Like all trips really, the day before is spent rushing around doing stuff that you procrastinated on through the whole week. Packing, getting stuff ready to go, grabbing the trailer, all that fun stuff. No pictures of me triple checking to make sure I don’t forget something stupid like my jacket, which last year I forgot. We get everything packed and get on the road about 10pm.
First time to ever eat at a cracker barrel, it was uneventful. Although I did see the most perfect mullet I have ever seen ever, it was a thing of beauty. One of the things about the trip to the gap, the Cherahola skyway is totally insult to injury. Here you are, just having done roughly 12-14 hours worth of driving, now you have to drag a trailer through the skyway @ roughly 30-50 miles an hour. You’re almost there, but still so far away. Bryan and I stop before rolling the skyway at the best bbq place I’ve eaten at in TN/NC.
Bryan chowin down.
The ride up has some great views.
Hour 14, I’m burnt and my God this road is curvy.
We get to the house, unload and open a beer. There was talk of going to Atlanta tonight but there will be none of that shit. Doug and Jason show up later and we sit around rapping and drinking, we go out for a pizza later. Oh Saturday on the Skyway we hit a TN road block sobriety check point, and an NC road block where they were just checking for M’s and Insurance.
Nothing much of note on this day, drove the gap in the truck saw a bunch of TN police dudes, and went shopping to stock up foodz for the house.
Since it was labor day, we decided to get the hell out of TN/NC and run to GA. Blood Mt was where we were headed. Actually it’s an amazing road, was still pretty busy due to being labor day, but other then that it was beautiful. Thanks to Gary for a heads up about it. Although we did miss picture opps. With one “Young Lick Knob” and “Smack Ass Gap”. I’ll never forgive Doug for that. Anyhow, Harv’s bike was busted so he rode two up with Doug and took a bunch of pictures.
Harv hoppin on.
Jason and I getting geared up.
Going to SLAY THE DRAGON!!! I’m sure.
Blackaxis(Roger) too cool to look at the camera.
Bryan, Doug, and Harvey stopped, I’m up ahead going “What are you people doing??”
Bryan and I.
Jason and Roger.
This, is why you travel 14 hours just to ride.
Turners corner break.
Some Ferrari the other guys were shitting their pants over. I don’t know cars.
Harv and Roger.
Blurry, but you can sort of make out the line behind us. We had a cop right behind us and Bryan’s speedo is off, so we ended up doing 35 in a 45 for like 7 miles or something. I think we had a line of cars behind us about ¼ of a mile long. It was awesome.
More cop/line of cars. The few Harleys does not do it justice. I think I spent the last 2 miles laughing in my helmet about it.
Bryan and I, whoa hey, turns.
They have fishing up here to I guess.
Coopers creek. As we roll up and park there is an 07 Ninja zx6 and a 07CBR600RR. The store owner comes to the door and lets us know that we just parked next to a couple of hot chicks bikes. This of course sent Ravyn into playa playa mode as we met the owners daughters who rode said bikes. I think his game went something like “Yeah, I can wheelie, WHOOOOOO” but I’m not sure.
Group shot with the young lady that was victim to the gap casanova’s mac attack. Hey, she rides an 07 600RR though, so aside from the fact that she fell victim to Ravyns mac attack, at least in bikes she has good taste.
The “Oh shit!” corner. Basically Ravyn passes Doug, comes into a corner way to hot. This sets off a chain reaction of “oh shit!” from all of us. Doug goes in to hot and is dragging peg with Harv on the back. I go in a bit to hot and keep it going, Bryan comes in a bit to hot and blows the corner out to the middle of the other lane. Whoa.
Look through the turn.
Ahh good day riding, now for beerz n pool.
Working on Harv’s bike. Water in the gas tank.
For some reason they didn’t want Bryan and I smoking inside while there was gas cans and a gas tank open. Wimps.
Hahn radiator guards!
N8dog was a bit neurotic this year, pretty sure he was off his meds. Still a cool dog though.
Group hanging out.
Doug, Harvey, Jason, and Eric went to Ashville to sell a bike, Bryan and I stayed at the house to do various shit and decided to ride deals gap. Quick shot out there, up and down and back home. Nothing super notable, just a great road. Oh, but previously we saw a swing bridge, so while all the others were “OH LAFFO OKIE NEVER SEEN A BRIDGE” I decided I needed a picture with that swing bridge. Ok, well pictures and stuff….
Bryan at the new deals gap sign.
Silver at the new deals gap sign.
Deals gap? More like Deals Gut!! Version 2.0
At the top.
Bryan at the top.
Silver at the top.
SWING BRIDGE YAY!!!!!!
Hanging on the swing bridge.
We get up, hang out, eat breakfast and decide to roll the gap again. Before that a few run up the skyway a bit. This takes awhile when they said they would only be gone a bit. Bryan and I go look for em, and find them. Unscathed. This is the part where you ride the gap and go “Eh, rode it yesterday” and then pretty much scare the shit out of yourself most of the way up. I had more then a few corners that were “AHHHHHHH” pretty much most of the way through them. Once up at the top I told Bryan to go first because I was well on my way to putting the CBR in a bin. We ride back down and come back and meet up with another guy and his friend who want to go ride. Now, what was amazing about this guy is that everything was fag or faggot. Such as his “Faggot pipe” which was D&D, that he got with the bike when he bought it. Or his “Fag Bag” which was his tank bag that I guess everyone uses now. Oh and he was drunk. Good times. We end up riding with him and his buddy down 28 which was a really good road, and actually the “everything is a faggot” guy showed us a really good road after that as well. No pictures of riding really, except from killboy/us129photos websites, I’ll probably post those later. Lastly, if I start referring to everything as a fag, it’s all the other guys fault, because after that episode, everything was a faggot. Quote of the week “Fucking faggot tree” – Eric.
Rawr! Where are these people!
Doug coming back from skyway before we run gap.
Us at the top of the gap.
Picture day!!! Whooo!! Lot’s of pictures from today. Ton’s of good riding. Eric/Jason/Harv rode the gap again while Bryan, Doug and I stayed put. Later on we found a good corner on 28 and set up camp to take some pictures, we got some good shots I think.
Group shot at the sign.
Group at CRoT
Was thinking about putting up a TSR shirt, but one was already up there.
Bryan and I.
Jason Lollygaggin cross the street.
Silver, way to stick to the yellow line there fella
After pictures we ran up the Blue Ridge Parkway for a bit. Got to check out some tunnels which was neat. This picture is called tunnel gut, sweet Christ it looks like I’m smuggling a helmet or something.
Then to celebrate our/my fatness, we ate at a “Big Boy” hell I had only seen these in movies, had to go there. After this on the way back the group was doing 55. I decided to hell with that, jacked it up to 70 and checked out for a bit. With a complementary fly by via Doug and Bryan. A bit later on down the road, yeah, whoops cop. I get pulled over and get let off with a warning. The group pulls in 5-10 minutes behind me thinking I was going to jail. Good times!
Later that night, we celebrated with fireworks, beer, and fires.
Lame, I know, but fun none the less.
Not really any pictures except from us129photos and killboy. Jason and Doug went out and hung out at the Blue Ridge, Eric went dirt riding with Dan, Bryan and I were going to go out 28 and go see this big ol 400 foot waterfall but the 28 bridge was closed. So we rolled the Gap again and started out on the foothills parkway where we found out Bryans bike was leaking. Was a good enough time to call it quits for the weekend, and we rolled back home and went and got some food. Later that night I took my bike up the cherahola for about 20 miles or so to trip to 9000 miles on the odometer.
Good times, great friends, an awesome week all around. Shout outs to ablank, Juan, and Dan who couldn’t make it this week, you guys were missed. Our last night there…