Riding the BMW R1100GS to Ft Lauderdale and Back

On Sunday October 21st, Jancee and I left at 7am to meet my very good friend, Adam Patrick, at the Cheat Lake Burger King. We met at 8am and after a short breakfast, we were on our way to meet up with Tim Clemens off the Goshen exit on 79 South.

After meeting up with Tim, we were on our way. 79 to 19 south, to 77. Tim headed off to visit some friends and family in North Carolina, while we continued south. Sunday night was spent in St George South Carolina. Monday evening, we made it to Ft. Lauderdale, at the Harbor Beach Marriot, where we stayed for two days.

Wednesday afternoon, we left out of Ft Lauderdale and stayed the night in Lake City FL.

The next day we headed north to Deals Gap, and stayed at the Two Wheel Inn, a small motorcycle specific motel, which I highly recommend.

The next was the highlight of the trip. We rode the Tail of the Dragon on rt 129,and continued on to Pigeon Forge TN, and then on through Gatlinburg, and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. From the Smokies we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cherokee, and rode over 130 miles before the sun set on us. After another 2 hours of eastern TN back roads in the dark, we were in Johnson City where we spent the night.

The next day, and roughly 2700 total miles later, we arrived back home in the Laurel Highlands.

Here are a few photo highlights from the trip.

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And a map of our path down and back:

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