Biking trip to SE US 2020 - Any info welcome??
Hope you don't mind me joining your section of the forum. I'm K1600GTL rider from the UK and a group of us are coming over to explore your territory in April 2020 on a biking holiday to take in the sights and sounds of the South East. We are planning to visit the Smokey Mountains (The Dragon, Cherohala, Hellbender etc.), Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and lots of places in between.
See attached map, though this route is just one of many ideas and is a hybrid of some of the routes available on organised tours we have found in the region.
We will be 5 bikes (2 solo and 3 with passenger) and we are planning a total tour time of about 21 days. So that'll be about 14 days in the top loop and 3 or 4 days in New Orleans plus travel to/from the UK.
So, if you can spare a moment, I'm here to ask for your locally informed help with the following questions to help us with our tour planning:
1/ Is Eaglerider Atlanta the best place to rent a K1600GTL for this tour? They seem to have plenty to offer. Anyone have any experience of doing this? are there any other rental agencies to consider? Can you rent a GTL in Memphis or Nashville? If so, where?
2/ How many days do we need in the Smokey Mountains to cover all the great riding there? Does anyone have any suggested routes that take it all in? Places to stay too.
3/ Is the road South from Memphis to New Orleans worth riding? We are trying to decide if we would be better spending our time riding round a big loop Atlanta to Atlanta and then just fly down to New Orleans for our visit there.
4/ Which roads/routes/Places would you recommend in this area? I know that is bit of a big/vague question, but we don't want to miss any highlights. So any special recommendations you have would be appreciated.
5/ We are keen on music and want to take in some of the Blues, Country and Jazz for which this area is famous. Any "top tips" on where to go for that?
I appreciate that I have asked a lot of questions above and if you have read this far then you've probably had enough!
But any tips, ideas and suggestions based on your local knowledge would be really helpful.
All the best to you all and thanks for your help,
Julian, Oxted, Surrey, UK
2018 Metallic Black K1600GTL
2016 K1600 GTL Exclusive, 2014 K1600GTL Exclusive,
2012 Silver K1600GTLE (Traded in), 2007 R1200RT (Sold)