Sunday, July 2, 2017

Blue Ridge Run

The 2017 Blue Ridge Run was held out of the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Lodge in Cruso, North Carolina. My son and I attended the rally with the DR650 and his TW200. After the rally we swung over to the Ironhorse Lodge in Stecoah for some forest trails on the northside of the Cherohalla.


We trailered the bikes up from Tampa in the toy hauler.


The plan was to camp in the toy hauler but it was so rainy up there in Cruso that we bit the bullet and got a small cabin. It was only $35 a night and turned out to be much more comfortable.




We rolled in Wednesday night with a plan to visit Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley...





...and Cherokee...


...before riding the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rainy and foggy!




On the way back we stopped into the General Store in Waynesville. I've stayed at the Oak Park Inn in Waynesville many times and always try and get a visit in at the old-time General Store.














On Friday we had lunch at the Mount Pisgah Inn and discussed the Tour de Pisgah Dual Sport Rally coming in September.









 That big rock dropped right off about two hundred feet!





























Hitting the Dragon on a Monday is a great plan.














After the Dragon we circled around toward Telico Plains and cut into the mountains on the north of the Cherohalla Skyway. It was mostly forest and jeep roads. We were in there for over 8 hours.














Then we rode the Cherohalla back to Stecoah.










Carnage!

The only damage we came out of the smoky mountains with was a smashed mirror on the DR650. I slid down on a forest road and the mirror went crunch.


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