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    Does look amazing

    Why is there a folding plastic step strapped onto the 690

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    This has turned into a fantastic tread posting..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspenz View Post
    Does look amazing

    Why is there a folding plastic step strapped onto the 690
    Mspenz - the folding step is a redneck dual-purpose camping chair and bike stand. It ended up on the back of the GS eventually as Russ got fed up moving it every time he needed to use his fuel can. :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by mspenz View Post
    Does look amazing

    Why is there a folding plastic step strapped onto the 690
    So he can get up on to the bike, silly!

    Great report, looking forward as ever to trying this one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacific View Post
    Mspenz - the folding step is a redneck dual-purpose camping chair and bike stand. It ended up on the back of the GS eventually as Russ got fed up moving it every time he needed to use his fuel can. :-)


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    Nice

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    Day 6 – North Carolina

    We survived our first night in the boonies and woke up with the birds.



    Russ got straight back to fire duty.



    We take in more forest today as we wind our way west across North Carolina.



    The trail takes us past Mountain Crossing Mercantile, a kind of General Store and Diner run by cool outdoor types /hill billy’s .





    We were early and had to wait a while for the kitchen to fire-up so drank some coffee before opting for “The Hawks Bill” – 2 Eggs, Double Bacon, Gritts, Hash browns and Toast.



    It came with ‘Biscuits and Gravy’ too for some reason. Biscuits are like salty scones and gravy is like white sauce. It tastes better than it sounds.



    We’d noticed that getting a good breakfast was harder than we expected. More often than not, what we imagined we’d get on reading the menu was disappointing in real life.
    We also learnt that it is impossible to gauge the quality of the food from the appearance of the establishment.
    This breakfast wasn’t too bad, but we’ll revisit the breakfast experience as the trip progresses.

    Russ wearing his Dyfed Dirt Bike Club shirt back to front again.



    The route took us along sections of Blue Ridge Parkway https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/ a famous scenic drive with lots of places to stop and take in the views. These are called Overlooks.



    The TAT criss-crosses the Parkway utilising forest roads where possible and re-joining the tarmac for sections before taking another offshoot.
    We reached one of these turns to find the barrier closed. There was no road closed sign and it was easy to ride around the gate.
    So we decided to continue and find out why the road was closed.

    Here’s what happened (apologies in advance for the low-res video).







    We made it out the other end.



    And continued through postcard America.



    We took in an optional section called Hurricane Creek Road which was tougher than the standard route and great fun, before looping back on ourselves to reach Rocky Bluff Campground

    It rained quite heavily in the afternoon and were were soaked so we didn’t manage many pictures.





    The best days' riding so far and another 213 miles on the clock.

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    Great stuff .

    Biscuits and gravy are pretty vile. Whereas grits are fucking disgusting......
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    Brilliant!

    What are grits anyhoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udders View Post
    Brilliant!

    What are grits anyhoo?
    It's corn ground into a course paste and boiled. Horrible stuff.

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    Day 7 – More North Carolina

    Not too much to report today.

    The route took us along more of the Blue Ridge Parkway and then back into the forests of NC.



    First stop was the Pancake House in Cherokee for another average breakfast!



    The highlight of today was another closed road. No tree this time but plenty of wash outs.



    It rained heavily again in the afternoon and so camping wasn’t a good option. After arriving at Andrews, we diverted off the trail to the nearby town of Robbinsville and the luxury of the Phillips Motel.





    We spend the evening with a group of Canadian riders who were also staying at the motel and had a good chat and a few of beers.

    Only 150 miles today. We were hoping for better weather tomorrow.

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    Day 8 – The Trail of Tears

    Robbinsville was dry in the morning.



    We were soon back in the forest.



    With views over the Smoky Mountains.



    The trail takes in a section of the Trail of Tears. The path taken during the forced relocation of Native American peoples from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States, to areas to the west of the Mississippi River.






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    Excellent, thanks for writing this up.

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