This trip came about as most of my trip do. My riding buddy and closest friend convinced his employer that if he didn't get a few days off he was headed for a possible nervous break down. It was a short notice for planning a three day trip (adventure) but that is how most of our ride come about. We have been riding most every weekend now for the last several years . We both own several bikes and ride dualsport and sporttouring rides with the Charlotte ride group as well. As he holds a day job as a machinist , and I am retired I usually do most of the route planning. Having grown up and spending a lot of my younger years in and around the Andrews, Robbinsville and western NC mountians I am very fimiliars with most all the twistie 2 lane blacktop and gravel fire service roads throught the Apalachin mountians. I have also spent a lot of time in Tennessee riding over the last 20 years. Our plan was simple. We will ride the crooked, longist, two lane route we can find due west from Charlotte NC. Toward Memphis Tenn. After the initial plan was set we decided to invite our other riding buddy Opa and he redily agreed to go. Opa, as myself is a retired truck driver and has spent most of his later years in and around the western NC , SC mountians. In other words, they ain't many places one of us ain't been. After a short conversation it was agreed that Flasher, and I Augiedog, would leave Gastonia at 8:00 , meet Opa at the Spinnex on rt 11 and rt 176 at 9:00. He would plan a route and lead us to Tellico Plains and There I would take over and lead as far west as we could go and get back by late Sunday evening.Some people still have work, (Flasher) and make sure there is going to be money in the social security fund for us retires to be able to take these trips in our retirement years. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and contributions.