My wife and I went for a ride to Muskegon, MI today. Stopped on the main drag (Western Ave.) in the down town area for lunch at Dr. Rolf's BBQ. We ate out on the street front, pulled pork sandwiches. First time we have eaten there, very good will stop again, Maybe a place to eat next year for Muskegon's Rebel Road/Bike Time Rally. In all we rode just over 130 miles today.
1. Route out of Nashville
2. GPS stats, stopped for gas 2x, ate lunch and visited daughter and new grandson
3. Gas up near Alamo, TN
4. Wing at Paris Landing Marina on Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River)
5. Stretching legs and earing picnic lunch.
My wife had a vacation day today so we jumped on the bike for a little spin. We rode from Belding, Mi. up to M57 and went east to US127 and headed north to Mt. Pleasant. Once in Mt. Pleasant we stopped at a Firehouse sub shop for some lunch (good subs). After our lunch we rode west on M20 thru the small towns of Remus, Mecosta and Rodney and onto Big Rapids. In Big Rapids we got on old US131, which is the two lane that was used before the freeway was built. It is now designated as Emergency US131 and we rode south thru numerous more small towns to Rockford, Mi. then on home to Belding by county roads. We rode at nice leisurely pace for 185 miles in nice 65 to 70 degree weather. It was a nice day spent with my wife.
my wife and I rode our dual sports to the bike shop today. We both got knee protectors and handguards for her Yamaha. We took a quick ride out behind the shop in the trails. There is an MX track back there where we took the pic.
Did a 80 mile ride in the Four Corners region. Took the KTM 790 up on the southern edge of a mesa call Barker Dome which overlooks the San Juan River valley. The monolith called Shiprock can be seen in the background with dust devils out in the flats. Little disappointed with the visibility, it was only 70 miles.
Last week I saw opportunity to ride the “Tail of the Dragon” and “Mooneshiner 28”. I was up early and departed Nashville at 6 am. Traffic was light and I was up I40 E to Lenior City in couple hours.
The Dragon was not that crowded which makes this ride much more enjoyable. I saw numerous Mini-Coopers and one the east end of Dragon there was parking lot with nothing but bright yellow Ford Mustangs. I overheard group of riders laughing at Deal’s Gap store at west end “…that they had never seen that many yellow cars much less all same model…”.
I stopped for stretch break and snapped the only pics of the day.
I headed East to beginning of Moonshine 28. This is said to be like the Dragon without the crowds. Made to Franklin, Highlands and down into South Carolina. You actual go from TN, NC, GA and SC in less than 100 miles.
Highlands is kinda artistic community and road just past there is pretty awesome. Numerous waterfalls, not crowded on weekday.
My goal was to get home before dark so I tapped “home “ on GPS and it took me to Clayton, GA then over to Cleveland TN.
Once back to I75 near Chattanooga, TN I got into fair amount backed up traffic till I got west of town on I24 W. One more gas stop in Manchester, TN I texted wife I was 67 mi from home and be there about 7 pm.
It was over 600 mi total ride. Pulling my tired body off the big Wing I got inside saying to my wife that “.. I guess am not allowed to complain that I over did the riding distance since been saying how much I wanted to make the ride,,,,” Her response was “correct”.
A great ride Mike! I love the Moonshiner 28 road way better than the dragon. Next time look for NC 209 from near Maggie Valley (I-40 exit 24) north to Hot Springs. You can loop back on Hwy 25 to Newport.
I got out for a short ride from the Campground outside Waynesville, NC. I only had a couple of hours before we took off on some sightseeing trips with friends so I decided to take a chunk of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Great Smoky Mountains. I headed southwest on NC 19 and then headed south on the Blue Ridge. Only one photo stop but the air was clear and cool and it was beautiful.
Finished the short ride along the Blue Ridge to the intersection of Rt 74 N. Almost no traffic on the Blue Ridge so it was a great ride. Headed north to Waynesville with a detour to the Lake Junaluska area to scout out things we wanted to do later in the afternoon with our friends. Motorcycle ran great and the ride was beautiful. I'm ready for the Tail of the Dragon on Monday morning. Tried to convince my buddy to rent a Can Am Spider to come with me on Monday but no luck. It will be a solo ride for me.
Yesterday I was able to take another item off my riding bucket list. I got a great 180 mile ride from the Campground up the Tail of the Dragon and back. Great ride and I think I’ll plan on doing it again sometime.
I made one huge mistake. The wife was concerned but didn’t want to be in the bike so I told her to track my phone. I didn’t realize how remote that road was and there was no cell service. She was not a happy camper when I got back in cell range.
Weather was great and traffic was light when I went so it was perfect conditions.