You Only Live Twice

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. klaviator

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    By the time I was heading out around 11 the place was pretty crowded. It almost looked like a weekend. I was glad I was headed for some less crowded roads. I took 28 to Franklin where I had lunch at Subway. Then it was some of my favorite twisty roads for a while:ricky:ricky:ricky

    I ended up at Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. What a change from Deal's Gap. This is a much nicer campground also surrounded by great roads but there were no crowds here.

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    When I got to the Campground I decided to try to adjust my chain which I had noticed earlier was loose. I couldn't loosen the Axle nut and ended up bending the cheap axle wrench that came with the bike. I ended up going to Lowes and buying a 1/2 inch rachet. I had been meaning to get one anyway. I also got a 27mm socket. I was able to break the nut loose with that and adjust the chain. I was a little concerned since once chains start stretching the tend to go fast. The chain was also getting noisy.

    The next morning I headed out to ride some of my favorites. I headed over to 209 towards hot Springs and then took a right on one of my favorite roads.

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    This part of the road is gravel but no issue on street tires. I could easily ride this on on of my scooters.

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    At this point it becomes a really fun paved twisty road. I doubt many sportbikes ride it because of the gravel section. I have never seen another bike back here except those riding with me.

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    Then I headed towards some of my favorite roads that are virtually unknown except for locals. No T shirts, no photographers, very little traffic,no cute names to make them sound awesome. Just curves and more curves that rival the best of the T-shirt roads. On my way I saw a road that I had never ridden before. How was it? Lets just say it had a few curves:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    I did get some of that 20% of rain that was forecast. Although I got out of it pretty quick it wet down the road. Super twisty wet roads with leaves on them are just not my idea of fun so I didn't get to ride everything I planned on. I ended up going through Hot Springs and south on 209.

    I stopped at a scenic spot and checked my chain. It had loosened up on those 120 miles I had ridden so I adjusted it again. Now I was worrying about how long my chain would hold up. I decided to cut my trip short:(

    The next morning I packed up and headed for home. I took this pic of the creek by the campground before I left.

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    I headed up 276 towards the BRP. It was cool enough that I had to stop and put on a light jacket under my mesh jacket. Traffic was light on the Parkway. I did stop and talk to three guys riding on 50cc scooters.

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    At the time I thought they were just out for a day ride. I also thought it would be fun riding the BRP on a small scooter, maybe not as small as 50cc. My Super 8 would be fun:hmmmmm

    Weeks later I came across a ride report here on ADV and found out they were a guy with his dad and grandfather who were riding the whole BRP. It was a pretty cool ride report. I'll post a link but due to the photobucket fiasco all the pics are now gone:(
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    I got off the BRP on to 215 then took some of my favorite twisty roads eventually ending up on 64.

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    My chain was really noisy and I could feel it pulsing due to uneven wear. I decided to just head home rather than push my luck with another day of twisty roads. At least I got to ride some more twisty roads and see some nice scenery.

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    The ride from BRMC to home was 339 miles. My normal route is closer to 400 miles and includes some of the twistiest roads around.

    I put the Versys on a rear stand, removed the countershaft sprocket cover and checked everything out. I spun the rear wheel. There seemed to be one tight spot in the chain but nothing really looked that bad. I probably could have ridden another day with no problems it but too late now. It was really hot here in Huntsville and I decided to head back to the mountains early in the morning. Weather looked great Saturday and Sunday morning. Both motorcycles needed work so it would be one of the scooters.
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    Was your son still riding at this point? How old was he then? Thanks and enjoying the ride
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    He was in high school at this time and on the Cross country, track, wrestling and rugby teams. That didn't leave much time for riding. If you continue in the thread, you'll see him again.
  5. klaviator

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    I guess seeing those little scooters on the BRP influenced what I did next. I really wanted to ride my Super 8 on the BRP but the time I had made that idea impractical. So I loaded it in the truck and headed for Tellico Plains. I saw a ton of Harleys on the road even though it was before sunrise. They were headed for the Trail of Tears ride. I hope they enjoyed it. Riding in a giant group like that was not my idea of fun.

    This was more my idea of fun. Since I was on a scooter and not a motorcycle I guess I could just ignore this sign:D

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    A little further up the road I stopped and saw someone I knew. It was Maydaymike on this forum as well as bamarides.

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    I'm guessing he was a bit surprised to see me up on the Skyway on my little scooter.

    After the Skyway I rode the super twisty but rough road through Joyce Kilmer then headed towards Deal's Gap on 129.

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    I stopped at the Tapoca lodge to get this same pic I took earlier in the week with my Versys.

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    There was a huge crowd at DGMR. I headed down 129 towards the overlook. Despite the huge crowd at Deal's Gap the traffic on 129 wasn't that bad. I only came up behind one car riding to the overlook and it used a pullout and let me by. I hung out for a while at the overlook.

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    There was more traffic riding back up through the Gap and I ended up pulling over and letting slow traffic get up the road a couple of times. By this time I had run through a tank of gas and used some of the gallon of gas I had on the back of the seat. My Kymco's gas tank is only 1.3 gallons. I was going to get gas a DGMR despite the nearly $4 per gallon price but it looked like about a 15 minute line at the cashier counter so I headed up 28 to Fontana where I filled up. Then I took one of the local roads that has virtually no traffic and is nearly as twisty as 129.

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    Then another local road less than 2 miles from Deal's Gap for some scenic pics.

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    Then back up to DGMR and hung out a bit. It seems that Saturday is tourist day while more of the regulars show up on Sunday. I headed back towards the Skyway on 129. Took a little detour on some more fun roads.

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    Then I headed for the Skyway.

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    The leaves were changing color in a few spots.

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    I had a nice dinner at the Tellicafe in Tellico Plains then spent the night at Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground.

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    I got up early the next morning and thought about heading to Deal's Gap but decided not to because I wanted to get back and head for home before the predicted thunderstorms arrived. I headed out to Bald River Falls. I've never seen it with so little water.

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    I continued up the road and took a left on the forest service road that goes up to Stratton Meadows on the Skyway. It's a nice scenic road that I had ridden many times before on my dual sport bikes. This time I stopped and took some pics.

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    This road is mostly smooth gravel but has a few paved sections.

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    I was riding 30, sometimes over 40 MPH despite being on a scooter with 14 inch wheels and limited suspension.

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    After 12 miles I was back to the Skyway.

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    I went down the Skyway for a while. Rain was in the forecast so traffic was very light. I was thinking of how great it was to be able to cruise the Skyway without getting stuck behind slow traffic when I came up behind a slow moving parade of cruisers and a Spyder.:fpalm Oh well, there are some nice side roads off of the Skyway so I took one.

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    Then it was back to CMTC to pack up and head for home.

    It was good to get back up to the mountains on my Super 8. I had just been using it mainly for commuting but it was also a fun bike up here. It lacks a little power when going uphill or trying to pass but it was far from the slowest bike on the road. The only other bikes this small that I saw this weekend were some Grom's that were riding Deal's Gap. The Grom's looked like fun but a small scooter is also fun and you could actually tour on one.

    Well my week off came to an end and it was time to get back to the real world.:(
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    It was a cool and perfect morning as I headed off towards Birmingham and the Barber Motorsports Complex. Normally I don't care for cruising on the interstate but on this morning I just enjoyed the scenery. When I got to Barber I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to buy a ticket with virtually no wait. They really seemed to be well organized this year. I found a place to park my scooter and headed off to find the Bamarides booth in the swap meet. I hung out there a bit catching up with the people there and then headed out to see some of the cool stuff at the Vintage fest.

    There were plenty of interesting bikes there both old and new.

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    I headed over to the Vendor section. Interesting looking bikes that I had never heard of before.

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    I found TrashCan at the Bates Leather tent so we spent some time catching up. He had just bought a new (to him) Ninja 250 and ridden it here from the Knoxville area. I really liked the color scheme on this bike:thumb

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    I was surprised to see that Kymco had a tent set up there. So I stopped in and had an interesting time there.

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    I started out by looking at the scooters. They had the new Super 8 but I didn't like it as much as my 2009. They completely changed it last year.

    This little scooter was really tiny and I thought is was a 50cc but it turns out its around 112cc.

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    They also had this new concept bike for evaluation for sale in the U.S. market.

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    I sat on it. It seemed to be a little bigger than the Grom. I wasn't cramped and the seat seemed to be pretty comfortable. 150cc and five speeds might give it a leg up on the Grom and new Z125.

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    I was glad to see Kymco making some effort to sell scooters and motorcycles. I wish they sold better and that Midway Cycles still sold them. I asked the Kymco rep about Midway's status as a dealer. He said that unless they found another dealer in the area they won't drop Midway even though they aren't selling any scooters at this time. That turned out to be false as Midway could no longer order Kymco parts

    I did talk to another guy who used to own Magic City Scooters in Birmingham. He now worked for Max Motorsports which bought Magic City Scooters. They were a Kymco dealer and would also be getting Vespa/Piaggio. I hoped to make it down to Birmingham to check them put sometime.
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    After the Kymco tent I wandered around. Heading towards the track I saw this:

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    I had seen this stuff on X games on TV but it is much more impressive seeing it in person.

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    One of my regrets in life was not starting to ride in the dirt early enough to be able to get some good air over a jump. Maybe not on the level of these guys but good enough to do your typical MX jump. I did a little jumping in my dirt bike days but never got any real air:(

    One thing I never regretted was not learning to jump a snowmobile.........in Alabama of all places:D

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    As I was watching this I thought; WOW, what a cool place this is. There are guys doing stunts in front of me and behind me is a world class racetrack with some great racing going on. And it's not just that. Barber is a really impressive facility, perhaps the best of it's kind in the world and it's right here in Alabama. On top of that the weather was about perfect, low 80s, sunny and low humidity.

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    After watching some racing I headed back for the Bamarides tent. On the way there I ran in to my friend Mike who I knew from TWO. So we talked a bit and I got someone to take our pic. Somehow the setting on my camera got changed so the rest of my pics have some special effects.

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    The swap meet was full of interesting and unusual bikes. There were hundreds of them but I only took a few pics.

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    After hanging out with the cool kids a Bamarides for a bit I headed back to the track. I went past where my bike was parked and took a pic. There were a lot more bikes there when I arrived.

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    More racing. One thing the pics can't show is the awesome sounds these bike make. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast you know what I'm talking about.

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    That was the last race. Time to head back to the Bamarides tent and hang out.

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    So I hung out a while then it was time to head home.

    It was an awesome day. Even if you are not into vintage bikes this is a cool event. I highly recommend it.
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    Debbi and I decided to head to Maggie Valley to spend some time riding the awesome roads in that area and hopefully checking out some nice fall colors. We took the easy way there by loading the Majesty into the truck and just slabbing it there. One of the reasons for buying the Majesty was for trips like this. It's light enough to load into the back of my truck yet big and comfortable enough to ride two up when we get to our destination.

    Debbi is a late sleeper and I'm the opposite. I got early in the morning while she was still asleep. This was in front of the motel we were staying at. The whole town decorates like this in the fall.

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    I had time for a short ride so I rode up to the local ski area.

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    Same view, different setting on my camera.

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    Doing a little "adventure" riding:D

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    Debbi finally got up and we headed off to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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    We stopped at Waterrock knob.

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    One of the most popular picture spots on the parkway.

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    Colors were not at their peak but still not bad.

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    Debbi decided to hike to the top. She figured that with all the steps she climbed a couple of months earlier on the cruise she could do this.

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    We did make it to the top. It's a nice view from up here.

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    Using the zoom on my camera.

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    After the hike we were getting hungry so we stopped at the Pisgah Inn for lunch. I didn't take any food pics but lunch was great and we got a table right by the window. If you have never eaten there the restaurant has great views of the mountains.

    After lunch we continued a few miles on the Parkway then turned onto Route 151. This is a nice twisty road that heads down the mountain towards Asheville. It is a fun ride:ricky:ricky:ricky

    Part of the way down we stopped and Debbi took some pics.

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    Then we headed back the way we came. We wanted to be at Watterock Knob for Sunset. Luckily traffic on the Parkway was much lighter than it had been earlier in the day and we were able to cruise at a "reasonable" speed. We made it in time and took a bunch of pics.

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    I have always liked Maggie Valley. Yes it's a bit of a tourist trap but it's also a pretty town surrounded by great scenery and fantastic riding both on and off the pavement. There is a reason it's so popular with motorcycle riders.

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    After Debbi got up and going it was time to ride. This time Debbi took the camera so most of the pics for this day were taken by her. Today's ride was to Hot Springs NC. Instead of being up on the mountain looking down we would mostly be in the valleys looking up at the scenery. 209 to Hot Springs is one of my favorite roads and riding it on an absolutely beautiful day like we had on this day is just fantastic. I'll let Debbi's pictures do the talking.

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    This is not 209, it's some back roads I use to connect Maggie Valley to 209. There is never much traffic on these roads.

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    This is pretty neat!
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    After our stop we continued on 209 to Hot Springs.

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    I wanted to have lunch at the little country store in front of the campground and eat outside at a picnic table like I have many times in the past but it was closed. So we tried someplace new.

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    The food was very good but we ate waaaaay too much. This place also had a hotel upstairs.

    Then we wandered around town a bit.

    A pic of Hot Springs. We weren't the only riders in town.

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    Then we continued on and did a loop out of Hot Springs.

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    The problem with this spot was that this road was so twisty that it was hard to find a place to safely turn around. I had to go quite a ways in either direction.

    Took a super twisty road down to the river and stopped here to get some shots and take a break.

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    Eventually we ended up back in Hot Springs and then heading South on 209. Debbi got some more shots as we were riding.

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    I got up early the next morning and headed up to Waterrock Knob. I had been wanting to hike the trail to the top for years but never got around to it. Most of the times I had been there I was dressed in riding gear and wearing riding boots. This time I wore hiking boots. It's about 10 miles from the motel to Waterrock Knob. It was a chilly ride but scenic and fun. I rode a bit past the Knob and took this pic:

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    Then rode back and started hiking up. The trail wasn't real long but pretty steep.

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    Besides the fact that I really needed to get some exercise due to all the food I'd been eating, there were some pretty nice views up here. That's the parkway down there.

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    Time to hike back down. That's Harrah's Casino in Cherokee if I'm not mistaken.

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    The ride back to MV on the BRP was very scenic. The leaves still weren't at peak but more colorful than two days earlier. However most of the pics I took didn't really show the colors so I won't post any.
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    Back at the motel Debbi was ready for some breakfast. She is not normally a big breakfast eater but was in the mood for pancakes this morning. Unfortunately Joey's pancake house was closed on Thursdays:( So we decided to try the Maggie Valley Restaurant. The pancakes there were as good if not better than Joey's. Of course we ended up eating way too much.......again.

    Got this pic back at the motel.

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    Since we ate so much we were feeling lazy and just hung out at the motel for a while. There is a creek behind the motel and they had a hammock for two so we laid in it for a while and enjoyed the sounds of the creek. Finally we got up and I took a few pics of the creek.

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    Debbi was feeling like vegging out so I ended up going riding by myself. I decided to ride a road I wanted to work into the ride the day before but didn't. So I headed out on my normal route towards Hot Springs.

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    Anyone seen the movie Field of Dreams? Well if you did you should know why I posted the next pic:

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    I ended up on 209 and then turned on to 63. This is a fantastic road but I hadn't ridden it in many years. These were right at the beginning of 63:

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    The real reason for riding this road.

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    After this last pic which was somewhere just off of 63 I turned around and headed back.

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    Back in Maggie Valley.

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    That was it for Maggie valley. The next day we would head over to Sevierville for a couple of nights. I planned on being a good husband and doing the tourist thing and go to Dollywood with Debbi. At least I'd get to do some riding including one of my favorite roads which is between Maggie and Sevierville. I won't post the real name of the road but I call it the "Dragon's Evil Twin".
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    This would be the last day of riding on this vacation but it was a great day as I ended up going on three rides. First, I got up early and headed out while Debbi was still sleeping. I headed up to the BRP to see if the leaves had gotten better in the last few days. I got to the BRP shorty after eight. It was a bit chilly but since it was early there wasn't a lot of traffic. I guess the leaf peepers like to sleep in. Good thing because they tend to drive 10-25 MPH under the speed limit. So I was able to have a little fun cruising the parkway and still get some pics.

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    Saw this interesting "RV" at Waterrock Knob. It looks like they took and old U haul truck, re-painted it, added some windows and maybe some stuff to the inside. The inportant thing was they had room to haul their bikes.

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    As I was exiting the BRP to head back to MV I noticed a couple of Harleys stopped at the side of the road. Then I noticed more bikes stopped. There were three ELK feeding just off the road.

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    Everyone was stopping to take pics. Eventually I needed to go so I just cruised by slowly and got a closer pic.

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    We needed to be checked out of our motel room by 11:00 so I got back around 9:30 to help do that. We decided to walk across the street to Joey's Pancake House for breakfast and then after that we would go for a ride before coming back and getting out truck at the motel. As it had been all week there had was a crowd waiting to get into Joey's. Our wait was about 25 minutes but I had gone over and got in line before we finished checking out so our wait was only about 10-15 minutes. We were wondering how the pancakes here compared to the pancakes at the Maggie Valley Restaurant. We got some blueberry pancakes along with some other stuff. Overall I thought my breakfast at Joey's was better than MVR but Debbi and I agreed that the pancakes at MVR were better.

    Then it was time to do some more riding. We decided to go back to the BRP. Yes we had already ridden it a few days ago but the leaves were gotten much more colorful in those few days. So Debbi took over the cameraman duties and off we went. Debbi ended up taking over 100 pictures in the 55 or so miles we rode. Good thing this wasn't the old days of having film in the camera's. Anyway, here's a few of those pics:

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    When we first got on the parkway there seemed to be a lot of slow moving leaf peepers and we thought this would be a real slow ride. It turned out that the traffic thinned out and we were able to ride at a decent pace much of the time. We were hoping to get the colorful background in this next pic but it didn't work out.

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    Heading back to Maggie Valley.

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    9,892
    Location:
    Huntsville , Al
    When we got back to the motel, the plan was for Debbi to drive the truck to Sevierville where we would spend the next two nights and I would take the "scenic" route on the scooter. So that's what we did. Heading out from MV I took the scenic and twisty route to get to I-40.

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    I-40 at this point is not your typical interstate. It is very curvy and scenic. I was only on it for a few miles them exited on to a "road" I haven't ridden in years. This road is unusual in that there is no on or off ramp. It's just there off the side of the interstate.

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    I stopped to get a pic of the small waterfalls off the road.

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    This road is pretty rough so it was slow going on the scooter. In the past I rode this on dual sport bikes.

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    This is as far as I rode.

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    Heading back towards I-40

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    Local dual sport riders familiar with this area probably recognize this road. It's the one that if you are not careful at the end you might just become a hood ornament for a truck.

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    Then it was back on I-40 to get to another of my favorite roads.

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    This part of the road keeps the posers and riff raff away:D

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    This is the part I call the "dragon's evil twin".

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    It's sort of like the dragon......except it's twistier and has far less traffic.

    After that I worked my way to Sevierville to meet Debbi. On the way I found another really nice road I had never ridden before.

    That was it for the riding part of this vacation. We spent the next couple of days being typical tourists in one of the biggest tourist traps in this part of the country.
    Phipsd, BillUA, sealsam and 1 other person like this.
  20. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

    Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,615
    Location:
    seal beach, ca.
    Exceptional my friend!

    You have so much envious riding out your way. Glad to see the Majesty is more than capable two up, I haven't done that yet.

    Great as always klav!

    Thanks for sharing.