered. Room was available, wifi free, price was ok to me.
    Headed to Ashville for some more gas and turned back a bit to the Campground. It was somewhere at the middle of the Blue Rige Parkway.

    With my GPS, I can find the place without any difficulties. I saw some bikers just heading out of the campground, some were setting up their tents.
    Met the owner, he showed me the cabins:

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    They looked nice and okay to me.

    This was my cabin for that night:
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    There was nothing inside the cabin except a bed, a small heater and some clothes hangers on the walls.
    The area has the free public bathroom and toilet. Had the washing machine, but they need coins to work. :D

    With my gears still on, I headed out about 5-7 miles for dinner. I had dinner in a Mexican restaurant that night. Food was really great.
    Come back and had bath.
    After that I brought my laptop to the recreation room (a common room of the campground) to connect to stronger wifi and chit chat with the bikers in there.
    Other riders were so supprise that I am all over from Vietnam to there and ride.
    Slept not so well that night because the small heater and thin blanket did not help.

    Tracklog for the Day 5:

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  10. VietHorse

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    Day 6 with VFR.

    After a cold night in the cabin of Blue Ridge Campground, wake up with sleepy eyes...

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    This side of the Campground is cabin area:
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    This is the office and recreation room:
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    And here is place for those who have their own tents - the house in the middle of the photo is bathrooms and laundry rooms:
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    Morning smile for a good day, why not?
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    I will leave the campground, cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, thru Highlands and toward the South. Destination of the day would be Clayton (GA)
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    It was wonderful day for ride:
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    All the road from the beginning of the day are all good.
    Stopped beside this lake:
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    Really calm water, like a mirror:
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    After that, I had to ride on a very dangerous road, the pavement was not good. The loose little sands on the road surface made me really scare. And the road was almost empty, I could not see any one, bike or car, on the road.

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    Then I got to the better road:
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    Looks like the road on Blue Ridge Parkway:
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    (to be continued...)
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  11. HPTuner

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    Great report & awesome pics! Glad you had the chance to ride some of the really good roads we are blessed with! We have a cabin between Highlands and Clayton. All the roads are good up there!
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    Hey, thank you. I was lucky as having great riding buddies, who have given me lots of great route advices. Further more, it was my luck when having my trip right at the best time in the year, when the mountains and leaves were with the best color. I believe your cabin must be very nice as I see all the great view around that area. Highlands is really nice town. I wish I had a night there, but I could not.
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    Don't know the place, but I took the right turn at this cross, well toward the Lake Toxaway:
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    That's where I turned into:
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    That was almost noon time. Arrived Cashiers and had lunch there. There was nice talk with an old man in the Subway. He saw me wearing the Texas T-shirt and was thinking that I rode all the way from Texas. He seemed know very clearly about the Blue Ridge Parkway. He said that there were lots of trees has been killed, by some sorts of insect.

    Left Cashiers, heading to the Lake Glenville. I saw on the Google Earth and realized that the road around the lake is very twisty, so I decided to make a circle around the lake.

    Really nice lake, which I took some photos the other day:
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    And of course, the road surrounding the lake also very amazing!
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    Let's see this - how to compare with the Dragon?
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    And this:
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    For you if you like to check the road out - it's Norton Road - a very motorcycle name LOL:
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    (to be continued..)
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    Left the Norton road, saw the Macon County signboard again:
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    Then I passed the Highlands. It is very nice town. I rode around Highlands and saw quite a lot bikers there:
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    Dont remember why I did not many photos there. Just remember that I lost my way for a while coz confusing of the roads due to their elevation (from GPS looks different from actual). I passed the Highlands Plaza at least twice LOL...

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    Toward Franklin:
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    This was on the way leaving Highlands:
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    Oh, it's already Georgia:
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    And North Carolina was at the back:
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    (to be continued...)
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    I reached to this point:
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    There was a very nice curve, and I tried to put the bike on the road shoulder for photograph. More than a group of Harley passed by that time. They all slowed down and asked me if I need help. They may think of I was dropping my bike there. :)

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    It's really nice corner:

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    Doh, just found a little sign of South Carolina where I "physically" passed thru:

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    The new tire really helps:

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  16. VietHorse

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    Came down for a while after crossing the South Carolina state border, then I pulled back for a rest before heading to Georgia.

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    Well, here is where I took a rest:

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    I would take the Warwoman road to Clayton. It's nice motorcycle road, not so wide, but just nice and a lot of twisties:

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    I took the Warwoman road from Pine Mountain to Clayton:
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    Checked in a hotel which I have booked in Clayton. The lady at the front desk was really nice and helpful, but her accent seemed strange to me. Faster, stronger voice than what I heard in Texas. She let me parked the bike under the shade, and give me a room which windowing the bike. Nice and big Hotel room with heater and nice bath tub.
    Don't remember exactly price, but I think it was $50 or less. Breakfast included.

    Took the bike going around Clayton, it's too small place, and have nothing to see... Had a dinner at a restaurant nearby Hotel.

    Well, that's it for the day 6:


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    I have one more day left for traveling back to Atlanta.
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    Day 7 with VFR

    Woke up after a very good night at Clayton. Thanks to the hot water bath tub and the very good heater in the room. The hotel breakfast was ok as well.

    It was raining since midnight:

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    And the morning was so chilly, ~53deg - Note that it's almost 10AM. It was much colder when in early morning:

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    It was a bit raining when I prepared for departure. The rain suit and the place for camera were ready to go.
    Here is the tracklog for the day 7:

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    It kept changing from rain to heavy foggy and so all the way from the hotel up to some next hours.... The speed was so low. I was also very concentrate to the road as I know it was my last riding day, and I did not want to make a single mistake, even a very small one.

    This 's where I stopped to take out the rain suit and stored my camera.

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    Kept riding for a while, then stopped for fuel, the sky looked brighter:

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    And it soon became like this:
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    It was the same as the day I was going to Blue Ridge Parkway with my buddies, but this seemed heavier foggy:

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    Weather was not so good for riding, but I did not want to cut short my route. I still stick to the plan that hanging around with the road 60 and US76.

    I made another stop on the way, at a very nice corner:

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    I passed the corner and come back to take photos. A very impressive turn (you can use the inserted coordinate to see the corner on map).

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    Leaves almost gone:
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    Really nice photos. Could I ask what camera you were using, and any processing.
    I live in Bryson City and ride all of those roads all the time, so it is a real treat to see photos from someone that has come from such a long distance.
    Thanks for all the kind words describing this area and the fall colors.
    Glad you enjoyed the area and had some good riding.

    "Shorty"
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  20. VietHorse

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    Thanks Dude.
    You are very lucky guy - you live in the middle of rider's heaven!! Pls help to correct whatever I have put wrongly about the places there. It took me sometimes to figure out where each of photo was taken.
    I was using Sony A37 (the mirrorless camera). I was using AcdSee to do batch edit to put the watermark on the photos.
    You know what, I also really enjoy the trip reports of the ADV guys riding in my Contry -Vietnam - as their views are different from us, who live with the place for years. I don't know if you find that in my report. Well, too bad that I did not have much time to talk, visit many other locals. If I did, there would be lots more things to share.
    Thanks for reading.
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