Dave in NE TN
'Strada looks best in red IMO.
Arrived.Left Nags Head at 4:30 this morning thinking I had plenty of time to get to the 7:30 Cedar Island boat from Okracoke. Wrong, I barely made it.
I miscalculated the little free ferry from Hatter to Okracoke. I had to wait a bit for it and it took a good hour for the crossing when I thought I’d remembered 20 - 30 minutes.
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I’ll be out that way on my way home.Just the usual loop through the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee & Western North Carolina. Endless perfect miles of untrafficked unpatrolled fabulous motorcycle roads. I really "need" a dual sport for the more gnarly dirt & gravel trails! And a Garmin inReach so I can be found when I fall off a mountain!
Many great pictures missed because I couldn't or wouldn't stop. Here's a docudrama snap of Franklin Mountain Road in WNC, not very technical but recently re-asphalted and very photogenic.
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Here be Dragons!
Arrived Robbinsville around 4:00.I’ll be out that way on my way home.
I have a room booked at Phillips Motel Monday night, then head north on BRP.
Stayed at same place a few years ago when we rode down for the eclipse.
Watched it from Hooper Bald off the Cherohala.
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Track day at Lime Rock yesterday. My own 2007 R12R, another 2009 and a WC among the 70 or so BMWs present for the day.
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Love Lime Rock, great track and a beautiful area for riding. Looks like some nice leaning with the rear tire wear.
well, weather was not permitting.Arrived Robbinsville around 4:00.
Checked in then took the obligatory ride to Deal’s Gap, dinner at Tapoco Tavern after. A bit of rain in the mountains, but not bad.
Blue Ridge Parkway north tomorrow, weather permitting.
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Finished up Skyline Drive mid-afternoon and motoring for home.
If you’re going to ride Skyline Drive, don’t forget to bring your National Parks pass like I did. Not free like Blue Ridge Parkway. I managed to convince the ranger I’d bought a senior pass earlier this year on trip out West.
I wasn't one who observed the speed limit, thought I was safe since I was riding the Skyline at 8am on a Sunday morning. Me and my buddy ended up with $175 tickets.If you’re going to ride Skyline Drive, don’t forget to bring your National Parks pass like I did. Not free like Blue Ridge Parkway. I managed to convince the ranger I’d bought a senior pass earlier this year on trip out West.
Also 35 mph speed limit is ridiculous.
Most don’t observe, but some do, and a few feel they need to go even slower.
A problem, as passing opportunities are few and generally not long enough to pass a multiple vehicle back-up.
Nice.Last Saturday while the missus was attending her basic rider course I headed for the hills. First stop, a local Cars & Coffee event sponsored by Pelikan Parts. Some nice cars showed up there. Lots and lots of modern Porches and BMWs. Highlights were at least 3 BMW E30 M3's (first M3 version, late 80's box with boy-racer fenders and wing), an Aston Martin - I think DB5, and an honest Ferrari F40.
After that I headed for Crystal Lake Cafe up at the end of Hwy 39. Last time up the road had been treated with "tar snakes" to seal all the cracks in the pavement, and it was HOT (103 F) making it a very uncomfortable ride - very slippery. They have now re-coated the whole road, so lots of grip but bumpy. I was just out for a cruise, so faster than autos but not knee-dragging speeds. Headed back down and was home a little after noon.
The missus passed her class, and is retrieving paperwork today so should have her motorcycle endorsement soon. We are going to go look at a Buell Blast in great shape later this week.