CampStoc 2012 at Moonshine Creek Campground in The Great Smoky Mountains of NC

Every year as usual, well except last year, a few of the Honda ST1300 riders from near and far meet up for a few days of camping, good riding and story telling around the campfire. This years CampStoc was held at Moonshine Creek Campground in The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

I rode up on Thursday May along Hwy 9 and 11 in South Carolina, cut up through the mountains on US 178 to Rosman, NC and followed the Blueridge Parkway for a few miles before heading into the woods where the campground was located. A few had already arrived when I got there. Pitched the tent, and settled for the night.

Crawled down in a creek on my way to Clingmans Dome on Friday May Didn’t have a tripod with me, so had to make a little rock pile to rest my camera on to make a 3-4 sec exposure possible..


On the Parkway towards Waynesville, NC. The temp had already dropped to about 65 degrees.




This is how it looked like after most of the gang had arrived. Most of them on ST13’s, one on a Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere and a few others. Very nice campground.




Burning hotdogs for night snack.





And of course pizza, boxes and boxes of it were brought in.




Stories were told…




And listened to….










Ran Parson Branch (again) from Cades Cove to to US 129 Deals Gap. Pretty straightforward dirt-run, but it can bite you in spots if you don’t pay attention.


Good times. Going back in the fall.

Day 21: Leeds, AL to Home

425 or so miles for the day. Dodged the rain in Alabama, and also the rain when we got home in SC. All day slabbing on interstate 20, which is not our favorite way to ride, but gets us from A to B the fastest way. Came home and unpacked, sorted and cleaned equipment. 3 weeks riding and about 6000 miles later leaves a lot of nice pictures, videos and memories. It'll take weeks to sort through it all. Wish we could stay out longer, but work calls. We'll have to  wait a while.

Thanks to everyone that followed us on the journey.