Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Captain and Dad

July 1 Charlie became Captain Charles Moores! Congrats dude! He had flown into Tampa on late Sunday night and we would trailer his Harley back to Ft Campbell by the weekend. I took a couple days off and we headed out wednesday night for "boys play" on the Dragon! We stayed in Perry, Georgia Wednesday night and were at the cabin by lunchtime. We took a quick siesta and jumpped on the bikes for the Captain and Dad assault on the Dragon! We rode through on a beautiful day and after a refresher at Deal's Gap we took off down 28 toward Bryson City - through Fontana Village and through the incredible sites on Hwy 28. We headed back west at 143 toward Robbinsville and the Cherohala Skyway. We went through the winding approach to the Cherohala and as we neared the bridge where we start the climb, there was a fire truck blocking the road and a helicopter air-lifting a biker out - UGH! We turned around and headed back to 129. We stopped at Wheeler's Performace Center for a drink and a T-shirt. Charlie found the pocket rockets real interesting. We rolled on - back through the Dragon and back to the cabin. It was already after 7 - we had lost track of the time up in the mountains - caught up in the fun! We watched a little tube and drove into Maryville for dinner. Friday we were up and headed back over the Dragon on an incredibly gorgeous day! We had breakfast at the Dragon's Den and went across the street where Charlie could meet Ron Johnson (owner of tailofthedragon.com). Ron had emailed me to bring Charlie by so he could personally thank him for his service to our country. Ron presented Charlie with the 3-DVD set of the Tail of the Dragon videos! Very nice! We chatted with Ron for a while, took pics of the tree of shame and headed back for our final run on the Dragon. We had another Harley pull out after us and he hung with us for the 1st 2-3 miles and then we "turned it on" and lost him - the roads were perfect and Charlie stayed with me on every turn! What a BLAST!!!! We rode off the mountain and along the river - both very content and excited...Back to the cabin, load up and off to Clarksville! Great memories for the Captain and the Dad!!!

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