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Ok my name is John. I am new to this forum but trying to plan a ride/Camping trip. The wife and I have done smaller trips but nothing of this size but ready to give it a try. I live in east central Mississippi. We are going to ride from there to South Bend IN to go to the MXON race at Redbud. That first stretch we are just trying to get there as quick as we can. After that we will be riding around the Kentucky, Tennessee maybe North Carolina area for about a week. Going to watch the son run an Ironman triathlon im Louisville, KY and then heading back home. Basically I'm asking for advice on anything that should be seen or ridden in that area. Anything that should be packed for sure besides the normal camping stuff. Like I said we have done the one or two day trips but going for it and planning a big one. Based on the calendar looks like we have 11 or 12 days. Should be enough to see some country. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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There's so much to list in that area but I'd try to at least ride the Cherahola Skyway. If you pick it up in Tn, It will drop you out in Robbinseville, NC not far from the Dragon or the Moonshiner 28. Welcome from somewhere west of Atlanta.
 

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Unfortunately, I can’t offer any advice on what to carry.... i camp in hotels :). I will say that anytime I ride, I carry tools, duct tape, zip ties, electrical tape, a spare clutch cable, a few other odds and ends and toilet paper....
 

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Spend 3-days at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, NC and spend them riding in the area.
Tail of the Dragon- Deal's Gap, NC
Moonshiner 28
Cherohola Skyway
Diamondback
Copperhead Loop
Blue Ridge Parkway
Take the wife to Biltmore Estate in Asheville,

There's a guy here on the Cafe - fishinfoolemjack- that lives local to the area- and he knows all the routes and loops to get the most out of a days ride in the area.
 

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Spend 3-days at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, NC and spend them riding in the area.
Tail of the Dragon- Deal's Gap, NC
Moonshiner 28
Cherohola Skyway
Diamondback
Copperhead Loop
Blue Ridge Parkway
Take the wife to Biltmore Estate in Asheville,

There's a guy here on the Cafe - fishinfoolemjack- that lives local to the area- and he knows all the routes and loops to get the most out of a days ride in the area.
Ray, maybe you missed the part where he said he was going to camp or......camping means something completely different to you.:shrug:
 

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Thanks for the tips guys. Keep them coming. I’m open to all ideas. I’ve never heard of Libby camping. I’ll have to try that one day. 😂
 

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Thanks for the tips guys. Keep them coming. I’m open to all ideas. I’ve never heard of Libby camping. I’ll have to try that one day. 
There's a Campground called the Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge in Robbinsville NC. They have nice level campsites, Most have electrical hookups, WiFi, Showers, Restrooms, etc.
I stay there for the Vintage Yamaha Gathering in September.

*Note- While in South Bend- IF you like old cars, go to the Studebaker National Museum, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum...
 

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I’m not sure which route you will take, but if you make it anywhere near Birmingham AL, you have to go see barber motor sports park. A buddy and myself rode through there on our way into TN from New Orleans a few years back. It’s the worlds largest motorcycle collection and they have everything from early steam powered motorcycles to modern machines. It’s worth the admission price just to walk in, look up, and say holy s£!t. https://www.barbermuseum.org Welcome from the big city of Kernersville NC.
 

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There's a Campground called the Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge in Robbinsville NC. They have nice level campsites, Most have electrical hookups, WiFi, Showers, Restrooms, etc.
I stay there for the Vintage Yamaha Gathering in September.

*Note- While in South Bend- IF you like old cars, go to the Studebaker National Museum, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum...

Diggin the 1800. Nice pic too
 

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I always pack a “trailwarmer” but that’s just me.

October will be nice weatherwise in all of your places of interest. I’d have some water and jerky in my bags just for survival purposes. Plus an extra “trailwarmer” just in case.
 

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If you get to Cherokee, Wheels Through Time is a must stop. I've never camped a day in my life (wife and I agree that roughing it is a hotel without HBO) so can't help you there. Pack half the clothes you think you will need and plan to wear a pair of jeans for near a week. You will obviously need to do laundry but perhaps some campgrounds have laundry facilities. The most important things to bring are a cell phone and a credit card.
 

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Mammoth Cave in Ky. Maybe the 'Vette museum in Bowling Green if that tickles the fancy. Lynchburg, Tenn. 'Jack Daniels'. The KY. Bourbon Trail. For those who have a taste of sippin' goods.
 

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Ooooh, I forgot about mammoth caves, that’s a must see fo sho....
 

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum is cool. Second Ray's rec. on the Auburn museum if you're in to that. Safe travels!
 
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