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2014 - Vacation, Twisties, Tail of the Dragon and The Famous Trail of Tears Ride

  • Sep 13, 2014 · 7:00 AM
  • Mass Pike Service Area,

This is a vacation adventure that sometime in your life you must do. How about now!!! We will leave on Saturday, Sept 13th, 2014 and head for North Carolina. The first night we will arrive in Virgina. The next day I'll bring you to the Snake! This will help get you ready for the Dragon. The Snake is 489 curves, 3 Mountains and 1 Valley. From here we ride to the famous Deals Gap Resort as our base camp. We now have Monday to Thursday to ride the best roads in the whole USA. I've done trips there for 10 years so I'm your tour guide or I'll give you maps and venture off on your own. On Thursday we move on to Cleveland Tn. to be ready for the ride on Friday to Bridgeport Al. We attend the big party on Friday in Bridgeport and get ready for the Saturday Trail of Tears ride. This is a ride not to be missed. We arrive back home on Monday afternoon to be ready to go back to work. Put in for your time off now and join us on this adventure.

This ride requires the Metrowest Emergency Information Form to participate. 

Please review the "More" section of the website and then click on the "File" section for the day to day itinerary plans.

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  • George & Linda F.

    I put more photos on Pre-Dragon and Trail of Tears Breakfast Meeting because this photo library was full. Linda F.

    3 · September 25, 2014

    • Lisa

      Great picks Linda! Thx!

      September 25, 2014

    • Danny D.

      So many great shots Linda and George. Thank for sharing. Maybe next year for me.

      September 26, 2014

  • Sharon M

    I cannot thank everyone enough for so many things about this trip... Chuck for organizing and leading us, Vladimir for the bulk of the sweeping on the way down and back, then Larry & Linda for sweeping on the way back when I could not handle it any longer, Chris D. for sticking with me while I drove the car and trailer through the Dragon and again for riding with me as I tackled the Dragon on my own bike, Linda for guiding and coaching me along other roads, Scott for the encouragement to ride my own bike instead of riding along on a backseat again, and the encouragement and advice from everyone else too, Doc for rescuing a damsel in distress and the thrilling ride back to Robbinsville, and on & on the list could go. Besides all the superb roads, great scenery & fun times, I think the best part was the incredible bonds and new friendships that have developed during this adventure.

    2 · September 23, 2014

  • Danny D.

    Thanks everyone for posting all the great pictures and keeping us updated on your incredible adventure with Chuck. Glad you all had such a great time and that you're all home safe. Thanks again for sharing.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    VIDEOS - I posted 9 short videos on YouTube from the trip. Enjoy...

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXe4fGTZqY38qm03IsgEug/videos - Toast to Chuck and Happy Birthday Chris, NC
    - Deals Gap - Our cycles, NC
    - Ruby Falls, TN
    - Bald River Falls, Cherokee Park, TN
    - Rockets Harley Davidson, AL
    - Pink Cadillac Diner, VA

    4 · September 23, 2014

    • Brenda

      I am going to bring my tripod with me next time. I have enough bungee cord to strap it to the seat behind me!

      1 · September 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    CHUCK - THANK YOU !! THANK YOU !! THANK YOU!! What a great experience for us all. Riding through MA, CT, NY, PA, VA, NC, TN, GA, and AL and seeing many great sites of Americana along the way was just fabulous! I will never forget you, my new biker friends, the awesome trip and your adage about the dragon: "RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE". This wisdom can be applied to life as well. I want to make a t-shirt that says "Ride Your Own Ride" - Chuck Corman :-) Looking forward to seeing you Chuck and everyone again real soon!

    PS: I posted all the pics I have on this meetup.

    4 · September 23, 2014

  • Mark

    Thanks to Chuck for planning such a great trip, and to all the folks who helped with sweeping and the routes. Awesome does sum it up. So many great roads and vista's. So glad I went!

    5 · September 23, 2014

  • Vladimir

    What a fabulous vacation. Thank you Chuck so much for organizing this. And thanks to all folks for a great company!!!

    5 · September 23, 2014

    • Lisa

      Thanks for keeping us warm in Deal Gap! :)

      2 · September 23, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    This trip can not be put in just a few words. What all the riders learned from riding the roads of NC and Tn will make them so much more confident when riding around here. The roads, views, and people have made this a trip they will never forget. It was my pleasure to share this area with them!!!

    5 · September 22, 2014

    • jerry - O.

      So jealous... Chuck, you have created a monster... looking forward to next Sept... and Brenda, a ticket?

      3 · September 23, 2014

    • Lisa

      Jerry...our new buddy Tommy did over 1000 miles home Sunday...he got the ticket!

      1 · September 23, 2014

  • Larry s.

    Such an awesome trip

    4 · September 22, 2014

    • Lisa

      Had to say it twice did ya?

      3 · September 22, 2014

  • Brenda

    Epic. Amazing roads ranging from gentle sweepers to technical twisties. Stunning views. Fantastic camaraderie. Unforgettable. All: feel free to stay in touch and visit me in Atlanta. The N GA mountains are just 90 minutes from me: [masked], mobile[masked]

    5 · September 19, 2014

    • Brenda

      No way, man, too expensive! I am not an early adopter! iPhone5S 64 gig dropped from $400 to $250 to upgrade to!

      September 21, 2014

    • Mohamed

      Hmm, I upgraded to the 6. Yes I am an early adopter....

      1 · September 22, 2014

  • Larry s.

    Such an awesome trip

    3 · September 22, 2014

  • Lisa

    Chuck! Thanks for the BEST first vacation I have ever taken. The rides were twisty turny as you promised and the landscapes and views were simply amazing and ones that even the cameras could't capture the beauty! I made some incredible friendships and learned so much more about others and myself I didn't know! I will never forget all the laughs, sighs, ohhs and ahhs...the OMGs , near misses, NO MORE QUESTIONS and morning breakfast hugs! Thanks again so much for sharing this adventure with all of us! <3

    6 · September 22, 2014

  • Brenda

    Figures it would be Donna (aka Phyllis) that would give me a nickname! :-)

    1 · September 22, 2014

  • Brenda

    Friends, you will be glad to know I upgraded to a shiny new (uncracked) iPhone 5S today. But I'm still running the cracked iPhone4 as my GPS!

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Linda

    This adventure is more than I ever imagined. I feel so lucky to be part of this.

    6 · September 18, 2014

  • Mohamed

    Fantastic time so far!

    4 · September 18, 2014

  • jerry - O.

    What gr8 pics; feel like I am there; tanks and stay safe...

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • George & Linda F.

    Great ride excellent people

    5 · September 17, 2014

  • Ed L.

    Where' she daily blog? Miss Daisy??

    September 14, 2014

  • Tommy

    I'm ready!!!!!see you all in the morning

    1 · September 12, 2014

    • Linda

      Now if I could only sleep.

      September 12, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      Time to wake up and get moving as we have a big day today........

      September 13, 2014

  • jerry - O.

    Everyone, have a great trip, safe travels, wished I could have ridden with you, but will have to wait and hope Chuck does it one more time...

    2 · September 12, 2014

  • Donna

    Thanks for all the good wishes!

    2 · September 12, 2014

  • Danny D.

    Hey everyone, some day I hope to make this ride. For those of you that are going, I hope you have a fantastic time. Then again how could you not with Chuck organizing it and leading the way. May the good weather God's be with you. I look forward to seeing pic's posted of your journey. Have fun and be safe.

    2 · September 12, 2014

  • Gordon C.

    Just wishing you all safe travels.... would have liked to have been able to jump in on this one, thanks to the organizers too! Planning rides can be a headache, a trip like this is even more work.

    1 · September 12, 2014

  • Tommy

    Hello all I just got a room at Deals Gap resort. Checking in on the 14th and checking out on the 17th The room has a set of bunk beds and a queen size bed… If anyone wants to split the cost of a room, "I have the queen"…give me a call[masked] and we can talk about it

    2 · September 12, 2014

    • Brenda

      Epic! You are going to be so happy to have taken this trip! And with several of us bringing video cameras, I feel a MWMR promo video coming on....

      2 · September 12, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    For those of you that cannot make the pre ride meeting this Sunday, I will post my speech in the "Files" area on this website after the meeting. It may give you some important information about this trip. If you have RSVP for this trip and are not going, please change your RSVP so we can have an actual count on who is going.

    September 4, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      Or you can just give it to me at the hotel

      September 4, 2014

    • Brenda

      I've got them completed, I'll scan and send them to you. Today I'd lose my head if it weren't attached. I might forget them at 5 AM tomorrow!

      September 12, 2014

  • Brenda

    Who else will be wearing a GoPro?

    1 · September 7, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      Btw.... Killboy rents GoPro right across the street from DealsGap Resort at the Tail of the Dragon stand.

      September 11, 2014

    • Brenda

      With the 64 gig high capacity cards???

      September 12, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    24 hours and counting...... Still time if someone wants to come along with this adventure. Just look at Tommy joining the group and riding the ride! Glad to have another newbie joining us!!

    3 · September 12, 2014

  • Tommy

    Hello everyone…Chuck said there was a list of hotels under the more tab, I cant find it..Tommy[masked]

    September 11, 2014

    • Vladimir

      You will most likely have problems with the first night at deals gap. You can stay with me that night if you'd like.

      September 11, 2014

    • Tommy

      Thanks Valdimir…left deals gap a message …was able to get a room for the other nights…if I can’t get a room, I’ll take you up on that offer…thanks

      September 11, 2014

  • Tommy

    I really wish I saw this earlier…I’m so jealous…I wanna go

    2 · September 11, 2014

    • Mohamed

      Tommy we might have space for one person in the room that Rich and I are sharing. I think it sleeps 6 in Deals Gap. Ping Rich as he is the one managing the hotel stuff for me.

      1 · September 11, 2014

    • Tommy

      @ Mohamed and Rich...can you fit another in your room

      September 11, 2014

  • Mohamed

    Chuck, I am assuming that there will be toll roads somewhere along the route - I will take my EZPass with me

    September 8, 2014

    • Brenda

      Uh, Peter, they have license plate photo recorders...

      1 · September 9, 2014

    • Mohamed

      Brenda if he stays close enough maybe they will catch his plate and not yours?

      September 11, 2014

  • Mohamed

    If anyone is using a Sena headset on this trip and wants to pair up with mine, let me know when we stop for gas somewhere along the way.

    September 11, 2014

  • Tommy

    Anyone from RI

    1 · September 11, 2014

  • Tommy

    Any from RI...i just got the time off

    September 11, 2014

  • Caren C.

    Hope you all have a wonderful trip! Ride safe! Take good care of my husband! :)

    8 · September 8, 2014

    • Linda

      Thanks Caren. Sorry your not coming. Maybe next trip.

      2 · September 8, 2014

  • Larry s.

    Goes without saying please check the tire pressure in your tires before the trip. If you don't know how or what pressure to run at please ask!!

    2 · September 8, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    I have posted the speech that I gave at the pre-ride breakfast. You can read it in the "More" and then "File" section of the website.

    1 · September 7, 2014

  • Larry s.

    I can't wait to see you Sunday and riding with you down south

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Brenda

    Gents and gals, T-10 days and counting to seeing your lovely faces! For my old friends, I have a new ride to show off. For new friends --- looking forward to meeting you!

    1 · September 3, 2014

    • Larry s.

      can't wait to see it in person!

      1 · September 3, 2014

    • Brenda

      @Larry Stone, I get a lot of compliments on "Scarlett." Adding a Bestem Topbox, which is a perfect match to the candy red. She's so pretty...

      1 · September 3, 2014

  • Troy

    Our house finally sold, which triggered a new house purchase. With packing, moving and closings in process now I have to back out of this ride. Damn! I'm going to start cancelling my reservations, including at Deals Gap. If you need a room let me know and you can have mine. If no takers I'll cancel early next week.

    August 28, 2014

    • Troy

      Hi Carlos. The room is yours. It's under my name, Troy Dupuis. Might be best if we call them together. Email me at [masked] and let me know when you'd be free and a number to reach you and I'll conference DG in.

      September 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined this ride and am looking to share a room with anyone willing. I'll pay my share, of course.. let me know..

    August 28, 2014

    • Rich

      Chris: Call me over the week end. I can definitely help at Deal's Gap.

      August 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok.. i will see you at Kimball's ..

      August 28, 2014

  • Rich

    Mohamed and I are sharing rooms. However, at Deal's Gap the rooms have a queen and 2 bunk beds. We would be willing (like?) one more person to share there and save even more money if anyone is interested. The clerk I talked with there said the rooms can take 6; but, M and I think 3 would be good if anyone else wants to save.

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Rich

    OK. I'm looking to save some money. I have rooms reserved and would like to share if anyone is interested. We could use my reservations or I could cancel them and join you.

    August 26, 2014

    • Mohamed

      Rich let me know when we can talk

      August 26, 2014

  • John

    You guys should really love the dragon was there this July awesome ride best all. John

    2 · August 21, 2014

  • Mohamed

    Unfortunately I have to skip this one. I just got hit with some unexpected things that I need to take care of - hopefully next year.

    August 4, 2014

  • Larry s.

    No, not really!! I wasn't thinking of anything other then you're a nut:)

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Larry s.

    Hi Brenda, Ally and I have a bunk you can use for Sunday if you still need one. Let us know

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Larry s.

      Have you tried to make reservations for those dates?

      August 1, 2014

    • Sharon M

      Welllll, not exactly... my reservation specialist is always out walking dogs, visiting cats or out riding Earl (for those of you who are uninformed... Earl is my bike). I know... you were thinking something else. Te he he!!!

      August 3, 2014

  • Larry s.

    We've got your back

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • jerry - O.

    I am not going to use my reservation for 4 nights at Deals Gap Resort 9/14-17, or 1 night at Comfort Inn 9/19. If anyone can use any of these, please arrange with the hotel, let me know, and I will cancel my reservation and verify that you will be taking it over. Let me know ASAP, otherwise, I will just cancel them...

    July 30, 2014

    • Chuck C.

      He may snore.....

      July 31, 2014

    • Vladimir

      I may or may not snore.... You'll have to ask Anna :). Brenda, of corse you can stay with us and don't worry about cash at all.

      July 31, 2014

  • Paul

    I will be unable to go on this ride. I hope you all have a great ride,enjoy.

    July 31, 2014

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