Friday, April 24, 2009

ADV Old School Spring Fling

The 2009 ADV Rider Old School Spring Fling was held April 17th through 19th at the KOA Kampground in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. I actually showed up the day before on the 16th. The weather was perfect...until Sunday and all of us had a cold wet ride home. I rode for five hours and the only dry road was in the Cumberland Gap Tunnel on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee! This rally had the usual hijinks and members of the ADV Rider site can see all the details and more photos by visiting the thread in the Old Skool section. The photo below shows what we did most...stand around and talk about motorcycles!

While this weekend's weather is supposed to be perfect I really need to get some photos for a couple of projects I have going on. So, I will leave the Parkway to the Harleys and let those fair weather bikers learn to ride after a winter of polishing chrome!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day Ride Through Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee

On Wednesday April 15 I took a little ride around Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. I covered almost 400 miles on the airhead. I had just finished the annual maintenance and wanted to make sure everything was OK. The old R80RT ran like she was new! As you can see on the photos the leaves are not even out yet at this altitude. The shot above was taken on Highway 28 between Bryson City, NC and Deal's Gap.

After leaving Deal's Gap (I leave the Dragon to the youngsters) I rode over to the Cherohala Skyway to ride into Tennessee. At the top it got a little foggy and cold, but dropping back down into Tellico Plains the weather improved. Lunch was had at the Tellicafe, which I can wholeheartedly recommend!

I took Highway 360 to Vonore (where I use to teach school) and would up on 129 riding along Calderwood Lake. I turned off onto the Foothills Parkway and made my way to Townsend. From there I followed the Little River Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park back to Cherokee where I picked up the Blue Ridge Parkway home. I rode several great roads that day. I have one more report I am preparing now about the ADV Rider Old School Spring Fling in Renfro Valley, KY. I hope to have it up in a few days! Ride Safe!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Global Warming?!?

Next week is Spring Break and I plan on doing some major riding. Right now this is the scene out my front door!! I had planned on having my safety inspection done on the airhead today, but not with this weather. Hopefully next week's weather will be better. I plan on riding to Renfro Valley, Kentucky for the ADV Rider Old Skool Spring Rally. I would also like to get a few day rides in before. Thing are starting to shape up for this season. A lot of "local" rallies, but no real long adventure rides. More on that later as my plans progress. Check back next week to see if the weather gets any better!