GA, TN, and NC – Weekend Getaway

Happy Fall Y’all! It’s the better half of 2wheeladv, back to share about our most recent trip 2-up.We started out the Autumn Solstice with a little motorcycle ride up I-75 through hell, er… Florida, which has not quite gotten the Fall memo yet.

Once we caught sight of the mountains in North Georgia, the temperature significantly dropped and we started to enjoy ourselves. We came upon a fabulous creamery/ice cream shop which caught up with me and my lactose intolerance not long afterwards. I confess and repent of my foodie sins as this trip completely blew my non-dairy, gluten-free diet. 

We made our way to Helen, GA, and celebrated the first official day of Oktoberfest with a beer and pretzel. Not much else to taste that evening since the town center was hoppin’ (quite literally), but everything else shut down early.

We spent the night at the Unicoi Lodge, in an overpriced 1980’s room albeit on pristine grounds with lovely flowers. The next morning, we partook of German baked goods and carried on about our trip.

Next up, was slaying the Dragon Tail.

Following such badassery, we made our way to the lovely Gatlinburg, TN. We glamped in a hotel that night due to the rain and sipped on some delicious blackberry wine after tacos. The server loved the Klim Krios so much that he gave the helmets their own table.

We made our way back towards North Georgia via a scenic parkway. The rain kept it nice and cool and it was a lovely ride. We spotted our dream home along the way.

For our final evening, we spent the night at the Lake Oconee KOA in Greensboro GA.

It was a charming spot overlooking a lake. We relaxed in the hammock before I hid in the restroom for a half hour due to a spider blocking the door.

We returned to the Sunshine State the following day, but not without encountering a religious zealot at a Burger King. That’s middle GA for you. This licensed mental health counselor had to keep it moving in order to practice what I preach (tolerance, non-violence, etc.).

Overall, it was a relaxing, long weekend and a great way to celebrate the change of a season and new beginnings. Here’s to hoping for cooler days ahead in the Sunshine State.

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