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Old 07-30-2015
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Day 1 (420 miles)
WD and I left home at 0630 on Friday morning for our first trip together on the R1200RT headed for Little Switzerland NC for a four nights stay at the Switzerland Inn. Its been six years since we took a motorcycle trip together and looking back I probably shouldnt have planned such long riding days but she never complained once. We rode 3 hours before making the first stop well into Kentucky on US23 also known as The Country Music Highway. If you want to avoid the interstate highways and still make good time I highly recommend US23, sucks in Ohio but is really nice in KY & VA, it turns into I-26 in TN.




We exited US23/I-26 around Johnson City TN to head for Roan Mountain State Park and TN SR143. This was my first time on 143 and it was a great road with beautiful views.






Next stop was the Switzerland Inn (BRP MM 334), we arrived about 1530 and were ready for a cold one. This was our first time here and its a bit pricey but the accommodations were quite nice and the view was spectacular. They have a pub, a full service restaurant and an outdoor pool with two adjacent in ground hot tubs. They also have a gas fed outdoor fire pit were quests would gather in the evening. Due to the cost I would not recommend this place for a guy trip but damn it sure was nice to stay practically right on the BRP, you literally ride out of the parking lot and you are on the BRP ready to head north or south.

View from our balcony


Sunrise view from balcony



Day 2 (305 miles)
We were on the Parkway headed south for the 22 mile ride to Mt. Mitchell by 0900. We got lucky as it was a relatively clear morning on the summit, temperature was a refreshing 59 degrees. Two other motorcyclists were up top, one on a K1600GTL and the other on a Tiger 800.








Next we headed back north on the Parkway to jump on NC80 south toward Marion NC which I just found out is called The Devils Whip. Ive ridden it before and it is an awesome road with some challenging switchbacks and turns. The photographers (Blind Kenny) caught me off guard as Id never seen them on this road before.






We have property west of Asheville south of Marion that we wanted to visit since itd been a few years since wed been there. Its for sale if anyone is interested, nice gated community with great views of the mountains. On our way up we had a close encounter with two deer crossing the road in front of us and then a turtle in the road. I will usually stop and move turtles from the road but the road was much too twisty and narrow to risk.

Our property on right


Home across from property and view



Next we headed toward Lake Lure by way of more twisty backroads. Along the way we encountered a most unusual site for NC, within a fenced in yard was a miniature horse and a camel, yes a CAMEL! I wish we would have turned around to take a picture. We had lunch at Larkins on the Lake, nice view and good food. Lake Lure brings back good memories for me as a kid, my parents would vacation here and we would hike up to Chimney Rock. Of course this was in the early 70s before it became such a tourist attraction. Now a days it is just packed with tourists.




After lunch in Lake Lure we headed west on US74, another fun twisty road. We took this all the way to Asheville and jumped on southbound BRP toward the highest point on the BRP, about 50 miles from US74. We encountered some rain along the way but once we reached our destination it cleared nicely. Now it was getting late in the afternoon and we were 100 miles from the Switzerland Inn via the BRP, oh darn 100 miles on the BRP to complete our days ride.





Back to the Inn just in time for sunset


To be continued
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Looks like a great trip ...i'm jealous


Glad you guys had a good time !!!
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^^^^. Ditto what he said.

Although now we have a new motel to try in NC.
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Awesome pics Jim. I have stayed at Little Switzerland a couple of times. For men only there is a building in the back with covered parking. Not posh, but you can split room price and then it's reasonable. With Mrs Ferret we stay up front and it's really nice. Yes kinda pricy but not overly so and the rooms are really nice.

I need to email you about some obscure road suggestions. Our Mens Fall Trip is down the BRP again this year, and I'd like to anchor at maybe Lil Switzerland and hit some stuff OFF the BRP. Jnor said our regular hotel at the beginning of the BRP has gone down hill badly?
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Hi Jim we take us 23 all the time. It is much better than running interstate. To make it even better coming home jump off on I 64 east just before you get to ashland run that to the east side of Huntington ,there is an exit that says ( to rt 2) take that exit and its only a couple miles to rt2 then its go up river past hillbilly hot dogs cross at us 35 and your home free.
If you look at that rt on a map it's almost a straight line where as if you take us 23 all the way it takes forever to get through ashland and over to Portsmouth and up. By the way nice pictures! We are going to be heading that way first week in august. Can't wait!!
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Very nice
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Thanks for posting....
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GPS trip stats...hmmm
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I know if I had hit that top speed with my woman on back I would probably have some really sore ribs even if was passing an airplane!
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Erroneous, we never exceeded 3 digits. Top speed on the RT is probably more like 130 solo without luggage.
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