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Took my son and rode the wing up to Cherokee nc, then went to Bryson city are for a 2 man funyak trip down the Nantuahala.... great weekend.

We left Sat morning after his football tryouts (11/12). it was gloomy, overcast and trying to spit rain. however, we rode for an hour with just a minor spit, and once through Shelby the sky cleared and the rest of the ride was sunny and nice. we got up to Cherokee about 2:30pm. we hit some of the tourist shops, then spent a couple hours at the park downtown. If you have never been there, yes, its a touristy thing, but the park (pics posted in the thread....I hope) is sooo cool. its free, parking is free...sometimes tougher than others. but the park lies next highway 441 which then goes into pidgeon ford in tennessee. anyway, in town, right next to the highway is a stream, and a park the whole length of the town.
The stream is only knee deep most of the width, at most hip high the last 15feet. there are kids playing and tubing and its just such a nice relaxed atmosphere. I saw at least several hunder bikes go bike in the couple hours I hung out. but the ride across 441, which I did in a cage last year, is great,,,not that fast but really great.

so we stayed across the street from Harrah's casino, went in for dinner, which was really good. it was odd. for allllll the tourist there, and hotels were full everywhere. there was a wendys, pizza hut, your normal fast food places. for real food, there was a few local places and gotta tell you, wasnt liking it to much. but Harrahs was some good stuff.

next morning we got up, did some tooling around then headed down highway 19 to 74 again through bryson city to tupton. where we got our 2 man kayak and did our thing. it was a 2 1/2 hour trip down strip with just enough for slightly skilled kayaker could do without a guide. it was an awesome mid 90 day, with cold ass water. I was driving so my son was up front. he took the brunt of the water but it was necessary cause you needed a little strength through the falls to keep the boat right. we never did get turned over. but josh was very cold by trips end, but he gutted it out. a ten minute ride back to change, pick up the bike and came back down to a restaraunt where we got out. great food, decent price. we geared up for our trek home and only stopped once for the 3 1/2 hours back. home by 8pm. great weekend, son said ,,,,man its like we were gone for days. I asked him if he missed his I touch pad...no,,not really... now that is priceless. so lets see if I can gets some pics up.
 

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This was the furthest I had taken the wing since I got it. bike ran strong all weekend. was great through the twisties. once higheway 74 narrows from 4 lane to 2 outside bryson city, the ride is a glorious ride. stunning. bike was just wreaking havoc. the only thing I would say negatively was that some where on the way back, maybe an hour from home, it skipped a beat. I have no idea, the kid didnt even notice but it stopped my heart. I think maybe after sitting all winter, even though I have been riding, something just gutted out of the carbs. it just stalled for a blink. I still too to work to day and again, nothingl soooo just let it gooooo. I couldnt duplicate this weekend if I tried. money cant buy it. anyway, ....thats my story and im stickin to it.

oh for alll you that was watching about the overfill of anti freeze, I figured out another way to get rid of it, but to embarrased for that story. anyway,,,we're good.
 

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What a great time. You and your son on the BRP. Awesome.......thanks for posting.
 

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Very cool, Bob!:cool: Exactly what you planned came to be. Nice.

Yep, I rode those same areas with my daughter and son (different times:p) 15- 20 years ago and they still talk about it. Well done, young man! :D
 

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Some great roads to ride in that area. Glad you had a good time.
 

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Thanks for the tour, bonding with your kids is an awesome thing. Glad you had a good time.
 

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Hey Bob, thanks for sharing. It was a trip down memory lane with my past paddling and backpacking trips with my boys. My kids are all grown and yet those memories last forever.
 

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Thanks for the tour, bonding with your kids is an awesome thing. Glad you had a good time.
That is always the best time when you get to be with your kids.
 

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Took my son and rode the wing up to Cherokee nc, then went to Bryson city are for a 2 man funyak trip down the Nantuahala.... great weekend.

We left Sat morning after his football tryouts (11/12). it was gloomy, overcast and trying to spit rain. however, we rode for an hour with just a minor spit, and once through Shelby the sky cleared and the rest of the ride was sunny and nice. we got up to Cherokee about 2:30pm. we hit some of the tourist shops, then spent a couple hours at the park downtown. If you have never been there, yes, its a touristy thing, but the park (pics posted in the thread....I hope) is sooo cool. its free, parking is free...sometimes tougher than others. but the park lies next highway 441 which then goes into pidgeon ford in tennessee. anyway, in town, right next to the highway is a stream, and a park the whole length of the town.
The stream is only knee deep most of the width, at most hip high the last 15feet. there are kids playing and tubing and its just such a nice relaxed atmosphere. I saw at least several hunder bikes go bike in the couple hours I hung out. but the ride across 441, which I did in a cage last year, is great,,,not that fast but really great.

so we stayed across the street from Harrah's casino, went in for dinner, which was really good. it was odd. for allllll the tourist there, and hotels were full everywhere. there was a wendys, pizza hut, your normal fast food places. for real food, there was a few local places and gotta tell you, wasnt liking it to much. but Harrahs was some good stuff.

next morning we got up, did some tooling around then headed down highway 19 to 74 again through bryson city to tupton. where we got our 2 man kayak and did our thing. it was a 2 1/2 hour trip down strip with just enough for slightly skilled kayaker could do without a guide. it was an awesome mid 90 day, with cold ass water. I was driving so my son was up front. he took the brunt of the water but it was necessary cause you needed a little strength through the falls to keep the boat right. we never did get turned over. but josh was very cold by trips end, but he gutted it out. a ten minute ride back to change, pick up the bike and came back down to a restaraunt where we got out. great food, decent price. we geared up for our trek home and only stopped once for the 3 1/2 hours back. home by 8pm. great weekend, son said ,,,,man its like we were gone for days. I asked him if he missed his I touch pad...no,,not really... now that is priceless. so lets see if I can gets some pics up.
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That was just great and I’m glad y’all had a good time. The first time I rode a bike in that area my friends and I rented a raft at the same place. We ate afterwards at that restaurant across the river in your picture. Wonderful area and I plan on going back.
 

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That was just great and I’m glad y’all had a good time. The first time I rode a bike in that area my friends and I rented a raft at the same place. We ate afterwards at that restaurant across the river in your picture. Wonderful area and I plan on going back.
yeah, its a heck of a set up at the Nanatuhala Outdoor center there.. while we were eating some guys came down that stuff on those stand up boards with paddles. cahoona's to spare!! lol.

Thanks all for stopping by the thread. wish I were still there.
 

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BobRyder, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great ride. Wife and I have done it a couple of times now and plan on doing it agian in 2013, start to end. That part of the country is really pretty and a great ride. Tail of the Dragon and the Skyway can't be beat. Wished I lived closer. Maryland is a little ride for me. I know you and your son had a great time !!! Keep riding !!
 

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Sounds to me that someone has felt the "force" of traveling on a Goldwing. Glad you had a great time. That will be a special time for you and your son as all to soon he'll be off on his own. If you are lucky and teach him well, you will also have a riding buddy if he so would want to continue to spend quality time with dad.
 

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BobRyder, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great ride. Wife and I have done it a couple of times now and plan on doing it agian in 2013, start to end. That part of the country is really pretty and a great ride. Tail of the Dragon and the Skyway can't be beat. Wished I lived closer. Maryland is a little ride for me. I know you and your son had a great time !!! Keep riding !!
I pointed out the signs to the blueridge to my son and explained the views. I have ridden it myself a couple times, maybe not the whole way though. He wants us to try and get up this year. maybe Ill try when the leaves change. itll be cool, but a good ride. its close enough to do a bit of it on a day trip. need to plan that out.
 

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Sounds to me that someone has felt the "force" of traveling on a Goldwing. Glad you had a great time. That will be a special time for you and your son as all to soon he'll be off on his own. If you are lucky and teach him well, you will also have a riding buddy if he so would want to continue to spend quality time with dad.
He's already questioning me about when can he get a bike. "can I have the wing when I turns 16 cuz by then you need a newer bike", lol... yeah, a wing for your first bike......I dont think so.
 

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Too bad Honda discontinued the old 650 Sliverwing, but turned it into a scooter style ride. The Pacific Coast had some nice lines, but didn't care for the way they set up the storage access. But sales dictate what models continue on. As I recall, you spent a lot of time finding the right wing for you, so you and your son can spend some time finding the right bike for him. Think of it as leverage for good grades and such, maybe a little help in the funding area? Not too much that it's given to him, but enough for him to accept responsiblity for it.
 

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Too bad Honda discontinued the old 650 Sliverwing, but turned it into a scooter style ride. The Pacific Coast had some nice lines, but didn't care for the way they set up the storage access. But sales dictate what models continue on. As I recall, you spent a lot of time finding the right wing for you, so you and your son can spend some time finding the right bike for him. Think of it as leverage for good grades and such, maybe a little help in the funding area? Not too much that it's given to him, but enough for him to accept responsiblity for it.
All good ideas and most likely the way I would do business. but I got a few years yet,,,,but ya know how it goes, will come in a blink.
 

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Have been through the BRPW many times and once in Bryson City. Great places to ride with lots to see and do. Sounds like you had a great time...
 
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