Back from the gap on the Aprilla.................... I have to say that the roads in that area were the best I've ever ridden. Thanks to all that gave advise prior to the trip. We rode the gap Friday and it was basically deserted.
Not many riders or cars to wait on so you could ride at your own pace and no cops either, not one the whole day.
After a few passes to get the layout.......... we tore it up. Even though we did stay in our own lane and had to watch for others crossing the line.................. It was a real kick in the ass dragging a knee. The other roads in the area were just as much fun but in a different way. The Cherahola Skyway and Foothills Parkway were high speed sweepers. You can do triple digits on them if you want to risk it...............and we did a few times.
The real bummer is that the weekend at the more popular roads such as the Skyway and Gap, were over run with way too many bike, cars, truck and what ever else came through. We left after only one run thru the gap due to the congestion and the 10 cops that were on every fifth or sixth turn. That was very disappointing.
So we left after we met a local kid on an R1 from Pigeon Forge when he offered to show us the unknown roads in the area that we basically deserted. That was a great time and a lot of miles covered. We rode all Saturday with him.
One last thing................I'd like to hear from those who have left the area with the same kind of souvenir I came home with. A print out from the North Carolina State Troopers stating a 71 in a 45 mph on the Skyway.
I'm not too bummed out though. I'm just glad he didn't tag me during the real high speed runs we made and got away with.
It's a risk you accept when you decide to rip it up. And we did. So be it.
One last thing............A big THANK YOU to the Tennessee trooper that let me pass on a wheelie out of a turn while on the Dragon. I didn't even see him until the front end came down and I was headed straight for him. He was just standing there at the next turn as I slowed to a crawl and passed him by. I was expecting him to reach out and stop me, but he let me pass without any acknowledgement of what I had just done on front of him.
Thanks again buddy. Who says they are all pin heads?