I have been working on this trip/ride for months, but also avoiding it. This is not/is something I want to do, but yet, it is something feel I have to do. So, to deal with it, I have made it more into more than just a day to remember my Dad and spread a few of his ashes. I am making this into a week of riding and remember ing my Dad. Between my brother and my Dad, they inspired me to get on my own bike and learn to ride. Since that first time I threw a leg over a bike and rode off on my own, both of them have inspired and challenged me to go farther, see, experience and explore more. So, with that thought, I plan to not only remember my Dad and spread a few of his ashes along the Cherohala Skyway, I plan to ride, experience and explore as many roads as I can fit in to the week.
I plan on leaving my house in Mississippi on May 27th. Since I am planning of staying up there a full week, I may need to carry more than I can pack on my bike. AND, there is the issue of my wrists. So, I am not sure yet if I will be riding my bike up or if my oldest son and I will be taking turns with one bike on the trailer while the other rides. I will decide that closer to time of the trip.
I have been looking for a campgrounds that also has cabins. I am not sure how many of my family members are planning on attending the actual memorial the day we do that, but I know some of them are not really able to deal with camping. I have found a campgrounds that has both. The Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground looks like it would fit our needs. This place has camping for $10 a night and 7 small cabins for $50 a night. Right now, all 7 cabins are open for our dates to be there. It is also only about 5 miles away from the Cherohala Skyway Visitors Center. Here is a Google aerial view of the campgrounds and cabins.
Anyone is welcome to join us even if you do not ride a motorcycle. For those that do not ride a motorcycle, it should be close enough to other sites in the area for you to visit. OR, you are welcome to tag along in your cage with those of us that do ride. Some of us may have an open back seat that you could ride in as well. As I said before, we will be spreading some of my Dad’s ashes on Sunday or Monday. The rest of the time, we will be riding. I plan on being there some time Friday or Saturday and staying till about Thursday or Friday and doing some riding. You are welcome to join me/us for as much or as little time as you want.
We have set up an event in Facebook, Albert T Waldron Sr Memorial Day Ride. If you are on Facebook, please check it out.