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...
...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!
With the rally over, Sam and I rolled over to Stecoah and booked a couple nights at Ironhorse Lodge. On Monday we hit the trails with a plan to ride the Dragon, dual sport in the area north of the Cherohalla and then ride the Cherohalla back to Stecoah.
First stop...Fontana Dam:
Hitting the Dragon on a Monday is a great plan.
Sam picking out his stickers.
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.
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.