Smoky Mountains – Day One

Last week I decided that since I had some comp time I wanted to take a quick camping trip to the mountains..My plan was to hit the Tail Of The Dragon during the week in hopes it wouldn’t be that bus. For the uninitiated TOTD is an 11 mile stretch of road in the Smoky Mountains with 318 curves. You read that correctly, 318 curves in 11 miles. Simply crazy..More on that later. I have a problem when I travel. I don’t “stop and smell the roses”. I have a bad habit of just riding until I get where I’m …

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Trip Report 02/07/09 Part 2

So I pull into Waffle House and I’m greeted by the usual talant that works at every single Waffle House. I order my food and then set about trying to figure out a way around the bridge work. Due to my piss poor planning  Ihad no paper maps and I was trying to use the GPS on my iPhone was unbearable. Between the lack of 3G network and the stupid NC DOT ferry site causing Safari to crash just as I was to the point of being able to get an address..Awesome! After stuffing my face, drying out a bit …

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Trip Report 02/07/2009 Part 1

Took a quick trip out to the east coast of NC yesterday…This is going to be a fairly long post so for those of you who want the “agile”(I’m trying to incorporate some IT buzzwords that I hear at work 😉 ) version. Here ya go I was cold in the morning The new GPS I have got me lost ( yes, I’m blaming the GPS and not the operator) I saved a dog from drowning in the Neuse River I should’ve packed paper maps I hate the stock seat on my bike more than ever Not all Harley riders …

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Pics Finally Up

So I took a few days off when I got back to recover and I was lax on getting everything posted…Pics are finally up in my gallery and I’m working on a write up of the trip that I hope to have up in a couple of days..Until then I’m back at work and trying to catch up on 16 days worth of emails :-(. The pics are not labeled yet and there are ~170 of them…

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Bike Problems

The last night Brian and I were camping my bike developed a slow leak in the front tire. I was able to ride back to Brian’s house yesterday with no issue only having to air up once to top it off…Later last night Brian and I were trying to locate the leak by using soapy water and we found it. It was leaking by the valve stem. I say it was leaking because as I was  messing around with the nut holding the valve stem tight to the tire I over tightened and and caused the slow leak to turn …

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Update From The Road

Picked up Brian on Wed and we headed out to Gulf Shores early Thursday morning. We stumbled across the 37th annual international shrimp festival and beer…Our camp site is running a shuttle back and forth to the shindig so we parked our bikes last night and rode the shuttle and got shit faced drunk…There are pictures so once I find a better connection than the McDonald’s we’re sitting in now I’ll post them. This morning we’re headed off to the U.S.S Alabama battleship and then back down to Destin FL. I’ve got the spot with me and I’ll be doing …

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Quick Update

Made it to Savannah GA last night around 9:30pm. Decided to get a hotel for the night. Today I’m heading out to Montgomery AL which should be ~364mi. Bike handled beautifully all day yesterday. Got really good gas mileage as well as passed through some really cool small towns. I did take a few pics and I’ll try and get those posted in today or tomorrow whenever I can find internet. I did end up taking I-95 for a couple of hours last night. It started getting dark and country roads harbor deer and other animals that like to run …

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