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Old 06-29-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Trip with my 80 year old Grandfather

A couple weeks ago I posted up in the planning forum about a good route for me to take my grandfather on. After some suggestions and me poking around I decided that we should go ride the skyway. I called Two Wheel Inn in Robbinsville and made reservations for us.

I started out from Alpharetta about 7:28am on the 28th. I got up to Ringold where he lives and we packed a little and talked about the route.

We pulled out from his house about 10:30 and we were on our way!

We got about 40 miles in and the route we had planned was under construction with the road being shut down so it was time for a detour. This added 20 miles to our trip. It wasn't too bad since most of it was small twistie two lane roads. We finally popped back out on our initial route and carried on. We made it to Tellico Plains pretty easy. There is a great little road from 411 to Tellico Plains. It was hwy 30. Super fun almost like a miniature skyway with the types of corners. We stopped in at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters.

That is a very nice little shop with some really nice stuff inside. I bought a tshirt and some gloves. He didn't have anymore adv stickers much to my dismay. From there we headed over to the Tellico Kat deli. They have some great food and the ladies that work in there are so nice. I got the "off the menu" cuban sandwich per Mike at TMO recommendation. It was a great cuban. Grandfather got the chicken salad sandwich and it was the biggest sandwich I had ever seen. The food was fresh and priced reasonably.

From there we headed back into TP and topped off the tanks. Then it was time to hit the Skyway. That is a awesome road! I have never done the whole thing. The last two times I was up that way it was raining or just about to rain. We made a few stops but it was so hot and with no shade we thought it better to just keep going and make it to the hotel.

GF cleaning the bugs off the bikes.

We went and ate at the Carolina for dinner. The food was great and you could tell it was made fresh to order. We came back to the hotel after dinner and relaxed and enjoyed the AC after felling like being inside a hotbox all day. We got a good nights sleep in and were ready for the ride home. It was in the 50's this morning up there. That didn't last very long though. By the time we got back close to Chattanooga the outside temp was reading 109 on the VFR and the motor was staying steady at 224.

We stopped for breakfast at a little cafe on Ford str. I think it was called "the hunrgy bear" or something close to that. The food was great! The two ladies that worked in there were friendly and sat and talked to us for a bit.

Suited up and took off for home. We made a few stops along the way.

He just about got rid of those chicken strips.

I am so happy that we got to go do this. It meant the world to be able to go with him. He is so cool and can still ride the VFR like it needs. I can't wait to go again when the weather cools off a little.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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Very cool!
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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Wow awesome trip, pretty cool
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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I don't believe I am alone when I say I hope when I turn 80 I can still rock a sport bike with my grandson!! Congrats and I hope you get many more rides in with grandpa.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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That must have been really special, hope we are all riding when we're 80!
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #6
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:15 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing such a special trip. These are memories you will have forever. It's inspiring to see an 80 year old enjoying life, riding the wheels off his sport bike.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:49 AM   #8
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Im working on the videos I got. Its slow going since I lost my editing software when my computer crashed. I hope to have them soon.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #9
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Props to the Old Hooligan

Seriously, what a treasured time together! Thanks for sharing it.

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Old 06-30-2012, 12:32 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by yoohoo View Post

ok, i'm confused which ones you and which one grandfather ?

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by red bud View Post
ok, i'm confused which ones you and which one grandfather ?

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Old 06-30-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Wow!! Thanks for sharing your inspirational ride! Lucky man to be able to enjoy your passion with your grandpa and him with you!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:10 PM   #13
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My dad came home with a motorcyclea couple of weeks ago, He's 82. A yamaha 250 street bike,I hope he goes fast enuf to stay out of the cars way.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #14
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I only hope I can still ride at 80. Your Grandpa is an inspiration.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:55 AM   #15
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It must be a bit of a shock to other people , when you pull in somewhere, on two sport bikes, and he pulls of his helmet!

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