Heres Ride Report and pics from our Helen,GA trip on 8-11 and 8-12 2007. Me and the wife decided to do a street ride to Helen, GA this weekend. I orginally had planned on taking my cruiser, the Magna 750cc motorcycle. Had everthing loaded and ready to roll, and got about a mile down the road, and some loud noises was coming from the front wheel area. I havent rode this bike alot this year, but I remembered wipping some grease from the wheel last year. Meaning the bearings were out. I dunno what deal is on this, I have went thru two sets of front bearings in this bike in about 2 years time I guess. I replaced one set, then it lasted about a year, and it messed up again. So I figured I may have messed the bearings up pressing them in. So I let a dealer do it the 2nd time, and it lasted about another year. And now out again. Well with bearings acting like that I didnt want to ride it. So short turn around, unloaded crusier, and bungie tied down a bag on the back seat of the 919, and we were off. On the way down we took 68 south, then 294 shortcut to 64. Then a quick right onto 129 South where we hit 384 (Richard B Russel Scenic Highway). Then that put us right outside of Helen,GA. 102 miles down from Swee****er to Helen this route. This town is very neat little town. I can remember when I first came here few years back. Everthing was so peacful. Everone was so nice. River rolling thru town, Everone seemed to be having a good time. I remember thinking this is closest place to Heaven I've ever seen. Great Motorcycle town. All roads around here are awesome.
Well after riding into town we stopped by the Elvis show to check out show times, give us something to do that night. Rates were $16 per adult. So we decided to check it out. Got 2 tickets then headed down to the visitors center to check on lodging.. Rates must be up this year. Last year we stayed in town for 50-60 bucks on july 4th week. Found one motel for 89 I think, the rest were $129 and up! Found a cozy cabin 3 miles outside of town for $80 even. So decided to stay there. So when dropped off all our luggage and headed back to town. Parked in the bikers parking on the main strip and walked around some. Checked out all the little shops and such. Ate at this little tavern below the main bridge in town there. Pretty nice little place, but little pricey.. By this time of day was really getting thristy.. So we split a pitcher of Miler Lite. Boy did that hit the spot ..
After that, she wanted to check out the choclate shop. Hansel and Gretel has a Candy shop downtown where they make and sell all sorts of choclate, carmel, and taffy. About everthing you can think of. Trying to watch the calories, so we only had 1 white choclate covered strawberry. Got Dad a box of Tafee also.. Walked around a little more, and decided to take the tafee back to the cabin and wash up a little before the show.. So did that, and went back to check out the Elvis show they have there in town. They do it ever Saturday. Thru December. I think they are closed a few months for winter. It was pretty good show. With a female singer opening up then the Elvis guy came out afterwords.. He kept ya laughing throughout the show. It was also very well cooled inside, so was nice. After that we went thru town and then decided to just head back to the cabin for the night.
Next morning we grabbed some breakfest at Wendy's, then decided to do a little different route on the way back.. Back over 384, but this time do the Wolf Pen Gap run, then 60 North. The Wolf Pen Gap area is like North Georgia's Deals Gap. Lots of bikes there, and they have a little store there in Suchees at the end of it that all the bikes hangout at. Well siting there taking a little break, and here comes Tim out of no where.. So Got to talk with him a little while and check out his beemer. We then hit the road on way back. 60 is a very beautiful stretch of road.. But this route added about 40 miles to the ride on the way back. So about 140 miles back hom going this route. Well hour or so later we run into Tim again at a gas station in CopperHill.. After that we just rode 68 north all way to Tellico Plains then all the way home.