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Tory and I are planning to ride to the Dragon this summer (big reason for the Concours purchase).  We rode my normal route today to see how we’d hold up. Close to 550 miles in 11hrs with a lunch break. The Concours and her travel 2 up very well. 
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Tory should be riding your CBR when you go to the Dragon. If the current administration is going to let 16YO's Vote on the national election I am sure we can turn Tory loose on a motorcycle. If you get pulled over just ask the officer if maybe we could just re-imagine the police and enforcement of licensing laws and consider her; (if that is her preferred pronoun) on a parental motorcycle permit and I am sure you will be fine.😁

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48 minutes ago, FatWilbur said:

Very cool that you and your daughter are going to do that together.  She will always remember it.  Have a great time!

This will be a return trip. We did it 4 years ago on the CBR. We trailered down, however. This time I want her to get the whole effect. 

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@BlitzNot sure. I’m weather watching. Planning to leave on a Monday and return on a Thursday. Based on the forecast I’m not going next week. So I may make my way down the same time you’re headed down. We need to get together and ride again. Hope all is well. 

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1 hour ago, durk said:

@BlitzNot sure. I’m weather watching. Planning to leave on a Monday and return on a Thursday. Based on the forecast I’m not going next week. So I may make my way down the same time you’re headed down. We need to get together and ride again. Hope all is well. 

Yeah man, for sure. I think I PMd you my cell phone number. If you're down there while I'm down there (July 10-15), shoot me a message!

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1 hour ago, Blitz said:

Yeah man, for sure. I think I PMd you my cell phone number. If you're down there while I'm down there (July 10-15), shoot me a message!

Will do

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On 6/23/2021 at 8:14 PM, durk said:

Will do

Pretty sure I'm meeting up with @Blitzthat week too. You should go we'll have a nice little group to hang out. I should know in the next few days for sure. 

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10 hours ago, 2talltim said:

Pretty sure I'm meeting up with @Blitzthat week too. You should go we'll have a nice little group to hang out. I should know in the next few days for sure. 

Yeah, that would be great! Would be a pretty cool impromptu group to ride with.

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20 hours ago, Connie14 said:

I'll be in the area from 7/9 to 7/11.  I'm taking my daughter around the area for a couple of days on the Wing.

We'll have to try to meet up for a bit, Mike. Maybe grab some dinner at the lodge or something. Sounds like a few of us will be there.

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2 hours ago, Blitz said:

We'll have to try to meet up for a bit, Mike. Maybe grab some dinner at the lodge or something. Sounds like a few of us will be there.

Sounds good to me Jaime.  I'll have my 11 yo daughter with me.  Are you guys staying at Fontana Dam? 

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7 hours ago, Connie14 said:

Sounds good to me Jaime.  I'll have my 11 yo daughter with me.  Are you guys staying at Fontana Dam? 

No. We're staying at a place called Treetops. It's at the base of the Cherohala on the Robbinsville side, before you get up the mountain.

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49 minutes ago, Blitz said:

No. We're staying at a place called Treetops. It's at the base of the Cherohala on the Robbinsville side, before you get up the mountain.

Ok.  We don't have reservations yet.  I wasn't sure where to stay and when.  We are rolling out of Nags Head, NC early on Friday morning.  We're planning on riding US64 at Hendersonville to Franklin, NC.  We are going to have dinner at Cafe Rel.  Then, we haven't decided where to stay that night. We thought about Fontana Dam or Townsend, but that is a lot of riding for my daughter.  On Saturday: Cherohala, US441 through Smoky Mountain National Park (hopefully with Kingman Dome), and US129.  We haven't decided where to stay on Saturday night either. 

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1 hour ago, Connie14 said:

Ok.  We don't have reservations yet.  I wasn't sure where to stay and when.  We are rolling out of Nags Head, NC early on Friday morning.  We're planning on riding US64 at Hendersonville to Franklin, NC.  We are going to have dinner at Cafe Rel.  Then, we haven't decided where to stay that night. We thought about Fontana Dam or Townsend, but that is a lot of riding for my daughter.  On Saturday: Cherohala, US441 through Smoky Mountain National Park (hopefully with Kingman Dome), and US129.  We haven't decided where to stay on Saturday night either. 

 

You could stay in Franklin Friday then do something like this and end up at the Tappico Lodge near Blitz. 321 and 441 around Marysville won't be fun but it won't be horrible.

https://goo.gl/maps/ogLgjLvQe5bwKiYQ8

 

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6 hours ago, Tonik said:

 

You could stay in Franklin Friday then do something like this and end up at the Tappico Lodge near Blitz. 321 and 441 around Marysville won't be fun but it won't be horrible.

https://goo.gl/maps/ogLgjLvQe5bwKiYQ8

 

Thanks for the suggestion.  We were initially thinking of staying at Franklin or Fontana Dam.  If we stay in Franklin, thinking about taking Wayah Rd toward Cherohala.  Then doing Cherohala each way, then Dragon and Foothills Parkway to Townsend to US441.  I know that we can ride a long time in the mountains. 

If we stay at Fontana Dam, start with the Dragon toward Foothills Parkway, Townsend,  and US441.  We would end the day with a trip each way on Cherohala.  I really like Dragon and Cherohala really early or really late for less traffic. 

My daughter is so excited!

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Just booked my rooms. Leaving this Monday and returning Thursday. Sorry I won’t be able to meet up with you gentlemen. This is what fits my daughter’s schedule best. 

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On 6/30/2021 at 1:32 PM, Connie14 said:

Ok.  We don't have reservations yet.  I wasn't sure where to stay and when.  We are rolling out of Nags Head, NC early on Friday morning.  We're planning on riding US64 at Hendersonville to Franklin, NC.  We are going to have dinner at Cafe Rel.  Then, we haven't decided where to stay that night. We thought about Fontana Dam or Townsend, but that is a lot of riding for my daughter.  On Saturday: Cherohala, US441 through Smoky Mountain National Park (hopefully with Kingman Dome), and US129.  We haven't decided where to stay on Saturday night either. 

Wish I’d have seen this earlier. We have a good bit of room in the Airbnb, if you still don’t have a place. Shoot me a message or let me know if you’re interested. I think we’ve got whole rooms empty. 
 

There’s a pool table, hot tub, and a garage for the bikes. I think it’s two couples and me, at the moment. A lot of guys bailed.

Seriously, let me know….

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13 hours ago, Blitz said:

There’s a pool table, hot tub, and a garage for the bikes. I think it’s two couples and me, at the moment. A lot of guys bailed.

Seriously, let me know….

 

Damn, under "normal" circumstances I would take you up on such an offer. I happen to have a memorial service for someone that is impossible for me to not be part of during your trip.

Have fun

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