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I left earlier than planned giving myself 4 hours to ride 120 miles to the Exxon gas station in Tellico Plains and other riders.
Left home Friday morning as the Valley temperature was at about 60F with clear blue skies above me.
No need to stop for gas as the 1800 at mid 6o's mph will travel about 45 miles a gallon and I have nearly 6 gallons in the tank.
Up and over the mountain to Cherokee and not many leaf peepers in evidence on the road.
A couple of back roads help me avoid Cherokee and I'm on the 4 lane just east of Bryson City with the sun warming my back.
And then the clear blue skies filled in with low clouds that hang on the tree tops as I ride through the Nantahala Gorge.
After a couple more miles the skies clear again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C_BL6cBLIs
I hoped for a fall color, flat water photo op at Fontana Lake but a breeze foiled that.
A few slow leaf peepers in the Nantahala Gorge and following a pallet hauling semi for a few miles has eaten into my time a little but there's a big cushion still.
Back on Hwy 64 and heading west I stop for a photo op
https://www.strangecarolinas.com/.../worlds-largest...
Next stop in my route is Hiawassee Dam and I'm on schedule, nearly.
The 430 ton show turbine lies waiting for a superhero to use as a discus to ward off invading aliens.
I zoom past the Field of the Woods
https://cogop.org/fow/
I'm looking forward to the ride up Hwy 68 to Tellico Plains. It's been a few years and the smooth surface can lead to some large Cheshire Cat grins as the road swoops up and over a few of the southern Appalachian mountain tails.
BUT NOT TODAY
The roads crews are out fixing the road by gouging off the surface in preparation for laying a new top surface.
My side of the road has already been gouged and left grooved with a few patched holes to make the ride more fun. A fine dust is hanging in the air with some coating the roadside vegetation AND MY BIKE.
Flagmen seem to take delight in my frustration as the clock ticks inexorably on and the "Follow Me" vehicle escorts us through the active work zone at a snail pace further eating into my time reserve. This compounded with me being behind a line of cars, RV's and towed travel trailers (caravan) means I will be late, LATE. I despise being late.
I am late arriving at Tellico Plains and a few riders already at the meeting point tell me the T-Bird group has already left for Bald River Falls so I zip down the road hoping to arrive there on time.
A clear run on the Cherohala Skyway and Bald River Falls Rd fills me with optimism until I end up behind another towed travel trailer .
Arriving at the Falls I see Smokin Joe and the group walking away from the Falls. I'm LATE AGAIN. tickedoff
A quick photo of the bike and I follow Detn8er away from the Falls. I'm pissed off and not in the right frame of mind to hang around waiting for others.
We ride up to the big overlook on the Skyway where everyone normally stops to find a few more F.C.R riders there, Punisher amongst them.
Hellos shared and we take in the view waiting for the rest of the group to arrive from the Falls.
A roar of Valkyries approaching can be heard and the group rides into view and straight by the overlook. I'm foiled again.
The universe is planning against me today and I decide to just roll with the punches and not get a technical K.O.
Rounding a left curve on the Skyway the mountain side on the other side of the valley is bathed in sunlight and the autumnal colors form a vibrant patchwork quilt. It's beautiful to see. The driver in the black pick up ahead also thought the colors were amazing. So amazing he had stopped in our lane, not a care in the world for other road users.We are able to use the traffic free oncoming lane to bypass the vehicle.
Arriving at the Joyce Kilmer Forest turn Punisher and I wait for Detn8er. He and Punisher decide to ride on to the motel in Robbinsville and I head up to the Lake Santeelah overlook.
The ride up is still bumpy but the road hasn't deteriorated.
The view from the overlook is wonderful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QytmUQ30J04
On to the motel and many happy greetings shared.
I drank a few beers to quickly and had to retire early.
https://www.relive.cc/view/v36AgKzKpGv
Saturday morning was damp and gloomy with clouds hanging low on the nearby peaks.
Once the sun came out Duffy, Thom and I decided to run up to the Deals Gap store for lunch.
I took them on a couple of little used roads that loops off Hwy 129. Not much traffic equals damp roads and a layer of wet leaves in some of the corners. A good exercise in gear choice and throttle control.
Deals Gap was quite busy. Lotsa small Japanese hatches with loud exhausts scuttling like cockroaches on speed. Some with handles fitted on the rear to assist in tight parking. Grin
The Tree of Shame branches are more bowed with attached wrecked parts.
After we ate Duffy and Thom headed back towards Robbinsville and I decided to run part of Deals Gap, find a good pull off and watch the zoomers zoom by. However having no vehicles obstructing me I made an executive decision to ride part of the Foothills Parkway up to Happy Valley, TN and backroads to Hwy 129 near the Foothills Parkway entrance.
All went well and using my stellar powers of navigation I end up in south Maryville. Shocked
However this did mean that I rode Hwy 336 back to Hwy 129.
Riding back through Deals Gap my mojo is slightly depleted and I pull over 6 or 8 times to let faster vehicles go by. My manhood still intact I get back to the motel room to find Duffy and Thom firmly entrenched in college football.
After the game we head to the Mexican restaurant for dinner and afterwards I'm not feeling very sociable (dunno why) so I head back to the TV and warmth while Duffy and Thom head to the fire pit merriment.
My spirits were lifted by watching the movie "My Cousin Vinny".
https://www.relive.cc/view/vXOd5wK3J46
Sunday was a classic F.C.R. morning. Ice on the bike covers.
Thom had a return ride to Chicago and he rode away about 8.15 whilst Duffy waited for warmer temps and left around 10.30 ish.
My return ride to Maggie Valley was uneventful apart from the leaf peepers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I did ride down to Lemmons Branch boat ramp off Hwy 28. 2.5 miles of well paved road .
https://goo.gl/maps/hd9sR3Lp7Rt8BVtK9
https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqorD7wpy6
On Oct 18, 2021 4:16 PM, PAUL HALL-SMITH <[email protected]> wrote:
Reading the day before that part of Terry's (T-Bird) Memorial was going to be at Bald River Falls near Tellico Plains, TN I left earlier than planned giving myself 4 hours to ride 120 miles to the Exxon gas station in Tellico Plains and other riders.
Left home Friday morning as the Valley temperature was at about 60F with clear blue skies above me.
No need to stop for gas as the 1800 at mid 6o's mph will travel about 45 miles a gallon and I have nearly 6 gallons in the tank.
Up and over the mountain to Cherokee and not many leaf peepers in evidence on the road.
A couple of back roads help me avoid Cherokee and I'm on the 4 lane just east of Bryson City with the sun warming my back.
And then the clear blue skies filled in with low clouds that hang on the tree tops as I ride through the Nantahala Gorge.
After a couple more miles the skies clear again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C_BL6cBLIs
I hoped for a fall color, flat water photo op at Fontana Lake but a breeze foiled that.
A few slow leaf peepers in the Nantahala Gorge and following a pallet hauling semi for a few miles has eaten into my time a little but there's a big cushion still.
Back on Hwy 64 and heading west I stop for a photo op
https://www.strangecarolinas.com/.../worlds-largest...
Next stop in my route is Hiawassee Dam and I'm on schedule, nearly.
The 430 ton show turbine lies waiting for a superhero to use as a discus to ward off invading aliens.
I zoom past the Field of the Woods
https://cogop.org/fow/
I'm looking forward to the ride up Hwy 68 to Tellico Plains. It's been a few years and the smooth surface can lead to some large Cheshire Cat grins as the road swoops up and over a few of the southern Appalachian mountain tails.
BUT NOT TODAY
The roads crews are out fixing the road by gouging off the surface in preparation for laying a new top surface.
My side of the road has already been gouged and left grooved with a few patched holes to make the ride more fun. A fine dust is hanging in the air with some coating the roadside vegetation AND MY BIKE.
Flagmen seem to take delight in my frustration as the clock ticks inexorably on and the "Follow Me" vehicle escorts us through the active work zone at a snail pace further eating into my time reserve. This compounded with me being behind a line of cars, RV's and towed travel trailers (caravan) means I will be late, LATE. I despise being late.
I am late arriving at Tellico Plains and a few riders already at the meeting point tell me the T-Bird group has already left for Bald River Falls so I zip down the road hoping to arrive there on time.
A clear run on the Cherohala Skyway and Bald River Falls Rd fills me with optimism until I end up behind another towed travel trailer .
Arriving at the Falls I see Smokin Joe and the group walking away from the Falls. I'm LATE AGAIN. tickedoff
A quick photo of the bike and I follow Detn8er away from the Falls. I'm pissed off and not in the right frame of mind to hang around waiting for others.
We ride up to the big overlook on the Skyway where everyone normally stops to find a few more F.C.R riders there, Punisher amongst them.
Hellos shared and we take in the view waiting for the rest of the group to arrive from the Falls.
A roar of Valkyries approaching can be heard and the group rides into view and straight by the overlook. I'm foiled again.
The universe is planning against me today and I decide to just roll with the punches and not get a technical K.O.
Rounding a left curve on the Skyway the mountain side on the other side of the valley is bathed in sunlight and the autumnal colors form a vibrant patchwork quilt. It's beautiful to see. The driver in the black pick up ahead also thought the colors were amazing. So amazing he had stopped in our lane, not a care in the world for other road users.We are able to use the traffic free oncoming lane to bypass the vehicle.
Arriving at the Joyce Kilmer Forest turn Punisher and I wait for Detn8er. He and Punisher decide to ride on to the motel in Robbinsville and I head up to the Lake Santeelah overlook.
The ride up is still bumpy but the road hasn't deteriorated.
The view from the overlook is wonderful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QytmUQ30J04
On to the motel and many happy greetings shared.
I drank a few beers to quickly and had to retire early.
https://www.relive.cc/view/v36AgKzKpGv
Saturday morning was damp and gloomy with clouds hanging low on the nearby peaks.
Once the sun came out Duffy, Thom and I decided to run up to the Deals Gap store for lunch.
I took them on a couple of little used roads that loops off Hwy 129. Not much traffic equals damp roads and a layer of wet leaves in some of the corners. A good exercise in gear choice and throttle control.
Deals Gap was quite busy. Lotsa small Japanese hatches with loud exhausts scuttling like cockroaches on speed. Some with handles fitted on the rear to assist in tight parking. Grin
The Tree of Shame branches are more bowed with attached wrecked parts.
After we ate Duffy and Thom headed back towards Robbinsville and I decided to run part of Deals Gap, find a good pull off and watch the zoomers zoom by. However having no vehicles obstructing me I made an executive decision to ride part of the Foothills Parkway up to Happy Valley, TN and backroads to Hwy 129 near the Foothills Parkway entrance.
All went well and using my stellar powers of navigation I end up in south Maryville. Shocked
However this did mean that I rode Hwy 336 back to Hwy 129.
Riding back through Deals Gap my mojo is slightly depleted and I pull over 6 or 8 times to let faster vehicles go by. My manhood still intact I get back to the motel room to find Duffy and Thom firmly entrenched in college football.
After the game we head to the Mexican restaurant for dinner and afterwards I'm not feeling very sociable (dunno why) so I head back to the TV and warmth while Duffy and Thom head to the fire pit merriment.
My spirits were lifted by watching the movie "My Cousin Vinny".
https://www.relive.cc/view/vXOd5wK3J46
Sunday was a classic F.C.R. morning. Ice on the bike covers.
Thom had a return ride to Chicago and he rode away about 8.15 whilst Duffy waited for warmer temps and left around 10.30 ish.
My return ride to Maggie Valley was uneventful apart from the leaf peepers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I did ride down to Lemmons Branch boat ramp off Hwy 28. 2.5 miles of well paved road .
https://goo.gl/maps/hd9sR3Lp7Rt8BVtK9
https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqorD7wpy6
 

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Awesome write-up! I always watch your videos, and wish there were ability to post comments. I don't know if you turn them off on purpose, but I know if you click that your video is for kids, it will restrict commenting. I love reading about these rides. Your summation describes the ride Got2Go did in her video recently posted by Dan Lockhart. Nothing worse than riding on recently planed roads. That dust stinks and gets all over your bike and gear, and certainly isn't healthy to breathe.

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Awesome write-up! I always watch your videos, and wish there were ability to post comments. I don't know if you turn them off on purpose, but I know if you click that your video is for kids, it will restrict commenting. I love reading about these rides. Your summation describes the ride Got2Go did in her video recently posted by Dan Lockhart. Nothing worse than riding on recently planed roads. That dust stinks and gets all over your bike and gear, and certainly isn't healthy to breathe.

Richmonder
The videos are marked for kids. I didn't know that disabled commenting.
 
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