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post #11 of 65 Old 07-22-2007, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Day #6 Friday, June 29th Part 1

We left the house 8 AM in the morning, G on his Speed Triple, Mat on a CBR 600F, Dan on his 1K and I with Mat's Nissan XTerra. Filled up the bikes in the town. Who is that monkey? :-D



...then the motorcyclists headed to Tellico Plains on a different road, I followed the GPS and didn't regret it!



Of course I know the rules, so I maintained my karma even when I drove:



In Tennessee when you see such a road sign you'd better follow it when driving an SUV. Not like in NC, where you can surely double your speed. I guess the NC-road-sign-calculator was too careful or smoke some hard stuff...



I met with the guys in a parking lot of Tellico Plains' centre, we all arrived almost in the same second.




I guided my fellows to our lodging at Hunt's M/C Resort, which is right along the Hwy 68.



Right after us Bob (water warrior) arrived with his Taurus equipped with a Canadian flag on the aerial. That was a great moment, we met after so many chat and PM on the forum and emails. He is a great person, and did a LOT to make me being there. He even drove more than 3500 Kms to meet with us so big hug.

We were the only ones there so far, and Bob said he saw a M/C shop so we decided to find it 'cause Mat needed new gloves and I was also planning to get a mesh jacket.

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post #12 of 65 Old 07-28-2007, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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Day #6 Friday, June 29th Part 2

We went with two cars, Bob was leading with me and the rest were following us in the Nissan. When somebody has ever experienced how Bob navigates immediately understand the reason behind his post titled: Lost in America.

We drove criss-cross the whole county but didn't find the shop. After about an hour the other gang took the lead. With that the situation became a bit worst, 'cause besides we lost as many times as just before we additionally caught a heavy rain. We headed back to Tellico Plains and suddenly voilá, we found well not the shop we were searching for but a bike dealer. We got in but they had only very few gear, but a lot of bikes from different brands.

Dan with his friend decided to head back, I think they lost their trust in finding the shop Bob storied about.
But we tried again. After some (felt thousands of) miles we finally found it! We got in and I started to look around. I tried several jackets on but it seemed to me that they had only jackets for women: all of them had the zip sewed the opposite way as they are in Europe. Finally it turned out that this is normal in the USA! I went with a Firstgear Mesh for 116 bucks. Later I realized that this was one of my best investment ever.

I don't know how but somehow we found the way back to Hunt's lodge. I put my Squirrel-underpants on my shorts and we drove to Cherohala M/C Resort to meet with the gang.

The biggest moment of my trip!
That was impressive! I don't know how many Stromtroopers were there, but I guess almost 60 or even more? Everybody was very kind and it was really a great pleasure for me to meet with the fellows who made it possible for me to be there! Besides the PayPal fundraiser you surprised me clubbing of resources there again!
It was exciting to know the faces of people that I knew only by their nickname before.
Brendan delivered a speech and so did I. We traded our liqueurs and t-shirts.
I chatted a lot with different fellows and soon realized that I cannot understand everybody. Maybe due to the beers. :rolleyes:

About 2 AM we ended checking Eli's pics on his Mac and drove back with Bob to sleep. I was exhausted!

On this part I have no pic at all, 'cause I was smart enough to leave my camera at Hunt's...

As soon as I receive some from you I will include them here.
Send them please to karakasb at gmail dot com

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Thanks for the mention of my talent, I think. At least now everyone will believe me when I say I can get lost on a straight road with a road map. After dark all bets are off no matter where I am. lol.

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Day #7 Saturday, June 30th

After prepping in the morning we drove with Bob to Robbinsville to rent bikes.
The way to get there is the Cherohala Skyway. Wonderful road with beautiful scenery.



I don't know why but this time we didn't lost. Maybe 'cause Bob was concentrating more or because I turned his on-board compass on? :rolleyes:




Soon we were caught by a group of riders, so Bob let them go.



Thunder Mountain, the shop where we rented 2 KLRs. The owner is from Australia so that was quite an international deal...




Bikes are packed up, ready for adventure.




After about 5 minutes of riding I noticed that the forks were twisted in the triple clamps, so when riding straight the handlebar was at an angle of about 85 degrees. Well the guy at the rental place said that there was some minor crash on the bike, but so huge? :shock:

Some 30 minutes later we were lost. But this time it was not Bob's but my fault. I got in a parking lot which was on a little hill to check the map. I parked the bike on the left shoulder of the pavement and tried to get off. It failed...the stand bent backwards and we started to slowly lean to the left. I remembered when my left foot damaged recently falling my DL on it, so I jumped off. But there was nothing to the left just the side of the little hill. I rolled down like a clown. That could be an attractive stunt, at least Bob enjoyed it. :mrgreen:
Luckily no damage on the bike, but the handlebar end together with the clutch lever stuck in the grass so much we could hardly get it out!
I love my mesh jacket!

I thought I get the way so we continued.
The Little Tennessee River at the border of Graham and Swain Counties.




We met there with G and Mat who was already after a small maintenance job of replacing broken clutch lever on his CBR. Fortunately he was OK.

We rode through the Dragon. I was focusing so hard on the twisties with the bent handlebar and with the offroad tires, that I didn't notice that we did the Dragon!

Bob & I




Short diner at Motorcycle Pit Stop




My best Canuck friend



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Did you notice the T-shirt I was wearing in the last pic ?? A Strom shirt from Hungary and delivered by a very good friend.

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You guys are like peas and carrots!
[I mean that in a good way!]
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The Son I never had. And I mean that in a good way.

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So glad I can finally hear about the rest of the trip.

WW, I've got a matching t-shirt to yours! Now all I have to do is wait about three years and I can deliver a Crosscutters jersey to Budapest.

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Day #8 Sunday, July 1st

Today we wanted to join to a group of Stromtroopers and friends (Mat, G, MonkeyGrass, MightyShep, etc.) and ride together to Chattanooga.
We prepared at our favorite coffee-bar in the town with Jeff (JONNYREB) and Bob. Richard (loblo) also joined but a bit later.

I just finished my pancake and coffe and was smoking a cigarette in front of the house when suddenly the group arrived, and so I had no time to go back for my camera, so these pictures are from Jeff.

Also Richard didn't forget what we were talking about last night, so he gave me some emergency braking lessons in front of the restaurant. (Many thanks for it, I already had to use what I learnt from him here in Hungary!)

The group left and we tried to keep up, but we lost them in the first 15 minutes. We stopped in a rest area on the Cherohala Skyway and agreeed to skip the group ride and do a round trip instead including the Dragon.

The only Stromer left with us, a very good guy: JONNYREB



We rode the Skyway, got a short brake at Thunder Mountain (Bob left his passport behind in his car and he wanted to get it) and headed to ???.
I need help from Jeff here, 'cause he led us with his GPS and I don't remember the roads and places. I guess that was road 28 from Tuskeegee to NE. One thing is sure, that road was beautiful! It followed a river which was VERY cold but was full with a lot of rafting teams.




We met a lot of vintage cars along that road. I think there should have been a rally for them or so.
Had a brake at Friendly Fields and got some cold drinks. Man that was a hot day! We put our signatures on the inner side of the roof of their Bike Barn. Besides me there was only one European there.




I think this is Fontana Lake. Its water is BLUE.




4 PM we arrived to Deal's Gap, where we met with two Stromtroopers: Don (traind57) and Rusty.




We did some shopping (thanks Jeff for the t-shirt, I wear it as often as I can and I'm very proud of it!) and "got some fat in".




After taking some pics, we rode the Dragon together.





We just noticed that we lost our Stromer buddies when we finished the Dragon. We stopped at Chilhowee Lake to wait for them. They appeared soon with a bent right turn signal. Don dropped his bike in a curve, but fortunately happened nothing serious. Nor real damage on the bike, we repaired it in 10 minutes.




After the Stromes filled up in Vonore we headed back to Hunt's Lodge together. We got some light rain in the end of the day but nothing serious.


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Day #9 Monday, July 2nd

The last day of Springtime Stromfest rally came finally.
It was time to say goodbye. I had to leave the area with the fantastic roads and wonderful scenery, the good old KLR and the fantastic Stromtrooper gang. I had a blast with you guys, a memory for my life! Thank you!

It seemed the weather knew how to make it easier: clouds and light rain. No too much pics on that day.




Mat had to get to Mississippi, so he left early in the morning by his car, leaving his CBR there for me to ride it back to G's house. So I packed my luggage and put it in the Nissan.




We rode the KLRs with Bob back to the rental place near Robbinsville. I was very cold on the Skyway (t-shirt and mesh jacket). When we drove back to the campground a letter waited for me: G, Scott and Monkeygrass went in the town to get a coffee. I decided to have a nap. I think that was the dead point on my trip. I was completely exhausted, I couldn't really get acclimatized yet. I guess I slept for hours, but my friend left me alone. Very much appreciated!

At about 1 PM we headed to Pisgah. It wasn't my best ride in my life: the CBR was new to me, its front brakes were jerky and G set a (at least for me) quite fast pace. I wasn't brave enough to lean her too much and she didn't want to go under 6000. At the end of the Cherohala Skyway we split, MonkeyGrass and Scott headed to the Dragon, G and I (Joe: that was a joke) went on the 143.
Somewhere we filled the bikes up, drink some soda, smoke a cigar and we changed the bikes.

Man, what a difference! And what a feeling! If somebody would offer I would seriously think on a trade with a Speed Triple. It's stable, as much neutral as the wee in curves, it has a much sporty but not uncomfortable suspension, amazing, half-finger front brakes and an engine pulling like a locomotive. And that torque curve! What curve, no curve at all! That's as flat as a salt lake in Utah. No matter in which gear and at what RPM you are, just keep grabbing the handlebar otherwise as soon as you twist the throttle you will be in trouble. Amazing machine, I liked it very much! (perhaps the wee a bit more flickable...)

In the mountains we changed the bikes back ( :???: ) and put our raingear on.
In the beginning we were riding in fog and rain. Later only in heavy fog. I very much had to concentrate to follow the line. Of course I couldn't keep the tempo with G. After one more short brake we finally arrived. I went in the bed at 6 PM, woke up at midnight, got a sandwich and went back to sleep.
I think that was the day when my body regenerated.

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