SPRING GATHERING 2019 - May 16 - 19 UPDATE FOR ROOM BLOCK!
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Ossessionato
2009 MP3 500 - The Iridescent Chameleon, 2007 Yamaha Vino 125, 2016 Indian Scout Sixty
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Mon May 06, 2019 6:21 am quote
TN_Sooner wrote:
My best advice - get the hell out of Gatlinburg....
Right, that much is obvious. But where should I go is the question...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Mon May 06, 2019 11:30 am quote
TN_Sooner wrote:
My best advice - get the hell out of Gatlinburg....
WHAT????? Gatlinburg is great if you like lots of traffic, paying for parking, crowds of people and $8 ice cream cones.
Hooked
2010 MP3 250 (sold), CTX700D
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Location: Lake Wylie, SC
Mon May 06, 2019 4:36 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Now only a week and a half away.

It is now close enough to be in the weather forecast.

Looks like some rain, but I am riding up regardless.

Who is coming?

Bill
***Yaaawwnnn***

Is it spring already?

The lovely wife and I are looking forward to seeing everybody!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Location: Milledgeville, GA
Tue May 07, 2019 2:02 pm quote
I'll be there. Probably Carolyn too. Need to find a hotel room for both of us

Have to leave before breakfast on Sunday to get home in time for our tickets to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Caverns in Pelham, TN
Molto Verboso
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Location: Louisville, KY
Wed May 08, 2019 5:39 am quote
I will be there for sure if the creeks don't rise!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Wed May 08, 2019 4:35 pm quote
We will stay a couple minutes up the street at hotel that allows dogs, so there will be 3 of us.
Molto Verboso
2012 BV 350, 2013 BMW C650 GT, 2015 Indian Chieftain
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Location: Brentwood, TN
Fri May 10, 2019 4:14 am quote
For anyone whose travel permits, I am currently planning a stop at Tellico Grains bakery in Tellico Plains on Thursday - probably arrive 11:30 ish.

Strictly speaking, it isnít on the way to Maggie Valley for me, but it isnít a huge detour and I do love riding the Cherahola Skyway.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Fri May 10, 2019 4:19 am quote
TN_Sooner wrote:
For anyone whose travel permits, I am currently planning a stop at Tellico Grains bakery in Tellico Plains on Thursday - probably arrive 11:30 ish.

Strictly speaking, it isnít on the way to Maggie Valley for me, but it isnít a huge detour and I do love riding the Cherahola Skyway.
I'll be passing through a little sooner. Supposed to meet a couple friends (KevinK and 670cc) for lunch in Robbinsville to talk plans for Alaska trip 2 weeks later. Probably stop at bakery to get something for later. Did manage 2 meals there last month on trip to VA.
Ossessionato
2009 MP3 500 - The Iridescent Chameleon, 2007 Yamaha Vino 125, 2016 Indian Scout Sixty
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Location: Geneseo, IL (Quad City area)
Sun May 12, 2019 5:29 pm quote
So, we doing a separate photo thread or should we just plan to post them here?
Hooked
Honda Silverwing/Vespa 250 GTS/2013 BV 350(sold)/KYMCO People 250S (sold)/Chinese 150 (sold)
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Location: Charlotte NC
Mon May 13, 2019 7:55 am quote
See you all on Thursday. Looking forward to it.
Ossessionato
09 GTS (sold) 2014 NC700XD
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Location: Charlotte, NC
Wed May 15, 2019 1:26 am quote
All yíall travel safe and have fun!

Fuzzy, I would like to hear/see something about that Alaska trip please!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Wed May 15, 2019 3:13 am quote
TN_Sooner wrote:
For anyone whose travel permits, I am currently planning a stop at Tellico Grains bakery in Tellico Plains on Thursday - probably arrive 11:30 ish.

Strictly speaking, it isnít on the way to Maggie Valley for me, but it isnít a huge detour and I do love riding the Cherahola Skyway.
Kevin and I will be there by 11:00 to meet with Greg, the third member of our Alaska trip.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 am quote
Midnight Rider wrote:
All yíall travel safe and have fun!

Fuzzy, I would like to hear/see something about that Alaska trip please!
Here is a preparation thread on advrider:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/alaska-or-bust-on-versys-x-300-with-goldwing-and-nc700-trying-to-keep-up.1367700/

We will start a ride report there when we head out.


Greg changed his mind on bikes. He will be on a Goldwing too. If my 300cc breaks down one of them can carry my bike and the other me and my gear
Ossessionato
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Thu May 16, 2019 1:03 am quote
Thanks!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri May 17, 2019 3:45 am quote
just a reminder for the fall vote

Breaks state park
Ossessionato
2009 MP3 500 - The Iridescent Chameleon, 2007 Yamaha Vino 125, 2016 Indian Scout Sixty
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Fri May 17, 2019 4:27 am quote
old as dirt wrote:
just a reminder for the fall vote

Breaks state park
I hear a voice, but I can't see who's talking...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Sat May 18, 2019 5:36 pm quote
old as dirt wrote:
just a reminder for the fall vote

Breaks state park
The people who have votes prefer Hungry Mother or hotel in Marion as there is more knowledge of good roads in area and easier to access coming on I81 or I77.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Sun May 19, 2019 7:26 am quote
Fuzzy wrote:
old as dirt wrote:
just a reminder for the fall vote

Breaks state park
The people who have votes prefer Hungry Mother or hotel in Marion as there is more knowledge of good roads in area and easier to access coming on I81 or I77.
excellent.
Ossessionato
2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max), 2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 1965 Lambretta Li 125
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sun May 19, 2019 3:45 pm quote
Another gathering in the books, and this was a good one.

too bad Old as Dirt had some silly wedding to attend. He was missed.

But Fuzzy took the helm and led some terrific rides.

It was nice to be back. Can't wait until next spring.

Bill

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Morning ride start, with wet roads and mist in the air

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Blue Ridge Parkway near Maggie Valley

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We encountered fog

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Saturday morning's ride

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Through a forest.

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I was pleased to get this photo of a turn with a view.

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After the ride I took a solo ride back to the BRP. Got stuck behind a bunch of Harley riders.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Location: Kingston, Tennessee, Tn
Sun May 19, 2019 4:41 pm quote
nice pics Bill.

I am booked for the fall ride for sure, I informed my other half I am going, so don't get any ideas otherwise.
Hooked
2010 MP3 250 (Sold); 2016 Piaggio BV 350
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Location: Lake Wylie, SC
Mon May 20, 2019 8:53 am quote
This really was a great Gathering! The rides were stellar with lots of twisties, and the fellowship was great, as usual.

Kudos to Fuzzy for stepping up and leading the group on the rides.

Love the pics, Bill!

A few of our regulars were missed, but we saw some new faces, too.

Here are a few additional pics...

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Front view of the Lodge (minus the Corvette club that joined us and filled the parking lot on Saturday).

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The horrible view from the back of the Lodge.

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So hard to look at ;-)

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Dinner

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Lunch in Hot Springs, NC.

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Campfires every night? Yes, please!

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Buddy19520 sporting his new cell phone! ;-)

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A quick break.

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Lunch in Hot Springs, NC.

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Fuzzy after the riding was over.

Molto Verboso
Honda CTX 700D
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Posts: 1308
Location: Louisville, KY
Mon May 20, 2019 10:26 am quote
These two days of rides were excellent. Thanks Fuzzy for the leads and route suggestions.

It has been close to a year since I have ridden this hard and far on such challenging routes. We (Charmaue and I) fully enjoyed the fellowship of each and every one of you. I'm certain the fall gathering will be every bit as good as this one.

Thanks Bill and Noreen for the pictures. They were G R E A T !

I will try to capture some stills from my video camera and include them is this post.
Molto Verboso
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Location: Louisville, KY
Tue May 21, 2019 12:30 pm quote
Unbeknownst to me, my camera storage card had failed. I have no videos or stills to share. So sorry.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
. . 2008 Blue MP3 400. . di Peluria Orso .... 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 ....... 2013 Honda NC700XD; 2017 Versys X300
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Wed May 22, 2019 8:14 am quote
Got my picture taken coming down the Cherohala towards Tellico Plains on the way home Sunday morning.

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