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Title: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: lather on October 27, 2015, 07:36:28 am
Rode up to Wichita for granddaughter's birthday party then across MO and KY to visit friends and ride with some buddies in NC and TN. Stopped in Bardstown on the way and toured the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center. Slightly disappointed as the distillery is no longer there, they only have the  barrelling, ageing and bottling plants there since the original distillery burned down. But mde up for it in the tasting room where I got to taste some $150 a bottle bourbon.

Rode some great roads out of Bardstown to NC and then spent 4 days riding with friends. Roads were great, leaves were beautiful and weather perfect until the last day riding home, light to moderate rain from Birmingham AL to Laurel, MS.
 3100 miles total.
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Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: gPink on October 27, 2015, 09:20:03 am
Nice pics.

Heaven Hill fire in '96 was impressive. 4 million gallons of whisky burning.  :'(
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: George R. Young on October 27, 2015, 09:31:00 am
. . . 4 million gallons of whisky burning. . .
Ooh, the heartbreak.

Great pics, what were temperatures like?
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: lather on October 27, 2015, 09:33:35 am
Thanks! Lows of 41 highs to 78 but mostly in the 60's
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: jimmymac on October 27, 2015, 09:35:39 am
Copperhead lodge?
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: BruceR on October 27, 2015, 01:41:35 pm
There's a bunch of distilleries up in that area, and some pretty nice roads too.
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: lather on October 27, 2015, 02:01:06 pm
Copperhead lodge?
A friends place in Murphy and thr Rosewood Inn in Bryson City
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: lather on October 27, 2015, 02:03:06 pm
There's a bunch of distilleries up in that area, and some pretty nice roads too.
We've tour ed Woodford and Buffalo Trace in previous trips
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: jimmymac on October 27, 2015, 02:05:11 pm
Cool pics. 8)
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: BruceR on October 27, 2015, 02:12:37 pm
We've tour ed Woodford and Buffalo Trace in previous trips
Woodford is neat. Do they still do the 'picnic on the porch'?  Next tour, try Maker's Mark.  Last I recalled, Wild Turkey didn't have a tour on Saturdays, and Beam only had a visitor center, but no tours.  THat was years ago, though.  Still some great area to explore :)
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: lather on October 27, 2015, 02:30:15 pm
There's a Bourbon Trail now. The young couple in the pic had done 6 tours in 2 days.
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: Arata on October 27, 2015, 07:25:57 pm
Hey, I was there too!

Stayed in Cherokee

Was on a Red ZRX1200!!!
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: twowheeladdict on October 28, 2015, 11:23:01 am
Awesome!
Title: Re: 12 day trip to the Smokies
Post by: kwakrider on October 29, 2015, 07:04:50 am
Very nice pics, thanks for sharing!