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11 Days And Counting

This past weekend just has me thinking about this EVERYDAMNDAY now

I cannot fricking wait - Soon lads, soon!

The Gap



Blue Ridge Parkway



& The Cherohala Skyway


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Dammit I wish we had roads like that around here. I think I found myself just now sitting behind my monitor leaning through the turns while I was watching these damn video's
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I was at BRP and Deals Gap last week. Not that it is bad, but it was fairly different from prior times when I had been there. Before we arrived during the week there was a mix of just about every type of bike, with sport bikes most prevalent at the Gap. And it was never super busy. This year, it was PACKED with Harleys and cruisers. We actually had difficulty finding a place to park to get a burger to eat for lunch. We had to go down to the lawn at the far end of the resort. It was the week before the Honda Hoot, so maybe that had something to do with it. But I was surprised at the lack of sport bikes and the overwhelming presence of cruiser bikes there. Tennessee's finest is still making their presence well known in the area, so keep that in mind.

I guess everyone has a right to try it and enjoy it, but it was a little bit of a let down this time. I am by no means a fast rider at all, but I got frustrated ending up behind long lines of cruisers every time I tried to make a go of the route. I spent most of every run putting behind a cruiser(s) because I did not want to make anyone angry passing without a hand wave. And few of the guys would ever give me that hand wave. Still, putzing along those roads are still better than riding straight between cornfields here.

Have fun and be careful. I am sure you know of the many other excellent roads in the area, so that can make up for a poor Deals Gap experience. I would recommend visiting Deals GaP early in the morning, and then ride the surrounding roads in the late morning afternoon when all the rest of the people overflow into the Gap area.

I wish I could go back already!
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I pumped for this Eddie! New tires go on this weekend and that's all I need.

Waking up that morning and heading out on the bike is a great feeling. Just point the bike southeast and put Illinois at my back.

I fucking love road trips.

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I pumped for this Eddie! New tires go on this weekend and that's all I need.
Word Up Eric - I forgot you were going too - Even better for me now - I cannot wait to hit BRP and CS - The Gap is always fun but is less that 1/10 of what we will be riding

Cannot friggin wait - Just ordered a Tank Bag that WILL fit this time and have a nice "Tail Tidy" section coming too - Gonna be great

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We are going to do one huge day of hitting 28, 129 (the gap) and the Skyway. That will take all day and then some to do that loop from where we are staying. We are doing that in the middle of the week. The rest of the days will all be in Western NC riding all the great roads in between places like Mount Mitchell, Black Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock, Linville Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Linn Cove Viaduct, Hot Springs and so on.

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we just came back from KY and TN on Sunday - we didn't do the gap - stayed on less occupied roads - Rt 100 in KY and TN, 127 in TN, 297 in TN - WOW!!!!

297 is supertight with hairpins and mad elevation changes
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post #10 of 66 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 09:28 AM
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Samal, near what town(s) in TN is 297?

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Man, you guys are making the rest of us sick because we aren't along too. Have a great time!

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I would recommend visiting Deals GaP early in the morning, and then ride the surrounding roads in the late morning afternoon when all the rest of the people overflow into the Gap area.
Been there and done that a few times. I also recommend a mid week early"er" morning attempt.

However, going too early you'll find a lot of moisture on the pavement, esp towards the resort and east of that by the dam. Be very careful in the AM because you end up in a front end wobble you don't have room to recover.

At least the Miata clubs aren't driving that early.

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Stop at the store and ask for Ben. Tell him Tripod said hi.

If you need any bike work (or tires) go to Wheelers in Robbinsville, best prices around, and a 20 minute tire change.

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You are braver than me, riding down. Only did that once, then decided trailering was a wise choice. I wanted to make sure I had a way back incase of a get off.

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I was just there earlier this month and it was a blast. I didn't get a chance to ride the Blueridge Parkway (there's always next time!) - but I did the other two. The Dragon was fun, but I think I enjoyed the Cherohala Skyway more since it was a little more relaxed, not to mention the scenery was awesome.

If I had a lighter sportbike I would have spent more time riding up and down the dragon.

The key is that I was there on weekdays - hardly any traffic and I only saw one cop the whole time.

Have fun!
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Only did that once, then decided trailering was a wise choice. I wanted to make sure I had a way back incase of a get off.
Precisely why everyone should really ride down. If you don't have a way home, you'll be a lot more careful.


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The key is that I was there on weekdays - hardly any traffic and I only saw one cop the whole time.
That's exactly why the rides are from Monday - Friday.

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By the way, watch out on the Cherolhala, the Park Rangers are out in force, and it is a Federal ticket, and from what I hear, pretty pricey

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By the way, watch out on the Cherolhala, the Park Rangers are out in force, and it is a Federal ticket, and from what I hear, pretty pricey
I think you are referring to the BRP
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I will be going back next month and cant wait, was there 2 months ago for my first time. Wooooooo! The cars and trucks are scary. What dates are you goin? Ill be there July 16-20
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What dates are you goin? Ill be there July 16-20
We will be gone by then. Have fun though! Do yourself a favor and spend some time on the NC side.

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We will be gone by then. Have fun though! Do yourself a favor and spend some time on the NC side.
thats too bad, wed be repin. I stayed an hour southwest of 129 and it was great ridin into the foot hills. Didnt get to see many of the roads but this time I will and have a good tour guide too.

Enjoy!! I was down in Charlotte 2 weeks ago and it was hot!
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Thx Mods for changing the 12 to 11 - Feel free to update daily - We will be there starting July 6th

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I forgot, look out for constuction if going on the Cherohala Skyway. When you get off 129 and onto 143 just north of robbinsville, the road is under construction most of the way to the skyway. They poured down tar and put pebbles on top, and many sections are torn up and have uneven pavement levels. Most of the pebbles are no longer loose, but I would have avoided it as it got some tar bits on the bike anyway. I would suggest if riding to Cherohala from Deals Gap that you head to the the skyway by taking Santeetlah road (I think aka NC1134) off 129 just before the town of Santeetlah. Hopefully that thing has no road work.

The Cherohala itself was good though, no road work. Just as smooth as the BRP.
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5 days until liftoff ladies!

ALL bike maintaince/issues are taken care off. New tires are on, oil is changed, cooling system is topped off and all hoses checked, had the forks off again and they should be good now, found both pieces of my rainsuit, luggage has all the straps/buckles. Bike purrs like a kitten and is running strong

I am sooo ready for this

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are the new tires scrubbed in? or are you slabbing it

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5 days until liftoff ladies!

ALL bike maintaince/issues are taken care off. New tires are on, oil is changed, cooling system is topped off and all hoses checked, had the forks off again and they should be good now, found both pieces of my rainsuit, luggage has all the straps/buckles. Bike purrs like a kitten and is running strong

I am sooo ready for this
Sounds good Eric - I have a Tank Bag arriving tomorrow to keep the rain suit in whilest riding - Have to pack the clothes and get them up to jrock this week then ride to his crib bright and early Sat morning for shove off - Even broke off early from a ride this morning as I did not feel well and did not want to risk any bad judgement in riding skill today as I don't want to fuck ANYTHING up before this trip

Stoked to the max I am

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are the new tires scrubbed in? or are you slabbing it
I've got until Friday morning to scrub them in plus I'll probally slab it until Indianapolis. They'll be perfect by the time I reach any twisties

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Man, I should go. I need tires though, boo hoo......
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