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Old 05-31-2014, 05:29 AM   #1531
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Those who have crashed and those who will again. Sorry!! Could have been a lot worse. Got similar, zero speed, rashes on both sides of my BMW. Some times you just have to let go of the bike rather than risk damage to your knees (as you obviously well know, referring to page 61) or worse.
Thank you for this Erik.
I keep wondering when I will stop tipping over !
The shame is it is a brand new bike.
But it will be fixed and be as pretty as new.

I kept wondering how those in hilly areas deal with the hills, especially when stopped or stopping.
Several times I was looking for a place to park the bike at a pull off and it kept rolling back,
or it was too high or too low on the kick stand side.
I figured out, at some point, to turn the bike off and put it in gear.
I just have to remember that when I go to start it, and I have to be on it to keep it from rolling back when I put it in neutral.
One of the nice features on this bike is it has a gear indicator.
Which is nice when there are 6 to choose from !

By the way, we spilled of the bike nicely.
It was all downhill !
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:09 AM   #1532
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Haven't read the entire RR yet, but I will do so this weekend. Noted that you have the Clearwater Krista lights on the PC, are you going to move them to the Triumph or get another set for the Triumph? Here's comparing the output of Krista (3 led, 2400 lumens each) on Judge Bill's K 1600 (left) and Erika ( 6 LED, 6000 lumens each) on my K 1200 GT. Note the Glenda lights with Amber lense covers for increased visbility. One master switch and one 'rheostat' dims the brightness of all 4 lights when needed. Hit the high beam switch or the horn switch and all lights go to full 'Retina Burner' bright. Can't live without them.
I was going to keep the Krista's on the PC.

The day after we got back I rolled the PC out of the garage and was going to take it to work.
It had not been used in a couple of weeks plus the insurance company was coming out to assess the damage on the Trophy.
The bike was facing forward on a very slight slope in the driveway.
I mean, Very slight.
I opened the trunk, like I have done hundreds of time before, and I go to get the stuff to put in there and I hear "KRASH" behind me.
I turn around and my PC is now on ITs side !

Crushed the left mirror.
Lets see, that makes about the fourth one now I think!

That was all the damage that was done.
OK, major damage!

So I went to order a mirror and come to find out they do not make them any more and there are no more in stock !!!!!!!!

So now what?

I could not find a match on ebay or amazon or any other bike parts place.
I would have to get lucky at any dealer to find one, but who stocks PC parts?

I have kept all of my other "parts" from previous engagements and I think I can make a Franken-mirror and get away with that.

All of that to say, I am pretty sure I will be selling my beloved PC !

If I can not get parts for it, like the radiator hose last year, there is no sense in holding on to it as far as I am concerned.
I had wanted to restore it, but that does not seem to be an option at this point.

It does have it's issues, that is why I was looking for a new bike in the first place.

So, I had decided that if I ever did get rid of the PC the only thing I would keep are the Clearwater Lights.

Those things are great.
The Triumph has a pretty good headlight so I was not concerned about seeing at night, and being seen during the day, like I was on the PC.

So I am now considering moving the lights to the Triumph,
but now I have to decide where to put them.


So, anyone in the market for a Well Used, World Famous () 1990 Honda Pacific Coast?
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So we head for Asheville, NC.

Another nice road we took to get there was Terrys Gap Road which turned into Mills Gap Road.
Just about every road is nice around here.

Our first stop was to see this sign.
Also on a hill!



Hey, everything is on a hill around here !





Mountaineer Inn, with some interesting characters.
And the people on the signs were interesting too !





Guy or Gal ?



Would be nice to see this lit up an night.



They have a small website.

Although they do not flash their fancy signs on it!
I wonder why ! ?

I found some night pictures.

Here are some nice ones on Roadside Peek.

And another one on Lynne's Fine Art Prints of Asheville.

Roadside America says this motel was built in 1939.

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Mountaineer Inn is located on Tunnel Road.

Oh look! A Tunnel !



I saw this sculpture on Street View before we left.
I do not know what it is, but perhaps it can be an adventure for one of you guys to find out.
It looked like a palm tree that had and incident with a hurricane!



Located at the corner of Patten Avenue and Otis Street.

Right near out next stop.



That is a Giant Iron.



There was a guy playing a guitar pressed up against it.

It sounded like he was a little flat !

Sorry, that's the only two jokes I could think of.
If I come up with more I will be sure to let you know !

He did have sheet music in front of him.



A C 6 Iron.



From what I can tell everyone calls this "Flat Iron Sculpture"

I found a list of other interesting things here in Asheville on Asheville Urban Trail.
I wish I had seen this before I left !

During a Pollice chase in 2009 the suspect jumped the curb and pushed this big hunk of metal 6 feet off it's base!

According to this flickr post the creator of this Giant Iron is Reed Todd.

Apparently this iron is part of an Urban Trail and this directs people to the 1926 Flat Iron Building. Info on Roadside America.

The Flat Iron Building is across the street.
You can see part of it in the picture above to the right of my bike where those yellow flowers are in the window.
If I had known that also before I left I would have taken pictures of the building.

Around the corner is this nice old church.
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence, which was built in 1905.



Then I see these statues in front of another building while I was at a red light.



This is called "Appalachian Stage" on that Asheville Urban Trail website I posted above.

The "Appalachian Phone Call" guy in blue was added later.



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Next stop was Harry's on the Hill.



To see Chief Pontiac !



Harry's is a GMC / Cadillac Dealer in Asheville, NC.

I assume they sold Pontiacs when they were being made.



Getting pictures of the front was a little tricky.
Beings the ground slopes off pretty quickly in front of this Indian Muffler Man.





All of the Muffler Man Indians I saw have this same pose.
They just change the head for a brave or a chief !



Up higher on the hill is the dealership.



You can barely see him in my first picture way up on the hill above the Sav-Mor sign.

I actually found a YouTube video of Big Chief on the Hill taken this February.
It is a little wavy and out of focus, but interesting none the less.

There is a little more information about this attraction then most.
Perhaps because he is so easy to see standing up there on the hill.
Plus it is at a car dealership.

Harry's On the Hill

Dave Blake website under Muffler Men (10th row down, but looks like I have some more riding to do ! ).

And of course Roadside America.

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Next stop was also up on a hill.
You can not see the Indian Statue from here.



well, you can if you know where to look.

Just above the red pickup truck !



There you will find Chief Willy.



Located at Clyde A. Erwin High School.



I am not sure this is a Muffler Man.
He does not look the same, and he is shorter.

I knew this was at a school and I figured I would be here during school hours.
When I pulled up to the driveway at the bottom of the hill I saw a security guard riding around in a car.

I pulled up to him and he asked what I wanted.
I said I wanted to get some pictures of your statue.
He said, Is that all?
I said Yes.
And he said OK.

So I road up the hill, took a couple of pictures and left with out incident.



Their sports teams are named the Warriors.
Jonathan Crompton, a Quarterback, played here for two years.

Clyde A. Erwin was the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1934 to 1952.

I found him on Roadside America also.

Perhaps he is a Muffler Man.
He just looks too short.
But then again, he is on a hill.
Maybe it is because he is painted one color that makes him look shorter.
On Roadside America he is more natural and multicolored.
He does have the same features as Chief Pontiac, so I guess he is a Muffler Man.

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So we continue heading West.



First onto Newfound Road, then I-40 W again and then onto US-19 S.

Some more beautiful scenery.



US-19 runs into US-441 N in CHerokee, NC.

We filled up with gas in Cherokee.
At that point we had done 251 miles and we were actually running early from my calculations.
We had been on the road 7 hours and 20 minutes, which seemed pretty good.
The stops I had planned did not take as long as expected.

We were going to camp the next three nights, but when I checked the weather they
were posting Flash Flood Warnings, and there was a stream flowing right by the campground.
Plus there were no bear boxes around to put our food in.
They warn you about bears and don't provide a place to put your stuff.
This is big motorcycle country !

You can see the clouds forming in the above pictures.
And they were worse when we got to Cherokee.
So we opted for a Hotel. (The picture below was taken the next day.)



After we checked in we went out to get our stuff off the bike and the skies opened up !
Thunder and everything !



So we were glad to be in a hotel.

We cooked out dinner in the microwave.
The room had a small refrigerator, so we kept our food cold.

The thunder storm passed after a while, but it was still overcast and there was some day
light left so we took a walk and I got pictures of things around here I wanted to see.
Saved us from stopping on the bike later in our trip.
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Almost across the street was The Cherokee Trader.



I was surprised, but some of the neon still worked on this sign.
The problem was it was on just before dark and not after dark,
and I did not realize that until we were ready to leave.



Nice Mural.



Totem Poles by the front door.



This is a gift / souvenir shop.
It was not open when we were there, like many of the places on this strip of US-441.

The Cherokee Trader
They have apparently expanded their mural since the picture on that page.

Here is a picture of it lit up on flickr.

Roadside Peek also has a picture of this sign lit up, with all the lights on.

"The Cherokee Trader gift shop was built by Lois Queen Farthing, the
matriarch of Cherokee tourism, who led its 1950s expansion from a remote
craft town to a full-blown tourist destination. The shop is still owned by
Lois's family, and they keep its elaborate neon sign in good repair. It was
installed in 1964."
Once again Roadside America comes through.

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Some other interesting buildings we saw as we walked South on US-441.





That is a miniature Triceratops Dinosaur !



This is the Oconaluftee River which runs along the Eastern side of US-441.



Unfortunately it looked like this section of Cherokee has seen its day.
Cherokee seemed to be split into four sections.
-The area we were in on US-441.
-Across the river is a town where the Municipal Building and High School are located.
-A newer Tourist area on US-19 just East of US-441.
-And the area further East on US-19 where the Casinos are located and the old shops and motels around there are closed up.

All of these pictures are on US-441.









The old Dairy Queen.



The new one was next to our Hotel.

A pedestrian bridge crossing the Oconaluftee River to the Cherokee Indian Agency, which was behind me when I took this picture.



The back of the old Dairy Queen, which explains why they moved it !



An old Ice Cream Stand.





A stuffed Buffalo in front of another gift shop.



This poor old motel had several units burned out.



Kind of reminded me of the area around the casinos.

While looking at something else on Google Maps Street View I see that the Pageant Inn was pretty big.
It came out almost to the road where I am standing.
So the fire that is evidenced here must have been pretty bad.
It looked like it was a nice place back in the day.

But it looks like they are trying to fix this area up again fortunately.



You can not replace old places like these.
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Something else I had wanted to see was this beautiful wood carving.



It is located next to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.



The carving is of Sequoyah, who invented the Cherokee Alphabet.
He was born in 1776 and his father was a Virginia Fur Trader and his mother was the daughter of a Cherokee Chief.

The Native Americans trace their ancestry through the mother and not the father like we do.
Smart move, you pretty much know who the mother is every time !



There is a Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, TN.

Information about Sequoyah on Wikipedia.













Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC.

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As always great pics- you have a good eye for what's cool. I subscribe and always look forward to viewing your pics. Sorry about the bike- glad everyone is fine. Don't feel so bad about dropping the bike- I've dropped mine in my garage on level concrete- forgot to put kickstand down.
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all those hillbillies at that hotel scare me, reminds me of the movie Deliverence
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In front of the Cherokee Museum is one of those bear statues people paint that I was telling you about.
Like the fiddles at Mount Airy, NC.





When I was here I had no idea why this one had a red turban and smoked a long pipe.



I kind of figured it had something to do with Sequoyah because of the Cherokee Alphabet painted on the bear.
Well, I assumed that was the Cherokee Alphabet !



When I looked up Sequoyah in the last post they had a picture of him, and there he was wearing a red turban and smoking a long pipe !
So, mystery solved !





It is just sad what the American Government did to all of the Native American Tribes across the country.
The Cherokee were known for the Trail of Tears when the government made them march from their homeland here
in North Carolina to what is now Oklahoma, and along that forced march at least 4,000 Cherokee people died.

The Cherokee were not the only ones, they were just one of five indigenous people
in the South East included in what has been rightly termed Native American Genocide.
Something our country does not tolerate with other nations, or at least they say they do !
GO figure !

I can't.





Very sad to say the least.

The information below I give for further reading.
I have not read all of what they said, so I do not have a total idea of where they are coming from.
You know where I am at on this and the following links are usually pretty reliable at providing information and not necessarily their opinion.
I will read them in depth later and change any if I have to.

Trail of Tears on the History Chanel.

Trail of Tears on Wikipedia.

Ironic that the National Park Service has information about the actual trail from North Carolina to Oklahoma !
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So with the threat of rain again we walk back towards our hotel.

It rained a little but stopped again.

So we walked past our hotel to see what was north of us on US-441.



The Wigwam Motel.



This was lit up at times too, but I missed it.
I walked down here the night before we left and it was not on.



They had a gift shop also.



Here is a night picture on flickr.

They do not appear to have their own website.

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This is pretty much the northern end of the original town.
Well, probably the 1950's tourist town they created here.
There is a little more modern stuff like a water park and such just around the bend.

From that point there is nothing but woods and the beginning of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



The Totem Pole Craft Shop.



They had a lot of totem poles on this building.
I put the ones I saw into one picture.



Across the street is Cherokee Reservation Craft Shop.





Some nice paintings of life.





I could not find much on these places.
They do appear to still be in business, but we seemed to have come before the busy season.
Which is just fine with me of course.
(The busy season, not the stores being closed !)

Here are some more pictures on Roadside America of stuff I have seen in Cherokee, NC, including Bill the Buffalo!

I had seen the Warrior Hotel sign coming back to the hotel from Deals Gap the next day, but I did
not bother to stop because we were headed for a waterfall I had on my list, as you will see later.

A picture of the Cherokee Reservation Craft Shop when it is open on VirtualTourist.

I will mark the Totem Pole Craft Shop on my map,
the Cherokee Reservation Craft Shop is directly across the street.

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