Sidecars in the Smokies
dholaday
Posted 12/20/2016 6:16 PM (#91783)
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I saw this in the latest issue of the magazine but couldn't find a thread on this site.

 

 Checked the Iron Horse lodge website - it says  they still have availability. BUT there is also a Gold Wing Rally the dates so facilities *may* go away relatively quickly.

 Anyone else thinking about going?

 Thanks and Merry/Happy  Duncan

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AJ1200
Posted 12/21/2016 9:09 AM (#91785 - in reply to #91783)
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We will be there, didn't hear anything about a Gold Wing rally during that time frame. do you have any info about it
WEIRD, I went to Iron Horse site and it shows GWRRA event for same weekend, but I can't find anything at GWRRA that matches


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Posted 1/3/2017 12:36 PM (#91924 - in reply to #91783)
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I just talked to Iron Horse, looks like it's just a group of GWRRA riders out of Ga getting together while we are there.
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Posted 1/18/2017 11:11 AM (#92029 - in reply to #91783)
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Ironhorse had been holding cabins and rooms for the Goldwing riders until January 15. They've now released all the rooms and cabins that haven't been rented by the GWRA folk.

Y'all may want to get your reserves in soon.

Duncan
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mulefour
Posted 1/25/2017 10:58 AM (#92109 - in reply to #91783)
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Just made our reservations today for a cabin.
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Posted 1/25/2017 9:17 PM (#92135 - in reply to #92109)
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Registered, and campsite reserved. See y'all there. Pray for the same weather we had last year.
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Posted 1/26/2017 9:22 AM (#92146 - in reply to #91783)
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we have the same campsite we had last year reserved, see you there.
I plan to hit the Dragon this year, I haven't run it with the sidecar
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dholaday
Posted 1/26/2017 5:04 PM (#92156 - in reply to #91783)
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AJ1200:

Wife and I will be in Savannah for her 2d cousin's wedding weekend of April 22. I've been trying to convince her it would be best if we rode sidecar down instead of flying, but no luck so far. Seems unreasonable to me to fly back north on 4/23 just to turn right around and ride to NC a couple of days later. Besides, IIRC there are some great roads in North GA I'd like to try on 3 wheels.

I also plan on doing the Dragon and Cherohala. Probably a little slower than when I was on two wheels a few years back.

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AJ1200
Posted 1/27/2017 11:05 AM (#92164 - in reply to #91783)
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yeah north Ga is full of great riding. we really enjoy taking the back roads over to Helen when we are in the area.
maybe we can get a few of us together and put together a nice ride loop to encompass the Dragon and Cherohala to include a stop for lunch and maybe stop at the water fall at the bottom of the Parkway

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Al Olme
Posted 1/27/2017 12:26 PM (#92165 - in reply to #92164)
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Ace,

How long is that loop? Could you post a link to a Google map?
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Al Olme
Posted 1/27/2017 7:00 PM (#92168 - in reply to #91783)
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That route looks like a pretty taxing ride but it could be a lot of fun. I agree that the four hour time is pretty optimistic if you figure in rest stops and sight seeing. Ace, is that the route you were thinking about? I didn't see a waterfall on the map but then maybe those just aren't shown.

A whole flock of sidecars on the twisty bits will sure tick off a lot of sport bikers.
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AJ1200
Posted 1/28/2017 8:50 AM (#92170 - in reply to #91783)
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I will have to look it up again but that looks about right for the loop
Hmm I forgot putting those 2 together makes for a long ride
I haven't done them together since I added the car

you have to plan to do the Dragon on a weekday to avoid the big crouds. maybe Thursday

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dholaday
Posted 1/28/2017 1:24 PM (#92172 - in reply to #91783)
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Al: Here's a link to a map that might be useful. You thinking about making the trek down from MN? Be nice to see y'all.

http://tailofthedragonmaps.com/tail-of-the-dragon-loop/

More info and more maps at tailofthedragonmaps.com

AJ: I'm likely to arrive sometime Thursday and do the loop on Friday. Weather depending of course. Want to fit in the Moonshiner 28 too.

My son and his girlfriend [on bikes, probably their RTs] are planning on joining me Thursday for the weekend. He's ridden the Dragon and Cherohala before but she hasn't.

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Al Olme
Posted 1/28/2017 2:56 PM (#92173 - in reply to #92172)
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Duncan,

Yes, we are coming. Room is booked and we're planning to tag on a visit with our daughter after the rally. Maybe in Chapel Hill where she lives or maybe someplace in between if we can find something interesting to do. Will bring both the Martini kit and the Margarita kit with a long extension cord.

It looks like NCDave's map includes almost all the the Moonshiner 28 although it does some at the beginning and some at the end of the ride.

I did "The Dragon" last year on the way to Sidecars in The Smokies. Sadly, I did it by mistake while driving the Honda Pilot and towing the rig ;^). Strangely, there is no t-shirt that says "I did the dragon by mistake"
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Posted 1/28/2017 4:29 PM (#92179 - in reply to #91783)
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I don't have any objections to doing Friday as the long ride.
My brother in law will be there with us again this year, most likely with his girlfriend, he rides a 1800
28 moonshiner is a nice ride, we passed on the Dragon last year as we have done it to the point of being more work than fun
I was just thinking I needed my bragging rights for doing it on the rig,,,,But if I don't I won't loose any sleep over it
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Posted 1/30/2017 5:03 PM (#92206 - in reply to #91783)
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that's too bad Dave
I was interested in seeing your rig
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Posted 3/24/2017 10:55 AM (#92857 - in reply to #91783)
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Wow it is almost time, looking forward to seeing everyone again


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Posted 3/24/2017 11:21 AM (#92861 - in reply to #91783)
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stop through charlotte on the way over there. we'll have lunch!
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Posted 3/24/2017 12:16 PM (#92863 - in reply to #91783)
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not sure if we are going to run on the big roads or the back way but if we do, lunch is a possibility
I'll let you know as it gets closer
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Posted 4/21/2017 10:04 AM (#93200 - in reply to #91783)
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just a few more days now

Dave we will be mapping out our rout this weekend, I'll let you know if we are coming through your neck of the woods
if so will you be open for lunch on Wed.
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Posted 4/22/2017 12:48 PM (#93208 - in reply to #93200)
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AJ, Please let me know your schedule and route also. Robin & I are currently planning on leaving out of Mocksville Friday morning, planning to arrive at IronHorse mid afternoon. We've yet to decide on a route. So far the weather looks good all weekend long.
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Al Olme
Posted 4/22/2017 6:53 PM (#93210 - in reply to #93208)
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I don't believe that anyone really cares but...

I'm leaving Monday morning with overnights in Peoria, Trotwood, OH [where I meet up with Dave "Just Dave" Szkudlarek] and then in Gastonia, NC where we pick up Bob "Bolts Right Up" Davis. We're heading from Gastonia to Iron Horse, via the Asheville airport to pick up TLMaryann, on Thursday. We'll be at the resort Thursday afternoon.

If that matches anybody else's itinerary you're welcome to tag along.
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Posted 4/23/2017 1:31 PM (#93220 - in reply to #93208)
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Steve, we are going to leave out Wed. morning early, prob around 5:00 AM. that should put us there around 3 or 4 Wed. afternoon
looks like for the ride up we are going to run the big slab, hopefully leaving that early we can beat the traffic all the way to
Columbia, after that it's a nice ride even on the highway

Al. looks like your doing a good bit of connections on the way,,, are you towing the rig in


Dave I really hadn't looked before but we won't be anywhere near you on the way up, maybe we will catch you at another rally some time
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Posted 4/23/2017 6:51 PM (#93225 - in reply to #93220)
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AJ1200 asked, "Al. looks like your doing a good bit of connections on the way,,, are you towing the rig in"

Well, that was the plan but I'm not so sure now. I was working on the rig with the help of a friend. I buttoned things up and suddenly there is nothing, nada... No electricity. The battery, which was fine all day is suddenly completely gone. I put it on the charger and we'll just see in the morning. It's way too heavy to put on the trailer if it isn't running. TLMaryann and I are still coming, even if it's without a rig.
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Posted 4/23/2017 8:00 PM (#93226 - in reply to #91783)
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Al

Install a new battery? Or at least hook up another you know is good and see what happens?

Heh heh

Lookin fwd to seeing TLMA

Duncan
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Posted 4/23/2017 8:09 PM (#93227 - in reply to #91783)
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For reasons we can discuss around the fire, I'm coming to Rally from Miami. The direct route takes me through Atlanta - clearly something I DO NOT want to do. Any one have any suggestions on best way to avoid ATL? Thanks Duncan
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Posted 4/24/2017 6:38 AM (#93232 - in reply to #93227)
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Take 95 to Savannah, jump on US 17, take it to Taccoa Ga, get on US 441 to US 74 in NC west to US 28 to Iron Horse. Its longer but a nice ride.
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Posted 4/24/2017 7:25 AM (#93234 - in reply to #93232)
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We'll be leaving McCormick SC Thursday taking 28 to Anderson SC then 24 to Westminster then 76 to Clayton Ga then 23 to Franklin NC and back on 28.
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Posted 4/24/2017 7:56 AM (#93236 - in reply to #93232)
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taco - 4/24/2017 6:38 AM

Take 95 to Savannah, jump on US 17, take it to Taccoa Ga, get on US 441 to US 74 in NC west to US 28 to Iron Horse. Its longer but a nice ride.


that is a nice route, we usually take that on the ride home.

We take 95 to 26 to get us there on the way up, traffic is not too bad and once you get past Columbia it's a nice ride
Duncan when are you heading out, if your passing through are area when we are leaving out you could tag along

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Posted 4/24/2017 8:35 AM (#93239 - in reply to #91783)
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Well, that was the plan but I'm not so sure now. I was working on the rig with the help of a friend. I buttoned things up and suddenly there is nothing, nada... No electricity. The battery, which was fine all day is suddenly completely gone. I put it on the charger and we'll just see in the morning. It's way too heavy to put on the trailer if it isn't running. TLMaryann and I are still coming, even if it's without a rig.

I hope all is OK with it. it would be a shame to have to leave it.
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Al Olme
Posted 4/24/2017 6:32 PM (#93251 - in reply to #93239)
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Well, I'm on the road without a sidecar. It appears that our little wiring job fried the Motoronic unit. We're coming anyway... see all you all on Thurday PM.
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Posted 4/24/2017 6:50 PM (#93253 - in reply to #91783)
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Ace, Robin & I will be up at IronHorse Friday mid-afternoon. Robin has been watching the weather forecast for the weekend, and it seems to change on an hourly basis. My perspective, carry the rain suit, hope for the best, and twist the throttle. Although, if it is raining, we may stay off the Interstate and stick to two lane highways. I hate roadspray and fools doing 80 on wet roads. Looking forward to the weekend and seeing everyone again.
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Posted 4/25/2017 9:21 AM (#93265 - in reply to #91783)
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Al that's too bad about the rig, but we will see you there

we have been watching the weather also, it keeps changing so all we can do is hope for the best
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Posted 4/26/2017 4:03 AM (#93281 - in reply to #91783)
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it's about 4:00 am and we are getting ready to roll out about 5:00, hope to get there around 1:00 or 2:00


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Al Olme
Posted 4/26/2017 11:16 PM (#93292 - in reply to #93281)
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Ace,

4 AM ???? Now that's dedication!
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Posted 4/30/2017 9:11 PM (#93340 - in reply to #91783)
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pictures? who's got pictures???
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Posted 5/1/2017 1:03 PM (#93347 - in reply to #91783)
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we got in late Sunday from the rally. had a great time and got to see friends from last years rally and meet some new friends
I got a few pictures but haven't had a chance to look at them yet. I didn't seem to get very many with riders on their rigs for some reason
couldn't have asked for better weather, it was a rainy and gloomy Thursday until the afternoon but it was great after that

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