Bike Rally within the Smokey Mountains v. Hurricane Ian

We rode for about 7 hours on Monday from our house to the rally. This trip was all interstate and rang a bell in my memory why one ought to keep away from Interstate 81, south or north, it’s a horrible expertise in one of the best of instances.  1000’s of tractor trailers and silly automotive drivers weaving to get “the quickest” spot whereas maintain a cellphone to their face.  SIGH.

As we approached the internet hosting resort, the “Airport” Hilton, the GPS woman was telling us to trip the bike to the arrivals and departures part of the airport. In fact, we thought that the loopy GPS woman was as soon as once more filled with “stuff”, so I finished and reselected the placement.  Seems the resort is actually a couple of steps from the arrivals and departures doorways of the airport.  Think about that!

Day One of many Nice Smokey Mountains HOG Rally

Rally registration was on the resort and sign up for the pre-registered, like Debbie and me, was fast and simple.  We every obtained a SWAG bag that include pertinent rally supplies a t-shirt, patches, pins, and a HOG water bottle.

We have been additionally confirmed the way to obtain the routes from by scanning a Q-code from their routes posters and the way to load these routes into the bike. Snip/snap and we had multi-routes put in on our Harley Davidson

Okay not fairly snip/snap.  The issue is the that the Harley Davidson Increase GTS radio/navigation system doesn’t include a paper proprietor’s handbook however with a bit teaching I used to be in a position to get the routes arrange.  I discussed to the Nationwide HOG consultant that they need to maintain a couple of lessons on utilizing the Increase GTS at every rally, I believe it could be one of many extra widespread points of future occasions.

After registration we rode to Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson. SMHD is the host dealership of the rally, and their amenities are among the many greatest that I’ve ever skilled. A big dealership with an inviting exterior and expansive inside they’ve very massive stock of bikes (and offered 2 whereas I used to be there), equipment, and clothes.  However that’s simply the beginning, Smokey Mountain HD additionally has a BBQ restaurant and a live performance venue. I’ve by no means seen a dealership like this earlier than.  A bit extra on the live performance venue beneath.

As we have been wanting across the dealership and the seller, Debbie noticed a Customized Dynamics Rear Finder Tip Gentle which might be SO a lot brighter than the present OEM gentle.  She purchased the sunshine and wished it put in whereas we have been there, I didn’t argue. With the big variety of drivers, she noticed holding telephones on the trip down one other run/brake gentle won’t ever damage.  I’ll do a separate publish on this gentle and my ideas on Customized Dynamics quickly.

After the half was put in, we determined to trip via Wears Valley, TN.  The twisty trip up and over a mountain was a whole lot of enjoyable and the trip via the valley was fairly stunning. The route we took dropped us in Pigeon Forge, TN close to the Rocky High Harley Davidson Dealership.  If in case you have adopted IJustWant2Ride on Fb or Twitter you’ll know I gather seller pins which suggests I needed to get a Rock High pin!

We had a snack on the Iron Boar bar and Mexican Grill proper throughout the road from the dealership … together with 30 new pals, all from the HOG rally! After we had fueled ourselves, we headed again to SMHD for the opening ceremony and the primary live performance of the rally.

Nonetheless watching you Hurricane Ian!