Day 1 - October 21, 2008

I love the Smoky Mountains in the fall and have been there several times.  I used to go up there to participate in the Oktoberfest Dual Sport Ride that's held in mid October each year, but that ride is primarily off-road and the trails seem to be getting tougher each year.  That's why I've decided to do it solo and stick primarily to the paved roads, and those unpaved roads that I can take on my sports touring motorcycle, a 2008 Kawasaki Concours 1400, which is an awesome bike.  There are so many great motorcycle roads in the Smoky Mountains that I could spend a month exploring them all.

I was up at the crack of dawn because I wanted to get an early start.