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maladg 03-31-2006 03:18 AM

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Nice job, Francis. I highly recommend the area, too. I have fond memories of my Dad taking me to Chief Vann's home, New Echota, Etowah Mounds, etc, in the early 60's. These sites are in a valley just west of the Appalachians. The valley is a geological demarcation between hard rock mts to the east & north and limestone "Ridge & Valley" country to the west. My Dad & I used to root around for fossils on streambeds just west of the Vann house. Aquatic fossils from Devonian & earlier times.

Just an observation: sometimes too much of a good thing ain't so good. Thus the GA mts are becoming so danged crowded that like the Great Yogi said: "nobody goes there anymore - too crowded". Francis' loop is a great starting point for having a quaff of the cure for overcrowded resort areas.

For those who live within reasonable riding distance or are treking down to ride The Dragon, try out not only Francis's loop, but try NW GA, NE AL & TN around Chattanooga including Monteagle, Sequatchie Valley and on and on. Did you know that there is a Trials Bike Resort a bit west of Suwannee, TN ( just west of Monteagle on US 41 ALT?

maladg 03-31-2006 03:22 AM

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About 10 years ago, I was in Cullman, AL on business. Dragged my big butt outta the rack early to go do a loss control assessment in a mega sized mobile home plant (insert tornado & $100 dollar bill jokes here). As I headed to the car (sorry, on business, expenses and all that crap) there is was: a Hudson Hornet with a boat trailer attached AND a 14 or 15' Jon boat aboard with full fishing gear. (Lewis Smith Lake is close by).

Mid- 90s....vintage and apparently unrestored Hudson towing a boat/trailer combo. Not a common sight at all.

bigdx 03-31-2006 03:25 AM

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No pc's, no internet, no MO ... I see the terrible shame some folks feel has not stopped them using "the white man's magic".

Buzglyd 03-31-2006 03:27 AM

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Is the Diebold voting machine argument over? Shoot! I got to Las Vegas for four days and come home thinking John Kerry is president.

longride you got ta save these flamewars for when I'm around to intereject various insults.

Oh, uh, nice story.

Nighty night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

longride 03-31-2006 04:50 AM

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Things were getting boring, so I thought I would shake things up a little. I was wondering where the hell you were.

Vlad 03-31-2006 04:58 AM

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The Buell ran great. It didn't miss a beat and was a real pleasure in the twisties.


Vlad 03-31-2006 05:02 AM

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I was not expecting my wife to be comfortable, even on the Lightning Long. Strangely, she was. She enjoyed the ride a great deal, and she is not tiny, more like an "average" build for a woman. Though the bike is not as comfortable for her as my VFR, she still found it comfy. The accomodations for the rider are excellent. The "S" Buells have a near upright riding position.


BMW4VWW 03-31-2006 06:46 AM

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mscuddy 03-31-2006 07:10 AM

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My wife can't walk after about 20 minutes on the back of the old XB9SX.

Passenger seat looks like a postage stamp if you ask me. Must be better on the Ss.

longride 03-31-2006 07:36 AM

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Believe it or not, I'm one of the last surviving members of the Slapahoe tribe. Our rituals kick ass!

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