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Hi all.
I had a good time with TWT friends in Texas, as you can see in this thread.

After getting all my things done in Texas, headed to Atlanta with some other friends and a new riding plan to Smoky Mountain.

Thursday morning, took the 7:45A flight, cheap one, by SouthWest:
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Landed:
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A friend of mine came to pick me up from the ATL airport:
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He left for me this room in his guest house in Atlanta - two beds, with all other stuff i.e. kitchen, laundry etc...:
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Get all my package stored at his house, he drove me to Alabama.
On the way, feel the heat of motorcycle, which I hard to see in Houston:
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Arrived Alabama:
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And almost there:
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We stopped outside for lunch. The accent of people here make me difficult to understand. However, all the thing around lunch was motorcycle related - all the guys around talking about motorcycle, wearing motorcycle shirts... etc... What an impression!

Into the gate of the Museum:
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Baber started his collection from 1989.
1994 he opened the non-profit museum.
Now there are around 1200 bikes models showed on 05 stories building.


Front view of the museum:
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These Ducaties right at the entrance of the museum:
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Some small stuff:
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Well, I have quite a lot photos of many beautiful bikes in there. Don't know if you guys interested in so I can post here. If not, we may skip it.
 
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Trung,

Thanks for taking me along. I have never been to the Barber museum. You're pictures look great.



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Thanks RB.
It's really great if you can see the bikes there by your own eyes.
I have told my friend that I just need a tent then let me sleep inside this museum for some days....
Inside, the light is not so good for taking photos. If using flash, the bike will looks funny. So I choose the slow speed shooting. Therefore the photos look a bit red/yellow. Sorry for my bad technic.

The museum is arranged with a "mixture style". Means you can see all kind of bikes (naked / sport / cruiser...) and all year of them (old and new) on the same floor. I have asked the admin there, and he said that 's the intention of them. They don't want anybody come in the Museum and miss some good stuff. They want all the visitor can experience every kind of motorcycle during their visit.

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Yeah, that 's good place to visit.

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During my visit, they have so called a qualification practice of the Vintage bike racer on the track behind the Museum. Enjoy seeing all the beautiful beasts in the Museum and hear the racing sounds from the windows - what a feeling!!

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Oh, this bike looks sick:
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This looks still very new, even the wooden parts:
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An interesting info is the starting point of this Museum was from three VFR - hehe, as I am a VFR owner also:
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Cool set up - feel like on a track:
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Never imagined the museum was so nice.
Great pictures.

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For sure you will love that place.
Well, I think that's it for the museum. Actually there are many more bike models, all are so great. I meant you come here and don't want to leave!

Some special stuff, i.e. Micheal Jordan's racing bike:
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Or a steam bike:
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Just wanna have them all !!!
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Remember the dinner with my friends, we had to out of the museum and back to Atlanta.
I took a nap in the car then I drove my friend's car on the way back as he seemed also tired after a long day with me to the Museum.

Here was where we had dinner that day:
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The place is a meeting place of Atlanta bikers every Thursday night. That night was the last one before all the bikes are stored in the garages until next year riding season:
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Great opportunity to meet with Mike Thomas (nick name Mike_On_Bike), who is very impressed to me with his strength and great recovery after a serious accident (he had a high-side which resulted several surgeries all around 6month) now in his body, a lot of places are made by titanium. He got the accident about a year ago, just before mine for about 1 month. We had shared and talked to each other a lot from the time he was in ICU:


He looks great as always:

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And he could drink well, too:
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Went sleep quite late that night for packing stuff for the long ride from the day after.
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Whaaaa? Atlanta has a riding "season"? :doh:

Tell them to put on some proper riding gear and go :rider:

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Well, I was told that. And that night was very chilly, colder than my last night in Austin. And so for next days.
I was invited to a so called secret place, where all the professional stunters practice and show up. But it was too late, I had to focus on my core trip in the next day.
 
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Friday morning, 12Oct, me and my friend was two-up on his Red VFR to other ridding buddy's house.
Until now, I still don't understand what made he missed the road and went further than the house may be around 10miles. LOL....
At least, we get to the right place, my friend was almost falling into sleep.
Beautiful white pearl VFR was up on the trailer, ready for the trip:
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Getting the bike, check around and make all the baggage organized and ready to roll.
His bike is almost the same as my bike in Vietnam, just the difference is mine is ABS version. It 's really great that he installed the Power outlet on this bike, it's good for me to use it for my GPS. Thank to my great GPS, I brought it from Vietnam, installed the US map myself and it works fantastic since the time I was in Texas.

Our first stop was for gas. Here was the second stop, for our stomachs. Hahah...
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Young friend was so amazing, he got the things so well prepared and organized. He was a bit too excited with the drinks LoL...
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Other was, too:
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You have been caught:
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Then we were heading to the Blood Mountain, where they said it's a good start for a mountain ride.
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Nice lake beside where we stopped:
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The gravel on the right shoulder made my friend dropped his bike:

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Nothing serious, prepared to roll again:
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Nice roads ahead:
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I could not stay behind the trailer, even though there was a beautiful VFR on it. Push more gas, rode on my own GPS:
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Started feeling the twisties...

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After around 15mins cornering, we stopped at a tourist place:
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Wrestler came in:
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I was there with the RWB VFR:
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I have no idea why people hang a lot of shoes on this tree:
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At the time we arrived, a singer was sitting infront of the shop, playing a country song with his guitar. Great moment with the nice view, nice song and music, with good friends, in a bit chilly weather.
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We on road again:
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We started to see the fall color:
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Fall smell, color and feeling are all around...
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The road and view was too beautiful then, I was so excited, so that I keep riding ahead, passed the entrance of the cabin.

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Rode for a while, not seeing Wrestler in the mirror, I stopped beside of the road to wait:

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Then I saw him, he asked me to return as I passed the destination.
We head back, and I saw Switchblade, other inmate on the way. We all came to the cabin.

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The cabin entrance:
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Front view of the beautiful cabin:
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04 bikes at that time:
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Friends were offloading food and drinks:
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Some nice view around:
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Front yard of the cabin, where we had a big fire on the next day. Awesome place:
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Someone so excited before going for the dinner:
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Dinner menu - Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times:
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Saturday morning, discussion for the ride:
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BR was ready for his Dragon session:
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8:40AM, we reached the Deals gap:
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A group photo in front of the Deals Gap store. RA was the one taking this pix:
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Took some photos here, it was my dream to be there and ride there:
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My great friend:
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Other pics of the place:
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It was quite early so there were not many bikes:
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I sure hope you ran Hwy 28 South from Deal's Gap all the way through Franklin to Highlands... Awesome ride!
 
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I sure hope you ran Hwy 28 South from Deal's Gap all the way through Franklin to Highlands... Awesome ride!
Hey Scott, that 's the one I rode in the next few days. As you said, great twisty road!!

There are various trees around the country where people do this. A very famous tree in the state of Nevada was cut down by vandals in the middle of the night, much to the disappointment of many.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/29064
Thank you, now I know why they are doing so.
 
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Ok, let the time flow...
Kebrider, Switchblade, and probably Adam have done some Dragon laps before. Just me, BR, RollingAgain just arrived.
People was considering of having breakfast first then slay the Dragon. However, I myself was so excited of the fist time there, and I think RollingAgain and BR was most likely prefer do the Dragon right away.
I quickly grabbed a Snickers to ensure my stomach wont do any revolution before the real breakfast.
People was trying to warn me of the dangers and some precautions should be taken..
Then we headed to the Dragon, ****, I was so excited...
I still remember that since beginning of my trip planning, my core is always the Dragon. Well, it quite easy to understand that the Dragon has been being marketing so well, it became a very well-known place. And it seemed to be the only and the most preferred riding place to me, as I had no idea about the Blue Ridge Parkway or Cherohala, etc....
I saw all the guys, BR, Kebrider and his wife, Switchblade are all familiar with the road. They seemed remember every curve on the Dragon. I felt a bit in-confident. I think I did a lot of brakes in front of each decent curve.
Well, I was almost complete one-way of the Dragon.
I think I was a head of BR, RollingAgain and Kebrider's wife.
Then to a left turn corner, I was coming out a bit wide. I realized that right in front of me was the cliff, it was too close. I pulled the brake lever, the bike almost stopped but I could not turn it back to the pavement. Front wheel was on the dirt at the time the bike totally stopped.
I put my right leg down and try to keep the bike up straight. Dang... the shoulder was too low. My **** short feet could not touch the land. The bike slowly turned and dropped to the right shoulder.
Haizzz.... First time there and I did not complete the Dragon!

RollingAgain came in and helped me to put the bike up. I was so lucky that the bike was leaning on the soft soil, so the fairing scratches are minimum.
Kebrider, Switchblade and BR pulled back from the end of the Dragon. They said there was a round 1 mile left. **** it, just a last mile but I did not make it!?
Bike was okay, myself was ok. I asked the guys keep continue to the end of the Dragon.

I dont know what they called this place, but that is the end of 11miles Dragon:
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This girl was on a Vespa and she was cornering so well. I passed her just some bends before wheere I dropped. I think she was the one told my friend that I was in the ditch!! :lol2: She head back early, may be did not want me to slow her down. LOL...
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Some more view there:
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This 's way back to the Dragon:
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On the way back, I had chance to stop once more time here:
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And had chance to take photo with the Killboy cameraman:
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Big thank to RollingAgain:
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Look at his happy face, I can understand my drop was nothing! LOL !!

He might not have such happy face if he could not find his tankbag. There was a lot of money inside:
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Killboy guy has put up his photos of my friend when he had low side with his beloved 3rd gen VFR:
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It was really badluck to him. He loves the bike so much.
 
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Back to the Deals gap resort, more bikes were coming:
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I did not have anything to hang on here:
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Someone climbed quite high to hang the stuff:
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Breakfast:
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It's nice place and really impressed me, the things I had only seen on internet:
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Dave showed me his big photo on the wall. Great one!
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Done the breakfast, we prepared for Cherohala. I was told that this Cherohala skyway is one of the most beautiful riding road during this season.
So, what to wait for?? Just took some more photos before departure:
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Left the Deals gap, we rode on the Hwy-80 heading to Cherohala Skyway.

Stopped for fuel:
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My excitement before going to the new road:
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As per my request, Kimball lead us to visit the Cross, where we tribute to a passed away friend:
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The road after that was really amazing. Left side was the cliff, right side was a river. That day I could not stop to take any photos there. However, I have tried to have some photos during my lonely ride later on.

Fall colors:
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It's very nice curves:
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Dave was heading back and we didn't understand why we stopped:
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Really great weather to ride out:
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(to be continued...)
 

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:tab I have some really special... and not so special... memories from the Cherohala Skyway. It is a superb road, best enjoyed during off times when it is not so crowded. Also, Hwy 68 running South from Tellico Plains on the Tennessee side is a fantastic ride!

:tab Hate to see that your buddy scuffed up his VFR. The old white ones are really sweet. Looking at that photo though, he is lucky it dit not result in a high side and do a LOT more damage to him and the bike!
 
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Looks wonderful. Great scenery this time of year.
Thank you. My friends told me that's best time in the year to ride there. Lucky me.

:tab I have some really special... and not so special... memories from the Cherohala Skyway. It is a superb road, best enjoyed during off times when it is not so crowded. Also, Hwy 68 running South from Tellico Plains on the Tennessee side is a fantastic ride!

:tab Hate to see that your buddy scuffed up his VFR. The old white ones are really sweet. Looking at that photo though, he is lucky it dit not result in a high side and do a LOT more damage to him and the bike!
Cherohala that time was very less traffic, weather was really good as well. I wish I can do it again next year.
As you said, my friend was luckly. More than that, he was at the edge of the abyss. If he or his bike slided a bit more, around 20inches, they may be down there for at least 150ft deep.
 
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We stopped at the beginning point of the Cherohala Skyway. They have the information board which has very Asian look:
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Kimball may say something which Kevin and Adam never know!!

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This point is not too high:
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I think Adam haven't got any photo since we met - he loves his new BMW1000RR so much:
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Group photos for all the ppl riding that time:
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We started moving:
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And I continued with the photos:
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Nice road, nice weather so there were a lot of bikers:
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Adam told me that he loves Cherohala the most, nice scene with the long curve, he can lean his bike for much longer time than on the Dragon:
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I love them all !!
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Don't know why they have the white lines on the road:
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(to be continued...)
 
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Thanks for Dave who has been standing sacrifices behind me to make sure I don't have any more issue :)
Sometimes need him at the front for photos:

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14hrs, we stopped for lunch:
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It was my dish:
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Kimball invited me to try the soup there, I don't remember the name but it was really nice.

Then we returned with the same route:
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I was stopping there to wait for taking pix of ridding buddies:
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I had been waiting for too long. I think they were waiting for Bill (with Multistrada).
Took the time for shooting around:
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Really clear, deep sky:
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Nice VFR, however the sun was going down:
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Then the guys came in when I was about heading back to find them:
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We all headed back to the Cabin. The road near the Bear Creek also very nice:
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I stopped outside of the cabin to take some photos:
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Reached the cabin:
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BMW1000RR seemed so attractive:
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For sure the VFRers did give lots of jokes to the Bimmer:
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second night in Robbinsville. Sy and Ed were super good cooks.
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They made awesome foods for us and ready as the time we comeback from Cherohala:
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That night was really chilly outside, but I was so happy. It 's really kind of bikers spirit. We had Hot tub available there, but who cared? We have lots of things to talk with each others:
The dinner prolonged until Midnight. We moved outside as a big fire had been lit up:
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Just sitting around, drink, chit chat...
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The cabin was looking great at night:
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I was also so brave and happy that Kevin (ST1300) brought the VFRD Flaf there for me to sign - that's awesome, a Vietnamese member been there and physically sign on the Flaf which only presented in US. I may be the furthest member on VFRD to sign on that.
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Slept tight that night....
 

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I'm thinking I know Kevin...

Arkansas, Memorial Day Weekend 2004 - waiting for ferry at Bull Shoals Lake


Kevin and Doug


Kevin and another guy's wife... :wary: :-P


Eating lunch at a 50's style cafe in Southern Missouri


I believe this is his VFR. We were letting some local kids sit on our bikes while waiting for the ferry to arrive.


And here we are loaded on the ferry - That is my new R1150GS next to his VFR


Here he is on AR 123, a fine road!


And here is his bike, attempting to shelter from a passing storm that dumped some serious hail on us!


:tab That was a crazy weekend. We had some NASTY weather roll through with hail, torrential rains, insane lightning, and tornadoes. But it was a LOT of fun. That was over nine years ago and I've not seen or ridden with him since. When I had my VFR's I hung out on VFRD when they first started up, but I sold mine just before this trip to Arkansas. He knew me from the VFR mailing list and VFRD.
 
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Hey Scott, it's him. So the world is too small, right?! It's so great to hook up with the guys like you and the VFRD people. Lucky me.
 
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Day 3 with VFR - Sunday.

Good morning:
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Morning, we divided into groups.
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There were three of us (Ed, Sy and me) in the Cabin and ready for the ride to Blue Ridge Parkway:
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Tracklog for the Sunday:
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A bit chilly in the morning, but then it was sunny day around Robbinsville:
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I don't remember exactly if we turned right for this exit?!
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However, this was the exit we took:
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Morning fuel:
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He seemed still sleepy. LoL...
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We headed to the Smoky Mountain, to the Blue Ridge Parkway:
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Stopped at a small village (Cherokee, I think) for some photos:
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Right, that was Cherokee. I was missing some chances to visit and take photos of the Cherokee/Indian museum, which is quite near to the street:
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We were passing Cherookee:
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I heard about Blue Ridge Parkway many times, all the nice words, except about the Po Po...
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The road to BRP started to be wonderful. It was quite chilly and a bit wet.
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I was thinking of taking lots of photos that day, as I went riding with Sy and Ed, who may not too aggressive with speed.
At an overlook:
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Awesome fall color:
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@4160ft high:
You will never see this signboard in real, as we already threw them away - or may be it has been rebuilt, I don't know:
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We kept continue riding up the mountain. The roads seemed weter and weter as long as the higher elevation, it was more and more foggy as well. We could not go fast and have to be very careful with the wet road. We stopped at another overlook area:
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We were discussing of wearing raincoat and also heading back with incompleted BRP:
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Whatever it is, It was nice experience to me though:
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(to be continued...)
 

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:tab Even on a beautiful day, you can hit a low cloud on the BRP and go to white out conditions almost instantly. That can be a bit unnerving if you enter it right as you come around one of those tight corners and are getting back on the gas and you happen to be pushing the hard side of that ridiculous 45mph speed limit... Or so I have heard... :D
 

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Seems the weather was just perfect. Nice pictures!
 
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Thanks Brothers.
I did not dare to ride so aggressive on such wet road, Scott. Just slowly follow my buddies.

Left the Overlook area, we kept continue for some miles then come back. Too bad that the weather did not permit us to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway on that day. We took exit to US19 (Soco Road) and back to Cherokee.

Some more nice view on the way back:
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Arriving Cherokee:
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Stopped for a rest at a gas station:
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The big building at the background of the two above photos is a big Casino in Cherokee. People say that Gambling is kind of biggest income for this area.

I was hopping that we could see some sunlight from the sky. If so, we could come back to Blue Ridge Parkway and do the rest of exploration. Especially myself and Ed never been there. However, the cloudy and dark sky made us to come back Robbinsville.
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Sy helped to save the riding day by making a round trip. We did other route back to the Cabin.
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Another stop, beside the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
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I don't really understand the first three lines on the board:
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Is that the Export gate #3 of the Commercial Silvermine?

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Cold water but it is more enjoyable than the mist on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was played canoeing for a while
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Three of us back to the Cabin, that time was till quite early.

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Some nice shots around the Cabin:
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Then I myself headed to the Dragon. It was almost no traffic on the Dragon. This time, I done the Dragon for two times without any issue.
I put TWT and my team's logo (ACE MTSG) here:

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And I even have time to stop at some places to take photos and chit chat with Killboy and US129photos cameramen.

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Very few motorcycles at Deals gap:
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This bike is really sweet, he passed me sometimes on the Dragon:
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Back to the Cabin after two rounds of Dragon, I stopped at the bridge which lead to the Deals Gap resort:
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Well, that's it for the Day 3 at the Smoky mountain:
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(to be continued...)
 
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Please tell me you rode Hwy 28 down to Franklin at some point in this trip! :pray:
Hahah... You must have some great memories with the Hwy 28?!
:sun:
Hmm... let's see if I have passed the US28 to Franklin.

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Most of the friends have left the Cabin that evening for their work on the next day (Monday).
It was two of us, Ed and me in the cabin that night. We did not cook, we went to Robbinsville to have dinner.
Chit chat entire evening while we all packing up for the day after.

Monday morning, after saying good bye, Ed headed back to Atlanta.

I had my plan for the Monday, 4th day with the VFR.

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I would do a round loop, from Robbinsville thru the Dragon to Maryville (Tennessee), Townsend, then follow the Hwy71 crossing the Smoky Mountain down back to Cherokee, Glenville, Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin and back to the Cabin in Robbinsville.

Amazing fall color that morning:
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VRF always amazing, too:
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First riding day alone, I can stop anywhere to feel the air, see the things and take photos:
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What could be more beautiful? I would never mind keep posting such kind of awesome look:
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This hill is on the way to Dragon:
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I don't know what kind of the houses, it looks more like a store:
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A nice and clear lake:
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What the color:
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There were almost no traffic on the Dragon on Monday morning. I really enjoy slaying the Dragon for two times.

(to be continued....)
 

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Weekday mornings are definitely the best times to ride the Dragon! :thumb:

Have you retouched the photos? The tree color is amazing! I am green with envy :D
 
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I was always fond of the 3rd gen white VFRs. That is until the rwb ones came out like yours. The anniversary edition. Very cool on Hondas part. Thx for sharing. Great pics and story.
 
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Weekday mornings are definitely the best times to ride the Dragon! :thumb:

Have you retouched the photos? The tree color is amazing! I am green with envy :D
You r right, Scott. Almost none was on the road. However, you have to make sure no mistake along the way, otherwise none can see and help you.
I have nothing to do with the color of the photos. Just resized and put the watermark (batch edit).
 
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I was always fond of the 3rd gen white VFRs. That is until the rwb ones came out like yours. The anniversary edition. Very cool on Hondas part. Thx for sharing. Great pics and story.
Thank you. Here is my VFR in Vietnam, taken last weekend - my first ride here after coming back from US:

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+1 on enjoying your pics and write-ups. You have visited places that I have not been and I live in the good old USA. Looks like you had a great vacation.
 
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Thank you guys. Let's move on....
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First time passed the Tabcat bridge, heading to Tennessee. I saw this dam pretty close:
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The cliff beside the dam was nice too:
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Lonely road:
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The roads from Dragon to Maryville was narrow, but clear, not so many twisties. I had to ride on the freeway for about 15 mins to reach Maryville:
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I think I did quite zig-zag route within the Maryville as I wanted to see things around. However, that was not so easy for me to take fotos as there were lots of traffics on the roads.

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Left Maryville, I rode on the 73 for around 10miles before getting into the Smoky Mountain area:
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(to be continued...)
 
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Continue with the trip. I think I was coming down South on 441:
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Then saw this:
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Well, save that BRP for the next day.:
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Reach Cherokee:
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I still feel regret that I did not take time to visit the Indian museum there.
And did not buy any shirt, even with good price:
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A busy little town:
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We don't have this in Vietnam:
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But we have such kind of power lines:
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