Lost in North Carolina

December 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nita and I had a change of plans for the week and agreed that we wanted - needed - some time together. We thought about it and decided to return to Maggie Valley North Carolina. The last and only previous time, we attended a motorcycle ride around the Blue Ridge Parkway with about 50 close friends- Nita in her Bug and me on Bruenhilde, the big powerful cruiser; we were familiar with the area. 

We departed on a Sunday morning knowing MV would be our home base but no agenda past that - so we were off, just we two in search for something new.  After only 5 hours and we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the Smokey Mountains. Even in the off season - it is beautiful.

These small town tourista villages are littered with t-shirt, souvenir and artsy fartsy craft shops - Nita is in heaven with the crafts. I decided on this trip to be the patient husband so she could see all she wanted. I would from time-to-time find interest as well.

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No Rush. If I had enough t-shirts, indian moccasins and Christmas ornaments for the time being, I would simply wait outside and see what I could see:

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For our followers, you know we like to shoot pretty girls in pretty dresses. And low and behold, I actually found a couple of pretties that posed quite well don't you think.

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Maggie Valley is basically a main drag with shops, restaurants, and more shops. As we made a couple of passes I kept noticing this "junk yard" but it really was not an ordinary junk yard. Packed in tighter than a dozen sardines in a small tin were these relic Classic Cars and other antiques and collectibles not the worse for wear.  We decided to stop and explore.  We noticed a few fellows engaged in a friendly conversation near what looked like the front gate. We approached and I asked if we could take a few pics. Steve, the owner invited us in for a tour of Steve's Antique Motorcycles and Cars. Steve is a collector and in his facility there must have been hundreds and hundreds of classic cars in various stages of retirement. And if there was one, there were thousands of motorcycles - in this building. Up on the hill across the road, he had more in a chicken coop 150 yards long - full of motorcycles - too many to count, but Steve knew exactly. In fact, Mike and Frank of American Pickers paid a visit to Steve back in 2010. Steve did not say what they "picked". Probably nothing, because Steve is a collector, not a seller.

Steve shared the details and history of many of the pieces - Jags, Rolls', Harleys, and Hondas and even Barbara (Big Valley) Stanwick's Bentley, with the title still in the glove compartment. 

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As interesting as Maggie is - there is only so much one can do, especially in the low season. So off to Asheville we go, the home of the Biltmore Estate, purportedly the largest home in America. We got as far as the main gate and decided to turn around and have a coffee. Yep, spontaneous with no particular place to go. We find the Artsy District, park and head off on foot.  On the way, I spy an very interesting Christmas Ornament, so we stop to explore, and meet Charlie Brown, the cat:

IMGP4448 Charlie invites us in and roars a silent roar. Truly - not a peep.

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After a few pets and a little coaxing Charlie agreed to a more formal portrait. I do believe Charlie may be a Jellicle Cat.

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And speaking of Cats - These cats CAN play. Their funk sound lured us in and I could have listened and listened.

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Sax man can play the funk. Drives the rhythm and anchors the bottom with his Alto. 

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Jazz band, like a dinner bell, shepherded us to entrance of a fantastic bistro. Tummies growling so we treated ourselves to an unexpectedly great meal. 

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Oh - my bride. Happy Birthday to Nita !!

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