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Hi All.

I recently rode the complete length of the Blueridge Parkway (North Carolina and Virginia) and Skyline Drive (Virginia) in early November, 2006. I also rode the Dragon and Hellbender on the same extended trip.

Some pics of my trip are attached. I bought the wee, quickly put the first 500 miles (two days) on it to get the first service done; then did some seat time (2200 miles in about 6 days). Didn't even have time to put farkles on before I took my first big trip.

One picture shows my wee strom half way out of a small garage. This is at the TwoWheel Inn (www.twowheelinn.com)...a motorcycle oriented hotel near the Dragon and Hellbender. It has an attached small garage to each room so that you can store it inside overnight.

I have owned Honda Interceptors, Kaw KLR650's, and some big Victory cruisers. I enjoyed all of them, but the wee strom is far and away my favorite of all. I'll ride it till it does not have any "go" left in it.

Ride. Ride. Ride.
 

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Hi All.

I recently rode the complete length of the Blueridge Parkway (North Carolina and Virginia) and Skyline Drive (Virginia) in early November, 2006. I also rode the Dragon and Hellbender on the same extended trip.
Very nice indeed... Every time I see pictures of there, I want to go and visit. It looks like really nice country over on that side of the continent.

One picture shows my wee strom half way out of a small garage. This is at the TwoWheel Inn (www.twowheelinn.com)...a motorcycle oriented hotel near the Dragon and Hellbender. It has an attached small garage to each room so that you can store it inside overnight.
Now THAT is clever!

Thanks for posting - nice pics, and enjoy the wee - nice color!

- BC-Bruce.
 

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Thanks BC-Bruce.
I had the chance to ski at Fernie a couple of years ago. Super nice views on the north side of the continent too. Those mountains were incredible.
 

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Nice post Max. I've done this run myself several times and its a great way to start you Strom relationship.

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What a great trip! I've heard that the TwoWheel Inn is a very good place to stay. Of course, most of the lodging in that area is motorcycle friendly. What did you think of Deal's Gap?
 

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Don't forget to ride the Cherola Skyway the next time to ride in that area. It has long sweeping curves, beautiful scenery, and you gain some rediculous elevation along the way. Once you get into Tellico, Tn there is a great restaurant you can stuff your face at. Can't remember the name of it, but it is across from the hardees. When Im in the deals gap area I like staying at the Tsali Recreational area off of Hwy 28. The area has a great camping area (level camping pads, picnic tables, fire rings, showers). Tsali also has some of the best mountain biking trails in Pisgah forest for all skill levels. It is also a 20 minute ride to deals gap on 28.
 

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Kristen,
Deal's Gap was great. The Dragon was interesting. Saw several trees in the turns that had bark skinned off from riders/drivers not making the turn. Several interesting skid marks in the turns too...
It was one of those rides on my top ten rides that I had to do. Glad I did.

Fletchstrom,
I definately have the Cherola Skyway on my list of must-do rides. That is some beautiful country. I can't wait to get back out that way. Only problem is that I have to leave it to get back to the grind. Have to work to pay for my hobbies...
 

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Being Cherokee Indian I spend a lot of time in that neck of the woods. I live up in NY now, but am down there several times a year. One of my favorite places is in the Nantahala River gorge. You can stop and have luch and watch the Kayakers work the river.
 

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I usually ride from Orlando > Atlanta > Deal's Gap and Route 129 south of Deal's Gap is an awesome ride. The road goes over the mountain in that area and it's three wide lanes wide for the slow truckers. The last time I went over the mountian was late at night and I pretty much had the whole road to myself. Imagine the wide open feel of an interstate, twist it up, and then angle it up one side and down the other. I believe the area is called Blood Mountain and it's close enough to Robbinsville to make it out and back on a day trip. There are a lot of great roads to ride, but this one was a great surprise.

BTW, where is Hellbender?
 

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I believe you are talking about Neel's Gap, where the Appalachian Trail crosses 129. Blood mountain is off to the west of Neel's Gap. This section of 129 is part of what the locals (me included) call the loop. It consists of Ga 60 from Dahlonega to Suches, Wolf Pen Gap road to US 129 then US 129 to Turner's Corner then back to Ga 60. Good riding all the way.
Bt the way it is Cherohala (Cherokee-Nantahala) Skyway, another great ride a bit further north.
 

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bobosmite:

Hellbender is a "named" stretch of road that is Highway 28 (the section where Hwy 28 intersects Hwy 129, at Deals Gap, and then intersects Hwy 143, near Fields Gap). Go to www.hellbender28.com for more info.

It seems like road are more frequently getting named (like runs at a ski resort) to 1) draw attention, 2) draw tourism cash, and 3) make an easy recognizable reference.

I rode the Dragon starting at the south end; at the Dragon's north end I turned around and rode it back to the south end. Just south of the Dragon's Deals Gap resort, you find Hellbender (which travels southeast from Deals Gap resort).

Hellbender was not as challenging as the Dragon, but just as beautiful. I was told to check out Fontana Dam on the Hellbender ride, but I did not have time. Much of Hellbender follows a river, that had whitewater rapids when I rode it. If you're in the area riding the Dragon, I would also recommend Hellbender while in the area.
 

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Deals Gap

The more I ride the blue ridge, the more I love it! Thanks for posting.
 

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I didn't realize that stretch of road had a name. The ride further South on Routh 28 is also very nice and quiet. It's a two-lane that travels along a twisty river and there's nothing for miles around. If it's crowded at The Gap, this is a nice alternative. It's so isolated that I got worried I was on the wrong road until I reached a small town called Franklin. Further South of Franklin you can find a strip-mall area that has places to eat, gas up, shop, etc. It's a good turnaround point.
 

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When you want a technical ride shoot over to the Devil's Triangle. The Dragon might have more curves, but, the DT's are less forgiving.

For those that don't know, Oliver Springs Tn - US62 to US116 to Lake City to Dutch Valley back to Oliver Springs.

OS is about 20ish miles northwest of Knoxville.
 

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My first trip to that area in '95 on my then new R11GS brought me to Suches and Two Wheels Only and Frank. He drew me a map doing all the fun roads up to and including Deal's Gap. At that time I think 28 was call Thunder Road. It was an experience and much fun.
Since then I've been back to and thru the area several times. I"ve still yet to do the Parkway in good weather all the way up. Most of it was foggy the last two times, once on the way to NY and Maine and second, just riding about. Sooner or later we'll get her done.
'43 Andy in Cajun country
'00 KLR650, '06 DL1000 , '03 Chevy truck.
 

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I just moved to Birmingham, AL.

I'm hoping to find some good riding roads here...maybe some fellow 'bama Strommers can offer some suggestions.

I really like living in Alabama. But, I miss the hundreds of good roads in my "blueridge backyard" of Virginia. I was definately spoiled. Of course, scouting for new good roads is a great excuse to go riding.
 
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