Tales and Tails of Dragons.

No, not this kind of dragon:

dragon

This kind:

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Part of the reason I’ve been working on the motorbike is in preparation for making this ride. This super-dangerous, crazy-ass ride. 11 miles. 318 curves. And lots and lots of accidents and deaths. So, of course I’m going to ride it. Why not, right? Life is short; live fast, yadda, yadda. Now, I don’t doubt my own skills – I used to ride Tantalus all the time, and I’ve ridden the superspeedway that is the Capital Beltway, which is 64 miles of sheer terror. No, it’s the other drivers I have concerns over. The speed limit is 30 MPH, but drivers and riders in Ferraris and Hayabusas won’t be doing 30. It’s been my experience that there is no correlation between money and skill, so undoubtedly, some of these rocket cars and bikes will be piloted by people with little or no experience doing so. That’s what makes me nervous. Well, that, and getting creamed by an 18-wheeler. There’s a guy (probably several) that hangs out and shoots pro-quality photos of the cars & bikes; to get an idea what it’s like, see his photos right here.


To that end, I got the luggage rack for the bike installed. It wasn’t quite the right one, but I made it work. That just leaves the drag pipes, which should be here tomorrow. I might add some auxiliary lights so I’m more visible, but I haven’t decided about that yet. As for the actual trip, I’m not sure if I’m just going to ride there (it’s about 3 hours to get there), or trailer the motorbike behind the Jeep. Still thinking about that. Addendum: Turns out U-Haul rents proper motorcycle trailers, and they’re only about 15 bucks a day – so, I guess that settles that.

Lula Falls, Hemlock Falls, Cherokee Falls - click for larger

Lula Falls, Hemlock Falls, Cherokee Falls – click for larger

This weekend, it was all about waterfalls. A trip to Lookout Mountain, staring at Sunset Rock (ironically, at sunrise), then Lula Falls at the Lula Lake Land Trust, then Hemlock and Cherokee Falls at Cloudland Canyon. Not a lot of miles – maybe 10 – but some great scenery, and Mother Nature cooperated, but with sunny weather and lots of water going over the falls from the recent rains. Following that, a stop by the motorcycle shop for exhaust gaskets (for the aforementioned drag pipes) and some misbehaving at Sofa King Juicy Burger. Yum.


Sunday, an early morning flight at one of my favorite spots. Pretty decent footage, but it would have been better if the sun had been higher. However, later in the day, there are more hikers, and I didn’t want to be annoying. So, commando-filming. In and out quickly, before anyone had the chance to complain. And, oh, that fish. I had no idea there were sea creatures in the quarry.

I hear Mother Nature is going to be in a better mood this week, so I should be able to get the drag pipes installed when the arrive tomorrow with no issues. Might ever take a sunrise flight somewhere. Lots going on – never a dull moment over here.