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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Southern Sojourn 2016

This past summer, 4 of us rode south to the beautiful state of Tennessee. My brother in law and his wife rode his 2004 HD Ultra Glide, my wife rode her 2015 Shadow Aero and I used my 2011 C50T. After months of planning we left on a sunny Friday morning. We decided to split the trip to Tennessee and the return trip to Pennsylvania into two days down and then two days back, with an over night stop at a hotel in Horse Charter, Virginia.
To maximize our time in Tennessee, we used I-81 for the majority of the trip. We did however travel a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway and made some stops along the way to view the scenery.
We elected to stay at a motel in Pigeon Forge for our time in Tennessee. Our logic was staying at a place where we could take a break from riding and be able to walk or use public transportation for attractions and meals.
Since my fellow riders were huge Harley fans, we stopped at numerous dealerships in the Tennessee and North Carolina areas we visited.
One day we rode the Cherohola Skyway into NC. Our goal that day was to ride The Dragon's Tail. Both of those roads lived up to their reputations as some of the best motorcycle roads in the country.
The following day we rode through three Great Smoky Mountain National Park from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, NC. Beautiful ride and scenery although I'm sure a good part of it was destroyed in the recent forest fire.
On several occasions we rode through the Foothills Parkway.
Our trip was cut short due to the pending storm which was travelling up the east coast. Our first day of our return trip went fine. On the second day the rain caught up to us from Virginia to Pennsylvania.
This was our first extended long distance trip. All in all, except for my helmet issue everything went without a hitch. The bikes ran fine. The C50T may not be for everyone but given my age and limited riding experience it was more than enjoyable.
Thanks to everyone on this forums for their posts which helped us plan our trip.
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It's not the vessel, but the voyage.....

Thanks for sharing..


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One additional note:
The morning we decided to leave Tennessee a gentleman walked up to me and struck up a conversation about my bike. In specific he asked me about my lightbar. He had a C90T and was interested in having one installed . I told him how I replaced the original bulbs with 25 watt sealed beams.
This may seem mundane but it's not the first time I've encountered a fellow Suzuki owner who just wanted to talk about their bike. Suzuki may not be among the most popular brands but it's cool how fellow owners can relate to each other.
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Looks like a great time!

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glad to read the trip went well. Been trying to make it myself to that particular area the past few years but something always forces me to postpone the trip. Maybe this year. Have already done the skyline drive/BRP....well part of it.
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Sounds like a nice trip.............rain isn't fun but it happens occasionally.

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The worst part about the rain is I found out the hard way my boots aren't waterproof. But I'll have that resolved for our next trip.
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Glad you had a good trip, even with the rain! I've ridden the same area (thankfully in nicer weather) and it is quite the ride to enjoy. Hard to go wrong with any of the roads in that area. Last summer a buddy of mine and I did the north half of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and are planning on doing the bottom half some time this year.

Thanks for the report and the pictures and ride safe!

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