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Best Adventure roads you have ridden on your Norton

Discussion in 'Access Norton Pub' started by CanukNortonNut, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. CanukNortonNut

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    OK, the evil eye of the Soup Nazi caught me. “No Soup for You”…while discussing a thread about Tires, which got side tracked, slightly …my fault. I would like to start a new thread, from when I put it into the cornfield, now back to good traveling roads on a theme which is: The Best Roads you have ridden with your Norton. Seeing this is an International site, I encourage everyone everywhere in all parts to contribute. Pictures are welcome and goggle map locations or road numbers to help others who may wish to travel down some roads you took that you found to be excellent. Interesting stops and good restaurants, warnings and hazards discussions are encouraged. I think this will help those who like traveling and give ideas to other travelers for planning. Who knows I might visit IOM or Germany, Italy or the Swiss Alps one day, or someone from there may show up in North America? I say this because last year I was traveling to the NYNO June get-together at the Finger Lakes with our President of the ONO,s, Manse who was NOT riding his Norton with mine, but on a V-Strom. He had a Norton T shirt on which made him feel a little bit Norton. During a Meal stop in Batavia we parked beside a Harley and while waiting for our meal, along comes an older rider in leathers with an Australian accent telling Manse how much he like the Norton parked outside (Hence the T-shirt). Manse blushed and said I have the other bike. We got to know each other and that this Australian rider, who flew to New Jersey rented a Harley and was traveling all across the US for his adventure. We discussed roads and places to see. That got me thinking. If I were not riding with my Norton, would this guy from halve way across the planet even stopped to talk to us? So I will start.

    If it goes into the cornfield or South bound or nowhere at all I will leave it in the Pub.

    I was talking about Deal Gap, Tail of the Dragon US 129. It is quite the road and to Ludwig who didn’t like my term “technical road”, I will rephrase it as very challenging. You must drive your line and if you are unfamiliar on the dragon don’t follow the local riders but take it at your own pace. The Smokey’s have really great M/C roads The Blue Ridge Parkway is very pedestrian but has great scenery, nice lookouts cool riding even with leathers because you are up high in the mountain range. It will have the Q-tips in caravans i.e. “retirees in Motor homes” traveling a sedated pace mostly during weekends. If you get caught behind one of them wait for the pass opportunity or pull over at a overlook and chill out for a spell. Park Rangers and Police keep your speed in check. I was approaching an Explorer not knowing my speed and the Blue and Red cherries fired up. I backed off…he was telling me to slow down… I got lucky. The Skyline PW is even worse as the speeds are set at 35 MPH.

    Deer, snakes, black bear and Butterflies will cross you pass. It is basically a scenic route. Here in Canada I would recommend the Cabot trail which is in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island on the Northern tip. https://www.tripsavvy.com/driving-the-cabot-trail-2972640

    I had lunch at the Rusty Anchor Restaurant, which had great seafood. Traveling around the Gaspe’ in Quebec and the north shore on 138 after Quebec City was a lot of fun. The food was great. That was a recommendation by Jeandr from Montreal, who I haven’t seen on line lately but gave me great advice.

    Ok what’s out there? Let hear it.

    Cheers,

    Thomas
     
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  3. ntst8

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  4. CanukNortonNut

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    ntst8
    :)That's really impressive and on a single:cool: better have a large tank of fuel.;)
    cheers,
    Thomas
     
  5. ntst8

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    just giving the thread a bump, a good excuse to post a picture :)
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  6. ashman

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    Come to Astralia every road is a adventure.

    Ashley
     
  7. CanukNortonNut

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    Iain B,
    Its good to start pictures. Without them it never happened.;)
    Jeandr one of our forum members invited me to stay in Montreal at his humble domain and gave me good advice for road in Quebec. 2012.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspé_Peninsula
    on the second day after leaving Jeandr in Montreal I am at the tip of the Gaspe
    Forillon National Park where I set up tent and then head for a humble supper in town.

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    peasant food to some but boy was that Halibut dinner so good. White wine for the trail dust from a good days ride.
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    Breaking camp at the Provincial Park.
    Some may know where this is,
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    and a top of the hill shot,
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  9. frankdamp

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    I'm not riding any more, so my "interesting" roads may not suit motorcyclists, but from a scenic viewpoint there are two in NW Washington that are worth a look.

    First off is the road from Bellingham to Burlington, highway 11 (not sure if it's a State Route or a US highway). It was hacked out of the shore-side cliff many decades ago and was originally the "main" road between the cities. Take it south-bound to get the views.

    The other one is US2 from Sedro Woolley across the Cascades to Winthrop. Yes, it's mainly a 4-lane freeway nowadays, but the scenery is spectacular and it does get to 5200' above sea-level at the look-out at the top of the pass.
     
  10. grandpaul

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