Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Moonshiner 28

On June 11 I rode the Moonshiner 28 between Deal's Gap, NC and Walhalla, SC. I rode to Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah, NC on June 10 and made that my base camp for the weekend.

First I rode to Deal's Gap. What a circus!! I live in this area and I know that folks come from far away to ride the Dragon at Deal's Gap, but it is probably my least favorite area to ride here. I'll leave the Dragon to the tourists ride the good roads that we local riders try to keep secret.

From Deal's Gap I rode Highway 28 all the way to Walhalla, SC. Highway 28 is an old moonshiner's route to take white lightening down from the hills of Tennessee and North Carolina to waiting customers in South Carolina. It is a very good ride.

After completing the Moonshiner 28 I had lunch in Seneca, SC at a local greasy spoon. The Time Drive In was not bad (as long as you like all your food deep fried!)

After lunch I rode back to Kickstand Lodge to relax and socialize with the other riders. Kickstand Lodge is a very laid back campground with a unique method of operation. You'll just have to visit it for yourself to see. Here is a photo of the stream behind my tent.

Next week I am planning on leaving for a long ride to Canada. The goal is to pick up some New England states that I have not ridden in. I hope to take the ferry to Labrador and Newfoundland. We'll see if it all works out. Things happen on the road!!! I do not plan on being near a lot of wi-fi hotspots so reporting on this blog may have to wait until the trip is over. Check back later and see how it shakes out!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Diamondback

The summer riding season is in full swing!!

On Saturday, June 4, 2011 I took a day ride to the Diamondback. It seems all curvy roads in North Carolina have to have a reptilian name these days. The Diamondback is actually 226A between Marion and Little Switzerland. Although it is a good ride I found it to be just like other roads in the area. I guess I have become jaded by living in Motorcycle Disney World.

Somewhere on Highway 80

Somewhere along The Diamondback

Next week I plan on riding the Moonshiner 28. The Moonshiner 28 is Highway 28 between Deal's Gap and Walhalla, SC. Look for that report next week.

In two weeks I am planning my next long ride. My goal is L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland and Labrador. I am not sure how much I will be able to update the blog while on the road. I don't really plan on stay in places that have a lot of Wi-Fi capability. My new cameras are all 14MP and it takes forever to upload photos. What I don't get done on the road I will get done once I'm back home.