One more and I'll promise to stop for a while.
I guess if I just add to this one...I'm really NOT starting a new one...so I'm not really breaking my promise.
First off....Mr Mike..I'll never know if I had the tank clean of all it's release agent. It was NOS...I thought I cleaned it well enough...but how do you know for sure. It lasted 4 years..and most of that was with gas sitting in it unused. I still like the Hirsch product..just figured I'd give the Caswell stuff a try. On the centerstand....you know the drill, send me your snail mail addy (so I don't have to look it up) and I'll send ya a centerstand..it's that easy.
Now...on with more of the tale. I only had to work a half day today and had the bike ready to go when I got off at noon....first order of business was to go through Dillsboro to see about the event T140V-Rich had mentioned
Dillsboro is a very small town...but very nice. It used to be the rail head for the Great Smokey Mountain Train...but the train moved to Bryson City (we'll visit that place later) and now it's just another stop for the train.
Looks like I was given some bad info and the event T140V-Rich was talking about will happen during the next couple of weekends.
I headed out of Dillsboro on Hwy 441
and then cut across on Hwy 116 to get to Hwy 107 and stay out of town. The plan was to take 107 South then Hwy 281, Hwy 64 to Cashiers, NC and then back home on Hwy 107 (if you're trying to follow the loop on Google maps)
Here's what greeted me when I turned onto Hwy 281...another way of saying "No Harleys"
I swear...for the most part Hwy 281 is like a race track...I only saw 2 other cars/trucks and a couple of motorcycles along the whole route...the roads are in GREAT shape except for one short section. LOTS of long sweeping curves with tight twisties thrown in here and there. Most of the time your looking down onto lakes or creeks...just beautiful. I passed several lakes along the way...stopped at this one.. Wolf Creek Lake to take some pictures.
Yep....I was on the VR...no modern or non Brit bikes were used in the making of this tale
This is the other side of the dam that creates the lake....I wouldn't want to ride down that slope!!!!!
I REALLY would LOVE to show you how wonderful these roads are....but you just can't capture them on a photo...well at least I can't. I guess I'm going to have to put out for a video camera...then you guys and gals will really be in trouble. Here's an attempt at road shots. In this first shot, there's a really sharp right hander at the end of this set of curves.
It's hard to tell...but there are several curves in each of these photos...it's just to hard to capture..ya just gota be there.
Last lame attempt...if you can see a couple of curves in front of you...you're out of the twisties. This road is fast.....and sweet.
I ended up coming out on Hwy 64 and turned toward Cashiers....it was still a bit chilly in the mountains
Most of the time I just roll through Cashiers...maybe stop for gas but that's all. There's not much to the downtown area...nothing like Highland just down the road. But this time I needed gas and a bit of a warm up....my idea of an adult beverage
Okay....I only have 30 miles or so of riding left (gota get back and change the bike's oil) but there's still a lot of daylight left so I walk across the street...to have a look at this
This is smack dab in the middle of Cashiers...pretty much..there really is no middle of Cashiers it's all spread out...and not that much of it at all...but this park is really nice.
Lots of art...
Around every corner
This fellow looked cold