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post #1 of 11 Old Jun 21st, 2008, 6:26 pm Thread Starter
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Great Cherohala Story

So today me, my wife, my buddy and his wife were out on Beemers. We rode up to the Lost Sea. This is a must when you visit Western NC and Eastern TN.
On the way home we decided to take the Cherohala. There was a bicycle race on the Skyway today and figured at 1700 the bike would be heading West.
First let me set up the story:
The Cherohala has speed limits ranging from 30MPH in TN to 45MPH in NC.
We are on the TN side and I think the area we were in was 40MPH.
I was in front doing about fifty, there was a Ford Tauras between us.
I look down in my mirror and to my astonishment, there is a early ninties Mitsubishi Eclipse passing my buddy.
Passing him in the grass on the right side of the road. Then he passes the Ford. Then he passed me.
Did I mention we were in a curve?
Unbeleivable!

If it doesn't get better... Remember, you really can not pass in the west bound lane, note: double yellow line, but also there are sh1t loads of bicyclist over there.
Now the Ford is passing me. In the other lane, with oncoming bicycles.
What in the world are these people thinking?

We make it another couple miles and who do you suppose is broke down in the middle of the road?
You got it the to goobers that just past us in the grass.
It was all fun for them, they toasted us with their beers as we pasted.

All I can still think is WoW!
I have done an seen some stupid stuff, but this has got to top it.

Be cautious out there when you see those Monroe County tags.

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post #2 of 11 Old Jun 21st, 2008, 8:56 pm
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"It was all fun for them, they toasted us with their beers as we pasted."

Thanks for sharing that awesome ride story.

Sooooooo.... could we assume that the
Eclipse driver just might possibly be s*** faced drunk as you pasted?

...and you did exactly what next?


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Yeah, it's stuff like this which has caused me to rethink my vacation plans this summer. I really love that whole area, and enjoy fly-fishing and camping it almost as much as the riding. However, it's just gotten to the point now where it's just over exploited and is not much fun to deal with the racetrack mentality which seems fairly common all over the area, not just on 129. I'm going to Nova Scotia and PEI this year instead.

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Yeah, it's stuff like this which has caused me to rethink my vacation plans this summer. I really love that whole area, and enjoy fly-fishing and camping it almost as much as the riding. However, it's just gotten to the point now where it's just over exploited and is not much fun to deal with the racetrack mentality which seems fairly common all over the area, not just on 129. I'm going to Nova Scotia and PEI this year instead.

I have never been to NS and will go one day soon as I have heard the people there are fantastic and the area, especially Cape Breton, is awesome.

I have traveled the Cherohala and Western NC many many times, it is a great area to ride, good people and good food. Now there is not to say that there a few that needs to be taken behind the woodshed.....

If you have never been to this area and have been to NS, I would say to visit Western North Carolina and form your own opinion.

Have a safe journey no matter you travel.

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Unbelievable is right:

This @sshole risked injuring you, your wife, your buddy and countless other bicyclist
and you did..........nothing?

I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm scolding you, I realize you're not the one at fault.

But... I don't think I could have just let that go,

if you're not inclined to tell him what a rude idiot he is and/or kick his ass (which is what he needs)
How about a "courtesy" phone call to local law enforcement telling them what he did,
where the "drunk driver" is located, vehicle description, tag number etc.

Might not make a lot of difference but sooner or later this idiot is going to kill/hurt somebody,

I'd want to know that at least I tried to do something.


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You must have better cell service than I do, or you have never tried a phone on the skyway?

You deal with idiots in your way.

I just shake my head and motor on.
His deeds will catch up to him.

95% of the time, there is no law on the skyway.
Who would you tell?

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95% of the time, there is no law on the skyway.
GOOD, then there would be no one for him to tell that he just had his punkass beaten to a bloody pulp for being an idiot.
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Yeah, it's stuff like this which has caused me to rethink my vacation plans this summer. I really love that whole area, and enjoy fly-fishing and camping it almost as much as the riding. However, it's just gotten to the point now where it's just over exploited and is not much fun to deal with the racetrack mentality which seems fairly common all over the area, not just on 129. I'm going to Nova Scotia and PEI this year instead.
Went to NS last July and had a great time. Just watch road conditions, moose, and bears. Some of the secondary roads are in a lot worse shape than you would find here, and still be open. Even the Cabot Trail was not in good shape in some areas. Moose are an ever present danger in Maine, trucks go around picking up the carcasses each morning.
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Went to NS last July and had a great time. Just watch road conditions, moose, and bears. Some of the secondary roads are in a lot worse shape than you would find here, and still be open. Even the Cabot Trail was not in good shape in some areas. Moose are an ever present danger in Maine, trucks go around picking up the carcasses each morning.
That's really good info, thanks!
I'm getting really excited about the trip actually, just the thought of being out on the road by myself for a week in a place I've never been is getting the blood flowing! That reminds me, I need to start looking up stuff to do / places to see / roads to ride etc.... Wooohooo!

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That's really good info, thanks!
I'm getting really excited about the trip actually, just the thought of being out on the road by myself for a week in a place I've never been is getting the blood flowing! That reminds me, I need to start looking up stuff to do / places to see / roads to ride etc.... Wooohooo!
My wife and I went for a week last summer (and we are from Maine). let me know if you need any routes, or info on Cape Breton. we stayed for a week in a camping cabin on Bras d'Or Lake.
If you end up in Maine, and need assistance, or have any questions, PM me and I will give you cell and home numbers.
If the wife and I are home, we will take care of you.

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Hey Mark,
Thanks for that offer of hospitality - MUCH appreciated!
I'll send you a PM tomorrow so we can exchange some info.... I'm starting to get pretty excited....

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