The rain started around 11:30PM the previous evening and it was still coming down pretty well as we woke up. We knew crawling out of the tent that things would be wet! The ground was really damp. The tent was dry and that is always a great thing. We got up and went and had breakfast. We decided that we would kinda hang out and wait for the rain to go away. We had some great roads on the list for today, but wanted to do them when the roads were dry. I find them much more fun that way J Jamie and Jackie decided to take a nap after breakfast. It was still raining and we told them we would wake them up if the weather broke.
Rob was a tad bored
Jamie came wandering out of the tent after a 4 hour nap.
Rob and I hung out and chatted with the few brave guys that rode up to ride the dragon in the rain. It seems like a bunch of cruisers came in that day. I guess they do not attack the dragon like some sport bikes so the rain did not seem to bother them. I do have to say that the people that rode into the Gap were all very nice and friendly. The people are there to enjoy one thing and that is a wonderful road. I had a nice day of relaxation.
Rob had some time and took a few pics as well. Please turn away as the next picture is not pretty. He did not catch my good side.
Jackie and I did find some time to take a few pictures and I tried my own hand at some action photos. Killboy I’m not! But it was a fun way to pass some time.
We did get a break in the weather around 2PM. We hooked up with our new Buell friend named Ray. (We also ran into another person we met at TWO on a Buell). It seems like they are becoming more popular. I know one thing, Ray rode the wheels off of his. He was from Maryland. He camped right next to us. We all headed into Robbinsville to get some pizza and hit some of the curves. It was a great plan as the roads cleared and the pace was pretty brisk. We ate pizza and decided to take 143 over to 28 thru Fontana Village. We wanted to get some beer for hanging out by the fire later that evening. We got the beer and then BAM.. the skies opened up and we road the last 10 miles in a hard driving rain. We were soaked by the time we got back to camp.
The ground could not take more rain and our site became a swamp. We decided that tomorrow we would ride the roads we wanted to hit, instead of heading out of TN. We knew this would make for a long day later in the trip, but we wanted to enjoy all of the cool roads. We just hoped the rain would go away.
This was Jackie’s first long moto camping trip. Jamie and I love doing it. I think he was getting tired of the rain, as were we… but hey what can you do? We enjoyed the camping and will do it all over again.
The fire pit at the resort is awesome. They supply the wood and all of the people hang out and chat motorcycles. We met some cool people while we hung out and drank some beer. Here are a few things that struck me as odd, cool or something else but I thought I would mention them.
We spoke with a German man that came all the way over to the GAP to live his dream. He explained that he had always wanted to ride a Honda V-65 Sabre on the GAP. It was a simple dream, but he was so happy. You could not get the smile off his face.
There were two guys, from Rhode Island hanging out and telling stories. They rode down on a GSXR 1000 and a Yamaha Warrior. The kicker was they had no bags. They carried everything in a back pack. They left on the morning that it rained. They could only go 100 miles at a time as the Yamaha needed fuel with such a small tank. They rode off with a smile and back packs that had to weigh 50lbs each. I hope they made it home safe.
We spoke with a couple of people from Wisconsin. They had ridden down on a couple of Harleys, a Honda Black Bird and a Honda 600. Two of them were two up. They decided after having a couple of beers that they would run the dragon at NIGHT. We tried to stop them but they said that they did it all of the time. Man I guess I am just a wimp, but those curves, that road and all the critters that could jump out and get you, I would not ride that road at night for any amount of money. But hey that is me.
We went to bed hoping the rain would go away.