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Mountain Run 1
May 13-15, 2013
The Inaugural Mountain Run started on May 13 with the Smoky Mountain Loop, Moonshiner 28 with dinner at the Dillard House and dessert at George's mountain home in Sky Valley. See Map [A to G]
The second day we did more of the Moonshiner 28, two runs on the Tail of the Dragon, and the Cherohala Skyway. [G to L]
On Day 3 we ran the Devil's Triangle (north of Oak Ridge) before continuing to Bowling Green for the annual C4 Gathering. [M to N]
Photo ops included Newfound Gap [B], Bridal Veil Falls [E] and Deal's Gap [H].
Newfound Gap Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains on the border of Tennessee & North Carolina
Robert's taking a photo of US-441 leading from Newfound Gap to Cherokee, NC.
This road had been washed out by heavy rainfall a couple months before our trip and was re-opened to traffic only two weeks before our trip.
We had lunch with the Colonel in Cherokee NC
Hwy 28 was both interesting and challenging
Bridal Veil Falls -- the original highway went under the falls but was closed due to the danger of rock slides.
Normally blocked to traffic we took the opportunity to drive under the falls for a group photo.
Overlook over Dillard, Georgia on the way to Sky Valley for coffee, dessert, and fellowship
We needed Willie Nelson singing "On the Road Again"
Plenty of opportunities for using our brakes
Overlook over Lake Fontana
Adam spotted a great place to get a group photo with the lake in the background.
He was the only one with enough climbing skills to scale the mountain.
The rest of us were the only ones with enough age to realize
that we couldn't climb the mountain.
Thanks, Adam.
The Magnificent Seven ZR-1's above Fontana Lake
and their owners ... again, thanks to Adam for this photo
On the road again
I don't know whose speedometer this belongs to since I personally never exceeded the posted speed limit.
Robert, you need to change your oil ... LOL
Another photo op at a boat ramp on Cheoah Lake
We tried to help a stranded biker get his motor started
Pushing didn't work but jumping off fixed the problem
The North Carolina side of The Dragon
Yep, this is the famous one, 318 curves in 11 miles
The General Store where you can eat, drink, drain, and buy t-shirts
Tree of Shame --- motorcycle parts, articles of clothing, car parts ???, etc.
Donated by riders/drivers who were beaten by the Dragon
Group photo sans Adam who was taking the picture
On, there's Adam
Running the Dragon
Overlook over Chilhowie Lake
TomTom has a new toy ... a camera. Lake Chilhowee in the background
The Dragon redux
Lunch in Robbinsville
Alcoa, TN --- getting ready to drive to the Devil's Triangle
Somewhere on the Devil's Triangle.
Our GPS units ceased to function, we had no cell phone coverage, and our walkie-talkies barely worked
Robert & TomTom thought they heard banjos playing in the woods nearby.
The roads were paved but narrow,
the drop off from the asphalt was almost always in excess of 12",
and we were constantly meeting coal trucks on the curves.
The switchbacks and elevation changes caused us to gear down to first several times.
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