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The Treetops

Posted 11-17-2011 at 04:16 PM by beefsalad

Tonight basically culminates the end of my time spent at the treetops. Tomorrow afternoon I will load up my gear and bike onto a trailer, and start the 1100mi trek towards home. At that point I will unload my bike and head towards a friends house, have a few drinks and catch some Zzzzs before I make the final 200mi stretch home on the 9er.

This place has been simply amazing for my spirits. It has played home base to me since Saturday. While a little excitement does happen around here, the most fun for me has been out on the roads. From the Tail of the Dragon, to the Cherohala skyway, and the Moonshiner I have been having the time of my life, on 2 wheels. This trip has been a dream for a long time, this year it happened with a crew that I met on the internet.

This crew hails from Texas, NC, to St Kitts ]. We even a pair of canucks showed up. The hijinks and hell giving is much as it has been online for the past year or so. These guys are all much more experienced than I, and needless to say much faster.

One of the guys only stuck around for a couple of days, and I wish he could have stayed a lot longer. A hell of a nice guy (and native Texan) setup my suspension for me, and what a change it made! I wouldn't have known it, but the suspension was playing a considerable part in my challenge to pull a wheelie. It happened a few times the past few days, none of which were intentional. Yes, I was riding hard and it was bound to happen (sue me, I'm not the only one out here pushing limits ) I'm not attacking these roads like I would in a more controlled situation (e.g. track) but there was definitely a level of riding that is atypical of my usual style on the street. Of course, out here there is an 11+mi stretch of road, with no cross traffic. From uphill open sweepers to off-camber decreasing radius downhill butthole puckering I feel like I have run the gamut of turn combinations.

This trip has certainly taken my mind off of damn near everything, which I really needed. I can't say that I have ever taken a vacation away from everything (family, pets, work, home, friends....) before now. I'm not saying I live a dramatic life, but it is nice to not have to worry about anything.

I'm going to close for now, more to come. Trying to adjust my sleep schedule for work, like the 16-18 hours of driving/sleeping ahead of me is going to help.

Message originally posted by beefsalad on 05-04-2011 at 10:08 PM:. For some reason this was saved as a draft. You can expect a similar message (as the one above) to be posted about 5-4-2012 as it will be a yearly vacation for me.
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    I have stayed at the treetops in may for the last 3 years. And it is amazing there. I always look forward to that trip every year. The awesome roads and senary.
    Posted 11-25-2011 at 10:52 AM by Brute919 Brute919 is offline
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