So, this past weekend was the 5th annual Kentucky Kickdown. It is a vintage motorcycle show that kicks off Friday night with a get-together at a local establishment (this year it was at LouVin’s home, Barrett Bar) with some food, drink and socializing and even some bike. Saturday morning, a bunch of us show up on site early, get the area set up and roped off for the show, which starts at noon. At 11 AM the bikes start rolling in. There is a showing and judging that will take place after 2pm and at 4 (or so) is the official “KickDown” and revving of the motorcycles. Sunday is the “ride out” get-together are Retro Wrench, our friendly neighborhood vintage shop. Click the “See More” link below to check out a video.
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This is THE Copperhead Road (Copperhead Hollow Road, Johnson County, TN) from the song by Steve Earle, “Copperhead Road” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaEJzoaYZk
I was here back in May of 2017 and wanted to ride the famous road. It was not actually all that exciting. It was flat, not too curvy, potholed and loose gravel all over the pavement. But there was one reason I wanted, had, to ride it:
So I could say “I came back from Copperhead Road!”
Actually, I wanted to hit the Watuga Winery, which is at the west end of Copperhead road, and with it within 100 yards, I just had to ride it.
As I do not own the rights to the song, I cannot include it in this video. So, I just included some free country song from YouTube’s library. Upsetting, I know.
I realize it has been a while since my last post from Stecoah. I have not had any trips since then, mostly due to a work injury which has kept me from riding. But not for the reasons you might think. Keep reading past the break for the full story.
This past weekend was a great one. Lows were in the 40s, and on Saturday it may have gotten up to 61, Sunday 75. On Saturday, I went out, rode up and down the river a bit, stopped over at Flat 12 Brewery in Jeffersonville, IN, then on to Holy Grail Alehouse, and then went back and got some food at Corner Cafe. I also stopped by the historic Louisville Water Tower on the river, and Cox’s park.
This year I headed out on Wednesday, October 5 at just after 8:00 am for Iron Horse Lodge in Stecoah, NC. It was a 310 mile trip down via US27 and a few others, including the famous roads of US129 (Tail of the Dragon) and US28 (Moonshiner28). I arrived after an uneventful trip at 3:15, give or take. Wednesday night was pretty easy going, with not a whole lot going on. It was nice to relax a bit after a pretty long, non-stop ride.
Last week I headed north after work (at 3PM) to the Mid-Ohio raceway in Lexington, OH for the 2016 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. This marks my 2nd trip to this event, and one that will stay on my yearly calendar for a long time to come. I was supposed to go up Thurday night, however things came up that were not expected.
The whole week, and all Friday, I was watching the weather, and keeping my fingers crossed for the rain to skip over and miss me for the ride up. Early in the afternoon, there was a downpour, however once I left, I only encountered some sprinkles just outside of Jefferson county. From there on, it was dry roads, and overcast skies (which is ok for me.)
There will be photos at the bottom of the story.