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· Cafe Founder & VTX lover
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Total miles this trip: 667

This was a very fun and well planned trip thanks to MtnCruiser.

We started Friday leaving from Charlotte just a few minutes after 9am heading to Greenville for lunch and meeting with Poolmaster & Otter. Finished lunch right on time and meet MtnCruiser in Walhalla SC for a guided tour into Helen. We arrived in Helen early at around 3:00, checked in and met outt front at 4:00 for a 1.5 hour ride around the mountians.


on 348:

Overlook on 348...I was suprised at how they had let their overlooks "go" and not kept them up.

Coming back into Helen Friday evening....

Dinner at Cafe International...the ruben and brats were great, the patio by the creek was nice..

Eric (Otter) & Greg...Eric showing a little love...

After dinner Friday we went out and checked out the shops then meet at Big Daddy's for a few drinks. The bar was right next to our hotel and was very nice (and smoke free).


After breakfast we met in front of the hotel, Tim (MtnCruiser) had copies of our route for everyone, we went over the plan and headed out just after 9, we finally met up with Al and hit the road for a day of riding. We rode US129, Blood Mtn, Wolf Pen Gap Road which was nice except for the damn Deputy that was behind us the whole way.

At the top of Blood Mtn...

Chicken Rider...

Lunch at Rib Country...

Can anyone spot who ate too much?

This would be one....

and this would be another....

The other photos from Saturday came out blurry so that's it for photos, we didn't even get any photos at dinner. :( Oh...dinner, that's another story...LMAO.

We wanted to get back to town by 4:00 so everyone could have a few hours on their own to goof off and go shoping. Our only rian of the weekend came right when we were getting to the fun section of Hwy 17, we stopped and put our rain gear on, I stayed dry but was wishin I hand't removed my windshield on

For dinner we went to a Mexican resturant next to the hotel. Al Sandoval and Grin1300 provided the entertainment, these two guys together were hilarious. Bonnie thought Grin (Andy) would look great in the big Mexican birthday hat so we arranged for Andy to have a "birthday" (it wasn't his birthday). :D

Here is a video we shot of Andy's "surprise birthday", as you can see Andy didn't miss a beat...

Part 2

After dinner we were sore from laughing so we asked Andy's wife if he could come out and play a little more and we walked next door to Big Daddy's for a few drinks out on the patio. After a few hours of talking and another round of Al and Andy making us laugh till we were crying we retired for the night.


Sunday everyone started heading home, 10 of us left at 10am for a nice ride around Lake Burton, down warwoman Road (which near the end was great, you could hear floorboards drogging in almost every curve), I drug my exhaust pipes on several curves. We had a great buffet lunch at Aunt Sue's (the only time this weekend I over ate) and headed home. Dave (Dave's World) bough our lunch which was very nice of him to do!


Tim helped plan a excellent route and he did a great job of leading the group, his pace was good and he didn't loose anyone on the ride (we did have 3 of us get behind due to a bathroom emergency) but the group was waiting at our next planned stop. We had several riders who had never rode in the mountains and it was a pace they enjoyed and they even had the priveledge of riding hwy 17's twisty parts in the rain. :D We had 20 bikes total I think including 2 Vulcans and 2 Harley's. The trip was uneventful and everyone made it home safe.

I've already been asked about the next one....

· K'ville King
677 Posts
Awesome...Can't wait for the next ride to be announced!

· Candy Black Cherry = FAST
4,385 Posts
:D..I am so glad you guys had a great time....truely wish we'd been there!! And I definately miss seeing Andy in all his glory...:drunk: ...and meeting everyone else :)....hopefully next time...SO WHEN IS NEXT TIME :) !!

· Dapper Dave
2,202 Posts
That is just too cool, fantastic when a group can get together like that and have some fun on the road. Glad to see it was uneventful!

· Grand Poobah
434 Posts
How about a NC/SC mini - coastal "Fall" ride. We can wait a month or two till it cools off.

Idea for stopping spots? Here is my suggestions for my neck of the woods....

From Wilmington a stop at Fort Fisher (great scenery) and hop the ferry over to Southport , head up to 17 and drop down into SC, Lunch in Myrtle, Quickstop in Georgetown, stay in Charleston a night.

· shock factor unrated
12,402 Posts
glad ya'll had a great time. maybe i'll get to make the next one.

· Registered
28 Posts
Had a great time on this trip. Thanks, to Ray and Tim Mntcruiser for all of the planning.

I enjoyed meeting everyone, and look forward to the next time I can join you guys on a ride. :D

As for a fall ride, the coast sounds good to me. I like the Wilmington to Charleston idea, but the Outerbanks would also be a great option.

· Premium Member
590 Posts
X-Ray, you're right, that Mexican (Al) sure is funny!:cheers:. His friend Pedro was decent, and so was his wife Tia Maria...
Mtn Crawler, how's your wife and my girlfriend? One of us sure made her cry alot....she gonna be alright? I'll be back up soon so we can ride in peace soon...:choppersm.
Boney, after that birthday trick, you've got one coming....better watch your 6!!

The video may explain why Madeline says she's never going with me with this group again:spank:......Oh Well...


· Registered
263 Posts
Sorry We had to miss Saturday Night...

· IBA #37750
1,811 Posts
Outer Banks and/or Charleston sounds good to me. I'm ready to go again. Hope it's scheduled for the third weekend in October...hint, hint. I'm off that week.:bleh:
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