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    • Day 55

      Kurven, Kurven, Kurven

      July 7, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Wir sind 2 Tage in Asheville, damit wir noch ein wenig durch die Smoky Mountains fahren können. Das Wetter ist gut, die Laune ist gut und die Motorräder laufen gut, auch wenn wir heute das erste mal einen 1/2 Liter Öl nachkippen mussten. Alles ist grün und riecht nach frisch geschnittenem Gras. Die Smoky Mountains sind ein Paradies für Kurven Junkies. Es finden sich immer Plätzchen für einen Kaffee und einen Snack. Mein Vorderreifen macht auch schnelle Passagen klaglos mit, obwohl er schon über 15.000 km gelaufen hat, toi, toi toi.Read more

    • Day 54

      Traumhafte Straße in den Mountains

      July 6, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Auf so einen Tag haben wir lange gewartet, 23° und Sonnenschein. Gute Straßen, die an die Dolomiten erinnern, eine Luft zum ganz tiefen Durchatmen. Ich war quasi im 7. Motorradfahrerhimmel!! Schade, dass es davon nur so wenige hier gibt. Wir haben uns eine Karte aus dem letzten Hotel mitgenommen, die über 20 tollen Tourenvorschläge enthält. Diese Karte ist Gold wert!
      So hangeln wir uns von einer Tour zur nächsten. Nur das Einprogrammieren in die Navi ist manchmal schwierig, da die Dinger nie so wollen wie wir es möchten.
      In den Bergen ist kaum Verkehr, da die Amis lieber Highway fahren. Man fährt 50 km und trifft auf vielleicht 10 Autos, wahrscheinlich Leute, die in den versteckten Häuser im Wald wohnen. Es war der schönste Fahrtag bislang. Die Mopeds schnurren, wie es von einer BMW zu erwarten ist. Gegen 16.00 Uhr zogen dunkle ☁️ auf, so dass wir den kürzesten Weg zum Hotel in Asheville genommen haben. Mittlerweile stehen über 15.000 km auf dem Tacho.
      Abendbrot gab's mal wieder in unserem lieblings italienischen Restaurant Olive Garden. Das gehört zu einer Restaurant-Kette. Das Essen ist sehr gut, das Ambiente stimmt und die Preise normal. Hauptsache keine Burger 🍔 und Pommes.
      Es sind nur noch 2 Wochen bis zum Rückflug. Meine Güte, die Zeit vergeht jetzt wie im Fluge.
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    • Day 57

      Week 9: North Carolina + Virginia

      June 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      The final week is here after cutting the trip short a few weeks!

      Can’t believe I made it. You know, when you put your mind to something, and dedicate yourself to that, you can accomplish some rather crazy things.

      Planning this trip, working with resellers, setting up meetings, driving across the country, doing presentations, staying in new hotels every night - I felt like it would wear me out, but I’ve gotten in a groove. Maybe it’s the excitement of seeing the country that has kept my vibe alive. Or maybe I’m
      built to be able to handle more.

      Most of my friends can’t believe the stats behind this trip…and that I’m doing it solo. To me, this doesn’t seem that crazy. I mean, I put that I’m going to go to space on my life goals list. I wrote it 3 times. And I’m going to get there so driving around the country seems minimal.

      Anywho, this week I’ll be making some long treks in my final 3 days. North Carolina to Virginia, back to NC, and then off to our headquarters in Atlanta. That trip to Atlanta is going to be such a phenomenal feeling because I’ll know that this trip was a success, both for business and awareness of our efforts on pushing the STEM solutions we have.

      I’m so glad I made an effort to convince Boxlight to allow this journey to happen. I just knew that post pandemic, getting face to face with customers, and a demoing the product in a unique way would be beneficial. And it has. The schools/districts we met with have loved it. And it’s memorable! Sometimes these schools take a year or so to buy, but when they come around to it, I know they’ll remember me driving up to their campus, pulling out the demo experience from the sprinter, and going through the solutions and letting them try them out.

      It’s bitter sweet returning home because I am happy to have some time to recharge, but I also have a busy month and I was expecting to go through to the end of June in my head. Either way, I’ll be happy to have a weekend with friends and family.

      I did a hike this weekend in Asheville NC to one of the most amazing waterfalls I’ve ever seen. It was about an hour drive into blue ridge mountains, and when I got there it was POURING rain. I could have just waited for it to stop, or drove back, but I just said yolo and departed in the rain. 3 miles in, I ran into this waterfall and was in awe. The best part about it, I think the rain amplified the intensity of this waterfall. It was a magic moment for sure and one that showed me that you have to persevere through difficult things to see incredible wins.

      I’ve had a lot of “me” time on this trip and was able to really get in tune with myself, my focuses in life, what’s truly important to me, building life goals/yearly goals, and being grateful for all the things I do have. That was an important side win I didn’t expect. Thank you Mission to Mars Van! Let’s crush this final week :)
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    • Day 77

      Day 77 - Bear Faced Cheek!

      July 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We allowed ourselves a lie in after a long day yesterday. Jackie got out of bed at 9.30am & sat on the balcony, whilst I read my book in bed. At 10.00am I forced myself out of bed & joined Jackie on the balcony.

      I looked over the balcony & blow me, about 40 yards up the road saw a Black Bear just stood in the road. A man in the street below us, raced to his car. After a minute or two the bear ambled over to the next door chalet entrance & started rummaging in the bin outside the front door. Jackie grabbed my camera & I started taking photos only to later realise the SD card wasn’t in it....doh!

      I grabbed my phone & got some video footage. The bear eventually got a bag of rubbish & took it back across the road & ripped it apart. The bear then went back for more & returned with a carrier bag full of rubbish. Someone came out of the chalet shouting at him & he dropped the bag & jumped back into the foliage on the mountain opposite.

      Minutes later we was out again devouring the contents of the carrier bag, then we went back towards the chalet for more. He was walking between the cars & every so often he would rear up on his hind legs, with his front paws either on a vehicle, a tree or on the top of the bin. I prayed “Please don’t climb all over Doodle!!”

      Word was obviously getting round, because every so often someone would appear & try to shoo him away. A group of bikini clad girls who had been at our pool, appeared in the road. One stupid woman approached the bear to take a photo with a baby in her arms & a small child beside her.

      It was about 40 minutes later, after some great entertainment, that a plucky cleaner armed with a broom got within 10 feet of the bear to scare it away. This only temporarily worked & another cleaner took several attempts to scare it away by driving his car towards it & beeping his horn. There was then a mass exodus of guests from the chalet.

      Although it was a great experience to see a bear so close up, it should be said that our chalet had brought the problem on themselves by having non bear-proof bins outside the front door of each building. If they don’t resolve it soon, either someone will get hurt or worse still the bear will be killed!

      With all the excitement, I had taken my eye off the time & had just 15 minutes to shower, pack & check out. For us it is now quite a well rehearsed drill & we were out just minutes late.

      As I was packing the boot the irresponsible mother with baby was packing up her own car, saw my box of beers & said “Can I have a beer?” The bare faced cheek of it. Quite taken a back, I said “If you’re that desperate to beg for a beer, you’d better have one” I gave a can of beer & she said “Thank you” without an ounce of shame.

      Jackie & I drove south on 441 into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our 1st stop was the Sugarlands Visitor Center, where I picked up the my standard gloss National Park brochure. We then continued back on 441 & followed a procession of vehicles meandering through the Smokies at varying speeds, all below 35mph.

      The vegetation in the Smoky Mountains give off a vapour that creates a blue mist, giving it it’s name, but the vapour does also actually smell smoky. Not that pleasant for a non-smoker!

      Our intended destination was Clingman’s Dome just inside the State of North Carolina, which at 6,643ft, was at the ‘Top of the Smokies’. As we approached, we joined the back of a traffic jam, but luckily for us a woman called over & said that there were no spaces ahead & to park where we were on the other side of the road. It turned out to be a great bit of advice.

      A momentous event occurred, because I got out wearing just my flip-flops (on my feet) & we walked the half a mile + route & with an ascent of 100 metres to Clingman’s Dome. It was tough going in the sweltering heat & oxygen deprivation, but I left Jackie for dead. The down side to my athleticism was, that I was a hot sweaty mess at the summit. The Observation Tower at the top provides fantastic 360 degree views (on a good day) of The Smokies. After a few statutory selfies, we commenced the descent. I was better going up in flip-flops than down. My descent reduced me to my customary Max Wall impersonation, apparently!

      Another little highlight on this trek was that we actually crossed the Appalachian Trail at it’s highest point. The Appalachian Trail is over 2,180 miles long & is the longest hiking-only trail in the world. It extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine in the Eastern United States.

      Back at the car we continued south in a procession to the town of Cherokee, which to our surprise was an American Indian enclave. If you wanted to buy some Red Indian old tat or have your photo taken with a Red Indian or Buffalo, this was the place for you.

      We just filled up with petrol & drove back north a couple of miles & entered on to the Blue Ridge Parkway at it’s farthest south-western end. It was gloriously devoid of any crowds & we scooted along at 45mph to Waterrock Knob Visitor Center. Again I picked up a National Parks glossy brochure, but this time for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

      Now, Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long through North Carolina & Virginia. Our plan is to drive to Asheville, just 79 miles along it, then complete the remainder of the Blue Ridge Parkway over the next two days. It is a lovely scenic drive, through what can only be described as green fluffy mountains, that look like massive florets of broccoli 🥦!! On the down side, we have been attacked by ticks that cause all sorts of illness including Lyme Disease. Every time we get out of the car we have about 10 each crawling all over us.

      A couple of hours later with our roof going up & down like a whores drawers & passing literally hundreds of lookouts with fantastic & stupid names, we arrived in Asheville, North Carolina. Jackie had chosen ‘the Beaucatcher Motel’ & around 5.00pm we pulled up outside. It passed the test & we settled into our room with balcony. I sat on the balcony chair, but with a loud crack I jumped back up again. The chair had snapped in two places. I got one of our underused camping chairs out as a replacement.

      It had no bearing on our decision to stay at the Beaucatcher, but next door was our favourite, Panda Express. We hadn’t seen one for a couple of weeks, so we treated ourselves & had an early night. I might add that Asheville seemed a delightful little town still at 3,000 ft altitude. Hopefully we may find time to explore further.

      Song of the Day - The Bare Necessities by Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman (The Jungle Book Original Soundtrack).
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    • Day 14

      Mount Mitchell Eco Retreat ⛰💛

      April 11, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Without a doubt the best place we’ve stayed so far - absolutely beautiful! 🧡 Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, in the top left corner of North Carolina. Took a while to get here, but totally worth it! The lodge is huge, with a great main area for relaxing after being out hiking in the woods ☺️ 🥾Read more

    • Day 6

      Roadtrip to Asheville

      August 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Der erste Tag mit Aldo führte uns auf einem Roadtrip nach Asheville. Eine schöne kleine Stadt mit ganz vielen Brauereien. Wir waren zu Mittag dann in die Thirsty Monk Brewery eingekehrt und haben ein paar Bierproben genommen. Unter anderem ein Bier mit Kokosgeschmack. Klingt komisch, schmeckte aber gut. Es waren aber auch ein paar schlimme dabei.
      Und damit ihr nicht denkt, wir wären nur am Biertrinken: es gab auch was zu essen 😜
      Der weitere Weg führte uns dann über den Blue Ridge Parkway, welcher völlig überraschend durch die Blue Ridge Mountains ging. Eine supertolle und schöne und landschaftlich sehr beeindruckende Straße. In Blowing Rock haben wir am Abend noch kurz gehalten und ein absolut leckeres und super großes Eis gegessen. Danach gings dann wieder zurück zu Aldo. Ein schöner Tag war's!
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    • Day 9

      Exploring Asheville More

      June 16, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Fun place, lots of art and fun shops. Took a moment to play some vintage pinball at the pinball museum with the boys. Pool time and going to check out a haunted bridge covered in vines once it gets darkRead more

    • Day 7

      ...einer dieser Tage 🌞😊😎

      March 4, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      ...Weiter geht's 🤸‍♂️
      Wir wollen den "Hickory Nut Fall" auch von unten sehen. Und es sollte sich lohnen👍😊
      Von oben hatten wir ihn gesehen, den "Lake Lure". Wir fanden am Seeufer ein nettes Lokal. Hier wurden uns die obligatorischen Spare Rips kredenzt. Lecker😋😋😋😋😋
      Völlig gesättigt und etwas müde traten wir den Heimweg an. Was für ein wundervoller Tag!!!
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    • Day 34

      Biltmore Estate, Ashville NC

      May 30, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      The country cottage estate of the Vanderbilts. Can’t imagine the size of this until you physically see it for real and experience it. It’s actually bigger than their Rhode Island home which is also humungous. Built in the late 1800’s by the grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, George.
      The grandchildren of Cornelius all built massive mansions, in New York, Rhode Island. In fact they built 10 along 5th Ave Manhattan, but now all succumbed to the high rises.
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    • Day 34

      Biltmore Mansion

      May 30, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Snaps from inside the mansion. Still furnished as it was lived in at the time of George Washington Vanderbilt. 1895-1914.
      His grandfather Cornelius built the empire, his father William doubled the empire, and George and his siblings spent the empire. So typical.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Buncombe County, مقاطعة بونكوم, Бънгкъм, বানকম্বে কাউন্টি, Condado de Buncombe, Buncombe konderria, Comté de Buncombe, Buncombe megye, Contea di Buncombe, バンコム郡, Buncombe Kūn, Hrabstwo Buncombe, بنکومب کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Buncombe, Банкомб, Округ Банком, Банком, بنکومبے کاؤنٹی، شمالی کیرولینا, Quận Buncombe, Condado han Buncombe, 班康縣

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