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Saturday, August 25, 2012

GoPro - Test Run

This is my first take on my GoPro - trying out different locations.  This video has the camera mounted on my helmet.  I also tried mounting on the front of the Harley - I like both for different reasons.

1. Harley Fairing Mount - close to the road, don't see bike or me.  Suspect I will use this when I hit the Tail of the Dragon

2. Helmet Mount - looks goofy as hell...however, great perspective.  Think this view will be great for the Cherohala Skyway.

Anyways, enjoy...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekend Get-Away

Day 1 - Mostly highway
 - Destination:  Blairsville, GA.
 - Distance:  560 Miles
 - Lodging:  Lodge at Copperhead - typical starting point for the mountains of GA, TN, and NC.

 - http://www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com/

Day 2 - Curves, mountains, scenery, and a few Harley dealerships
 - Destination:  Gatlinburg, TN
 - Distance:  225 Miles
 - Lodging:  The Lodge at Buckberry Creek - stayed here once before.  Great location in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, TN.  Accommodations are amazing...as well as the view of the smokey mountains while you dine on the back porch.

 - Cherohala Skyway (100 million dollar view - literally and figuratively)
 - Tail of the Dragon (US 129 - this road is on many bucket lists)
 - Cherohala Skyway Harley Davidson
 - Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson
 - Hillbilly Harley Davidson
 - http://www.buckberrylodge.com/
 - http://www.cherohala.org/
 - http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
 - http://www.smh-d.com/

Day 3 - Headed home
 - Destination:  Perry, GA
 - Distance:  309 Miles
 - Lodging:  Henderson Village - great mid-point in our travels home to stop and relax.  I can picture Henderson Village some many years ago...plantation.

 - http://www.hendersonvillage.com/

Day 4 - Still headed home
 - Destination:  Home
 - Distance:  337 Miles

Total Planned Mileage:  1431

There will be lots of pictures!

The Route

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Warming up...

Since purchasing the Harley, I have quickly accumulated around 4,500 miles.  Date of purchase 5/1.

Knowing that the Alaska trip will put a serious strain on my capabilities and stamina, I have identified some smaller trips that will take place between now and then that should help me build stamina and improve my "iron ass" capabilities.

The first real trip since deciding on Alaska for 2013 is a long weekend trip to gatlinburg, tn.  This trip will include the following locations as stops:
1. Blairsville, GA
2. Deals Gap (yeah, tail of the dragon cannot be passed up...dreamt of this road prior to my motorcycle endorsement)
3. Gatlinburg, TN
4. Perry, GA

Most of this trip will be spent on the road due to the short timeframe for execution.  The good part is, the wife and I have already experienced gatlinburg's touristy-side.  No loss...

Each destination has its own joys in store...
1. lodge at copperhead and the surrounding area (great area to ride)
2. Buckberry creek lodge (smokey mountains)
3. Hamilton village (think plantation...)
4. Tail of the dragon (318 curves. 11 miles)

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