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2017 Charlotte...a year in review

With the holidays fast approaching I thought this would be the best time to do my year in review.
I had an amazing summer and visited some great places this year.
Charlotte and I began our relationship on May 14 2017 at 1:30pm est.
It was a pretty amazing start as I had to ride 605 miles (973km) to get to work.
I spent the night in Bedford PA and continued onto Claymont DE the next day.
First upgrade I did was install VH slip-ons and highway pegs
I still had to work in Delaware for a couple months before our project was complete.
I used this time to discover some great places in the area.
Delaware City, Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City MD, Lee’s Landing Port Deposit MD,
Susquehanna State Park, Union Hotel, Cape May NJ to name a few.
I also used this time to decide where I wanted to go after work was complete.











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First trip…Maggie Valley NC for a week.
July 23
https://goo.gl/maps/hcXdDsojtUw

I left for Maggie Valley on a Sunday morning.
The highlight on the trip down was the fact that I81 had very little traffic.
I met up with some friends down there the next day and we checked out Bobarosa Saloon and The Rattler 209















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From there I spent a few days traveling the area and enjoying some local pulled pork.
After a few days of this it was time to carry on…off on my next adventure.











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July 30
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Some friends of mine from back home and I had decided to do the Lake Superior Loop.
It took a few days to get up there but we all eventually met up in Sault Ste. Marie MI.
Highlights of the ride up would be staying at Houghton Lake and the wonderful ride along #119 Tunnel of Trees and of course crossing the Mackinaw Bridge.
We then spent a week going around the lake staying in Munising MI, Copper Harbor MI, Duluth MN, Thunder Bay ON, Sault Ste. Marie ON.
https://goo.gl/maps/L54pe6V8prw

A quick stop in Port Perry for a family visit and Ribfest then headed home.
I did a few local wkd trips with friends but it didn’t take long to be bored of the area and wanting to travel more.















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Incredible story and pics brother! Now you have me wanting to hit the maps and plan a trip!

Thanks for sharing...

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My next trip started with upstate NY then back to Delaware for a couple days.
https://goo.gl/maps/CeznH3sfMet
Bear Mountain is a wonderful ride and I am so glad I was able to do 7 Lakes Rd
Sept 15
I then made my way to Petersburg WV.

https://goo.gl/maps/pUeUuJDA5CS2


What a lovely area.
I made my way to south Pittsburg as I wanted to upgrade the audio in Charlotte.
I also had a great stop at Ohiopyle PA.
I then spent the night in Marietta OH.
It was here that I spent the night drinking a couple of Bud Lights and flipping a coin.
The next day I started out traveling the south Ohio area and then started making my way back down to Maggie Valley NC.
I spent the night in Beckley VA.
The next morning I wanted to take route #16 from Beckley to Troutdale.
What a crazy beautiful ride.
https://goo.gl/maps/grFkFgVeikK2

120 miles of bliss through some old mining country.
Took me about 4 hours to complete.
I then made a quick stop at Backbone Park then headed to Maggie Valley.
I arrived at A Holiday Motel only to run into a Victory Gathering lol.
Great group of people and we spent the wkd riding together.
On Sunday they were all packing up to head home but I had nowhere to go.
Sitting in front of the motel watching them all leave I soon realized I was going to be the only person around if I didn’t head out.
So I too packed up and started heading out.
I decided to try a new way home…I usually head to and from Maggie Valley via the Pittsburg way…I77-I79-I90
Today I thought Knoxville TN then I75 up to Detroit then home.
I didn’t get far out of Knoxville when construction took over I75
Rather than deal with this I shot over towards Charleston WV via route #63 - #58 - #23 - #119.
https://goo.gl/maps/WNa43mnaQdo

I am so glad I did this.
What a wonderful ride.
It was long but the weather was great and the scenery was even better.
Once I made it to Charleston I shot up to Morgantown WV and spent the night.
A quick stop at the dealer there and then I headed home.
A few weeks later I was ready for the next adventure















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