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post #1 of 12 Old 01-07-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Friday off, going to Suches!

w00! Coming off a whole month of on-call at work. I swung Friday off, and me 'n the missus are going to Suches, maybe Helen. Ride some twisties , take pictures of some leaves. Might even run some park service roads if they're not flooded.

Don't exactly have a route planned yet. I'll try to put something up between now and then. Lunch at Hofbrauhaus or Turners Corner. Anybody in the area Friday, gimme a beep. Hasn't been a post on Gag2g in 6wks. Where is everybody?

(I know that's supposed to be a "thinking" smiley, but so help me it looked like bubbles!)


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post #2 of 12 Old 01-07-2009, 01:00 PM
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Hey Snooze! Good on you to swing a day off and plan a ride. As to the GaG2G folks, for me Iíve been either busy with the holidays, work or itís been very wet whenever Iíve had a chance to ride, other than a spur of the moment, "Iíve gota to ride", New Years day ride. I got in about 160 mile run, beautiful day and much needed for my sanity. Iíll post up next time I can make a run on a Saturday sometime soon.

Some of the folks on the GaG2G thread are subscribed to that thread so you might get more takers over there. Just a thoughtÖ

Enjoy your ride and post up photoís to let us know what weíve been missing.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-08-2009, 01:18 AM
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Maybe interesting in going - I was planning on riding somewhere Friday because it's supposed to be nice.

I'll check back here for updates - thanks!
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-08-2009, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Meeting a friend around breakfast west of Dale's. Been a while, new puppy, that sort of thing.

I'll be at Turner's Corner for lunch at noon. Head out to Richard Russell, maybe run Tray Mountain Rd or Poplar Stump Rd until we hit floodwaters. Anybody at lunch with a better idea is welcome to chime in. Cya 'round!


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post #5 of 12 Old 01-08-2009, 07:16 PM
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We love that area. stay in Elijay and ride with a couple there that both ride 650's. Turners Corner is good too. Can't remember the road number to get to Turners but it was good. Dahlonega, Cleveland, Helen, and other areas all good. Good food around in lots of places. Ft. Mountain park was a nice ride.
Ride safe.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-08-2009, 07:23 PM
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Wish I could make it, but duty calls. Last time I was up there Turner's Corner was closed. Drag a peg for us poor saps at work.

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Ride Report - puppies and bacon and beautiful day

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Wish I could make it, but duty calls. Last time I was up there Turner's Corner was closed. Drag a peg for us poor saps at work.
Right there, it was closed. I did not know that. Lent a sad note to the day's outing, but a bad day riding still beats a good day at work!

First, I remembered that there's a 2009 mileage contest, and I hadn't registered my odo yet! Believe it or not, this is the clearest of the three photos I tried, and it still sucks. I'll definitely update RidgeRunner's thread, but on 01/09/09 I had 26,349mi on Big Red.

The air was a crisp 32F when I left Atlanta. I made my way up to The Foot Of The Mountain, as it's called, the Chevron/Waffle House intersection is so affectionately known.

... amber waves of grain. The crispness had moved from the vegetable drawer to the meat cooler by the time I got to my buddy's house west of Suches. It was 24F there at 9:30am!

So this friend of mine up in Suches is a great guy named Bob, and this is his new little girl, Lucy. Lucy helped me warm up from 24 to 98.6, while Bob offered coffee and conversation.

Bob was a neighbor who introduced us to the north GA mountains. He was also the first person to reach me after my hellacious crash in May '08. I know we're "not supposed to" move people or take off helmets and whatever; I've got five medical professionals in my family, so I know the drill. I know the ABCs of emergency response are airway, breathing, and cardiac; THEN you worry about things like playing the violin again. Bob got me breathing again. He deserves all the love a puppy can give and at least an occasional visit up at the cabin.

Suches has a trout farm, a couple different creeks, and these valleys that fill up with low-hanging clouds when the weather's just right. It's amazing. Today's feature was this.

Just up the road from this, I had to U-turn the bike. On an incline. Dirt, grass and wet leaves. I admit, I'm green off the pavement. I almost dumped the bike on my rebuilt leg. I stuck it out far enough to be out from under the bike, and it found solid ground. I actually bumped that falling bike back up with my bad leg, a first for me. Got rolling again, got back on pavement, turned off my heated gear and started hyperventilating that 24-degree air until I could see straight again. Get the hell out of dodge, boy!

So this is what they did to Dale's.


By this time, it was about 11:30. I was west of Suches and needed to be at Turner's Corner by noon. On Blood Mountain, I re-enacted a picture from last February known to most of my acquaintances as "damn, where WERE you!.JPG".

First time I had the visor closed and a different jacket. I like this tradition. I took pictures of this one overlook on Richard Russell every six weeks through three full seasons, kind of a National Geographic flipbook. I think next year I'll get a picture of a stuffed animal in front of the icicles. Maybe the next year, me in just the helmet.

So I rolled into Turner's Corner after weeks and weeks of on-call at work with no access to the mountains. My stomach was growling. My heart was giddy about meeting some other Troopers. I had to pee like a frog, and it was barely 50F now.

Turner's Corner Cafe is closed and up for sale. No Troopers waiting for me. The TC gas station up the road doesn't have a kitchen yet. TWO is closed for the winter. No way I'm eating at the "electronics store". I remembered a "Lenny's Grill" back on -- where was that? -- Wolf Pen Gap, so I ran back up the mountain and through the woods. (wait for it...) Lenny's was closed. (ba-dum!) By now I look like Nanook of Buckhead and I sound like Yosemite Sam. I'm so hungry and fuzzy that I think I made it all the way back to Bob's in a straight line.

See, just down the road from Bob's is Dixie Corner. Nice folks. Interesting place. I read the walls for a good half-hour. General store and gas station with your basic short-order breakfast and lunch kitchen. Good Southern food, rich in bacon and other food groups. That BLT was just right.

At the tail end of my day, I went by Rider's Hill for the first time. Nice little cafe. Wi-fi. Who knew! I can't get a cell signal for half the day, but they've got wi-fi. The place has more Moto Guzzi and Aprilia bikes than I've seen in one location since the Cycle World show.

Ran into an extremely experienced motorcycle enthusiast on a funeral escort bike, complete with lights and basic police colors. See, I have another friend who's a motorcycle cop on weekdays and a funeral escort on weekends, so I spotted this right away and struck up a conversation. There was also this orange Strom that showed up alongside a big GS. I saw three different Stroms today. Granted, I must've seen a dozen GSes, but three other Stroms on a workday is something in itself.

I need to take a day off more often.


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post #8 of 12 Old 01-09-2009, 10:53 PM
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Glad you enjoyed your ride Snooze!

I enjoyed mine as well, even if it was just going to work and back..

Sad that Turners is closed. And Dales. Riders Hill actually has some pretty decent sandwiches. But one of my favorite stops is the Batesville Country Store on Hwy 197. They've always been open when I've been there, although this time of year I wouldn't be surprised if they were closed during the day. And 197 is one of my favorite rides: from Clarkesville all the way to the end at Hwy 76 north of Lake Burton. Better than the dragon IMHO, at least during the week when there is little traffic!

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post #9 of 12 Old 01-10-2009, 12:48 AM
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Nice report!

Sounds like it would've been fun. The only riding I did was to PepBoys to get brake pads for my car. The rest of the day was spent beating the crap out of rusted on rotors.

Can you guess what I would've rather done?

Maybe next time . . .
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-11-2009, 08:42 PM
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Great report Mr. Snooze . Thanks for taking us on one of my favorite rides . I gotta ask though . Ever ridden Hwy 180 east ? The section that is just north of Turners Corner on the right . If not , it's far better than The Tail of The Dragon anyday . Lot's less morons too !


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