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Old 07-17-2007, 07:54 AM   #1
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For Dads & Daughters

My daughter asked me a shocking question Saturday evening, " Dad, take me riding to these places you always talk about".

Let me expand this somewhat. My daughter has never had a great interest in motorcycles, and I have never pushed the issue. Sometimes she gets a little curious when I am in the garage working on one of the old bikes, but that is usually the extent of it.

Erica is now becoming a teenager, and sometimes Dad feels a little left out, so I seized the opportunity to spend some with her on the bike. Since the divorce eight years ago, and 50/50 custody, my weekends are usually filled with cheerleading, softball, and sleepovers. Add to this the rigors of teen blossoming, boys, cell phone, etc., I was very excited !

BTW- Some of the pics will be blurry to you, but very clear to me.


The true love of my life, Erica


Plenty of these signs during the day


Unique river rock abandoned store, that Erica thought was "neat"


Erica: "Will this bike go down beside that river ?"
Dad: "Sure it will"


We then headed towards an area called Mortimer, NC. Mortimer was a logging town around the turn of the century that was washed away by a large flood (in the 1920's/). A few buildings remain, including an old factory that was supposed ly one of the largest cotton mills in the southeast. Concrete remnants can be seen all along the river bottom where it stood. Part of the boiler room and some of the boilers are still intact, if you know where they are.




The Mortimer store, still in use


Erica:"can we see some waterfalls ?"
More gravel roads to waterfalls, in fact, the rest of the day was spent on gravel seeing waterfalls.








Time for a lunch break, MRE's under a rock ledge, in the rain. Best lunch ever !



Granfather Mountain & BRP Viaduct bridges



From Grandfather Mountain on to Linville falls







Down Old NC 105 to Wisemans View, these are all in the general area where the movie "Last of The Mohicans" was filmed.


Linville Gorge







Daddy's girl (last one, I promise)



Erica's back was hurting after six hours of riding, and it was one and a half hours home, so off we go ! When we arrived home she stumbled to her bed and stayed for the next four hours, back to typical teen life again.

This was the best ride a father could ever ask for ! So dad's, hang in there you might get lucky too !
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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Good job, Don! I know right where you are coming from
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:25 AM   #3
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nice!

Mines 5 and I'm already not looking forward to 13
Things WILL change, but I have been luckier than most !
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
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Mine's 8...promised her a trip to AK before she graduates from high school...hopefully I'm as lucky as you and she still wants to get on the back when she's that age. Great report!
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:40 AM   #5
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Mine's 8...promised her a trip to AK before she graduates from high school...hopefully I'm as lucky as you and she still wants to get on the back when she's that age. Great report!
GO NOW!
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:17 AM   #6
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....and now, testing the lenght of my first granddaughter. Yes, she fits!
(don´t worry, just testing)
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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Kids are fun to travel with and once you get them involved in the ride they come up with some pretty interesting ideas. Enjoy them while they are young because they wont be kids forever.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:46 AM   #8
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Hayden Abigail....

five months old now. cant wait to take her for her first ride....
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:54 AM   #9
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five months old now. cant wait to take her for her first ride....
Congrats, little girls are special. Stay close, it will pay off !
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:37 PM   #10
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five months old now. cant wait to take her for her first ride....

Umm....She will taking YOU for the ride!
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:47 PM   #11
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Great thread, great pics and great story. You just created memories for her that will last forever.

Here is my "Littlest Bones" and her first real motorcycle ride. Looking forward to when she is big enough to go on rides with me on my bike.





Re the bitterness issue, my two cents is this:

Bury it. Don't share the bitterness with her. It will serve no purpose other than to make her resent YOU. I know this because I have two wonderful parents (four if you include who they each married later). One of them never discussed the bitterness with me and the other one did. Guess which one I have more respect for?




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Old 07-17-2007, 07:53 PM   #12
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I love taking my daughter

Been toting her around on bike since she was 2, we love to ride together and after a break from bikes she now wants one so she can ride along with the old man.

I love it when she goes with me. We get to Talk!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:19 PM   #13
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Nice report!

One of the happiest days of my life (so far).

My daughter and eldest son.


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Old 10-03-2007, 09:23 PM   #14
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Nice report!

One of the happiest days of my life (so far).

My daughter and eldest son.

Wow. Lucky Dad.

I don't know if I've posted this here, but I'm still working mine in gently with short spins around the neighborhood.

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