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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Roadrunner Magazine Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley

Contributed by FWCMC member Jim DeLeo

Jim DeLeo and Christa Neuhauser
As an avid motorcyclist one of my biggest joys is hitting the open road.  That is why my 2007 Harley Ultra Classic has logged over 67,000 miles so far and has been through over 25 states.  There is a great magazine called RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel (published by Christian and Christa Neuhauser) that is dedicated to riders like us who love to travel on two wheels and provides ride destinations, lodging and dining options along with detailed maps, GPS file downloads and awesome photography to get you thinking and planning that next trip.

For the past 8 years RoadRUNNER has been putting together a Touring Weekend to get it's readers together to do what we love most, riding great motorcycle roads.

This year's weekend was in beautiful Maggie Valley, North Carolina in the heart of the Smokey Mountains. Maggie Valley is nestled between Asheville and Cherokee and is home to the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum.  This event included two days of guided rides on some of the area's best roads including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Moonshiner 28 and the infamous Tail of the Dragon US-129 in Deals Gap.  

Deal's Gap, NC (above left) and Dragging the Dragon (right)
Friday and Saturday took us through North and South Carolina and north Georgia and would feature a lunch stop along with scenic overlooks and sights for photo ops.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday night featured a catered dinner under a big tent in Festival Park along with a vendor village selling motorcycle gear. 
Saturday nights closing also included raffles of some great gear and prizes and a recap of the previous 2 days highlights.  I met some really nice people on this trip who share our passion and I look forward to getting in the wind with my new friends again in the future.  

Lastly, our new t-shirt caught the attention of several AMA members including Dale Walksler, founder of the Wheels Through TimeMuseum and star of the new reality show "What's in the Barn" on the Velocity Channel, who were very impressed with our clubs long AMA history.  Hope to see you on a ride soon!
Dale Walksler and Jim DeLeo