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!!