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Old 09-23-2013, 06:32 AM   #226
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Jeff wanted to let Battman have a taste of the cheesiness of Cherokee / Tourist Traps, so we looped back through the main drag in Cherokee...





Who decided a North Poled themed park went well with a Native American town?




I think Battman wanted to go for a spin on the RudolphCoaster








Not sure what that Dukes of Hazard themed outfit is for out front...






Kudzu... it's everywhere!










My first visit to Cherokee was when I was pre-teen and most of the 1950's stuff was still active, but now this area has all been abandoned and moved up by the casino and the "newer" developments...










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Old 09-23-2013, 06:35 AM   #227
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and on through Bryson City..




And on back to camp... And that was day one.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #228
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On day 2, we awoke and noted the arrival of Jeff's riding buddy Jay Norton who rode up from N. GA on a white Super Tenere to cruise around with us...



Jeff riding sweeper












We head on down through The Gorge
















And more road construction!
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:58 AM   #229
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We head off on some backroads over the ridges and I have no clue where we are...





We pass through some amazing switchbacks and stop at a crossroads, but the store there has been shuttered. We saw a lot of empty retail space.

At the store we ran into part of the Cushman Gangs!








We finally got Battman off pavement!






















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Old 09-23-2013, 07:09 AM   #230
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So to further Battman's interest in a non-cruiser bike that can take curves, etc, Jeff swapped bikes with him!




Of course, this switch could have reverse effect and cause Jeff to turn to the DARKSIDE!!!














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Old 09-23-2013, 07:27 AM   #231
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Big Jay, Jeffrides, and Battman...


















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Old 09-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #232
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And we pull into the JukeBox for a late lunch.


While Mr. Cruiser has to top off with gas again, Big Jay takes me to see Blue Ridge Campground...






Jeff and Battman catch up and we ride out




I started taking pictures of signs so I could go back later and try to figure out where we were!
















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Old 09-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #233
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Headed for the Highest Point on the BRP and run into some low clouds


Starting to see some color change at higher elevation












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Soon we make it to the top of the BRP!








While at the top we hear a rumble and see this classic pull in and of course Jeff has to go over and check it out and talk cars...


Had to leave my mark at the Kickstand Lodge:


We checked the weather and saw the huge blob from Gulf to Great Lakes and decided to pack up Camp Snore-A-Way and stay in the bunk house. Got up the next morning and it was raining! So we jumped in the truck and headed south.

Battman had never been to Barber so we took a break to stretch and walk through...








And on back to Jacktown... Thanks to Jeffrides for putting it together and to Big Jay for leading us around, and to Battman for entertaining us...
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:18 AM   #235
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Looks like a fun trip BW! Crazy how many of those roads I recognize... Gotta get back up that way soon.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #236
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Love that area of the country! Can't wait to go back.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:55 AM   #237
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Battman chases the Tail of the Dragon...

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Old 09-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #238
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Great pics BW. Looks like lots of fun. Choose this pic b/c I have spent a lot of time on that formation in the background back during my climbing days. Great place. Use to be free camping down there and worth the ride down.

Going to Big Bend next?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:56 AM   #239
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Hmmm... was reading about Big Bend in a magazine last night...
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Hmmm... was reading about Big Bend in a magazine last night...
I'll bring pics, maps, and gps routes over next time I come.
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