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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Maggie Valley - Fontana Dam
It was a little cooler this morning with overcast skies, but there was no rain forecast. They are calling for 60% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow so we felt the need to get some riding in today. I posted the preview blog photos for Sherm and everyone.
Today's Route (117 motorcycle miles):
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Tbone show me how to clean a bike
We had decided to ride at 8:30 and, typically, we got underway just before 9:00 AM. Blondy and her Escape led Sandy & I, Mikey, Wrong Turn & KT and Tbone over US 19 through Maggie Valley and on to Bryson City, where we found Cheap B's 2000 sitting out front. I had sent a message yesterday saying where we would be and he got it. While we were eating, Southern Draw showed up riding his wife's pink and white Ridley. Low to the ground with a Continuously Variable Transmission like a snowmobile, this was an unusual machine. Butch and Teresa rolled in soon after on their Nomad.
Everett Street Diner - Bryson City North Carolina
For those who don't know what it is
Teresa, Butch and Mikey
Blondy, Cheap B and (beardless) Southern Draw
After breakfast, Blondy decided to head back to Maggie Valley while the rest of us followed Cheap B to Kickstand Lodge. Mo wasn't there, so we left a note on the counter in a prominent place.
VROC at Kickstand Lodge
Wrong Turn, Cheap B, KT and Sandy
From KSL, we continued up Highway 28, aka the Hellbender, to the Fontana Dam. This week, Becky and Benny Miller were the volunteers manning the Visitors Center. Benny had finished the last eight years of his career working on this dam for the Tennessee Valley Authority. the water level behind the dam this year was as high as I have ever seen.
At the Fontana Dam
Butch and Teresa decided to head on up 28 to Deal's Gap while Tbone left for Wheeler's in Robbinsville to get a new front tire. The rest of us followed Wrong Turn back down 28, stopping again at KSL where Mo was still not to be found. Starting back up at KSL, my Zumo GPS wasn't working right. The music wasn't playing although it was skipping through the song list and it couldn't figure out where we were relative to the road, even though it knew our speed and direction. Then it stopped mapping altogether. I thought about it and figured that the maps and the music were both stored on the SD card, so that was probably the problem. This wasn't something to tinker with at 75 MPH.
We stopped for gas in Bryson City where I pulled the SD card out and reseated it. Viola, as CYborg would say. All was well again. Mikey led us back along US 19 through Cherokee and up over to Soco Gap to the Applecover, where more people had been rolling in. I managed to get two more blog entries finished as I considered the balance between recording an event and participating in it.
The eagles are gathering
Carolyn observing Southern Draw's computer technique
Stephanie and Kevin's stomach
Evil, KT, Wrong Turn, Cheap B, Badger and Blondy
Evil's licence plate
The Meet and Greet was scheduled for 5:00 PM at Hurley's. It wasn't far so we walked over and found a table outside by the creek. Our whole table was made up of people who were on the Chincoteague run at WWR last year. Us, Cheap B, Tbone, Southern Draw and Carolyn. The food was good and the mood was jovial. We will not talk about Phillip's coming out event except to say that Southern Draw played both ends against the middle and we got a good laugh out of watching it unfold. Phillip called Jaime right after to warn her just in case I provided more details than this in the blog.
Hurley's By The Creek
Jax recording the event
Willie Wonka and The Lovely Carlene
St. Montene wondering where Wompus is
Susan looking for something with Badger and Blondy
Gail and Phillip
Stephanie, Lon, Gail and Kevin
Mikey, KT, Wrong Turn and Linda
A double Southern Comfort
Cheap B and Les the Waiter
Rainman and Daley
Strider joined us
After the festivities, we wandered back to the Applecover for more festivities. Several people made generous donations to my MS Walk next week. We sat around talking and catching up while I managed to take a few photos.
Sandy and Flip
Cheap B and Southern Draw
Tbone and Phillip
Kudzu and KT
Bassman and Laura
Charlie and Christie
Jax, Neppy and his wife
Wrong Turn, Susan and Blondy with Badger cleaning his bike
Wompus, Mikey, Linda and Montene
Red Rover and his wife Debbi (her first VROC rally)
Around 10:30, some of us moved over in front of our room to thrash out the problems of the world. This continued until about 11:30 when I followed Sandy off to bed. I heard few diehards hung out at the fire for a couple of more hours.
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