Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
'67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '97 F650ST || '00 1150 GS || '07 G650 Xchallenge || '06 HP2e
The 2009 BMW MOA International Rally will be held at the Appalachian Fair, in Gray, TN, July 16th~19th.
I'd imagine with Plenty of Shade!!!
Last edited by grafikfeat; 07-01-2008 at 11:03 PM. Reason: Stoopid tpyo!
Not even close! Gray is the tiny burg it is next to, and the mailing address. Here is a decent map from google. Just hope the fairgrounds gets its site together soon, or we'll have to hire a U2...the sat photos are only to 2000 ft. resolution...just like Antartica!
BTW; What a target enriched moto riding territory! Good job, guys and gals!
Wow! I was down that way last year for the RA rally and other vacation, but never thought I might get back there this soon...
This time, I have to convince my wife i need to go on the bike... (yep, only minivan at the Biltmore)
Someone said BBQ?
By gawd I hope it's not that forsaken mustard based stuff! If it is, I'll go off on the volunteers for planning this!
At least Memphis is between here and there!
Gotta wait a year!
'14 R12RT LC
I rode through Eastern Tennessee near the 2009 Rally site a couple of weeks ago on my way home from Texas. I never got off the slab except to sleep but it looked like nice country. I'm going from Albany, NY to Atlanta Labor Day. If I have time I'll adjust my route to make a visit there.
One thing I can say about the area is that I-81 isn't a very pleasant drive. There's always heavy truck traffic and they tend to herd up slowing everyone down. Virginia has posted signs that basically say "If you're driving less than the speed limit stay in the right lane" but it's still common to get behind two trucks well below the speed limit riding side by side mile after mile.
Fantastic choice, We've gone to the Smokies and that area of Tenn, N.C. and Va. every year for the past 12 years and have only scratched the surface of the number of great roads. Great roads for every type of riding, touring, riding twisties and thousands of miles of off road riding. We'll be going there again this October. I guess we'll just have to go there twice in six months-darn . Only down side is that Wheels Thru Time in Maggie Vally will be closed by then . It's a shame cause it was a great place to visit and less than two hour ride from the rally site. Can't wait till July 09
I don't know about TN 'que, but there's good stuff right over the border in NC. I think the mustard sauce is from south of the border (SC). Here in the Old North State, we've actually got two competing styles of 'que: eastern (chopped pork with vinegar-based hot sauce) and Lexington (chopped pork with sweet sauce).
The midwesterners will feel right at home in this area. There are no rain flooded river banks or sandbags anywhere near here. Please bring water with you when you come. Lots of it.I heard a rumor that they were going to cut down all the trees and straighten the roads to make the mid-westerners feel more at home!
Outstanding site selecion. My son and I spent several days there this May, tearing up the Smoky Mountains.
Though we 'challenged' the Dragon seven times, and I would advise anyone who has not ridden it to give it a try (Remember: Outside-Inside-Outside), we found other neat routes nearby in N. Carolina and northern S. Carolina that were a hoot!
'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.