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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Friendsville, TN
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Skinny dipping off US 70
Took off the afternoon. Closed up the shop, picked up my OL. Got this Kury trunk thing, lashed it on with big towels, sandals, & sunscreen. Took off from Friendsville. Just W of Lenoir City turned on US 70.
Now US 70 is labeled a scenic byway, and it certainly is. Runs along the ridge crest with great views, rural scenery, lots of turns and hills. Great road. Then we were in Kingston. Quaint county seat, lakeside riding, interesting new bridge near the Kingston Steam Plant (big ash spill - made the national news). Marina. A flat run into Rockwood, then up the Cumberland escarpment. Climbing twisties, pretty quick still. Onto the plateau, Ozone falls. To Crossville and a bit beyond.
Visited Timberline resort. Pretty nice. Big cold pool, too cold, but a great hot tub. Good food, good scenery, very peaceful, a bar. And no need for a swimming suit. Highly recommend the place.
Then back home, gradually getting dark. Turned on the green LEDs. Just gently wafting through the darkness. I do like that silverstar bulb, or whatever it's called. The OL had never been out after dark before. A bit magical, especially deep in the countryside, the reflectors marking the road snaking in and out of woods, up and down.
Great ride! 150 miles.
Friendsville, TN - 25 miles from the Dragon
2006 Wilier "Thor" - mostly DA
2003 40th Ann. Volusia