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Now we are getting uptown, starting to look like the ST Owners site or MotoCamper, sub-forums no less!



At this point in time I would say the SE riders have a good number of rallies, this year we have had get togethers at TWO in Suches, Ga. and the Blue Ridge Motorcycle campground in NC. In the past we have attended the Honda Hoot in Knoxville but I don't think there is much interest in that location, been there done that. We have been fortunate in that GleneC from Canada has seen fit to attend several of our rallies and one at TWO was even an "International" rally the year Don Seedsman from Oz and Glenn from Canada both attended. I am sure many of you can add to those memories, especially Charles, who was there with his Dad, Dick Smith.



Now lets have some conversation, suggestions, brain storming (brain farts not allowed) about next year and beyond. The TWO & Blue Ridge sites are both great locations with good roads around them. I think we will return to those sites as DavidF is doing on the 14th of this month. In fact, Dave has done something this year that I might copy next year. He is taking an entire week to reach the Amish rally. He is starting off with a weekend stay at TWO and a wandering route up to the Amish. Phil (he used to be NE but now he is SE, in other words a Damn Yankee, but he's our DY) and I are retired and soon to be joined by JerrryB (so he says) and we could do a week like that. Doubt if there would be many others, but maybe some could join in as the week progresses next year.



What about searching our home states for possible rally sites? I can think of a couple of places here in the Volunteer State that would be worth consideration. We don't seem to have any current members in Florida or Alabama but we could still check those states out. JerryB how bout South Carolina, don't think there's any tar balls on the beaches there......yet.



Anyone who may have an idea please jump in, you don't really have to be from the SE, just come on down and join us, bet we could find you some good BBQ!

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JerryB how bout South Carolina, don't think there's any tar balls on the beaches there......yet.


Charles pretty much nailed it when he called SC a barren wasteland. At least in regard to Motorcycle camping in the summer. There are some decent state parks in the mountains and on some of the large lakes. You just don't want to be anywhere in the state from June through August.
 

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Charles pretty much nailed it when he called SC a barren wasteland. At least in regard to Motorcycle camping in the summer. There are some decent state parks in the mountains and on some of the large lakes. You just don't want to be anywhere in the state from June through August.


Jerry, you are restricting your choices! Sept., Oct and to a good extent November are usually great months in the SE. Lets really do some brain storming and consider most of the year. I didn't expect you to consider only the summer months, especially from a guy who took off on his Bergman on a winter trip, if I remember correctly.


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Jerry, you are restricting your choices! Sept., Oct and to a good extent November are usually great months in the SE. Lets really do some brain storming and consider most of the year. I didn't expect you to consider only the summer months, especially from a guy who took off on his Bergman on a winter trip, if I remember correctly.


Gene


I wasn't worrying about me old pal. I was more concerned about someone who might try to wrestle some three wheeled monstrosity through blizzards and freezing rain...
 

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I wasn't worrying about me old pal. I was more concerned about someone who might try to wrestle some three wheeled monstrosity through blizzards and freezing rain...
You talkin to me?
 

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South Carolina ia a good bike rally place because there is the famous Myrtle Beach Rally every year. I never thought of SC as a "barren wasteland" but perhaps this refers to accomodations for bikers. I live on the coast and there is no oil here (yet).
 

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You talkin to me?




Phil, yesterday I thought I would be smart and post from my Iphone as a guest and not log in. Well, I posted all right, in the wrong damn thread. This is what I posted in KOHR49, thread "10000".



No, you old goat but it could be applied to either of, we're both crazy!

Gene



So, by trying to be a smart ass I called KOHR49 an Old Goat!!



I swear you can't take me out in public!

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Morganton, Marion, Brevard, and Blowing Rock areas in

North Carolina are good places for a rally. During the

summer, these areas are great to ride in cooler high

elevations on the Blue Ridge Parkway and local twistys.



Meeting some Sport Touring riders in Murphy NC during

late September this year for a rally. We have a local

guy showing us twistys.



Will have my CX500 ready to ride next year and interested

in riding with other Honda transverse Twin riders.
 

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I wasn't worrying about me old pal. I was more concerned about someone who might try to wrestle some three wheeled monstrosity through blizzards and freezing rain...




Jerry, I appreciate the concern but the hack is a lot more fun to ride on snow & ice than you would think. Last winter, a couple of times after we had snow I took the hack out to some parking lots and just played in the snow! But you were on 2 wheels, not 3 during your winter riding!

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South Carolina ia a good bike rally place because there is the famous Myrtle Beach Rally every year. I never thought of SC as a "barren wasteland" but perhaps this refers to accommodations for bikers. I live on the coast and there is no oil here (yet).






Myrtle Beach has got itself on the shit list of many bikers this last year due to some draconian ordinances they passed to discourage motorcycle rallies. One was to require a helmet when riding within the city limits... that started a huge shitstorm among SC riders who don't like being told what to do, even when it might be in their best interests.



The underlying problem wasn't that of safety; it was the disturbance that that huge herd of Harleys caused in a relatively small beach town. Some people said it was to rein in the black biker's rally which used to happen a week or so later but I don't know that that's true. I really think it was both rallies. The merchants loved the business the rallies brought but the town didn't like the events themselves. Imagine how traffic had to crawl with thousands of loud motorcycles all out on the main drag all at once.



So Myrtle Beach might not be your first choice.
 

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Myrtle Beach has got itself on the shit list of many bikers this last year due to some draconian ordinances they passed to discourage motorcycle rallies. One was to require a helmet when riding within the city limits... that started a huge shitstorm among SC riders who don't like being told what to do, even when it might be in their best interests.



The underlying problem wasn't that of safety; it was the disturbance that that huge herd of Harleys caused in a relatively small beach town. Some people said it was to rein in the black biker's rally which used to happen a week or so later but I don't know that that's true. I really think it was both rallies. The merchants loved the business the rallies brought but the town didn't like the events themselves. Imagine how traffic had to crawl with thousands of loud motorcycles all out on the main drag all at once.



So Myrtle Beach might not be your first choice.


True, Myrtle Beach might not be our first choice. Lets think "out of the box" as the ad folks say. We stumbled into the location for the Amish because someone knew someone else and had an idea. We don't have to go where everyone else does, or even where other motorcycle groups go. We are not a big group and can fit where others can't! We like to have rides but I think rides to check out interesting locations are nearly as good as twistys, well almost.
I guess I am just a tourist at heart, with a motorcycle complex!

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True, Myrtle Beach might not be our first choice. Lets think "out of the box" as the ad folks say. We stumbled into the location for the Amish because someone knew someone else and had an idea. We don't have to go where everyone else does, or even where other motorcycle groups go. We are not a big group and can fit where others can't! We like to have rides but I think rides to check out interesting locations are nearly as good as twistys, well almost.
I guess I am just a tourist at heart, with a motorcycle complex!

Gene
Gene, I think that we southeastern riders have the best riding and camping areas all concentrated in the Apalatchian Mountains of TN,NC & GA. The ride to PA and riding in PA is a lot of fun for Once a year. But we got it all.
 

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Gene, I think that we southeastern riders have the best riding and camping areas all concentrated in the Apalatchian Mountains of TN,NC & GA. The ride to PA and riding in PA is a lot of fun for Once a year. But we got it all.


Phil, I agree, I think we have the best riding in the country in that area. However, as an old rider once told me "I never go anywhere twice", wait was that Rich?
Yes, I think it was, I do like to go back to the same areas more than once but its good to try something different every once in a while. I don't think we will find an area as good but who knows, we won't know until we try!

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OK, here we go! First site tossed out for discussion. Our destination would be http://oldclarkinn.com/ in Marlinton, WV. That is the web site, I don't know how to make it a link, maybe someone else can help me out there. This is a place I stumbled across after meeting (briefly) with DavidF & JerryB at Watoga State Park on Tuesday evening on the way up to the Amish. I was not able to stay there, they don't take check-ins after 9. I did get a tour of the Inn and the owner's motorcycle garage behind the Inn.



Thats right, I said motorcycle garage, as in the pictures below!





This building is directly behind the Old Clark Inn. It belongs to the inn keeper and he was making it available to some Trimuph/Norton riders who had one of their number go off the road the day before. They told me this was their 4th year to stay there, they were all from Pa.





This is a view inside the shop.





This is the front of the inn. I got there too late to get a room, no check in after 9!





The owner's bike is on the left, the one on the right belongs to his wife.





Everything you need to clean up your bike is in this shed area at the side of the inn. He even has air hoses to top off your tires!



This summer the Inn has offered a deal for groups where if they want to have a cook out, the inn will prepare & furnish everything, the group does their own cooking and the inn cleans up. The owner does not know if he will offer that service next year or not.



This location could be linked with Watoga State Park which is near by. Jerry & Dave stayed there on Tuesday night and might want to comment.

With that, the floor is open for discussion.

Gene
 
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