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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Heading to the Smokey Mountains

Since I had to cancel my trip to AR and TX due to the fact my 5th Grandson arrived a little late. Now that I know everyone is safe it's time to hit the road, I and the wife decided to take a little trip to the Smokey's for a few days. I'm leaving tomorrow and stopping to see some family in Indiana for the night, than heading out early Friday and hope to be there by mid afternoon in a hotel somewhere around Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

Reason I'm putting on here is because I've never been there and would love to hook up with someone from around there thats wanna do some riding and give us a tour of their beautiful Smokey's. If not I know there so much to see there and if any of you guys have any pointer's and must see idea's that would be great. I know what your gonna say and the Tail of the Dragon is my main goal. By tomorrow night I will know where we are staying Fri thru sun night.

Anyone interested my cell# 815-830-3155 Text or call , if I don't answer leave a message and I will call you back
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if any of you guys have any pointer's and must see idea's that would be great. I know what your gonna say and the Tail of the Dragon is my main goal.
I know some people will disagree but to me, Deal's Gap is kind of...meh. It's 11 miles long and low speed. Yeah, it's good for bragging rights and the pictures are cool, but there are so many other good roads nearby. Foothills Parkway, US 441 (on the NC side), TN 73, NC 28, and my personal favorite, the Cherohala Skyway.

I have two Smoky Mountain threads in the Rides forum, one from 2011 and one from 2012. It's hard to not have fun up there. Have a great trip!
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+1 on the Cherohala Skyway. I've never ridden it but have been through there ever summer for the first 17 years of my life on vacation to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cherokee. Have a safe one and bring back lots of pictures!

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I'm hoping to go to Thunder in the Smokies this fall. I'll be looking for time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Any road in that area is going to be scenic. Make sure you take a jacket, as if you ride to any of the upper elevations, it can get chilly any time of the year.

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Do the Dragon just to say you did, they have better PR.

There are so many great roads to ride in that area. you can't go wrong. Try and get to Maggie Valley, NC and stop by the Wheels Through Time museum, worth the trip and the owner Dale is one heck of a person.

I'm headed that way in 3 weeks. Enjoy yourself and ride safe

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I rode the entire Blue Ridge Parkway a couple weeks ago. I would recommend at least riding from Cherokee, NC to Mount Mitchel State Park if you can't ride the entire BRP.

Here are a couple pics from Mount Mitchel last November.





We had to ride the Dragon for the photo op.



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Be prepared for an awesome time. Went south from skyline down the blue ridge, great scenery, awesome curves, photo op the whole way (great pics 2wheel!)... Man, I'm excited for ya! Please share the experience with a post ride write up!

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TN 73 is a must ride ! Does not get any more crooked or pretty then that. Goes from Gatlinburg to Towsend.


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I rode the entire Blue Ridge Parkway a couple weeks ago. I would recommend at least riding from Cherokee, NC to Mount Mitchel State Park if you can't ride the entire BRP.
2wheel, thanks for the pics! I was gonna ride the blue ridge parkway all the way but I already have 3700 miles on the rear tire and she's wearing fast than I was hoping it would so I cut some mile off my total trip. How long did it take to ride it all? I'm thinking you didn't do it in one day!

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Thanks everyone for the reply's! I am so looking forward to this trip. for some reason my phone won't let me log into the forums anymore, it says no network available which is bull or I would shear pics thru the trip. Everything you guys have mentioned sound awesome and have my list. Now I'm only down there for 2 days, unless I get lost. Who cares I don't have to be back to work till the following Tuesday. By the way as far as you new kawi rider, I can go right thru Shelbyville and pick you up on the way. lol!

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