Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. klaviator

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    We then got on some of my favorite twisty roads. I'm talking non stop curves that seem to go on forever and have virtually no traffic. I was too busy riding to take pics until we came up behind some Harley's and had to slow down.

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    They were moving along at a respectable pace, just not as fast as us. A few miles down the road at a convenient place they pulled over and waved us by.

    I did get a few pics but they do no justice to how spectacular these roads are.

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    The scenery is not Colorado spectacular, just very pretty. The roads on the other hand are a curvaholic's dream. I don't know anywhere that has better curvy roads. The dragon is merely a good warmup for these roads.

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    We stopped at the Little Creek cafe where we ate last year.

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    Since it was Monday they were closed. We headed maybe a mile down the road.

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    Note the pizza on the bottom left:lol3

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    We ate the tables outside. I had a half of a slice of pizza. It was OK but nothing special.
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    Wow, thanks for the pics.
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    The best pics are still coming up.
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    Can't wait, thanks!
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    Win, it was awesome meeting and riding with you guys. Everyone there was good people which was even better than the absolutely fabulous road selection you put together! See you again soon.

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  6. klaviator

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    It was really great meeting you as well. Thanks for adding the pics. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in August.
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    I'm glad Josh brought this up and jogged my memory. I love Maggie Valley and I love the riding there but I don't want to forget the best part of these trips. That would be the people. I have ridden with Steve and Rich many times before and still enjoy their company tremendously. I also got to meet Josh and Larry (@cleanerman ) for the first time after interacting with both of them on the forum. That was a great experience. Seeing Doug after all those years was also fantastic. Still riding the way he does at the age of 80 is an inspiration for sure.

    I also have no doubt that come August when we have the group there is will also be a fantastic experience meeting all the inmates, some of whom I have been interacting with on ADV for many years.

    I have some stuff to do but I'll continue with the ride report later.
  8. klaviator

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    Getting ready to go after lunch. The sky looked ominous but we never got any rain.

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    We went over over a mountain road then turned around and rode it the other way. We stopped and got some pics at the turn around spot. We did the same thing last year at this same spot.

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    Doug and Josh had the lightest and most maneuverable bikes so they made some runs for the camera.

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    I think a dual sport bike is much better for these roads than a sport bike would be. Of course a scooter rocks as well.

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    After taking the above pics, Rich went ahead to set up by a curve and take our pics. He recently got a camera that he could use to take pics more easily like I do. Hopefully he'll come along and post those pics but he's out flying today.

    I also set up outside a curve and took some pics.

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    Despite having just bought this scooter, Rich was doing just fine on it.

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    After taking the pics I rode after the others. Josh was set up in a curve taking pics which he posted earlier.

    I stopped at the end of the road and took this pic.

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    There is no road sign so that building is how I recognize it.
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    It's hard to describe how great the riding was on this ride. The roads, the weather, the scenery, the other riders, it was all close to perfect. My pics don't really capture it. Just imagine riding all day with your bike leaned over one way or the other 90% of the time.

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    If you rode here all the time you would never wear down the center of your tires.

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    One of the very few times we came up behind another vehicle.

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    If I remember correctly that truck turned off pretty quickly to we weren't stuck behind it for long.

    Couldn't ask for a better group to ride with.

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    We stopped again in Marshal. Someone pointed out that there was something they hadn't seen in a long time.

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    Both Doug and Josh peeled off before we returned to Maggie Valley. Those lucky bums live locally.
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    After getting back to the motel we researched options for dinner. Many of the local restaurants close on Mondays. The few that were open were most likely crowded so we just got takeout at Subway and ate at the motel.

    After dinner I wandered around some. There is a creek by the motel and it had this tiny waterfalls.

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    Interesting clouds around sunset.

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    ADV Salute! LOL! :jack I've lost count of how many times I've had to get my bike off that damn dam for a Win photo op. :dirtdog
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    We stopped again in Marshal. Someone pointed out that there was something they hadn't seen in a long time.

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    That someone would be me. My first car was a 1966 turquoise Rambler American 440 (not the cubic inches I promise you). What a babe magnet. NOT! But the HS girls (cheerleaders no less) did think it was better than riding the bus to school. Just sayin. :clap
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  14. klaviator

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    Tuesday morning was another breakfast at the motel day. Like the previous day our plan was to be on the road at 9. Since we had plenty of time Steve used it to detail his 16 year old V-Strom which looks like it rolled off the showroom floor earlier this year.

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    Josh joined us again giving us four riders for the days ride.

    We headed up to the BRP. I put my rain jacket over my mesh jacket along with a layer underneath so i wouldn't freeze.

    Some pics on the BRP.

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    Then we had to ride some four lane to get to more good roads.

    Sorry for the blurry pic but this sign is not kidding. There are some serious curves ahead.

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    No pics of the curves.

    I love riding along lakes!

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    We stopped and took a break.

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    I didn't get a pic but there is a sand beach just to the right.
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    After our break we stopped at one of my favorite photo spots.

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    A bigger view.

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    Then it was time for some more intense twisties. Eventually we ended up on 28/64 headed for Highlands. Shortly after getting into the good part of that road we were stopped by a flagman. Due to construction the road was only one lane for a bit. When we took off again we were stuck in a caravan of slow moving cages. At least it was easy to take pics.

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    This is a spectacular piece of road with a cliff on one side and nearly sheer dropoff on the other. There is a small parking area where you can view Cullasaja falls so we stopped there.

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    This is a spectacular waterfalls but leaves block most of the view. I took a pic but its not worth posting. To really see the falls you have to be there when there are no leaves on the trees or hike down a really steep trail.

    So I just took this pic off of Wikipedia.

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    We enjoyed the view and waited a few minutes. because of the flagman no more traffic came through before we took off.

    More spectacular scenery.

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    We had a clear twisty road ahead:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    We had fun but didn't go real fast since we knew we would eventually catch up with the traffic ahead.

    Eventually we did so we stopped for another short break so we could enjoy the road.

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    This is a great road but typically has a lot of traffic. "Surfing the Gap" is often the best way to enjoy it.

    We caught the traffic again and took advantage of that to get a pic of this great view.

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    We were soon in Highlands.

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    Its a pretty little town but very crowded and very expensive.

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    Steve calls it the Telluride of the East or something like that.

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    I had plenty of time to take pics while stuck in traffic.

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    Splinters are going to be a big problem! :lol3





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    Yeah but there's a lot of fiber in those tables:jack
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    After Highlands we hit a fun road. Intense, steep hairpins, great scenery and a mile of dirt road thrown in. Normally that mile of dirt is no big deal but must have been recently graded and made the scooter feel squirrely. No big deal, it was only a mile.

    Then we came to another of my favorite picture spots.

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    Steve didn't ride his Strom up on to the picture spot because....

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    Turning a big, heavy bike around is a bit of work.

    That's when Josh took the pic of Steve giving the ADV salute posted earlier.

    We rode into Cashiers and ate at Wendy's. This is not your typical Wendy's.

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    We ate AT the tables outside. It was perfect. I think it was around 75 degrees.

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    I was going to mention the tables deal as well but saw I'd been beat. No pun on saw, table, eat, table, etc.
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