#backroads #yamaha #Vstar : 401 miles. 9 hrs riding. 11.5 hrs door-to-door.

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What an awesome day of riding.

Maggie Valley, Deals Gap and the Dragon’s Tail, Fontana Lake, through the Nantahala National Forest to Highlands, Cashiers, Rosman down 178 through Gorges, 11 N through to Chesnee to Cowpens, Clover, Lake Wylie and back home to SouthEast Charlotte.

Thanks to me, you can rest assured that I single handedly reduced the Spring bug population by at least a few hundred direct hits to the bike, my body and face. Since I didn’t have a face shield, some occasional pain was involved.

Me, Bro and Pops are wiped out from our marathon run through the beauty of NC, TN and SC. Wiped out, but looking forward to the next time.

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#backroads #yamaha #Vstar : 5 hours. 240 miles.

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Took 11, 178, 64 to 215 (Blue Ridge Parkway) to 19 into Maggie Valley, home of the Wheels Thru Time museum. “Wheels” is a cool place to check out if you’re into history of motorcycles, cars…even the engines of that time. Neat thing about all the bikes on display is that they maintain them to actually run. They’re happy to start them up too.

We were uncomfortably cold and overcast until the BRP, then beauty and sunshine. I misjudged the weather and was expecting the warmth and sun to come out sooner. Spray from the previous night’s rain and the 50 degree temps were a bit unpleasant for my gear.

Early morning ride through the legendary “Dragon’s Tail” planned for tomorrow. 318 twisty turns in 11 miles.