That’s right we went on a 228 mile ride today. No it wasn’t a trip, it was a Sunday ride. It all started the other day when I asked Donna if she wanted to go have lunch at Turner’s Corner Café at the corner of US 129 and Georgia Highway 9 today. So we got a late morning start and headed up. Here it is July in Georgia and the forecast was for a high temperature of 85°F, low humidity (rare) and mostly sunny skies. I played with the GPS software, Basecamp and created a route that would take us up using some local roads we hadn’t been on before and then transferred it to the GPS. We headed up through Canton, Ballground and Dawsonville before using Georgia Highway 400 for a short time until it ended. After we made our turn onto Georgia Highway 115 we were only supposed to be on it for a short time before making a left turn and cutting back diagonally on some nice crooked local roads. But the GPS showed it was 12 miles until our next turn. I saw what I thought was our turn go past. For some reason the GPS decided that it wanted to route us up Highway 115 to US 129 which would take us straight to Turner’s Corner Café. No big deal, we just wanted to have lunch on the river and watch the motorcycles. Once we got to lunch I brought the GPS in with us and reloaded the route and previewed it. Sure enough it showed the original route. I don’t know why the GPS didn’t use the route as planned but this is the second time this has happened. Both Basecamp and the GPS have the same maps installed.
This was also my first day riding with a new pair of Do-It-Yourself custom molded earplugs. I got mine from Ear Plug Superstore. I’ve tried them before but didn’t quite get them right. This time however I took my time and didn’t second guess the instructions and they worked. They are harder to get in your ear but have quite a good seal. This may sound weird but they’re both quieter and noisier. They’re quieter in that they “muffle” sound well and I needed to turn my intercom up a bit to hear the GPS and Donna. But they’re noisier in that I think there’s more wind noise than my ETY plugs. But then that may be a good thing. I suffer from tinnitus (a ringing in your ears) and if it’s too quiet, the ringing can seem louder, will be irritating and could just make you uncomfortable. But the new self moldable plugs gave me the “white noise” effect that my hearing aids also supply and my night-time sound machine.
I figured that after lunch we’d head back home as it was just over an hour and a half ride. But while eating Donna asked “Where are we riding after this?” So after lunch we backtracked down US 129 a few miles to Georgia Highway 75 Alt until we made our left (northerly) turn onto Georgia Highway 348, the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. This curvy stretch of mountain road only runs between Highway 75 Alt and Georgia Highway 180 and isn’t very long. There are numerous pull-offs to view the Appalachian Mountains. It’s a very fun and curvy road but there weren’t many motorcycles on it today. At the RBR’s end we made the turn on to Highway 180 for a very short distance before heading up and over Blood Mountain on US 129 and then headed for Dahlonega and home.
So we had a great Sunday ride of 228 miles. Oh, and along the way today the Magic Carpet’s odometer reached and passed 82,000 miles.