Two weeks ago, I traveled to Williamsburg, Kentucky to meet my "Internet Buddies" as my daughter refers to the members of the Super Magna Owner's Group. Once a year, this diverse group comes together, in a different part of the country, for a few days of excellent riding, great socializing and a good helping of swapping stories, hard-to-find parts, and ideas about modifications and repairs.
Williamsburg, Kentucky is adjacent to the Daniel Boone National Forest and close to numerous other attractions: Cumberland Gap National Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, Lake Cumberland and miles of gorgeous mountain views and roads.
The "Meet" always begins on a Wednesday and ends the following Sunday. This year, I trailered to the Meet with another member. We arrived around dinner time, after a long twelve hour drive from Maryland. A few members had already arrived, and we quickly joined in the evening socializing.
Thursday morning was hot and sunny, with a good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Attendees selected one of several ride groups and met for quick pre-ride briefs prior to heading out. Thursday's ride route took a winding route through the Daniel Boone National Forest to Cumberland Falls State Park. Cumberland Falls sixty-foot waterfall is a picturesque view, and well worth the stop. Our group enjoyed the view of the Falls, cooled off in the gift shop and wandered around the park for almost an hour before heading towards our lunch stop.
The Harbor Restaurant at Lee's Ford Resort Marina on Lake Cumberland is a great place to enjoy a lunch on the road. Our group arrived in mid-afternoon, just a few minutes before the area got hit by a severe thunder storm. The winds, reported to be near 60 mph, were severe enough to break a nearby tree in two, knocking out power to the restaurant as branches fell across power lines. Several sections of the marina's floating pier also broke away and were damaged. Luckily, the restaurant manager is very biker friendly, and had our group hurriedly pull our motorcycles into the basement of the restaurant just as the down-pour began! The rain stopped and the skies cleared after an hour or so, and our group headed back towards our hotel. Not one rider or bike got wet thanks to the restaurant staff!
Friday's ride took us to Cumberland Gap National Park, home of the Pinnacle Overlook, which provides an incredible view of three states: Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The four mile road to the Pinnacle Overlook is steep, full of switch-backs and not for the faint-of-heart! However, the view from the top is incredible and well worth the trip!
Saturday's ride was the shortest ride of the week, designed that way to allow time for the afternoon motorcycle show and award presentations. More great mountain roads lead us to Corbin, Kentucky where we had lunch at Harland Sander's Café, the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken! Later that day, we stumbled across a rural single lane wooden bridge that provided a great photo opportunity for our ride group.
Williamsburg, Kentucky has some of the best motorcycle riding I've experienced. The people are friendly, the sights incredible and the trip was well worth the 1,250 mile round-trip trek. If you have the opportunity to ride in the area of Williamsburg, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed!
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