Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TN Spring Fling

The Tennessee Spring Fling was held Thursday, April 24 th. through Saturday, April 26 th. in Pigeon Forge, TN.

A small group of KY Wing riders met at The Cracker Barrel in Cadiz, KY Thursday morning for breakfast and a departure soon thereafter. We were joined by other KY Wing riders later in Pigeon Forge.

With no less than five "Mike's" on this ride it was not hard to get a "Mike's" attention!

We stopped for a quick break along the way in Carthage, TN., the home of Al Gore.

Our motel was The Maples Motor Inn in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Trikes & trailers were plentiful.

Cowboy & Robbie Street, Jerry Bowlin, Frankie & April Sledd

The Grand Hotel served as Rally Central.

Mike & Rhonda Jennings shopping the vendors.

Betty McManus checking out a bargain.

Fritz Poat & the Joe Rocket Rep solving world issues.

Jack Riggs

Betty McManus & Fritz Poat

Ferrel & Celeste Sledge

A J Smith & Kay Wheeler

Van "Mike" Parker

Mike Blevins

Mike & Linda Kimberlin

Late afternoon Wing cleaning became a ritual.

We visited the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum while riding the awesome Cherohala Skyway.

Mosaic bear statues can be found throughout the Smokies.

We always had a nice selection of Wing colors for the rides.

What can be more beautiful than a flock of Wings dancing through the Smokies?

Friday morning, after a quick trip shopping the Spring Fling vendors, Mike & Rhonda Jennings, A J Smith, Kay Wheeler and myself, rode The Foothills Parkway east to I-40, and on to just the other side of Waynesville, NC, where we jumped on The Blue Ridge Parkway. We rode the Blue Ridge south, through some of the highest Smokey Mountain peaks, to the end at Cherokee, NC. From there we rode back to Pigeon Forge across The Smokey Mountain Parkway.

Saturday morning, with five Wings making the ride, we ran into heavy rain on the Gatlinburg Bypass. We detoured back on Hwy 341 to The Foothills Parkway (west) and on to The Cherohala Skyway for a beautiful ride over to Robinsville and on to Cherokee, before returning back to Pigeon Forge. All in all, even with an occasional shower, we had some great Smoky Mountain rides.

Sunday morning we left at 7 am central time and rode to Lenoir City, TN in a light rain for breakfast at the Dinner Bell. We quickly ran into moderate to heavy rain as we entered I-40 and the showers continued almost to Lebanon, TN before ending. It was a somewhat chilly ride home from there.

I arrived home about 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon.

Life is like drawing with no eraser, so always draw with the highest personal integrity. ~Lorne Hinz~

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