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.