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Most trips I ride 2-up with my wife, we don't make any reservations, just a destination, paper maps and the date we are due back at work. We start and stop as we please and usually end the day - mid to late afternoon. David Hough writes about the experience of motorcycling for decades, that's what I want to do, so we try and take as much stress out of it as we can, save the deer, right hander gravel and the peripherally challenged knuckleheads.
This time I had to be in Atlanta for a couple of days for work and decided to wrap some vacation days on the front and back and ride - 10 days.
Day 1 - Like going to the dentist - living in southern Ontario and getting to the border is a drag - over 150km of big highway and heavy traffic. We left at 1pm and aimed for NY219 South - The final 2 hours were pleasant - ate at the Langworthy's Diner in Kill Buck, NY (What can I say? The people were nice!) Made it to Dubois, PA around 5:30.
Day 2 - South on 119 - drove through Punxsutawney down to US40 and a cross to 219 south by Deep Creek Lake - Stopped at Dorothy's for very good coffee and panini - From here to Snowshoe, WV is excellent riding, many twists and elevation changes with almost no traffic. Stayed at the Inn at the bottom of Snowshoe - good little bar playing rock music from my generation, add some gin and deep fried ravioli? (a first for us)
Day 3 - Down 219 to Lewisburg for breakfast - no better way to start the day - twisty and clear, just excellent. We ate at the General Lewis Inn on the advice of the visitor center staff. Best food so far. Continued on 219 South to Rich Creek, found 61 (Wolf Creek Road) to 77 South, then 81 South. This is kind of sacrilegious for us but it's Saturday afternoon and I need to be in Atlanta for work Monday at 8am - It was easy riding and 19/23 weave through beautiful landscape. We end in Dillsboro - a dry county - ouch. Stayed at the Dillsboro Inn and were quite comfortable, walked to the Dillsboro Smokehouse where we learned 'dry' didn't mean no beer - we had a good meal and service.
Day 4 -6 - I don't have much to say here - 23 South into Atlanta - stayed at a Marriott and travelled by cab. Ate at the Buck Head Diner and Bacchanalia (arguably the best restaurant in Atlanta - I know it's subjective but the food is spectacular.) After work we got out ahead of rush hour and headed north on 400/19 to Dahlonega, GA - spent some time under a bridge as it poured rain, eventually donned our suits and got back on the road. Found a great place to stay at the Park Place Hotel in the middle of town. It was suggested that we dine at the Corkscrew Cafe, there was a wait so we tried somewhere else - we should have waited.
Day 7 - This is why we own motorcycles - The Tail of the Dragon - North on 19 then get on 60 West - this is full of tight corners and little traffic (we followed a guy on a bicycle down one section and he was flying). At Murphy join 129 and enjoy. You should stop at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, the burgers aren't bad and the crowd is great. This is the start of the famous 11-mile stretch. What can I say? I'm just proud to say I rode there.
We turned onto Foothills Pkwy to 321 and onto Pigeon Forge - (Dollywood). It has been a long time since we have been to such a tourist town, but it was good - stayed at the Christmas Inn (my wife's idea) and had a great meal at the Bullfish.
This was an unforgettable day of riding; the second thing I did when I got home was check out my pictures on killboy.com.
Day 8 - Ominous weather and some time to make up drove us back to the highway. Despite the scattered showers we had a good beginning and end to this day, 411 East to 321 then north on 70 - a great little road. On 81 for a few hours then North on 311 just before Roanoke - This was a highlight of the trip, 311 North is a real twister with a little too much gravel in the corners and some deer; it is a must ride. Ended at the Brier Inn, Lewisburg with dinner at Ruby Tuesdays
Day 9 - North on 219 then East on Anthony Road, this is a narrow road that winds through some farms and homes - then enters the park - very serene. Watch for dogs and deer. Followed 92 North to 84 and over to 220 North. This mostly follows the valley and gaps - easy, pretty riding. We end the day at the Bedford Springs Resort. It's a historic and ostentatious place that I happened on it by chance. I noticed the roadside sign and followed it. I'd like to go back when I have more time (and money).
Day 10 - I've got to get home - The early part of the day was a pleasure; north on 220 and 219. We stopped at the casino in Salamanca, with no vacancy we decided to push home.
There are too many places and roads to list and I was never on a bad one. The top 5 for me was: (in the order ridden)
1) 119 South in PA
2) 219 South WV
3) 60 West GA
4) 129 North GA, NC, TN - The Dragon
5) 311 North VA
The trip meter reads 3,644km
TO - Gypsy
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Looks like you had a great trip. I have ridden many of those roads, especially south of Pa. We owned a second home in Clayton Ga. that you passed thru. Don't know if you know about Cherohalla Skyway between Robbinsville, NC and Tellico Palins, Tn, if not, it is a must ride the next time you get that way, most feel it is much better than The Dragon, more scenic but still fun. Also great pictures.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM