OH-STOC 2020 – Riding Ohio – West Virginia – Kentucky

Packing our bikes up, and rode up to Shawnee State Park, OH (6/11 – 6/14), for a long weekend with motorcycle friends on ST-Owners.com. 450 miles later, we arrived, with beautiful weather. Had a little rain on the way up, however.

Excellent ride on Friday, roughly 220 miles of pristine OH, KY an WV roads.

Friday:

Saturday:

Some images from both days. There are quite a few hillbilly eating outfits that serve excellent food, and we sure took advantage of it. Excellent roads, Saturday in particular, dropping down into Daniel Boone NF, KY. The last few images are from the flood-wall in Portsmouth, OH, where the wall has been painted with murals for a 1/3 mile stretch. Beautiful.

Lois was riding her Can-Am Spyder RT Limited. I was on my BMW S1000 XR, the perfect bike for these roads. Love that bike.

May trip to the WNC mountains

We decided to ride up to the Western NC mountains for about 4 days to disconnect from the mayhem.

 

 

Stayed at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge. Nice place.

 

Haywood Smokehouse, Franklin.

Our home for the trip. Aspen Classic camper, towed behind a Can-Am Spyder RT

 

 

Aspen Classic.

 

Very nice trip. Lots of terrific roads up there. US28, Vayah Road, US178 and a lot more.

Sunday March 1st 2020 Ride

Who said you can’t ride in the winter? Excellent day in South- and North Carolina for a ride on my Thoroughbred. 60 degrees and sunny. Stopped by Rockingham, North Carolina Motor Speedway. Tried to get her on the track 😂. Not a chance.

BMW S1000XR

BMW HP4 in action

Experience Sulby Straight at the Isle of Man TT aboard the carbon-fibre framed BMW HP4 RACE. Professional BMW Motorrad racer Peter Hickman rides flat out in sixth, bouncing off the rev limiter. Filmed on a closed road during an official racing event at the Isle of Man TT 2017. Amazing rider, and bike.

 

2019 Blue Ridge Gathering, Balsam, NC

Will be headed up the the mountains Thursday 10/9 – Sunday 10/12 for the annual 2019 Blue Ridge Gathering at Moonshine Creek, Balsam, NC. 

This is a gathering of motorcycle riders from near and far, getting together to camp and ride. There are plenty of excellent riding up there, and in my opinion one of the best riding areas in the country.

Taking the S1000XR, since it is made for these mountain roads. I can’t help it. It is just a beast of a machine, and riding it is a true pleasure, let alone on mountain roads in Western North Carolina.

Trying to get set up. Exped Downmat, Marmot Down Sleeping bag and Big Agnes Seedhouse II tent. Good stuff.

All set.

Below shots by my good friend Andy Morley.

Breakfast at Clyde’s in Waynesville, NC

Break somewhere on US 28 🙂

Hooligans

Yours truly on his S1000XR

Superb roads