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    Riding in the Smokies

    This past Tuesday I had a great ride from Tellico Plains TN to Maggie Valley NC, in excellent weather; temperatures were in the 70s on the gaps and by the streams, while it was closer to 100 in the valleys. Mother Nature and the USDA have done great work. RT and I were on the Cherohala Skyway practically alone in the morning, and likewise on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the evening. I had lunch at Deal's Gap under their famous shade tree with lots of fellow boomers on their shiny putt-putts. The famous section is full of riders and is well-patrolled by the local constables. I encountered no blind driveways or poky RVs on it but preferred the Cherohala (pictured), Foothills and Blue Ridge roads for solo touring.

    On Wednesday, I had an oil change at Touring Sport in Spartanburg, SC, where everyone was very accommodating and helpful. Then I toured the BMW Zentrum museum, with a nice selection of motorcycles on display.
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    My well anticipated tour of the BMW plant was simply phenomenal.

    I teach robotics to high school students - the tour left me in awe - really.

    Prior to that tour, I honestly didn't know much about nor did I ever have much desire to own BMW products. I still don't have a desire to own one of their cages but when I began investigating their motorcycles, less than a week later, one somehow magically appeared in my garage.

    Oh well.
    2015 R 1200 GS

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