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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Our annual ride to TN is coming up end of May. Reservation where we are going have been made for almost a year. Made the en-route reservations last night. Few things are clear. We will not stay in bad Lodging period.
Prices are up across the board we were looking at 3 different routes.
In the reviews at nice motels we are seeing more and more comments about the room stinking of POT. And that is in Non smoking rooms or places that ban smoking.
A fair number of what would be considered quality lodging have really drop in their ratings. Places we have stayed in the past have gone from outstanding to ghetto ratings.
More than a month out found desirable places already booked or booked to a point they really raised the rates for what few were left.
Going on a road trip book early shop smart. We all know every now and then a place can get a bad review but when you do the research and find a track record best to avoid it.
Wife and I both are ready to go now , but we have to wait a bit. This will be the first long trip with the sidecar, it should be interesting.


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Pot is not legal around here unless something happened recently that I am not aware of.

Have a great trip. Hope you all have great weather!
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Nope, not legal here at all. But I do think that will change in the future.

Whereabouts are you riding? I may or may not be able to assist with recommendations.
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When you come around a corner on a narrow one lane trail and met a Black bear almost nose to nose. And she makes it clear you are not welcome. You will say putting a reverse in was a good investment. Then as you are backing up the cubs expose them self. You back up some more and take a few pictures at a safer distance.
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When you come around a corner on a narrow one lane trail and met a Black bear almost nose to nose. And she makes it clear you are not welcome. You will say putting a reverse in was a good investment. Then as you are backing up the cubs expose them self. You back up some more and take a few pictures at a safer distance.
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No this was on Roaring forks road in Gatlinburg. Not the first time we met bear out there. But this time it was real personal she stood tall when we first met. I put the bike in reverse and backed up she went back down and just watched. When we were 50 yards or so away she watched us but was more focused on her cubs.
Couple more shots of her. We always have fun here.
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I love that area. Been down there four times. I ride the Blue Ridge Parkway from PA and camp. Going down again on July 6th for a week with 6 others. Im taking my son's 2007 softail custom. We are all doing no windshields since several guys have sportsters. Should be an adventure. Can't wait.
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That's quite the encounter right there! Talk about an "oh crap" moment! Glad you had that reverse, just think if you didn't.
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That's quite the encounter right there! Talk about an "oh crap" moment! Glad you had that reverse, just think if you didn't.
I would have put jiffy stand down. Dismounted .Using ike to so what block the view of us back slowly away out of her sight. Generally if you give them room and do not go in direction oif the cubs they saty with thier cubs. But like humans not everyone follows the rules.


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My 2 friends of 47 yrs and myself have been riding the area for 20 yrs. Head quarters was my friends Uncle in Powell, TN. Since he passed the last 5 yrs we have to pay to stay and been using AirBnB and VRBO and have found incredible cabins and personal homes, all with a garage or carport to park the machines! We're headed out 6/12 staying in Dellwood, NC for 4 days and nights of amazing riding, great food and adult bevs and a lifetime of camaraderie...Good luck...T
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