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rooftop1000

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We are about 13 hours from the start of a 10 day trip halfway across the country on a Honda Valkyrie.

We have a group of 8 to start, meeting up with more later in the trip.

Hopefully we can blend 8 peoples eating habits into a great trip. We will probabley hit our share of Shoney's type places in the initial quest to make time, but a large portion of this ride will be along the Blue Ridge Parkway so hopefully there will be something good to post here.

Once in Knoxville we will be attending an awsome BBQ with the other 18,000 guests at the Honda Hoot catered by Buddy's BBQ (was pretty good last year) and searching out a place called Spooky's for more "spicy East Tennessee BBQ"

any suggestions for the Blue Ridge or Knoxville...or umm I think we are coming back through Kentucky and Ohio....

any worthy shots of food will be here..... and scenery and bike stuff will be at the GSMA blog linked below.

have to go drop off the doggy at grandmas now

Tracey and Karl


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The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

Maxine

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unfortunately, when i did that ride, i don't remember any great food places jumping out at me...of course i wasn't reading eGullet so closely back then :wink:

so i'm no help, but i wanted to wish you a safe ride! it is such beautiful countryside and the roads are awesome.

will you ride deal's gap?

edited to add: checked out your web-site, so i guess so. off topic, but when i rode deal's gap (tail of the dragon) i had my motorcycle license for about three months and only ridden in new york city on a 500cc bike...we left new york city with me riding my father-in-law's bmw r1150gs :shock: that's some break-in period! but we made it to florida in one piece.


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The Dragon is the reason we do this ...well its the reason my husband does this I am not sure why I do it...

there is a few seconds of Dragon video on my website

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The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

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I must sort of steal a quote of Jasons...move along people nothing to eat here.....plenty to see though.

So far we have mostly been looking out over the 3000 plus ft views from the Skyline and Blue Ridge Parkways in VA and NC.

Last night 8 of us managed to split off to 3 different restaurants for dinner...Wendy's, Applebees and Ruby Tuesday. We got Ruby Tuesday, and breakfast was the wonders of Cracker Barrel today.

The best thing we had so far though was at Cabella's in Hamburg PA...A hash brown type item that was about hotdog size/shape and damn good but the buffet eggs were unusually scarey...and thats truly bad.

We had planned tonights stop to go to Aunt Bea's in Mayberry but it appears to have burned down, we can drive by Floyds tomorrow (not kidding)

untill Knoxville then,

tracey


The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

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"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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So...after a lovely continental breakfast aka donut we headed out towards TN on rt 58.

I was getting ready to say I was sorry for my choice of roads as it was a 4 laner going through towns, with traffic lights when all of a sudden it turned into a screaming twister.....

We dumped out in the town of Damascus VA and got some lunch here

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Yes we done gone went and did it we had lunch at a gas station

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Really good fried chicken, coleslaw, mac salad and potato wedges. I believe corn dogs were had aslo :biggrin:

onwards back to the highway

tracey


The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

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"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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oops missed one place dinner at Sagebrush steakhouse in Mount Airy...good food great prices and service....but this was so cool and we didnt know until we had pulled in

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cool huh?


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tracey -

WHERE is the picture of the corndog?!!

when will you be in knoxville? i can check with a coworker thursday - she, her husband and 3 of their 4 kids graduated from UTK and 2 of the kids still live down there. i'll ask if she has any good(non-chain) suggestions if you like.

so which bike are you on?


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We are here!!!!

Great dinner at the Downtown Brew Pub...crazy waiter, everyone here is so nice.

Heading to Calhouns BBQ for dinner in a few hours, the welcome party is in full swing downstairs with a band and beer walk around kind of food ...sausage hotdogs etc

more pictures when I have a better connection

ours is the green Valkyrie on the right side of the picture

tracey

edit yes need more food ideas


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Maxine

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"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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again, no food ideas...just wanted to say that fried chicken looks pretty good for gas station grub!

i hope your trip is going well! weather looks great.

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straight from the proud new grandmother up here:

Calhoun's http://www.calhouns.com/cal/index.htm. deanna says this is where her kids really enjoy going - especially the one near utk down on the river

or

Regas http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-349519/??&t=0. this is where she and her husband used to go.

have fun and some more food porn, please.


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straight from the proud new grandmother up here:

Calhoun's http://www.calhouns.com/cal/index.htm.  deanna says this is where her kids really enjoy going - especially the one near utk down on the river

or

Regas http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-349519/??&t=0.  this is where she and her husband used to go. 

have fun and some more food porn, please.

Calhoun's pics when I have a more solid connection...Mexican outside of town too...everyone took pics of their plates for me...

Walked near Regas today but went to Patrick Sullivans...live music and Great food no pictures forthcoming so just a description, Started with Louisianna BBQ Shrimp dark red spicy sauce with tons of garlic chunks and grilled toasts to dip, filet of beef and salmon Oscar with rich buttery mashed potatoes and big crispy onion rings....and beer its 94 degrees at 8pm and we rode over 200 miles today up to an elevation of 5000 ft on the NC - TN border

tracey

edit ...yes The Dragon...killboy.com


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The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

Maxine

Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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Cahouns indeed.."didnt they tell you a reservation is really just well...not a reservation?" an hour later with 13 hungry "bikers" we start to order, and order, and order some more.

There was soft pretzles with beer cheese and hot mustard - fried green tomatoes - onion loaf - hmmm thats all I saw at our end of the table.

The bread basket included biscuts, garlic parmesan dinner rolls, and corn muffins.

There were 11 full racks - 1 half rack - and an order of chicken terriyaki (I dont know why) Even the "chosen peoples" went for the ribs, those on Weight Watchers too :wink:

porn time

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oh yeah and one couple ordered the hot chocolate cake with icecream

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tracey


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"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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ok I had a whole post written ...went to get the pictures and came back to a blank page I HATE THAT

So backtracking to arrival at the Knoxville Marriott, we went all out this year, balcony, big fluffy featherbeds and down comforters etc. Straight to the pool where we put in a room service order for some beers, sliced steak salads, and a yummy grilled chicken club platter. Ahhhh vacation Mmmm nap time :rolleyes:

After nap time we headed into town on foot with a few recomendations written down, halway to that neighborhood we saw a brew pub, checked the menu and and sat down

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We ordered a variety of their 9 microbrews with Dennis getting the sampler of all 9. I tried the IPA and my husband started with a Stout. Jim kept having to try more 'cause his glass seemed to have a hole in it :laugh:

Dennis and my hubby Karl after a few samples out of the big kettles

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Lots of pub food chips and cheese dip more hot pretzles with cheese...fahitas, steaks, etc and of course anyplace that serves hot apple empanadas is OK in my book

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almost everyone went back here another night also

T


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Maxine

Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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So we have Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues-Thurday taken care of so back to Wednesday.

Ole' its Mexican night...after a hotdog for breakfast at the vendor site...while getting new tires put on the bike, t-shirt and accessory shopping...

Two of our club members are retired and volunteer at all the Honda events around the country so they happen to know the area and led us to a nice Mexican retaurant outside of town. I never did catch the name of the place but the food was good and cheaper than my local place El Bandito. By now they are used to the camera and actually passed it around for plate porn..there were steak chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, fahitas and a nice looking steak....

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margaritas of course and I got the wrong plate at first and got to switch with of course the only person at the table I didnt actually know...of well

tracey


The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

Maxine

Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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Friday was another sidetrip to NC we must have been in NC 4 times and didnt actually have to go there to get from NJ to TN :huh:

The Wheels Through Time museum was our destination going through Cherokee National Forest...lunch included be afraid

They give us a map with written directions, we pick up another solo rider from Indiana and we head out. 10 bikes on a 4 lane rural highway bordered by fields and woods and the occasional gas station/market.....

Do'h a deer a femal deer...running straight for the line...have you ever seen a big man attemp to pull a Goldwing into a wheelie over a moving deer? Well I didnt see it either but it must have been awsome. So going on behind us is deer gets hit by truck going the other direction, gets thrown in front of Jose who runs it over closely followed by Jim who also runs it over, splattering remains on themselves their bikes and Lester's bike behind them. Everyone but the deer is fine...Trucker even pulled over to check on us and someone else stopped to remove the traffic hazzard.

One "car" wash later we head back out for the museum and some bad lasagna.

After lunch we gear up for the impending rainstorm, and rain it did. After about an hour we were able to peel off the raingear as it was sunny and 95 again.

Wrong choice hit another storm on the way to the BIIIG BBQ got soaked and went back to the Marriott for hotel food...it never rained where the party was :sad:

T


The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

Maxine

Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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After nap time we headed into town on foot with a few recomendations written down, halway to that neighborhood we saw a brew pub, checked the menu and and sat down

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T

tracey - deanna was sad that calhoun's wasn't better to you. she also recognized your beer pub, Woodruff's, that was a furniture store when she was in college there. not that she or her progeny would be going in there today(they are non-drinking Baptists).

be careful on the drive back - it's been raining all week and shouldn't be nice till saturday.


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Linda Ellerbee

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is the trip over?? sounds like a lot of fun. hope you all made it home safe.

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Soryy I never did finish this off did I?....

Friday after the lame expensive hotel food we had a meeting to decide when to come home based on the doom and gloom weather forcasts. Our choices were take the long way around to the north Kentucky, Ohio etc, Sat into Sunday. Or wait till sunday and blast up 81, or blast up 81 Saturday.

Saturday straight up 81 it was...6 am chilly ground level fog we thought it was super cloudy, there was so much fog we couldnt see the sun for hours. At 225 miles we were allowed some Cracker Barrel breakfast in Virginia somewhere, hours later also in Virgina there were some candy bars, and joy of all we had a late lunch at the Sheetz gas station in WV. I dont what my burger was made of but it wasnt meat, tasty enough, just not meat.

So we made it from Downtown Knoxville to Bloomingdale NJ in 14 hours stopping every 110 miles for at least gas and drinks, I had 6 Mountain Dew in that time span :wacko:

Canada next year

lots of pics and video

down there\/

Tracey


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The great thing about barbeque is that when you get hungry 3 hours later....you can lick your fingers

Maxine

Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

"It is the government's fault, they've eaten everything."

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tracey,

glad to see you made it home okay! too bad about the deer :blink: ...

the ride to newfoundland is pretty fun! did that last year. now we're on the west coast and getting ready to ride the pacific coast highway sometime soon. lots more food out here, i hope! there's only so much fish-n-chips you can eat (canada) :smile:

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