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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Lil 3 Day Ride starting Tomorrow (Friday the 13th)...

There are 6-8 of us (mostly old farts) heading out in the morning Friday the 13th (prayers please) leaving Cowan Tn. about 8 am on about a 700 mi. 3 day ride up into E. Tn. thru Crossville, Petros and the devils triangle, thru La Follette and into Cumberland Gap, and thru the tunnel into E. Ky. Spending the night in Middlesboro ... +/- 230 mi.
The 2nd day going up into Harlan Ky. and back down South thru. Pennington Gap in Western Va., and on down the Trail of the Lonesome Pine thru Kyles Ford Tn., Morristown, Cosby, Gatlinburg Tn., and thru Cherokee N.C., to Bryson City N.C., staying the night there... +/- 247 mi.
The 3rd day we will be heading back to Cowan Tn. thru Tellico Plains and the Cherahala Skyway ... +/- 225 mi. for a total of +/- 702 mi.
I mapped the trip out, so if they follow my routes there will be no interstates, mostly less traveled 2-lane blacktops...lol...
I was beginning to think I might not be able to make the trip, as I got up Monday morning with a very sore & hurting in the left side of my right knee, kinda worried it might be a blood clot, it stayed sore & hurt till last night and seemed to get better, now I think it might be ole arther...
Looks like I will probably go, as of now...... I sure hope I get to go after looking forward to it for a few weeks and planning the routes, should be a great ride...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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If I didn't have to work in the opposite direction this weekend, might have met you in Bryson, that's only about 3 hours and a beautiful ride I'm sure. I was just next to Asheville last weekend for my first hilly ride on the bike. Should be a perfect weekend.

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/\ Been a while since I was in Bryson, I actually started school there though, then in 1961 I worked topo map inspection (USGS/TVA) out of there, stayed in the old Calhoun Hotel...
I emailed them 2-3 yrs. ago stating I would stay a night or 2 there if I could get my old rate...lol... Guess what, they emailed me back giving me 1-night at $6...lol... I probably will just stay where the others do though, and save that for later...
I talked a lot to the old man Calhoun who was in his 80s at the time, they said he lived to be 104, I think... I believe his son & daughter-in-law ran the Hotel then, he just stayed there with them...
It should be a good ride, a bit of cool for the 3-days which will be great except maybe for the mornings....
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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I'M JEALOUS!! Man half of that I said I was gonna ride after our trip on what sounds like part of the part we made. Been worked ragged ever sense going back to work. Overtime Overtime!No trip through the Cherahala Skyway and Robins to the Moonshine 28 yet. Ya'll have a good ride and no sliding on the tail pipes please.
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I'M JEALOUS!! Man half of that I said I was gonna ride after our trip on what sounds like part of the part we made. Been worked ragged ever sense going back to work. Overtime Overtime!No trip through the Cherahala Skyway and Robins to the Moonshine 28 yet. Ya'll have a good ride and no sliding on the tail pipes please.
Awww it'll be a bit slower than when we went... Wish you could just scoot on up in the morning to Cookies in Cowan and make the ride with us...
I think it's supposed to be some cool mornings but probably good during the day...
Maybe we can make another run, at least by next year...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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I would like to have ridden down to Middlesboro and met up with you all tomorrow but as it stands right now i have to work Sat. Semi retirement ,kinda sucks.




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/\ Hey Denny, that would have been great... I think most of the folks want to go up to Harlan tomorrow, at least that is the plan... I reckon we'll be leaveing out from Cowan about 8am Cent. this morning...
So, I gotta eat a bite & finish my lil travel loadin up, and head over to Cowan shortly, not as cool as I thought they said it was gonna be yet this morning, I still show 68*...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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Old Dog,
That sounds like an awesome ride! I've always wanted to do a multi-nighter! Have lots of fun and ride safely!
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Well we made Middlesboro about 6 pm and are staying at the Holiday Inn Express... We did a bit different, after hitting Crossville we went up 127 to Clark Range, then 62 over thru Wartburg and took 116 at Petros thru the devils triangle and on to Lake City and made a lil jog via 441 over to Norris Dam and back then on up to here in Middlesboro... I reckon we will hit out in the morning to Harlan and down to Bryson City N.C. ...
PS-Wound up being 8 bikes 1 Trike and 12 people... The ones that thought we should make more than 230-250mi. a day are now wanting to cut it shorter, I tried to tell them that these roads were not 500 mi. a day roads, they are wore out...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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ChuckA,,, if you do decide to ride Moonshine 28 let me know.
and Old Dog, if you were coming a bit further down I'd have to join you guys for a day.

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