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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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I managed to get that ride to the Smoky Mountains in this year and I'll be leaving this Saturday, heading to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, NC as a base for the week.
The guy that put this together is trailering his bike down, there was no plans to travel together we're more or less meeting at the Lodge Sunday eve.

I can't friggin' decide if I want to ride the bike down or ramp it onto my truck and take it that way..
If I ride I can spend some hours Saturday on the highway, get a very early start Sunday and pick my down the Appalachians until I get to base. I'll probably do an Iron Butt next Sat and just blast home on the highway to get back.
If I load up on the truck I can do the 13-15 hour trip on the highway just to get there. I still have to spend Saturday night somewhere, as I'll get there too late to check in and what fun is driving 850 miles in a cage??

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Is it enough miles to try for a Saddlesore 1000 from the Iron Butt Association? Is something like that worth it to you? Last October I rode from Philly to Florida for Biketoberfest. We took 2 days to get down, spent a coulple nights and hiked it back in one day. Ours was 967 miles, just short of qualifying for the Saddlesore 1000, but we didn't decide to huff it back all in one day until somewhere late morning during the ride.
I will mention that I ride almost every day. When I got back, I didn't want to even look at my bike for about a week. That being said, I think the experience was worth it, and would do it again.

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So, you have said that you have a choice between riding your bike down, and that riding your bike is the entire purpose of your trip, or driving your truck and you don’t seem to find anything positive about that. The answer seems obvious.

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Once you get past the busy areas around NYC, the rest of the ride via interstate (I-78, I-81, I-26, I-40, and US74) are absolutely gorgeous the entire way. This time of year, they will be particularly scenic with leaves turning for much of your trip. In July, 2017, I rode from Albany, NY to Marion, VA on my XCT (~700 miles) all of it on interstate (mostly I-81) and could easily have gone further. I recommend riding.
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Ya know....this hurricane is named after me

@yago20 I only said Iron Butt figuratively...I just meant, at trips end, I'd jump on the highways and scoot straight home in one shot.

I don't like highway riding unless I have too.. I'll do it but I don't enjoy it. So next weekend on the way in, I'll have to days to get down there and I can make a nice ride off the highway down through the mountains. The advantage of taking the truck is extra space for stuff and quicker trip there and back.

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Will the hurricane reach NC by Saturday?

J/K sorta...


Shouldn’t affect where he is going.

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Ya know....this hurricane is named after me
It's the PaiN 'CanE!
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Take it from the old "been there, done it" guy....do the truck thing. You said you don't enjoy freeway riding and neither do I - I call that "straight up" riding and it's very fatiguing compared to riding curvy back roads. You will arrive more refreshed.
BTW, IHML is a very nice place, been there, done that.
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Hurricane Michael is currently forecast to go right through western NC on Thursday and Friday. Of course, by the time it reaches here it will no longer be a hurricane. It will just be heavy rain and high winds While the current projection has it going through western NC, this is obviously subject to change. I would watch the projections, actual paths, and rain forecasts very closely over the next couple of days as these could have a major impact on your trip.

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