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VietHorse 10-22-2012 03:39 PM

::: Texas and Smoky Mountain fall ride 2012
 
Got a plan for a biz trip to US. Well, it's quite a long way from Vietnam, and of course not easy to make a trip like that.
Therefore I took a week of during my time there, engaged with some of my forum inmates (TWT and VFRD), planned for some days ride out.
My first trip destination is Houston TX. I had a weekend free and that's for a ride to Austin, experienced ThreeSisters.
Second destination is Smoky Mountain. Some of my great friends arranged for me an awesome trip from Atlanta GA, to Smoky Mountain, passing North and South Carolina and Tennessee.
Those were all great days with very nice riding buddies and wonderful fall scenery.

VietHorse 10-22-2012 03:47 PM

Texas time
 
A lot of communication flying back and forth to help me arrange for the trip. Day by day waiting for the time to come....

Finally, the trip really happens...
Got into the plane, try to sleep to cut short the waiting time - but I could not. Awake all the time for watching movies:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01618.jpg
It's not easy to fly directly from Vietnam to US, unless I have my own airplane http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/p...ult/tongue.png
Transit at Narita Airport, Tokyo Japan - I have tried to drink lots of beer, try to have something which could knock me down and get me to sleep:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01612.jpg
(Noticed that the Air Lounges in Vietnam and Japan are much better than in US).

Landed Houston airport, got this Avante from Avis:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n.../DSC016192.jpg

During biz time in Houston, visited a friend of mine there. Looked at his collection then think of the near future ride:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01655.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01668.jpg

His Acura NSX is one of the 6 NSX in the world was produced in this color and some more options:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC01657-1.jpg

Could not stand beside his CBR600, tried it without proper riding gears:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC01689-1.jpg

And tried out craw fish:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01719.jpg

The restaurant is owned by a Vietnamese in Houston. Crawfish was not so big but that's really nice stuff:

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01711.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC01715-1.jpg

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VietHorse 10-22-2012 03:54 PM

Texas time
 
Before flying in, I have contacted and arranged with some other friends in TX for a ride there.
I borrowed the helmet and jacket from my friend in Houston, and all are ready for a ride:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01739.jpg

Thursday afternoon, got this bike:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC01759-1.jpg

A ZX6R 2009, quite new and all stock, except the muffler - really loud.

Friday early morning, rode around 20miles to the meeting point with a friend - Camilo, stopped at a McDonal:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01977.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01978.jpg

He came on a pretty new BMW K1600:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01979.jpg

We were ready:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC01982.jpg

Met up with an other friend after around an hour ride - It's a GS1200 rider - Tourmeister:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02005.jpg

The ride in Texas started with the large, long and straight roads:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02007.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02009.jpg

Most of the roads which we rode thru are going between the country side, between the grass field and country villages:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02023.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02055.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02034.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02008.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02060.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02067.jpg

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N-Id-Jim 10-22-2012 08:03 PM

Looking forward to the rest of your report and your impressions of the good ole usa.

Cheers

VietHorse 10-22-2012 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by N-Id-Jim (Post 19878197)
Looking forward to the rest of your report and your impressions of the good ole usa.

Cheers

Thank you and hope you enjoy it, too.

VietHorse 10-22-2012 08:20 PM

Texas time
 
Some more pic for the first day ride in TX:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02069.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02076.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02077.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC02080-1.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02086.jpg

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http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02105.jpg

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http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02112.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02136.jpg

It was really nice day for a ride:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02148.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02157.jpg

Stopped for a short rest:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02159.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02163.jpg

A court house which has been renewed recently:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02161.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02164.jpg

Gas price is almost as in Vietnam:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02165.jpg

Keep riding:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02169.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...C02171-1-1.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02212.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02222.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02231.jpg

Lunch time, also in front of a renovating court house:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02304.jpg

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SR1 10-23-2012 03:25 AM

Too bad I wasn't there to be part of your welcome party. I'd have loved to show you around. Looking forward to more, man!

bobw 10-23-2012 04:06 AM

The Texas Hill Country has some great riding and fun people and places to visit, but you will love the Smoky's!

Excellent photos and thanks for bringing us along!

Cheers

VietHorse 10-23-2012 07:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SR1 (Post 19879673)
Too bad I wasn't there to be part of your welcome party. I'd have loved to show you around. Looking forward to more, man!

Hey Steve, you were around during my trip to the Smokey? Too bad that you did not give a sign.
Anyway, be patient on my trip report and upcoming plan.
Cheers! :freaky

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobw (Post 19879766)
The Texas Hill Country has some great riding and fun people and places to visit, but you will love the Smoky's!

Excellent photos and thanks for bringing us along!

Cheers

Well. As you said.
For me, all the above places are new to me. All of them have their own beauty and attractive. I love them all.
Thanks for riding along my report. :freaky

SR1 10-23-2012 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VietHorse (Post 19880692)
Hey Steve, you were around during my trip to the Smokey? Too bad that you did not give a sign.
Anyway, be patient on my trip report and upcoming plan.
Cheers! :freaky
:freaky


No, I don't think I was, unfortunately. I wish I had been though!

VietHorse 10-23-2012 07:34 AM

Saw some deers beside the road - Scott kept telling me about crossing deers. I quite worried when passing some corners with lots of trees:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02330.jpg
Lucky me, all my ride, I don't have to use my brake in front of any deers.

A nice house, seems to be a representative symbol of this area:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02403.jpg

Long road ahead:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02354.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02405.jpg

I stopped on the way to take photo of the bike with the oil well background:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02416.jpg

Felt sleepy that time, asked my friends for a short nap at this place:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02425.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02423.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02426.jpg

After that, we headed to a friend's house in Austin. We have BBQ there at his house, too hungry so I forgot to take a pic.

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VietHorse 10-23-2012 08:19 AM

Texas time
 
Friday night, say farewell to Camilo, who was on the BMW K1600 as he gotta visit his children nearby.
Saturday AM, we had some more riders come and joined.
The Sport bike ZX6R seemed lost among the GS gang http://www.twtex.com/forums/images/s.../surrender.gif

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02439.jpg

Got fueled up - I used to fill the Premium until the guys told me not necessary. LOL...:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02440.jpg

Some first view of the roads - unlike what we had in Tennessee and North Carolina :
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02445.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02443.jpg

A really flat view ahead:

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02458.jpg

My riding buddies:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02450.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02451.jpg

Stopped for a quick rest before getting to the twisty route:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02471.jpg

Full equipped GS:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02472.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02473.jpg

During my ride in North Carolina, I was thinking of getting the Spot like this - good for the ride to the middle of no-where, and alone:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02475.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02477.jpg

Tested the GoPro view:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02481.jpg

Ready faces.
Rusty, who hosted me for two nights in Austin:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02484.jpg

Scott, who was the one like RollingAgain and Wrestler, setting up the route and invite the inmates to join the ride:

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02483.jpg

Kurt, who just moved to a GS from a Goldwing:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02485.jpg

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VietHorse 10-23-2012 10:43 PM

Texas time
 
Nice road started. Now I really don't remember which routes we have been thru. Just know they are Three Sister something.

Well, dam, it a small dam:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02497.jpg

A few cruisers:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02501.jpg

The twisty roads was so strange to me. And also the GS guys rode too fast. The sport bike make me uncomfortable with the Camera in hand, I gotta concentrate on the road and having no photo for this.

There are some other view after that:

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02506.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...C02512-1-2.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02522.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02523.jpg

Here's how a reporter work:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02514.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02521.jpg
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VietHorse 10-23-2012 10:45 PM

Texas time
 
Around 12hrs, we stopped for lunch:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02540.jpg

Nice place, seemed familiar with my buddies:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02538.jpg

Welcome Y'all. Such a Texans banner:

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02537.jpg

Nice decor inside:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02534.jpg
This place seemed to be a tourist point also:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC02535-1.jpg

Happy lunch:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC02532-1.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02528.jpg

Oh, this was mine, looks okay huh:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02529.jpg

VietHorse 10-24-2012 08:33 AM

Texas time
 
The road after lunch time was good as well.
I was trying to talk to Rusty that we were missing one rider http://www.twtex.com/forums/images/s...happyrider.gif but he kept going... http://www.twtex.com/forums/images/smilies/lol2.gif. One of our GS (Kurt) felt sore on his back after long time no riding then he headed back home after lunch.

I was not familiar with the roads so did not dare to ride too aggressive. Sometimes, at the 15-10mph corners, I saw lots of tire marks on the road surface then I gotta pull the brake.

Really nice mountain roads:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02549.jpg

Stopped for some air:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02555.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSC02546-1.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02548.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02545.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02544.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02552.jpg

He said: I will buy this area :
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/DSC02543.jpg
(actually that 's how he stretch his legs and arms after a long ride)


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