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Going to finally make a trip to the mountains in north ga and do some riding!! Anybody close to blairsville who might want to meet up and show me some good roads and stuff please chime in. Looking for some fellow riders as it sits right now looks like I'm going solo. Wife is going to the beach and all my buddies don't seem to wanna commit but I'm excited and looking forward to it.
 

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Head west young man! Great riding area but there's a little thing called Shark Week starting the 30th in Utah. A good number of us will be heading that way. If the wife is going to the beach....:D
 

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I would love to join y'all but the vacation days at work just won't allow it. Hope y'all have safe travels and great time though.
 

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I think most of the Georgia crew is going to be at SWlll.:D
 

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I was just throwing it out there. If I just find one person then it will be double what I have now!!:cool:
 

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Have an RV site in Blairsville. No bad rides in the area. My favorite: Take 129 north out of blairsville to Rt. 64. Go west on 64 to Rt 294. Right on 294 to Rt 68 north. You will pass a site called Field of Dreams, worth a quick stop along the way. Go north on 68 to Tellico Plains ( Food & gas available) where you will pick up the Cherahala Scenic parkway. Great scenic ride through the mountains. You will eventually end up back on Rt129 and can either go north from there to Deals Gap or south back towards blairsville. The Cherokee Cycle shop in Andrews on 129 is a great spot to spend lots of money on Harley parts and they also have a great map showing all the local rides. Also check out the ride to Suches from blairsvile. Super twisty rt. Enjoy, I would join you but I am getting a shoulder replacement so will be out off the bike for a while.
 

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Michelle, the owner of The Copperhead Lodge is also a glider! She has a 13 RGC in candy orange that matches mine. Ask her if she will show you the great rides in the area. Anthony also rides when he is not working up there. They have an awesome lodge and ride too. That is a great place to stay and ride from.

If I'm in town, send me a reminder and I will come up and ride with you. I am 75 miles from the lodge and love riding the mountains.
 

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Thanks for the info. I will definitely give you a shout!! That's why I love this forum just people always helping no matter what happens. Thanks a ton guys!!
 

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The Gauntlet run surrounds Blairsville, link has map and info. http://gauntletga.com

28, aka 64 between Franklin NC & Highlands NC has lots of twists and cliffs, and awesome waterfalls, but sometimes traffic.

Wayah Rd in NC off of 19 (north of Andrews), to 64 near Franklin has plenty of twists and elevation, rare to see another vehicle on this ride.

75 between Helen and 180 is excellent for tight twists. Off of 180 is Brasstown Bald, highest mountain in Ga. Further west/south on 180 is Wolf Pen Gap.

I have a 2nd home about 30 miles out'a Blairsville, would enjoy riding with you. Just not certain if I'm in GA or FL that week, depends on workload... I'll let you know.

Excellent ribs and beans at Rib Country in Blairsville.
 

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damn brother your going to really make me miss GA. there are not too many things I miss about being there but the roads are the main one.

I was the lead motorcycle mechanic and the Lodge under the previous owners, I actually painted the mural in the floor down where the shop used to be.

okay the roads "I" would recommend coming from a local view.

route #1
from the main building, go up the hill and hang a right out of the grounds that will bring you to 76. take that south (to the right) nice windy roads just off the hi-way at some points take that till you get to 60. make a left. ride 60 all the way to your first big choice. left to 180 (wolf pen gap) or straight on 60. either way stop at the gas station there are always FRIENDLY bikers there.

180 - Wolf pen gap (youtube the vids)
is nice twisty road the cut through to hwy 129 on the blairsville side.
variable sufaces.

continuing on 60 ride that till you come to 19 make a left onto 19. Going straight will take you to Delonaga, Ga. 19 will wine you and dine you till you can't lean anymore and take you over blood mountain and back into blairsville.

IF YOUR NOT USED TO TWISTY ROADS, you better get ready. please do not underestimate ANY of these roads my friend. oh and watch out for the sportbikers. Best advice give yourself a couple runs on the roads before you play "ricky road racer", and wind up getting a butt clincher cause you went fast into a corner that too sharp.

If you want a much longer ride take 129 all the way to the dragon, about 2 hours north depending on your speed. If your not used to twisties you will want a beer and a chair by the pool and that will be it for the day....lol

things to see in the area that are pretty awesome.
Helton creek waterfall. (great photo spot)
City of Helena, Ga (german themed town) lots of bikers
in the area of the Cherohola Skyway, look out for the corner at mile marker 11 (decreasing radius that sneeks up on you)
Bald river falls also VERY Awesome photo spot.

the area as a whole is welcoming to bikers and us folk. they kinda understand what we do and share the roads.

enough yapping let me throw out some photos :D
 

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bald river falls, just of the Cherohola Skyway


helton creek falls


be ready for this guy
(no heckling please this was "pre-glide")
 

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Thanks for the good info. Looks like I will be in the heart of some really great riding terrain!! Thanks a lot
 

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Copperhead Lodge

Was just up there at the end of May. Really nice place to stay. Only stayed 2 days but it was some awesome riding in the area. Rode the Gauntlet the first day and then hit the Dragon on the way to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Nashville.
They were doing some construction at Copperhead while we were there. Looks like they are building covered parking at all the cabins (we reserved two without the sheds) but they had the foundations poured and they woke my buddy up hanging the walls and roof the first day.

Anyway, beautiful riding. There will be a return trip in the future for sure.

Jack
 
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