Last Moto Tour for 2016

15025665_10212079013238449_5734350026682740807_oSo we headed out on our last motorcycle tour for 2016… a private event that has been going on for 9 years! (yes, it even pre-dated our official touring company).  Riders left from three different towns (Durham, Wilmington and Charlotte) to convene at Kyle Fletcher’s BBQ near Gastonia.  A wonderful barbecue lunch was enjoyed by all before we swung our legs back over our machines and ventured closer to twisties. I did call ahead to the town of Lake Lure to make sure the highway was open as there are currently wildfires in western NC. (Which the problem is very large and many people have been evacuated and homes have been lost.)

15111107_10212079012038419_1393476681747719913_oEven though we had made the call confirming that the road was open, we were re-directed on a 40 minute detour.  Despite the added length, we still were able to hit some wonderful backroads and great curves before hitting the campground an hour or so before sunset.  10 lbs of steak were thrown on the grill and war-stories were exchanged.

Day 2 had us heading to a famous biscuit restaurant near black mountain.  Once finished, we were back on the motorcycles and heading up the Devil’s Whip and Diamondback, some of my favorite roads (better than the Dragon!).  That afternoon, some hung around the fire while others ventured off to the waterfall or went fly fishing.

15123025_10212079012198423_4690272183071108045_oAs per tradition for this tour, on the last day we wound our selves up 221 to the town of Linville Falls to enjoy breakfast at an institution: Louise’s Rockhouse!  Once our bellies were full with country food it was off to the Parkway for another wonderful run.  Bikes separated near Boone and more direct routes were traveled home (although the guide and another rider spent another few hours on the parkway before hitting the highway home).  A great tour with a wonderful group of guys.  Great finish to 2016!

Photo credit: James Babson

Line Dempsey

Line Dempsey has been guiding adventure tours for many years. Having been born and reared in NC, Line got his start in leading tours in the 1980's with unsupported bicycle tours of the state of NC, SC and Virginia. Line worked in the tourism industry for 10 years prior to leaving for graduate school. Line began leading motorcycle trips in NC, VA, SC, as well as a trip to the lower east corner of the US ( Key West ). For the last 14 years, Line's work has allowed him to travel throughout the state of NC at least once a week and he's seen most of the overlooked side roads of our beautiful state. Line has explored NC via bicycle, kayak, motorcycle, rock climbing, hiking and by sailboat.

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