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I taught a Motorcycle Safety Class for beginners at Walter's State College in Morristown this past weekend. So I decided to take Monday off and get some riding in for myself. Got up early and rode to Tellico Plains for coffee and a home cooked breakfast at a small resturant that I frequent. From there I rode the Cherohala Skyway toward Robbinsville, NC. I had the pleasure of following a group of Harley riders for awhile. They set a liesurely pace as most of them were two up and were taking lots of pictures; obviously having a wonderful ride. They stopped at one of the many overlooks along the way and I increased the pace only slightly and practiced moving the apex of the curves to the last quarter of the turn rather than in the center. It gives me a better look thru the curve and sets up a faster departure. I also practiced entering each curve at a speed that allowed me throttle roll on thru the curve. I had a blast all the way across. I took a shortcut to Hwy 129 at the bottom of the Cherohala. A curvey bumpy chipseal road that winds it way around a small stream to 129 just below Fontana dam. I headed up 129 and at the Bike Resort on The Dragon I turned right on Hwy 28 and rode to Fontana Village. A beautiful resort nestled into the mountains smack dab in the middle of some of the greatest riding roads in the Southeast! Hwy 28 follows the Little Tennessee River, crossing it just before getting to Fontana Village which has horseback riding, bicycle trails, hiking trails, boat rides and a wonderful location for the many car and bike gatherings they host thruout the riding season. I made my way back to The Dragon, stopped for a coke then proceeded down the Dragon. I was surprised at the number of bikes out for a Monday. I wound up behind a couple on a cruiser that was traveling at 25 MPH and less. He was obviously over his skill level and very stressed as he inched his way down the mountain. I hung back and took my time. He didn't increase his speed much when he got to the lake below so I took a right on the Foothills parkway and rode over to 321 and headed home. 223 miles later, I gassed up in Halls, TN and was surprised that the Fat Lady got 39.74 MPG. I used a little over 5 gallons of gas and made the entire ride without stopping to refuel. Adding the 3 gallon belly tank to the Valkyrie really helps lengthening the time between fuel stops. Sorry, no pics on this ride. Maybe next time!

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It is not always about the destination but rather the experiences along the way. I had one of those rides Saturday afternoon and evening. A good ride just puts your sole at ease.

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Sounds like you had a great riding day Bernie! You know, I think I should pack up and move to eastern TN!



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Halfling, we would both loose our jobs. We would always be out riding somewhere! I love riding in the Tennessee/ North Carolina mountains. Wonderful roads with beautiful scenery. Great places to visit. Loads of history and, did I mention great roads to ride! I am at peace with God and the world when I am on my bike riding those wonderful roads. You will have to come over for a weekend and ride with me.

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The Moonshiner's 28 is a very nice ride from the Dragon Resort down to the Highlands. The road has it all; twisties, sweepers, waterfalls, etc.

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I taught a Motorcycle Safety Class for beginners at Walter's State College in Morristown this past weekend. So I decided to take Monday off and get some riding in for myself. Got up early and rode to Tellico Plains for coffee and a home cooked breakfast at a small resturant that I frequent. From there I rode the Cherohala Skyway toward Robbinsville, NC. I had the pleasure of following a group of Harley riders for awhile. They set a liesurely pace as most of them were two up and were taking lots of pictures; obviously having a wonderful ride. They stopped at one of the many overlooks along the way and I increased the pace only slightly and practiced moving the apex of the curves to the last quarter of the turn rather than in the center. It gives me a better look thru the curve and sets up a faster departure. I also practiced entering each curve at a speed that allowed me throttle roll on thru the curve. I had a blast all the way across. I took a shortcut to Hwy 129 at the bottom of the Cherohala. A curvey bumpy chipseal road that winds it way around a small stream to 129 just below Fontana dam. I headed up 129 and at the Bike Resort on The Dragon I turned right on Hwy 28 and rode to Fontana Village. A beautiful resort nestled into the mountains smack dab in the middle of some of the greatest riding roads in the Southeast! Hwy 28 follows the Little Tennessee River, crossing it just before getting to Fontana Village which has horseback riding, bicycle trails, hiking trails, boat rides and a wonderful location for the many car and bike gatherings they host thruout the riding season. I made my way back to The Dragon, stopped for a coke then proceeded down the Dragon. I was surprised at the number of bikes out for a Monday. I wound up behind a couple on a cruiser that was traveling at 25 MPH and less. He was obviously over his skill level and very stressed as he inched his way down the mountain. I hung back and took my time. He didn't increase his speed much when he got to the lake below so I took a right on the Foothills parkway and rode over to 321 and headed home. 223 miles later, I gassed up in Halls, TN and was surprised that the Fat Lady got 39.74 MPG. I used a little over 5 gallons of gas and made the entire ride without stopping to refuel. Adding the 3 gallon belly tank to the Valkyrie really helps lengthening the time between fuel stops. Sorry, no pics on this ride. Maybe next time!

Dubs
Wow .... know those roads, and probably that breakfast stop if it's an elevated log style resturant. What a joy just reading your post and coupling it with some memories.



I know some preach about hittingapexes at mid turn and that's maybe OK on a race track where the environment around the next curve likely does not include oncoming traffic and good chance it's the same curve as was here last lap even ifthe view is obstructed (think "Isle of Mann").... but in road riding on public ropads, I do any apexes I do only when I can see the exit of the curve, and never before then.

I know that is essentially when you know where the last 1/4 is as you can now see it, so it isbasically just as you say .... just my way of determining it.

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