You Only Live Twice

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

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    After Waterrock knob I rode about 5 more miles on the BRP then got off on 19 and headed South through Cherokee. Cherokee has been a tourist trap for as long as I can remember but I think the biggest tourist attraction now is the huge casino in the middle of town.

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    I have never been in the casino and probably never will. I'd rather spend my money on gas to ride around on all the great roads around here than throw it away in the casino.

    More of Cherokee.

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    The Harley T shirt shop.

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    Not too much further down the road I reached my destination.

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    This motel was up on a hill in Bryson City. I booked this room well in advance because it was Friday night and this area tends to get booked up on weekends due to all the motorcyclists as well as car clubs who come to this area. It would also set me up for what I planned on doing Sunday morning.

    It was still pretty early in the day so after I checked in I headed out to explore the area. I wanted to find a road I had heard about many years earlier but had never gotten around to riding.

    I guess I could have done some research or asked for directions but where's the fun in that? So I wandered around a bit until I finally stumbled on what I was looking for.

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    No I wasn't looking for the high school so I could pick up some really young girls.

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    It was the road to nowhere. This road had been built many years ago with the intentions of it going "somewhere" but they never finished it so it became known as the road to nowhere.

    Since I wanted to see what nowhere looked like I headed down the road:D

    It didn't take long to come to this:

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    I turned into a curvy, scenic but somewhat rough road. I was having a fun ride until I got stuck behind some road slugs.

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    Despite going slower than the average school bus these riders, except for the one in the back, couldn't even keep it on the right side of the road:dunno

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    I couldn't stand to watch so I stopped and took a break before continueing. I eventually came to the end of the road. This is what nowhere looks like.

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    You can actually continue on if you want to hike. There is a long tunnel that leads to some hiking trails. Someday I'd like to come back and do some hiking.

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    Heading back into town I soon caught up to the road slugs so I stopped and took some pics. As you can see it was too nice of a road to waste.

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    Back in Bryson City.

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    There were plenty of touristy and most likely expensive restaurants here but I went looking for something away from the tourist areas. I found this Mexican place which was reasonably priced and very good.

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  2. klaviator

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    Whenever I'm in the area I try to meet @TrashCan and his buddies who show up early for breakfast at Deal's Gap. I had to get up and on the road right around sunrise. Getting on the road that early often provides great lighting for picture taking.

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    Fog and low clouds meant no great sunrise shots but.....

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    It is a very scenic area regardless of the lighting.

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    Not much going on at the Deal's Gap Motorcycle resort so I continued on to the overlook.

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    This is a real fun road when there is no traffic:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    I normally meet Trashcan at the overlook but on one was here yet.

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    So I rode to the lake and turned around.

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    Since I was on a scooter I could just ignore this sign:rayof

    Back to the overlook. I still had it to myself.

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  3. klaviator

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    I hung out for a bit. It was a beautiful day and this is a nice spot. A few bikes and cars went by. A big diesel pusher motorhome towing a car went by. I wonder if he knew what he was in for driving this road:scratch Later in the day this would become a real busy place. For now it was mostly quiet.

    Some sport bikes went by. I managed to get a pic but I don't think I will be putting Killboy out of business anytime soon:D

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    It looked like it may have been Trash Can's buddies but I couldn't be sure since. I waited a bit longer and TC showed up.

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    We talked a couple of minutes and headed off, me in the lead. It had been around 10 minutes since the RV went by but we caught up to it pretty quickly. I turned on my camera hoping to get some pics of it crossing the Double Yellow for the Killboy Fail thread but it pulled into the first turnoff to let us by:clap

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    We were early, but not too early for the photogs who hang out on this road.

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    Not many people at DGMR this early.

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    In a few hours this parking lot would be packed with bikes and exotic cars and plain old weird stuff like this:

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    I ate breakfast with TC and his buddies then hung out for a while.
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    As much as I enjoy hanging out here, eventually I always have to leave. I headed out on 129 towards Robbinsville. While the "dragon" gets all the hype, this the ride to Robbinsville is pretty nice too. Just off 129 is a dead end road with some good picture spots.

    Would you believe this is about a mile from Deal's Gap. I'll bet over 99% of the riders who come here never see this.

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    129 runs along the Cheoah river. This was one of those days when they let the water loose and it was raging.

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    I stopped to check out this swinging foot bridge.

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    The vast majority of riders come to this area and ride 129, 28 and the Skyway. There is some pretty cool stuff here if you are willing to get off the main roads.

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    A small scooter is perfect for exploring these roads.

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  5. klaviator

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    Next up was the Cherohala Skyway. Many people like this road better than the "dragon" or other roads in the area. I like it but to be honest I sometimes get a little bored on it. There is nothing challenging on this road. Just set the cruise at 50, lean left, lean right and repeat. Or if you are on a small scooter, pin the throttle, lean left and lean right. On the steepest parts 35 was all I could do.

    It is a very scenic road.

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    I do like having all the scenic turnouts. I wasn't the only one out having fun.

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    Then it was back to CMTC where I loaded the S8 into my truck and headed home. That was it for the trip. 5 days and 900+ miles. It doesn't sound like all that much but this trip was a milestone for me. I finally checked off that block for going touring on a small scooter. Sure I did trips on my Aprilia but a 250 isn't a small scooter.

    After I got back I was already thinking about future small scooter trips. I'm glad I did this trip on the S8 because my plan was to replace it with another small scooter that was a little more capable of going touring. It was appropriate that I did this trip on my first scooter, the one that got me hooked on scooting.
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  6. misanthropic

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    I did AOCS in 89 then advanced NFO at Mather then on to VP 31 at Moffett. I got into street riding in Northern California then had to go my fleet squadron in HI. I got spoiled as well. Thanks for the report it brought back a lot of great memories.
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  7. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for checking in. it's always good to hear from someone with a similar background. So did you do any riding in Hawaii?
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    Dirt only and it was fantastic.
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