Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. SoloRider73

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    Hopefully you didn't get caught in the strong storms today.
  2. klaviator

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    Got some light rain. Never put on my rainsuit.

    We're at the Tanglewood now. It's an old motel but very nice. It will be perfect for the August event.

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  3. klaviator

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    Waiting to get into a restaurant.

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    We finally got seated. Took a while to get served drinks. 0712201842.jpg
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    Wow, looks like a fantastic trip. Enjoy the hell out of it!!
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    We need to know where that place is :photog
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  7. klaviator

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    It's the Mexican place in the middle of MV.
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    Guayabitos, great owner and a great family. Love that place!
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  9. klaviator

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    We had a FANTASTIC ride today. Details and pics when I get back. I have another small world story as well.

    Tomorrow should be another great ride.
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    Looks like they had to siphon a nearby lake for that beverage!
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  11. klaviator

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    Lunch at Wendy's today. It's around 75 degrees here.

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    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I hate you! :lol3
    It's going to be back over 100ยบ here again, with 60-70% humidity! :knary

    That isn't going to stop us from riding though!

    Looks like you're having a fun time! :thumb
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  13. klaviator

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    Another great ride today.

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    Good ride with good company, has to be a hoot.
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  15. klaviator

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    Joey's pancake house.

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  16. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I made it back around 5 today. It was a great four days. I took 239 pics with my camera and some more with my phone. I downloaded the pics so I guess I'll get started on the ride report before I fall asleep.


    Beat the Heat Scouting Ride.

    This story started before I left for Maggie Valley. This was a pre-ride for the Maggie Valley Beat the Heat Scooter ride. It was much more than just pre-riding some of the routes. I wanted to see what things were like in the area because of the Corona Virus. I also wanted to check out the motel we would be staying at.

    The pre ride was also planned in that thread. It was while planning the pre-ride that my "small world" story starts. There were a number of people interested in coming to the pre-ride but as it got close to the actual date it looked like there would be 4 of us. My old riding buddy Steve ( @Raptorman ), Another recent scooter convert Rich ( @2372ighost ) and a MV local, Josh ( @JRowland ).

    Josh and I have never met in person but had interacted on the forum. A few days before the pre-ride we exchanged phone numbers. Then he he sent me text that Doug, an old friend of mine wanted to come also:eek7:eek7 What??? How did he know Doug. I hadn't seen Doug in nearly 5 years.

    It turns out that they knew each other through the DR650 thread on ADV and Doug had posted that he would be riding with me so Doug mentioned that he knew me as well. So I was excited to be seeing Doug again. We first met at an HSTA rally back around 1993 and rode together a number of years with the last time being in 2015 in West Virginia.

    I was also excited to be going back to Maggie Valley which is one of my favorite towns and has some fantastic riding in the area. I was so excited that I woke up before my alarm went off Friday morning and was on the road by 6:20 AM.

    It's July in Alabama which means Hot, hot and hot but it was still cool this early in the morning and the sky to the East was interesting.

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    I was soon cold enough that I stopped and put a jacket under my mesh Jacket.

    Nearing Chattanooga I stopped at the Tennessee welcome center. I texted Rich were I was and he texted back that he was around 20 miles from there. We were planning to meet in Tellico Plains but ended meeting at the welcome center. Rich was on his 2007 Majesty.

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    He had just bought this scooter a few weeks earlier, did a bunch of maintenance on it and put a whopping 70 miles on it before deciding to ride it on this trip.

    We rode some boring interstate through Chattanooga before getting off just before Cleveland and some more boring roads to get around Cleveland. Then we hit some nice twisty roads, 30, 315 and 39 to Tellico Plains where we stopped for lunch.

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    This was the Exxon Station/Cherohala Market at the beginning of the Skyway.

    Then we had a great run over the Skyway. There was very little traffic and it was nice and cool, actually downright cold at higher elevations. The Majesty just flows through the curves on this road. After the Skyway we rode 143 to 28 to 74. There were some bight yellow flowers on the side of 74 so I snapped a couple of pics.

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    Over the shoulder.

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  17. klaviator

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    From 74 we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and rode that to 19 into Maggie Valley. Our motel was the Tanglewood Inn. We choose this Motel for the main event because of the recommendations of @DandyDoug who used to come here for Triumph rallies.

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    Steve, who had a much shorter ride than us was already there with his 2004 V-strom 650. All of us were on different bikes than we would be riding next month on the big ride.

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    The Tanglewood, like most of the mom and pop motels in MV is an older motel. The rooms were a bit dated but nice. I like this kind of motel because you can park right outside your room and there were rocking chairs just outside the room as well. This kind of setup is much better for a group than a more modern motel where the room open to inside hallways.

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    We walked over to the "butts on the Creek restaurant across the street but they had run out of food so we rode to Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant for dinner. Maggie Valley "ATTGATT"

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    I got this pic of Rich and his "tiny" margarita.

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    Dinner was good. After dinner we walked across the street for some ice cream.

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    The view from the ice cream place.

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    Later, back at the motel, Steve showed Rich how to play corn hole.

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    Rich was a fast learner and won. Then he beat me at a game.
  18. klaviator

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    It was a cool and beautiful Monday morning.

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    We had brought some food and ate breakfast at the motel. Soon Doug and Josh showed up. Both were on DR650s

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    Last time I rode with Doug was 5 years ago in West Virginia. At that time he was 75 years young and his wife had just bought him track prepped GSXR750 to replace his "slow" SV650 for track riding. Now Doug is 80 and he told me he had decided to stop riding on the track.

    Josh is a bit younger and has a very nicely set up DR650.

    After some tire kicking we got on the road. It was still chilly so we started off with some layers under our mesh jackets.

    Our route today was through some beeeuuutiful country side.

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    It was also one of the curviest routes I have ever done.

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    Riding into the town of Marshall.

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  19. klaviator

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    We stopped and took a break in Marshall.

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    It was starting to warm up so I took off the light jacket under my mesh jacket. The weather here in the North Carolina mountains is amazing. It's hotter than hell in most of the country but it was very comfortable here.

    We BS'd for a while and then continued the ride. Right out of Marshall we picked up a twisty and scenic as hell little road that most sportbike riders would probably hate. It's way twistier than the dragon and also a bit dirty. On a scooter or dualsport bike it rocks. I was too busy riding to get any pics until we came to a turn where I was able to get this one.

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    Then we rode down to the river and took a break and this scenic spot.

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    While we were there a train came by. The trees prevented me from getting much of it in a pic.

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    Crossing under the railroad bridge. To bad I couldn't have timed it better to get a train in the pic.

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  20. ClearwaterBMW

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    Fantastic ride report
    really appreciate all the pictures
    how nice that this pre-ride brought you together with old friends
    Maggie Valley rally is going to be unbelievable
    sorry I'm going to miss
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