Dear Family & Friends,
Today was an extremely successful day! First thing we did this morning was head over to the Wheels Through Time Museum. It is a world famous collection of American motorcycles and memorabilia. It did not disappoint!! It was a huge collection of everything American motorcycle imaginable and even more.
As soon as we walked in the curator came over to greet us. He was a gentlemen from England living in North Carolina running the museum. We immediately hit it off with our knowledge of motorcycles and my knowledge of England. He loved to talk and had an amazing amount of knowledge. I would say he was in his early 50s and had lived an exciting adventurous life. He had served in the British army and fought in the Afghan war, then after injuries and it sounded like dissolution with war he set out to ride around the world on a bicycle and sometimes motorcycle! Now he has settled down, married, and living in Maggie Valley, NC running this museum.
As he was showing us around he showed us some absolutely perfect motorcycle restorations and a 1930s race car. He told us they were restored my Steve Huntzinger. He was shocked to learn I knew Steve and lived in the same town! Immediately we became friends. He gave us a personal VIP tour including starting some of the motorcycles and race car just for us!
When he learned Brian was from South Africa he made us some Rooibos tea, a specialty of South Africa! Don’t ask me how he came by this in North Carolina….
For more details of the museum look at the photos below. One motorcycle that really caught my attention was a Traub. Supposedly the rarest motorcycle there since they only built one in 1917. For that era it was amazingly advance. A big V twin with overhead valves, springer forks, kick starter, tank box, and other features that were not widely used until the late 1930s. The bike was built by two German Jewish brothers. When WW1 broke out they sealed it in a brick room in Chicago. After the war they abandoned the project due to the anti German sentiment in the USA and rising anti-semitism. I guess they felt it wasn’t a good time to start building motorcycles. To learn more see the photos below and watch the video.
After the museum we rode an hour to the next town of Robinsville. It was a short but great ride because there was no rain, the sun was out, the country side was beautiful, and it was in the 70s!
Tonight we went out for an authentic North Carolina Mexican dinner. Not something you expect here, but there just wasn’t much open here on Sunday. Also we learned that this county is a “Dry Country” so no wine or G&T tonight…..
Tomorrow we ride the famous Tail of the Dragon. About a 130 mile loop of beautiful scenery and great twisty roads. This area is made for motorcycling. Every small town has lots of motorcyclist riding the area and stores and restaurants that cater to motorcyclists.
We picked up a motorcycling map of the area. They have marked out loops of roads that are great on a motorcycle. You could ride here every day for a month and not cover them all!
Tomorrow I should have some good scenery photos and stories to report. For now that’s all folks!
PS: You will notice the adverts on my blog. They are part of GOOGLE ADSENSE. Every time you click on an advert I make a few pennies. So far this trip I have made about $1.25. I am hoping over the next few weeks to make enough that at the end I can treat Brian and myself to a lunch at Taco Bell, so start clicking!! :)