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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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I'm leaving for North Carolina for the Labor Day weekend. A Ducati riding friend who lives in SC sent me a long list of routes and roads in the N Ga., SC, Tenn and western NC areas.

Last evening while plotting a ride from his suggestions onto my Garmin software I noticed that I would be riding through Maggie Valley on HWY 19. Are there side roads I ought to know about or is 19 the party?

I was up that way in June of 2007 and really loved the area. A real motorcycle playground. Looking forward to this trip in a big way.

And no, I'm NOT bringing the same shit magnet chick with me that jinxed my Yosemite trip in late May. If, on this trip, if I ride through wildfires, sand storms, 70 mph side winds, get sick, have numerous technology and minor mechanical issues or break my new replacement tour pak I'll know she wasn't the problem on that trip.


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And no, I'm NOT bringing the same shit magnet chick with me that jinxed my Yosemite trip in late May. If, on this trip, if I ride through wildfires, sand storms, 70 mph side winds, get sick, have numerous technology and minor mechanical issues or break my new replacement tour pak I'll know she wasn't the problem on that trip.
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No 19 isn't the only party in the area. One road is better then the next. The deals gap area is great the Cherahola, Moonshiner 28, and the overhyped but must do once Dragon. Great riding around Bryson City and on and on. You can hardly go in a bad direction. Check out this guys maps, they are reasonably priced, ship fast and he updates them all the time. They even show fuel stops.

http://americaridesmaps.com/


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I'll be up there weekend of the 25th, staying at dragon pitt inn

maggie valley has the wheels in time museum

I think we are going to be doing the waterfall hunt, and photo op.

some impromptu jamming with the owner of the dragon pitt inn, and steaks and BBQ, later in the day of 25th.

probably make a return trip in the fall for the big bike festival

quicksand and rode that last year, jim is a pretty good rider in the twisties, faster than me.

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When you go through Bryson City, I highly recommend a stop at the Nantahala Brewery. His IPA is the best I've had. I don't know where you are planning to stay, but the Ironhorse Motorcycle campgrounds is definitely worth a look.

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Ironhorse is where I'm staying! Got a reservation for a tent site. Really like that place, stayed there on my 2007 trip and can't imagine staying anywhere else.

Doubt if I'll do the brewery, been sober for 13 years and aim to stay that way. LOL Thanks for the suggestion, though. Steaks, however, are another matter. Is Dragon Pitt in Maggie Valley? Do they have a good slab of beef? Being from Longhorn country, I'm kind of partial to a medium cooked t-bone and would enjoy one while up there!

As for all of the bad luck I had on the Yosemite trip, if Rita wasn't the problem then I'll just have to figure something else to blame it on. I'm going with another woman on this'un, coincidentally she's also named Rita. I guess if it happens again I'll write off every Rita in the world! LMAO


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A Maggie Valley visit is not complete without a stop at Wheels Through Time:

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+1 on the Wheels thru Time. It is a must see. Get Dale to fire up a couple of the museum pieces.


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Not sure about steaks, I was going to bring some small filets, whatever I can pack, about a dozen, so enough for 2-3 hungry people, LOL.

Their name is Dragon Pitt Inn and BBQ - I remember going by there, I believe it was the weekend all the corvettes were there and thinking, I'd like to try that place, so I am. Not sure what they mainly serve, worth a call.

Iron Horse Campground is also on my short list, as they mention '1st class accommodations' on their site. They were booked fairly solid, except tent sites.

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I've only been down that way one time a few years back I don't remember a bad road in the entire area,..have a great trip, if only I had more vacation!
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19/23/74/64 is the road off 40. Also called the Smoky Mountain Expressway. Splits in Sylava where 64 goes over Franklin mountain and 23/74 goes through the Natahayla gorge. I love Cherokee and hwy 441 up and over the mountains and into pigeon forge. That and the dragon. Also, the ride up to lake junalaska is awesome. Lots of great rides. Nary a bad road to be had, except the ones that turn into gravel followed ny dirt and sticks.

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