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Old 10-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #16
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Kept moving with the twisties, we were quite disappointed with a bunch of Harley affront.

Passed the Harleis, we stuck with this:


Scott asked Rusty - what's going on!?
I wish I know - said Rusty.



Oh, I was there as well, but don't know exactly what it was:


There was a chopper just flying up, seemed the good time to start moving:


Started rolling again:


I don't know what they was discussing about:


Just beside the HOGPEN - I have no idea what the HOGPEN means:


Cornering for a while, we stopped for rest at the place where I knew that we had passed on the way in:


Some more good roads:


His GS seat may not so good. So he kept standing up like that most of the time LOL...





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Old 10-24-2012, 11:47 AM   #17
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Great stuff VietHorse. I have always enjoyed your trip reports from Vietnam and am very happy to see you now riding State Side. Excellent photos as always and big props to those showing him around..!

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #18
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Great stuff VietHorse. I have always enjoyed your trip reports from Vietnam and am very happy to see you now riding State Side. Excellent photos as always and big props to those showing him around..!

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Thank you. It was so great for me to have such great riding buddies. Some other friends of mine in Atlanta also made my trip become a trip of lifetime.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:48 PM   #19
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4:15PM, it seemed like my last fuel up for the day:


It was starting to be chilly. I did not prepare for such kind of weather.


We rode along a river for a while, then to a freeway. Doh, that time I really felt cold. I have only one more thin layer behind the leathers only. My gloves is for summer as well. My body started to be shivering.

Tried to take a photo to make me warmer when buddies stopped for discussion:


Finally, we got to the dinner place. Thanks God. I survived:


Really nice place. We were arriving on time as we did not have a long queue as some minutes later:




One friend of mine said it's a good place:


Mine - really great BBQ:


Enjoyed the dinner:


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Old 10-25-2012, 11:57 PM   #20
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We went back to Rusty's and chitchat until midnight. Slept very well that night.
Woke up in the morning and really did not want to get outside. It was very cold. I had not be prepared for that.
Gotta wear all of my T-shirt which I brought with and two more TwowheeledTexans shirts from Scott.





Look at me, I was too fat in comparison with my normal status because of all the T-shirts.

On the way back, I had to use my own towel to cover my neck and hooped down under the windscreen to avoid getting cold.

Thank to Rusty's gloves. They saved my hands.
Stopped for fuel, my throttle clamp came loose. I was thinking of it had been loosen since we were on ThreeSisters.


Scott guided me thru a Country roads again. The roads was almost no traffic, with open air, good road condition... and it's really cold.
We stopped for a while at the middle of the field:




After passing Texas A&M University, where Scott had his Degree, we said goodbye to each other.
I turned right and get on to the Hwy-6 then I-290 to back to Houston downtown.
My last fuel stop on Hwy-6:



Got back to the hotel just after lunch. Returned the bike without any issue.

Well, that's it. That 's my wonderful riding trip Texas with all great people. Really want to ride with them again

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:06 AM   #21
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After getting all my things done in Texas, headed to Atlanta with some other friends and a new riding plan to Smoky Mountain.

Thursday morning, took the 7:45A flight, cheap one, by SouthWest:


Landed:


A friend of mine came to pick me up from the ATL airport:


He left for me this room in his guest house in Atlanta - two beds, with all other stuff i.e. kitchen, laundry etc...:


Get all my package stored at his house, he drove me to Alabama.
On the way, feel the heat of motorcycle, which I hard to see in Houston:




Arrived Alabama:


And almost there:


We stopped outside for lunch. The accent of people here make me difficult to understand. However, all the thing around lunch was motorcycle related - all the guys around talking about motorcycle, wearing motorcycle shirts... etc... What an impression!

Into the gate of the Museum:




Baber started his collection from 1989.
1994 he opened the non-profit museum.
Now there are around 1200 bikes models showed on 05 stories building.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:01 AM   #22
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Front view of the museum:






These Ducaties right at the entrance of the museum:


Some small stuff:


The museum is arranged with a "mixture style". Means you can see all kind of bikes (naked / sport / cruiser...) and all year of them (old and new) on the same floor. I have asked the admin there, and he said that 's the intention of them. They don't want anybody come in the Museum and miss some good stuff. They want all the visitor can experience every kind of motorcycle during their visit.







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Old 10-27-2012, 04:09 AM   #23
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I was at the Baber Museum almost the same time with this post: Link.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #24
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Many bike brands which I 've never heard:










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Old 10-27-2012, 07:56 PM   #25
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During the time I visited, they have so called a qualification practice of the Vintage bike racer on the track behind the Museum. Enjoy seeing all the beautiful beasts in the Museum and hear the racing sounds from the windows - what a feeling!!



Oh, this bike looks sick:


This looks still very new, even the wooden parts:




An interesting info is the starting point of this Museum was from three VFR - hehe, I am now riding a VFR as well :




Cool set up - feel like on a track:






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Old 10-28-2012, 09:13 PM   #26
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Some special stuff, i.e. Micheal Jordan's racing bikes:


Or a steam bike:






Just wanna have them all !!!


Spent some more time with the bikes and the souvenir shop, then we headed back to Atlanta for a dinner.

Here was where we had dinner that day:


The place is a meeting place of Atlanta bikers every Thursday night. That night was the last one before all the bikes are stored in the garages until next year riding season:




Great opportunity to meet with a friend, who is very impressed to me with his strength and great recovery after a serious accident:


He looks great as always:


And he could drink well, too:


Went sleep quite late that night for packing stuff for the long ride from the day after.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #27
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To Smoky Mountain

Friday morning, 12Oct, Wrestler and me two-up on his Red VFR to RollingAgain's house.
Until now, I still don't understand what made Wrestler missed the road and went further than RollingAgai's house may be around 10miles. LOL....
At least, we get to the right place, RollingAgain was almost falling into sleep.
Beautiful white pearl VFR was up on the trailer, ready for the trip:


Getting RollingAgain's bike, check around and make all the baggage organized and ready to roll.
His bike is almost the same as my bike in Vietnam, just the difference is mine is ABS version. It 's really great that he installed the Power outlet on this bike, it's good for me to use it for my GPS. Thank to my great GPS, I brought it from Vietnam, installed the US map myself and it works fantastic since the time I was in Texas.

Our first stop was for gas. Here was the second stop, for our stomachs. Hahah...


RollingAgain was so amazing, he got the things so well prepared and organized. He was a bit too excited with the drinks LoL...


Wrestler was, too:


You have been caught, Mr. Wrestler:


Then we were heading to the Blood Mountain, where RollingAgain said it's a good start for a mountain ride.
At this junction, RollingAgain was making a sudden turn to the right. Wresler missed the turn and we gotta wait for a while:



Nice lake beside where we stopped:


Wrestler came in!


Prepared to roll again:


Nice roads ahead:






I could not stay behind the trailer, even though there was a beautiful VFR on it. Push more gas, rode on my own GPS:




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Old 10-31-2012, 11:37 PM   #28
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After around 15mins cornering, we stopped at a tourist place:


Wrestler came in:


I was there with the RWB VFR:




I have no idea why people hang a lot of shoes on this tree:


At the time we arrived, a singer was sitting infront of the shop, playing a country song with his guitar. Great moment with the nice view, nice song and music, with good friends, in a bit chilly weather.


We on road again:








We started to see the fall color:


Fall smell, color and feeling are all around...


The road and view was too beautiful then, I was so excited, so that I keep riding ahead, passed the entrance of the cabin.



Rode for a while, not seeing Wrestler in the mirror, I stopped beside of the road to wait:





Then I saw him, he asked me to return as I passed the destination.
We head back, and I saw Switchblade, other inmate on the way. We all came to the cabin.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #29
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Viethorse, Good thing you got your ride in when you did. It is snowing in the NC mountains pretty good now!

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:04 PM   #30
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Viethorse, Good thing you got your ride in when you did. It is snowing in the NC mountains pretty good now!

Great report!
Thank you.
Friends told me that the time I was there is the best time for riding. So your bikes must be sleeping well in garage now??
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