Just back from NC with a sore neck
I finally got to North Carolina this year. Rode up through Murphy two weeks ago, and on over 209 to Hot Springs, home of the other Iron Horse...a remodeled old hotel that caters to riders. It was my first time in real twisties since I had a second fusion of my neck vertebra two years ago, and I discovered that I can't get my head up and back far enough to handle climbing switchbacks properly.
After the first night at Hot Springs I took a nice cruise down to Asheville, planning to pick up the Blue Ridge and cruise down to Cherokee, and then to Deal's Gap. I got turned around by a roadblock where the Parkway goes through Asheville, so I headed for 19 west, but had to fight through a huge traffic jam. I discovered the next day that Obama had been in Asheville, snarling traffic everywhere. By the time I got to Deal's Gap I was so tired I holed up there in one of the very good and cheap rooms they have. Both Hot Springs and Deal's Gap are dry counties, and there was no cellphone service in either place, so I was glad to head back over the Cheraholah toward civilization the next day. I didn't even bother with the Dragon...I've done it before anyway and my neck didn't feel up to it.
At Tellico Plains, TN, I picked up 68 which is a very nice cruise, down to 64 through Murphy, and 60 south into Georgia. I originally planned to do the north Georgia mountains for a day and go home through Dahlonega, but I was hurting too bad by that time.
I'm going to make a few mods to the bike, hoping to change my position a little. When I do the Coast2Coast, I'm going to decide whether to head back to NC after overnighting at Daytona. I'll just have to see. If anyone wants to head up there that day, let me know.
If I can't get the problem solved, my riding days may be over. I'm not interested in leisurely cruises alone. If I can't do the real twisties, it isn't worth it anymore. I may have a very-well farkled 09 ABS Wee and lots of motorcycle gear for sale soon.