where did you TAKE your Tenere today?

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I was going to say the same thing about Parson's. I never got to do it before it closed. It's probably been 15 years since I drove around Cade's Cove. I need to find a day when it's not covered up with people trying to get mauled by a bear.
 

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Yesterday a wasp got inside my helmet and stung me about 2" above my left eye. The only way I can describe it is, someone holding a cold soldering iron to your head then turning it on. I had to ride about 500 metres before I could safely stop and get it out.
So today I'm going north on easy roads.
Lunch stop.
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8 hrs and 650km through the Victorian high country, was a little cold, a little wet, a little muddy, but the S10 managed it all.
The first couple of hours were a mix of city and country roads.
Then real country roads to Lake Mountain.
From Lake Mountain to Jamieson, about 120km of dirt road, it looked ok, but so corrugated and pot holed it was impossible to sit, trees down in many places and some big puddles.
Got in to Woods Point hoping for fuel, but no luck, next town Jamison, 61 kms of the same currugated, wet, muddy road, hit reserve 30km out.
From Jamieson to Healesville 136km of tight twisting asphalt roads (left and right hairpin turns and huge drop-offs on the sides) rain, and wind.
After all that fun, rain, wind, darkness and city traffic for another 1.5 hrs. IMG_0697.jpg IMG_0702.jpg IMG_0705.jpg IMG_0707.jpg IMG_0718.jpg IMG_0727-Edit.jpg
 

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I was going to say the same thing about Parson's. I never got to do it before it closed. It's probably been 15 years since I drove around Cade's Cove. I need to find a day when it's not covered up with people trying to get mauled by a bear.
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Look at the bear, look at the bear, look at the bear.

If you go, go early and during the week. Cade’s is a really special place but the crowds can steal that joy. and yes, Parsons was the best part about Cades... sorry you missed it.
 

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Parson’s Branch has been closed forever. What a shame.


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Closed forever? What a shame! I have been through there a few times and really liked it. Rode right up to a bear one day and didn't see it and it didn't see me! Talk about two scared animals! ha ha. All was good though and we went on our ways. That was a great short cut down to the store at Deals Gap. Just a few minutes and you went from Cades Cove to the store.
 

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This is the result of not checking my helmet for hitch-hikers. A wasp had got inside and must have emptied the entire contents of its venom sack into my forehead.
48 hours later.
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Just too early for "Trick or Treat"

So pushing on, I got to the Grandes Alpes pass.
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It may have been the pressure from the wasp sting, but I was starting to get a headache, something that I do not normally suffer from at altitude, so I cut the top and went through the tunnel.
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The other side.
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Then on to the D911
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@Grumpy - Thanks for sharing your trip. Hope the wasp sting swelling has receded.
@Bart -Thank you as well for sharing your trip. Did you have a little chat with the Mazda after watching that door swing open into your bike? The stand up loo is a big improvement over the open hole on the trains in India I experienced a few years ago. Nicer than Japan's squat toilets too.
 
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