Today started off with us grabbing some brunch, then I headed over to David’s shop to do the last of the work on the bike. I had to change the transmission and final drive fluid as well as topping off the oil. Once that was done, I headed out to ride The Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway. I started with a north-to-south run down The Dragon, which was a nice wakeup for me and the bike. I stopped at the Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort to rehydrate and pick up some swag before heading down US-129 to Robbinsville, NC to ride the Cherohala Skyway. Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to be because I took NC-143 east instead of west. Yep, I got myself lost, but it worked out in the end because I found NC-28 and took it north, ending up back at Deal’s Gap. I stopped again, rehydrated again, did a little ogling of the bikes, and then did a south-to-north run of The Dragon. I really do prefer that direction for some reason. After that, I headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up and changed before going to dinner.
We went to Flaherty’s Irish Pub for dinner and really weren’t disappointed. Heather had the lamb shepherd’s pie and I had the fish and chips and a tasty red ale. From there, we went back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow. I put the mount for the GoPro on my helmet, charged everything up, and wrote down the directions to get to the Skyway.