Ridin' with my Dad

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Shekinahglori, May 17, 2019.

  1. Shekinahglori

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    Like a lot of fellow riders, it was my dad who instilled in me a love for motorcycles. Not because he bought me a dirt bike as a kid, but because he brought one home when he turned 50. I was 20 at the time, newly married, and was immediately enthralled.

    In the 1970's, he had owned a Gold Wing back when he and Mom married, but gave it up when my brother and I came along. Too many responsibilities to keep it.
    Fast forward to a midlife crisis, and there he is riding up on a 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. The first bike I ever rode pillion on, the first bike I ever piloted on my own, and the first bike I ever wrecked (doing a slow u-turn in the church parking lot). After that experience, including my first pipe burn (3rd degree), I had to ride.

    My husband bought a 1984 Honda Shadow, but after a few short months, he bought me a little Honda Rebel, so I could learn to ride solo. Within a year, I had 'outgrown' my little Rebel and took my husbands' Shadow 700. Dad thought it was funny.

    My husband, Kev, and I rode together some, but over the years he eventually lost interest. My mom rode pillion behind my dad for many years until recent years, when she decided he can't be holding up a heavy bike AND her on the back. For these reasons, I tend to ride alone and so does dad. On rare occasions, we do an afternoon ride together.
    I've always wanted to do multi-day trips with my dad, but there was never a good time to ask off work, etc. Then in February of this year, I realized that not only will I be 40 this year, but my dad will be 70. It's time to stop putting things off.
    This year is our year.
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  2. Shekinahglori

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    Last week, dad asked if I wanted to spend the weekend riding. I said yes! Left work at lunchtime Thursday and we packed the bikes, and struck out for Georgia! We left Asheville, NC and rode down 19/23 following it out to Sylva, turning down 23 and enjoying low traffic, perfect temperatures and abundant sunshine!
    Here's a look at mine and Dad's trusty stress, with the North Georgia mountains in the background.
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  3. Shekinahglori

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    We rode 110 miles on Thursday afternoon, and spent the night in Hiwassee. We slept fitfully, but after showers, coffee, and cinnabons, we were eager to ride again.
    We dried my wee Strom and Dad's Vulcan and hit the road! IMG_20190517_144451523.jpg IMG_20190517_144609666.jpg
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  4. Shekinahglori

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    Helen...Dahlonega...Ellijay...and lunch at Shane's rib shack. IMG_20190517_130649725.jpg
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    Then over to Blue Ridge, through a short rain shower, and down to Suches (love Ga 60)...then up to Blairsville for a delicious fried apple pie and coffee at Rib Country BBQ. IMG_20190517_152807882.jpg IMG_20190517_153819213.jpg
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    Rode back to Hiwasee on 76 and collapsed for a bit before showering and walking down to Monte Alba Mexican restaurant for dinner and a margarita.
    Total miles today..182.
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  7. jeffmackvision

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    That’s awesome. You picked some great roads...... even better company. Well done
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  8. Shekinahglori

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    The day dawned clear and perfect for riding! IMG_20190518_092422892_HDR.jpg
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  9. Shekinahglori

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    IMG_20190518_100856697.jpg After breakfast, we rode up 175 to 64 and rode east. The sweeping curves and cool mountain air was the perfect way to start the day! IMG_20190518_100932623_HDR.jpg
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    Just before Franklin, we took Patton Rd over to Wayah and had a glorious time going over the mountain and through the woods to the Nantahala gorge! IMG_20190518_112629888.jpg
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    Had lunch in Bryson City and rode 74 and I-40 home to Asheville.
    Mileage today...154 miles...trip total 447. IMG_20190518_135247429.jpg
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    My awesome Dad, Jed.
    Yes, we are already looking forward to the next trip!
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  12. Snapper33

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    The best of times! Good for you and your dad! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. ShineySideUp

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    What a blessing for both of you to spend time together riding! Your both making memories that will last.
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  14. CowboyRR

    CowboyRR Been here awhile

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    Just Awesome!
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  15. Dances With Roos

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    Ride with your dad as long as you can! My dad and I ride together still, but his riding days are coming to an end soon, he is 93 years old now, so it's usually a short ride to the beach for a beer or coffee.
    But it's still special to us!
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  16. mrsdnf

    mrsdnf Been here awhile

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    I know the feeling of travelling with a parent Shekinahglori. Thanks for the story and may there be many rides to come.
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  17. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Great ride, great Dad and Daughter. Priceless memories!

    Cheers
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  18. justcountry04

    justcountry04 Been here awhile

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    Great story, You guys don't know how lucky you are growing up with Dads! Unfortunately My dad was killed in a car accident when I was 5, but not before making memories of riding me around on his old enduro mc back in the 70's! I guess thats what instilled my love of bikes that I have to this day. Now Im a daddy at 44 of a curious 2 year old boy, with another little boy on the way. My plan is to hopefully introduce them to motorcycle riding and make some great memories with them along the way. Over the years of being here on ADV, some stories have really me stop and think how short life is and to live every day like its your last. Keep on riding. :-)
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  19. tastroman

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    When I was younger in the early 90's I did a Western Carolina trip/Parkway trip with my dad (rip). Last week I repeated the trip with my own daughter who's 20 and about a year into her own bike. I can only hope the recent trip is as memorable for my daughter as the trip I took with my father was for me.

    I love when the passion for riding is passed down. I'm sure your father is proud of you.
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  20. Karlfitt

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    My dad taught me to ride in the dirt when I was 5.
    Did dirt rides with him while growing up.

    Got my first street bike at 19. By then my dad didn't ride any more.
    After a bit I guess he missed it because at 60 he bought himself a road bike (Used single cam Honda 750)
    Always talked about doing a ride together, but never did. He had a stroke instead and was paralyzed on his right side.

    Good for you and your dad for getting out together.
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