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Old 05-14-2010, 11:18 AM   #31
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Hi Jim

The bike is GREAT !! I love it. I just had a problem with the battery but it was user error. I just can't have all the lights, heated stuff on at the same time. I got it figured out now. Lots of help from this site.

It has great power, I was on an interstate for a few minuets and was able to accelerate and keep up. Also very stable at 80MPH.

It is also amazing on the back twisty roads. I'm not that aggressive but I'm getting better.

I'm getting about 55mpgs too.

Looks cool too Sure gets lots of looks and questions from people.

How is the 650? Any picts of your travels ?

Nice trip. I love the Spot site. It really gives some great ideas for back to take for a trip back down south.

Mitch's Tavern across fomr NC State was a favorite haunt for many years.

The 650 is good. Learning a lot. Heading up to North Conway this weekend. I'll drag a camera along.
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:23 PM   #32
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Ok everybody sing along to this bluegrass song

"Leftover biscuits, leftover ham, leftover gravy in an old fryin' pan
Leftover coffee, leftover tea
Now I'm all alone cause she left over me"


I'm getting into the rhythm of this ride, relaxing more just cruising along and what I notice is the rain, the cold, the heat, doesn't affect me . It is all great! Every day, or every hour is different and each moment has its own way of making this adventure special.
I have had to drop my expectations of my planed route and how far I would get each day and just go with the flow. The GPS routes that I planned the last few months I have deleted off the unit and now I just look at the paper map pick a place and head that way.

On the way to Raleigh

Thursday morning it was misty rainy all the way to Raleigh. Not a real rain just enough to cover my visor so I had to wipe with my glove every 30 seconds.

I passed quite a few of these houses along the way.




Someone on the ADVrider web site told me about this place to grab breakfast .




All home made. Biscuit with eggs and bacon and grits!
The grits were pretty good after I added butter and jelly




I made it to North Carolina
Looks like someone just had to shoot the sign




I'm driving along and see this sign




Then around the corner there are about 10 guys in bright orange overalls picking up trash and walking a short distance behind them is a police office with a shotgun on his shoulder watching them. Not something you see in Massachusetts.

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #33
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I think I have finally come across the perfect riding gear for me.

First layer is the synthetic undies from EMS Techwick stuff. I have a long and short sleeve shirt. Easy to wash in a sink and dry fast, overnight. I have 2 under pants and 2 shirts. I also have 2 pair of synthetic socks.

The air flow pants are great. I have a gortex liner from my other pants if I need a warn layer.

The Air shell jacket has a insulated gortex liner that is great for a warmer layer. I have used this jacket in 36 degree weather with the base layer a thin fleece and the heated vest and the liner.

For rain the BMW Pro Rain suit 3 is perfect. If it is warm I use the base layer and just the jacket under the rain suit. When it stops raining I can unzip the rain suit to my waist and let the air in to cool off.

I also take my arms out of the upper part and tie it around my waist so it is easy to pull on if the rain starts again.

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Old 05-16-2010, 05:09 PM   #34
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:35 PM   #35
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Raleigh

By the time I got to Raleigh the sun was out and it was quite warm. I meet up with Barb and the girls at the NC State Campus.

Here are the girls. Dani, the Graduate, Drianne and Dominique




We went to the NC Museum of Art which was very cool. There was a walk around the grounds with very large art work. It was fantastic.



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This is news papers stacked on wood. I couldn't tell what it was until I got close to it.




Barb and I went to the NC State Botanical Gardens and walked around for a couple of hours just amazed.























Graduation at NC State was HUGE.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:17 PM   #36
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The second graduation, each major had a smaller ceremony later in the afternoon.





And here is the graduate! YeHAAA
Congratulations Dani




We all had a great time hanging out in Raleigh and seeing Dani graduate.

Oh yea this was dinner




Sunday was time to get on the road again. My plan was to to get back to the Blue Ridge Park way at Meadows of Dan. I got a late start , like noonish but made it here by 4 PM
Here are some pictures along the way.

I have seen a lot of these service stations on this trip. Some look like they were made into homes.








Yep the ladies out house.

























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Old 05-16-2010, 07:56 PM   #37
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More of these old service stations.




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Old 05-16-2010, 08:26 PM   #38
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OH Great

I'm in Meadows of Dan tonight and looks like nasty weather tomorrow, Monday.

I was going to go to Tazwell and Burkes Garden but I may just stay here for another day.

I really want to ride the mountain roads but not in torrential rains.

I'm not sure what to do.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:52 AM   #39
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I think I'm staying put today. Going to Mabry Mill for breakfast. I want to see and ride these beautiful roads so I will wait it out. Tomorrow looks better.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:59 AM   #40
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Yep nothing but rain, lots of rain. So I'm staying put at Meadows of Dan.

If the rain lets up later I'l do a local ride.

I'll head to Tazwell tomorrow.

Anybody know any good pizza places near Meadows of Dan?



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Old 05-17-2010, 02:16 PM   #41
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Time for a cappuccino. This is the best portable espresso maker. It is called an Aeropress and is very easy to use.

Measure water to the 2 on the clear cylinder plunger.

Heat the water in the JetBoil to just before boiling.

Put the paper filter in the black filter holder and attach it to the bottom on the cylinder.

Put 2 scoops of finely ground espresso in the cylinder and add the hot water.
Stir it around for about 30 sec

Then use the plunger and press the water out over your mug.

Add some warmed milk and Cappuccino is served.

The brown thing on the right is the compressed "puck"
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:13 PM   #42
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The local culture is what makes traveling so much fun. In the US cultures are greatly diversified in the rural areas but seem to be mixing together the more suburban you go. Any city could be any city anywhere. All the stores, chain restaurants don't vary much.

Get off the interstate and travel the back roads and you can really see the diversity.

I went to a little restaurant and the had this paper " Good News" on the counter.
This isn't a "New Age" kind of spirituality.




There were quotes from the bible , reviews of Christian music, stories about prayer groups, condemning South Park etc.




Then on the last page was this ad


Like I said different ways of life. Make sure you check your weapon at the door before church services.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:01 PM   #43
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Rainy day photos.

As the rain let up I went for a short ride around.




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Old 05-18-2010, 05:54 PM   #44
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The weather forecast for today was GREAT !! Only 60% chance of rain instead of 90% Ay ca-rumba !!

Well I had about 1 hour of no rain when I first started out but I was headed right into the storms. I stopped to put on my rain suit and about 3 mins after it started to rain on and off till I stopped at 5 pm, I started at 9 am.




Anyway I sure had my fill of twisty mountain roads today. WOW Hairpin curves, lots of rolling hills up and down steep roads through beautiful farm land.






More old houses and service stations.






This is one of the hairpin turns




LOTS of twisty curves.






There were very few places I could safely pull over ant take pictures of the amazing roads. But I did get a photo of the GPS


I wanted to find Burkes Garden. It is a valley surrounded by the mountains. You need to google this and look at it in google maps satellite view or google earth.

It was UNBELIEVABLE . My pictures don't do it justice.
If you can imagine this view for 360˙ Very cool


















By the time I was ready to stop for the day, around 5 PM it was starting to rain more and get dark. I used the GPS and searched for someplace to stay. I found a Best Western in Radford VA. Got a room with 2 queen size beds. Oh Yea there is also a hot tub and pool. Yep roughing it again.

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Old 05-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #45
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I made it to Snowshoe just as it started to rain. I got a room at the Snowshoe Inn and went straight to the hot tub !!



Saw this funny sign along the way.



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