“And that’s the wayyyyyy the news goes!”

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I guess there was a holiday or something, right? Dunno. They all look the same to me. However, holiday or not, the weather was nice enough to take the bike for a little spin.


Yeah, I kinda almost went boom there near the end of the video. It happens. I at least have some comfort in knowing that because I wear the Safety Gear™, if i do ever kiss the pavement, I’ll most likely just slide along. Until a truck runs over me, that is. There’s no amount of Kevlar jeans that will help with that. Hopefully, I’ll catch it on either my GoPro or my newfangled front/rear motorbike dashcam. I’m less afraid of dying than I am of dying and not getting it on film – that’s the world we live in.

And since we’re speaking of bikes, I’ve got a line on a bike I’m going to look at on Saturday. A BMW G650 GS. I’ve been wanting an “adventure bike” – that is, a bike that can be ridden legally on-road, but is designed to be ridden off-road. This one is only slightly smaller than my Phantom (650cc vs. 750cc), but smaller is good for bouncing around in the woods or whatever. BMW bikes are supposed to be about the best you can get for this kind of activity – I’ve watched enough motorcycling documentaries to know that there’s a reason people ride these bikes in particular on awesome cross-country adventures (if you have Prime, check out “The Ride: London to Beijing” – fantastic 6-part documentary). I’m not sure I’m actually going to get it, but I very well might, if I can make a decent deal (and, of course, if I like the looks of it). We’ll see.

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It does seem a little odd that a luxury car maker produces a capable off-road motorcycle, but hey, who am I to judge? Honda also makes lawn mowers, after all.

Big Soddy Creek Bridge - click for larger

Big Soddy Creek Bridge, June 2017 – click for larger

There was a little hiking, as well. I returned to the Possum Creek Gorge segment of the CT, and Imodium Falls. I’ve been to Imodium Falls before, on a 15-mile hike coming in from the south at the Heiss Mountain trailhead (where bears can be found). This time, it was 11.5 miles, coming in from the north at the Retro Hughes trailhead, which completed this segment. Next, on to the Rock Creek Gorge segment, but before that, I’ve discovered a newly-mapped trail that will lead to the Big Soddy Creek Bridge without the 10-mile hike from Heiss Mountain Road (and bears) to get there. This was the “locals only” trail that the kids I encountered had come in on; evidently, now it’s an official spur of the CT, and it basically goes from “town” right up the side of the mountain, so of course I’m going to do that. I’ve also read about some climbing walls in the area, so there’s that to check out, as well. Anyway, I’m gonna do that first, then Rock Creek, then maybe back to Sewanee to do Point Disappointment. Unless I buy a BMW motorbike this weekend – if that happens, all bets are off, but there will be some awesome new footage on my YouTube channel.