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EDIT: Link to post on Rally Information --> http://www.fz09.org/forum/9-fz-09-events/5309-2015-east-coast-fz09-07-rally.html

I’ve been working on some routes for our East Coast Rally and thought I would share to whet your appetite a bit. :cool:

The links are just routes at this time and I haven’t put much thought into gas and lunch stops yet. Figured I’d let the group comment and if some are more popular than others, I can refine them. I’ve tried to come up with short, medium, and longer routes to try and satisfy any desires. I prefer longer 250-300 mile ‘day trips’, but don’t want to waste a bunch of time working on them if everyone wants 150 mile loops.

If any other members are familiar with this area, please chime in. I know there are good places to eat in Marion, Hot Springs, Little Switzerland, Linville, Blowing Rock, and Boone.

Route Links

1. Little Switzerland Loop w/ BRP – 50mi
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.kxEy1YiDJVco

2. Little Switzerland Loop w/o BRP – 60mi
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.kyqAes5uu178

3. Spivey Mountain Loop via NC80 – 110mi
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.kqHgpV8Nv-r4

4. 181 Loop – 115mi Note: You can get some crazy speeds on NC181 and there are passing lanes that disappear quickly at speed, so be careful. Seems like this road takes a life every year…you have been warned. NC troopers known to hang out here as well.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.kmHZ5kse3da4

5. Roan Mountain Loop via NC80 & Double Island Road – 120mi
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.k1fv_ifcpy18

6. Roan Mountain Long – 185mi. – This is a windy little gem that keeps you within 40mi. of base – as the crow flies…
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.krZq9WqgR340

7. Hot Springs Loop – 185mi
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zJlewgpGZOy4.kuh3tpLWx7qs

8. Roan Mountain Super Long – 225mi. - like above, but with more…
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.kjdSRzFU_lFw

9. Shady Valley Loop 1 – 280mi Note: At Shady Valley plan on taking a side trip up US421 towards Mountain City, locally known as ‘The Snake’. This will add ~15 miles to the total, but well worth it.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zJlewgpGZOy4.kO4LU588LT1o

10. Roan Mtn. via Hot Springs - 320mi. Another route for those seeking maximum curves and more mileage.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0N_S95-S5ng.ksZJ_aN0PbbA
 

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"The Slider knows",
Each of those rides are excellent. Although I havn't been around Shady Valley in a few years the nice thing about the mountains is the fact that stuff doesn't change much or often.
The area near Hot springs is perfect for a group ride.
Next month I will be riding a bit west of these areas for "Springtime Supermoto Stupidity" but I'm really excited about our FZ09 Rally.
(A good example would be that MoFZio and I have been PMing back and forth like a couple of little schoolgirl bitches!)
 

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Thanks for putting together the routes Slider.

If I can swing it I'm like you. I prefer a longer full day tour.
250-300 being perfect....
 

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I've ridden most of those roads, but it's been a while. Back in the day, 181 was like the most haul ass road that I'd ever been on....and no LEOs either. Of course, I remember the days when US 421 wasn't called the Snake and there weren't any cops up there either, unless somebody crashed their stuff. Nice routes....I'm in favor of the longer varieties.

Does the guy that used to own shady valley country store still live next door? I can't remember his name off the top of my head. I know he sold it probably back in 2006/2007 our so.
 

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triple - No. I met the guy that had just bought it in 2007, Dave. And he sold it last fall. The new owners are cool and between what Dave did before he sold it and what they have done, it is a pretty nice place now. The food is ok if you like frozen burgers...but there aren't many other options around...

Every time I lead a group up 181 that has never been before I give them the warning. The scariest part is that you have 100+mph corners four lanes wide (two each way), then a 35 mph corner that is two lanes wide... I don't think the way the passing lanes are designed is very safe. It is by far the fastest stretch of public 'curvy' road I have ever ridden on. Push Mountain Road in northern Arkansas is almost as fast, its my all time favorite stretch of 'go-fast' road...

The cops haven't been as bad at Shady as they are at the Gap, but who knows what it will be like... It was either '09 or 2010 when they were at Shady like every day. I heard they came up to write speeding tickets and ended up writing more DUIs to the locals than all the 'squids' speeding through the valley. :rolleyes:

Have you ever been on US58 in SW Virginia? There is a section of it that is pretty tight. I was on it a few years ago on my DRZ400 and passed a buddy riding a CBR1000RR - fun stuff. :p
 

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That one doesn't ring a bell, but when I used to go up there all the time (2003 - 2007) for our BlackBird rally, John Allen and Jeff Adkinson (don't know if you know either one of them but they are locals) would lead our groups and basically, I just followed.......sometimes not having a clue of where we were. Lot's of the town names are familiar....Blowing Rock, Mt. Mitchell, Roan MT. Boone, Newland, etc, etc. John was the Southern Director for NESBA until they went out of business and he now owns his own Track Day organization......P.R.E. He still lives in Johnson City and is a building contractor.....huge million dollar houses and such. I don't think I've been up that way since probably 2007, but one thing is for sure.......there are some of the best roads in the country up there.
 

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I don't recall ever riding #181 but Slider did make me think about NC 28 between Deals Gap and Fontana.
(Please don't call this Moonshiner 28 or The Hellbender---that's like saying "far out" or "right on" to a teenager)
Everyone loves that piece of paradise until they try to keep up with someone that knows and rides that road well.
Lots of blind, over 120 mph sections. Just knowing which way the road goes is only part of it, you better know where the tree root bumps are also. I've had two really big crashes (hospital trip the first time) on that glorious part of earth but I keep going back.
In June 2005 one of our group was killed there. We still don't know exactly what happened because he was riding alone but we all agreed that hitting a rock face almost head on caused the real damage.
I always try to be a fun and positive guy here but shit happens and you have to "anticipate consequences".
 

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Shamrock....agree. There was a day when I rode very hard on the street and in my mind, it was kind of like my own personal race track. Those days are gone and I ride a "spirited" ride sometimes, but always, always way under 100% on the street. The track is a different story though, even there, I don't usually ride to 100%. This should be a fun rally, as long as everyone keeps their riding well within their personal limits and remembers that there will be faster riders and slower riders and no one is keeping score with a stopwatch....and there are no trophies at the end of the day except returning to the base camp with you and your bike totally intact and no issues.
 

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You could drive yourself crazy stringing together all of the really, truly, fabulous roads between Damascus,VA.
and Suches, GA. But as was said, the roads just in the area around Burnsville can keep you busy for days.
That's why, I'm going to do my dead level best to get to Albert's Wednesday evening.

The "Slider" Shady Valley 280 would appear to offer maximum enjoyment for those that can hold their concentration all day,
but for those days when you don't feel like using up every last bit of sunlight and maybe even a stop for a riverside nap...
The Roan Mtn. Long 185, is just about as good as it gets anywhere on the east coast.
 

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I added a link to the Rally information in my original post. There is another post about lodging information in the Events section, as well.
 

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We have a few rooms still available at Alberts Adventure Inn. June 4th-7th.
Call: 828-675-4691 and identify yourself as being with, Lloyd's FZ Rally when making your reservation.

We might see about a simple cookout, or some such alternative to a sit down meal at the restaurant if most folks want that. Bowinkle has offered to stop on the way over and do a bit of grocery shopping for us. However, we don't want to abuse Bowinkle with a long list of personal items to shop for, so we won't be asking for him to pick up Tampons, hair gel, or Kosher pickles.

We will have available for download the week before the rally, GPS files of some really great routes, courtesy of SliderR1...if he can find the time. No pressure man.

As most of you know, there is an event T-shirt available and we'll see how we might place that order so as to get the best quantity discount.

I'm also pleased to announce that we will be having a prize drawing Saturday night with products graciously donated by: Vcyclenut, Seat Concepts, Tripage, OES, maybe even Stoltec Moto and of course our mothership, Yamaha USA, will be sending along some branded SWAG.
 

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Totaly bummed. My wife has a booked for a damn wedding that weekend. I came home all excited, and then she dropped the bomb. I will have to catch you guys on the next one.:mad:
 
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