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While I had a great time during September in England and North Wales with Kathy, KBiK was at the dealers where a new front wheel, axle and bearings were installed along with new front brake rotors and pads. Finished off with a 6K service and two new tires, we are ready to ride again! >:)

I am now preparing for my October Ride.

Next week I'll ride up to Clayton State Park in Oklahoma for the OkieSTOC event. The next week I'll ride west to Birmingham, AL to visit the Barber Motorsports Museum. From Birmingham, I'll ride up to Balsam, NC for the ST-Owners Blue Ridge Gathering event.

I'll ride up the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah Skyline before heading east to the coast of Delaware. I planned on following the East coast all the way down to Florida but the Outer Islands at Hatteras and Ocracoke are still recovering from Hurricane Dorian so I will bypass the damage to Charleston and then Savannah. From Jacksonville, FL, I'll head west on the slab back home.

A bit over 4,000 miles in 20 days. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1dd425cd6f3583c116&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes

I'll try to post updates and pictures as possible during this ride.

 

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Looks like a great time and if weather permits it can be a beautiful ride

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Enjoy the STOC events and if applicable say hi to the folks from me.

I gave myself a whole day at the Barber museum and spent from when it opened to about 4:30pm. For lunch if you back track 1/2 way to the Interstate you'll find the entrance to a Bass Pro Shop where they have a restaurant. The driveway back to the store is maybe 1/2 mile long and it winds it's way through the woods, very unique.

I don't have to tell you to have a good time as I know you will.
 

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Enjoy the STOC events and if applicable say hi to the folks from me.

I gave myself a whole day at the Barber museum and spent from when it opened to about 4:30pm. For lunch if you back track 1/2 way to the Interstate you'll find the entrance to a Bass Pro Shop where they have a restaurant. The driveway back to the store is maybe 1/2 mile long and it winds it's way through the woods, very unique.

I don't have to tell you to have a good time as I know your will.
Thanks Jim!

Based on your recommendation, I plan to have a full day at the Barber Museum!

Andy >:)
 

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When in Arkansas, you REALLY need to ride in the Ozarks for a day. Northwest part of the state. Highways 16, 23, 7, 123 are the favorites of visitors but there are many more. I was just up there this past weekend enjoying myself, as I can get to them in an hour from my house. You won't regret it, I promise.
 

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Andy, Oct 23-27 is my annual "Boy's Weekend". We're camping at Seneca Shadows Campground, Seneca Rocks, WV. If it fits your schedule you're welcome to join us.

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When in Arkansas, you REALLY need to ride in the Ozarks for a day. Northwest part of the state. Highways 16, 23, 7, 123 are the favorites of visitors but there are many more. I was just up there this past weekend enjoying myself, as I can get to them in an hour from my house. You won't regret it, I promise.
Thanks! I have ridden in Arkansas many times and love the roads in the Ozarks. I was there earlier this year but this time will just be passing through on the way to those equally great roads in the Appalachians.
 

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Andy, Oct 23-27 is my annual "Boy's Weekend". We're camping at Seneca Shadows Campground, Seneca Rocks, WV. If it fits your schedule you're welcome to join us.

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Thanks Duane, I would love to join you at Seneca Rocks but I cannot extend my trip for another weekend as I have to be home to pickup Kathy from the airport.

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Sounds like another great trip you have planned there Andy. Once again I will riding along in spirit. Heading out next week myself to around Leesburg Virginia. Unfortunately not on the bike but in the truck to sell some of our art work at a fair for three days. Have fun Andy.
 

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Dude, I like how you roll!

It seems like you are doing mile after mile, stopping long enough to catch you breath and recharge before going on another long trip! Just awesome and definitely a little inspiring!
 

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Andy, if I could make out your route correctly it looks like your eastern Arkansas route takes you southeast along Hwy 65 before crossing into Mississippi. If so, stop at Hoot’s BBQ in McGehee, AR. On a road trip it’s worth a stop for lunch or dinner.
 

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Looks like it will be a great trip -- Ride Safe!

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Andy, if I could make out your route correctly it looks like your eastern Arkansas route takes you southeast along Hwy 65 before crossing into Mississippi. If so, stop at Hoot’s BBQ in McGehee, AR. On a road trip it’s worth a stop for lunch or dinner.
Thanks Ron! Hoot's was right on my route but unfortunately it is closed on Sunday so I rode on through to Indianola. :(
 

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Left last Thursday to ride up to Clayton in eastern Oklahoma for the ST-Owner's OkieSTOC event at Clayton Lake State Park. Hot and sweaty 350 mile ride up from Houston, and it stayed hot and sweaty for the weekend camping at the lake.







Rode out to Hoochietown for lunch on Friday.






@TPadden on my butt!




Fergie's new DTC 'wing



On Saturday we rode the Talimena Skyline for lunch in Mena, Arkansas













A fun weekend! It was good to see old friends and share some good rides.








All my pictures are here


On Sunday, I rode on to Indianola, MS. Today I am waiting on the rain to blow through before continuing on to Birmingham where I plan to visit the Barber Motorsport Museum.

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1dd425cd6f3583c116&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes

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Today I visited the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.



What a great museum! It has an interesting, open design and a wonderful display of both interesting and ordinary motorcycles, a another great display of mainly Lotus race cars.









Too many great motorcycle porn pictures to post here so you'll have to go to my website to see them, or visit the Barber Motorsports Museum yourself!

Tomorrow I'll ride north east past Chatanooga and go over the Cherohala Skyline to Balsam, North Carolina for the ST-Owners Blue Ridge Gathering.
 

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So another ST-Owners' Blue Ridge Gathering is in the bag. Great event in great riding country at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stayed in a cabin rather than camping which suits these old bones.





Rode down the Moonshiner 28 into South Carolina and then back up 107 to enjoy lunch at the Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro.







On Saturday we rode up 276 to the BRP, down 215 to Rosman and then up 281 to 107 south to North Norton and Walnut Creek into Franklin. Finished up the day on Wayah Rd to 23 and then back to Moonshine Creek. Some of the best roads in North Carolina!




Had to keep ahead of this rocket!







Great weekend seeing old friends, meeting new ones and riding great roads.





All my pictures are here.

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1dd425cd6f3583c116&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes
 

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After the St-Owners' BRG, on Sunday I headed north up the Blue Ridge Parkway. As soon as I was over 4,000 ft I went into a very wet and cold cloud with dense fog patches that sometimes reduced visibility to 10 yards.







I intended to stay the night camping at Willville Motorcycle Camp but it was still raining and only 51 degF so I went into Hillsville and found a bed at the Super 8.
 

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Monday was 36 degF leaving so I had my heated gear on. It turned into a wonderful day. Still cold but sunny and clear with the clouds well below me on the Parkway.


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Continued along the Shenandoah Skyline which was busier with traffic but nothing held me up for long.

Staying in Berkely Springs, WV. Tomorrow I head east across into Delaware and then to the Atlantic Coast of Virginia.
 
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