Monday, November 24, 2008

Weekend Getaway - Wheels Through Time

Slick and I had a great weekend, even though we didn't get to ride Big Red. The weather on Friday was pretty cold up in the mountains of NC and TN the roads were kind of crappy with some snow and ice. Even though the roads had some patchy ice and snow that did not stop us from taking a mini vacation to Pigeon Forge TN and the western part of NC. Basically, we just needed to get away; even though another reason was to fulfill a couple of yearly goals. One goals was to visit the Wheels Through Time Museum in Waynesville NC before they packed up and relocated to Arizona. The other reason was to take Slick to the I-40 flea market in Pigeon Forge. I had been promising her for years I would take here there. Well, I finally did. Here is how the trip went.

We left home around 8:30 am and headed toward Waynesville NC to the Wheels Through Time Museum. I had searched for the address off the Internet and I decided to use Google Maps to find the place. Google Maps had us heading in the wrong direction. It seems that there is a big difference in 62 Vintage Dr and 62 Vintage Lane. As we traveled the way the Google directions said, Slick mentioned that we would probably end up in someone’s drive way. Well, we did. The directions took us to somebody’s driveway up in the boonies. After laughing about that and dodging some ice and snow, I took out my good old reliable TeleNav on my cell phone and get us out of there. Thankfully, I had coverage around that area once we got out of the dude’s driveway.

Once we found the WTT museum, we were not disappointed. There were only about 10 people there. It was the off season and there were no bikers there. Slick and I had a good time there. We got to see a lot of old vintage motorcycles and enjoy the history of the motorcycle. It is too bad the WTT museum will not be around after November. Thankfully, we got a chance to see it before they left. We also got a chance to purchase some cool WTT shirts, caps and accessories from the museum. If you haven't had a chance to see the museum, here are some pictures of it.























After the museum, we headed to Cherokee so Slick could get some gambling out of her system. She actually did pretty well. She won over $40.00. Once the “Gambler” was done breaking the casino, we headed through Cherokee toward Pigeon Forge TN on highway 441. There was a problem; part of the roads was closed due to ice and snow. So we had to do some back tracking on I-40 to get to Pigeon Forge. That was okay with us. We were enjoying just spending time together and seeing the mountains.

On Saturday morning we headed to the I-40 flea market in Pigeon Forge TN. Slick has been on me for years about taking her there. It was a nice place to buy a lot of cheap stuff. They even had a bunch of Harley stuff that was cheap (if you can imagine that). I actually had to call my brother-in-law, Kevin, to tell him about the low prices for the Harley stuff. Slick and I bought sunglasses, books, jewelry, some stuff to decorate my “Man Cave”, and cool leather motorcycle jacket for less than $50.00. When I got home I showed Jordan my new motorcycle jacket. He didn’t care for it. He said is looked like a jacket for some Indian biker. I think he was just jealous. So all-in-all, we racked up!

Overall the drive to the mountains and the weekend trip with Slick was nice. Except for the heavy traffic in Pigeon Forge, we had a great time. We got to buy some cheap stuff we don't really need, eat some good food, see the mountains and plan our next trip on Big Red.

Until next time and remember, don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Pappy

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