Adventure Story May 15. Loaded the KLR and left the
house at about 8:30. Goal was to reach Bryson City, NC. Fueled at Millen BP. Road construction delays
on 17 near Louisville. Had a good lunch at the Sandwich Shop in
Washington. Got some pictures at Tallulah
Gorge at the overlook on OLD 441. The place is a holdover from
the pre Interstate Highway tourist attraction days. It started raining
shortly after I left the Gorge. Pulled into a gas station just as it
started to pour. Several other motorcyclists arrived as well. One guy
said it was amazing how bikes always need gas when it starts raining.
Fueled up and dressed out. Light rain to Franklin then began to clear
for the ride into Bryson City.
Arrived about 4:30.
The weather was looking good so I decided to do the "Tail of the Dragon" today. I took 19
to 129 to Deals Gap and over
into Tennessee to the Chilhowie Dam
overlook. Back to Deals Gap and return to Bryson City via the same
route. Lots of rain half way back. The day was a blast. I am so much
more comfortable with the bike than the last time I rode it, and the
weather was beautiful.
Having trouble with pictures tonight, will try again later. Left
Bryson City on 19 to Cherokee, then through The Great Smokey Mountain National Park. A
great ride. It started raining and getting foggy a few miles from New Found Gap and stopped at a
similar elevation on the other side. I had planned to stop in Gatlinburg for a taffey apple, But
Gatlinburg has turned into Pigeon Forge
without the parking. Stopped at the Log Cabin Pancake House in PF,
hadnt been there for over 20 years. I think they have the same
waitresses. Wears valley was a nice ride. Maryville to Lenoir City was windy. Stopped at Fort
Loudon Marina to wait out the rain. On to Kingston via U.S. 70. I'd forgotten what a neat road it
is through there. On to the Cumberland Plateau tomorrow. I Didn't compensate for the Central Time Zone so the Middle Tn Pictures are out of place by an hour. I'm not going to fix it at this time. May 18. Cold and wet. Not too many
pictures today. Did over 200 miles from Kingston to Goodlettsville via
27north 52 west 31w south. Some beautiful areas across the Cumberland
Plateau and Highland Rim. Dinner with Barbara and Steve. Meatloaf,
mashed potatoes, green beans. Finally met Rick Ott, another KLR rider.
May 19. Easy day with
beautiful weather. The creek crossings from Dividing Ridge road to SW
nashville were interesting. The bridges on al of the creeks and small
rivers were washed away from the recent flood. There was road
construction everywhere. They had placed large culverts and covered
them with gravel for temp fixes. L;ots of houses with all the ruined
stuff piled up at the road to be hauled off. Arrived at Brandon's house
in Brentwood at 3:00. Brandon, Kyle, Anna and I had dinner at
Longhorns and a great visit. Brandon and I added an electrical outlet
inside the Pelican case that I use as a tail bag. Great fun.
May 20. Brentwood to Dahlonaga is a long ride. Dayton courthouse,
Sequatchie Valley, Ocoee River and great roads. My first site of the
Sequatchie Valley was a wow moment. In fact, I literally heard a wow in
my helmet. No place to stop for a picture though.
May 21. Final Day. No Pictures
today. Headed for the Barn. It rained most of the day. I kept
raingear on all the way to Midway. The long straight roads were
somewhat welcome for a change, since I wanted to get home. While the
ride wasnt about distance, I logged 1334
miles. I met some great folks, had good visits with family and
friends, and was amazed again and again at the beauty of the world we
live in. I had no "'close calls." I'm a better rider than when I
left. Several other motorcyclists, ("biker" is something else I think)
offered assistance like local information, good roads, one loaned me
camera batteries when mine went dead just when I wanted of picture of
myself in Fontana, and just good conversation. Thank you to those who
followed my Spot tracks. Thanks to you who were willing to be my "HELP"
in case I needed you, glad I didn't . I still am unable to get the
pictures loaded the way I wanted. Next time I may use a different
venue. The I did figure out the map I think. The correct route is in
thisTrip Capt Ron's May 2010 Moto Trip
May 22, 2010. Try it in the Google Earth mode for kicks.