Rick took his 3-week motorcycle trip and rode first to Texas to meet his buddies, then to the Smokies to ride around for a week, then on to Lebanon (pronounced Leb’nen), Tennessee for the BMW MOA national rally. And all avoiding the Interstates as much as possible.
On the way to the rally we stayed at a friend’s B&B in Tennessee for a few days. Billy’s Lake House is of course on the lake and a very relaxing B&B. We’ll be back!
Once in the Smokies it rained daily, so we skipped the tent camping and stayed in these “motorcycle friendly” cabins. It was perfect. They even had boot and glove dryers.
No ride back east is complete without riding the infamous Tail of the Dragon. It’s mostly hype, but we had to get our photos and T-shirt.
Over 6,000 riders this year! And a shoppers paradise with all the motorcycle vendors worth a damn there and giving rally discounts. Great music (close to Nashville), good food, and best of all – no rain all 3 days!
The South Coasters took a day off from the rally and rode to Nashville to stroll the raucous streets and listen to some music. It was a hoot.
Camping most of the way home, we ran across some unexpected, cool things, like the Civil War battleground of Shiloh. (I have to go back for the full tour.) The weather held up perfectly for our return trip to sunny SoCal. My own bed never felt better!