Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hi everyone,

 As this is my first post, it will be brief, but expect more.

Also, a caveat: I am new to Motorcycle trips. If you're an old-timer, feel free to lay some knowledge down on me. I'd love to hear it. That's one of the best thing about motorcycle trips, to me. You're never short of learning a lot, and it's a hell of a lot easier to learn it from someone who's already done it.

I recently came back from a trip up to Blairsville, Georgia, and rode the Guantlet; 133 miles of some of the best roads I've ever ridden. I stayed at a great place called the Skeenah Creek Campground. Awesome atmosphere, great [rices, super friendly, and what's best, nothing but motorcyclists there. Some came in a Toy Carrier, Some in a van with a trailer, and then, like me, some on their bikes with tents.

The best thing to say about The Gauntlet: do it in more than one day. Plan for a week. It's some of the best roads ever and The Gauntlet just happens to be a nice circuit of a couple of them. I did it all in one day and was actually sore. Almost every road is back-and-forth, flattening your bike into curve after curve. I've never seen more motorcycles.

Apart from that, there's so many great towns up there. If you like the German-Mountaneering-thing, then of course there's Helen. I find it a bit creepy, kind of like the South ate a lot of wienersnitzel and drank too much beer and happened to puke in an amazing part of Georgia. Octoberfest does have it's perks though. The rest are just small towns spread out over awesome scenery.

For some pics, check out here...

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Helen, GA....., there is a town close to, I think northwest of Helen called Young Harris. After a week of camping on the Appalachian Trail I was on my Norton 850 heading to Athens, WV for a Fezer stop and then on to see my girlfriend Dale in Beach Haven, NJ. Young Harris is a turn left and turn right kinda' town and you're out and on your way. Well, apparently Barney didn't appreciated me whipping thru town at 63 mph and had a room reserved for me until I could pay my $350 fine. There's more to the story that I really can't share, but alas, I only had funds to make it to Athens and back home to Kentucky; and hell to pay with Dale. MRC