Cruzin with Jaz for this time has been great. Wouldn't have gone to the swamp and wouldn't have gone horse riding at the Forest Hills Mountain Resort. Got a package with horse ride dinner and room all for one price. The thing was the lady at the front desk didn't know the guides were having a day off. We booked in for 4 in the afternoon and we got there at 3.55 dam talk about cutting it fine
. We were the only ones on the trail ride. Being a first time rider thought they would give me the easy horse to ride. But no, guy girl going for a ride they gave the easy horse to Jaz and me the other. Bit of a mission to get it out of the gate but its just like riding a bike. Once your use to the controlls and your moving its all good. Just got to remember there is a brain in there. The more confident I am the more secure the horse will feel. The first guide had a bit of trouble with his horse. Stuborn thing didn't want to go out for a ride. So after the light cowhersing he packed it in and went back to the stables. Keeping the balance of master and horse another guide came out with us on the same horse. Dam he was stuborn. When the horse stopped he would just keep kicking the horse in the side with his heels till the horse gets moving again. He said letting the horse go back the first time is a mistake. The horse will think he can do what he likes and the rider horse relationship goes totally out of wack. The ride lasted for about an hour and was although it was alot of fun, the bike always wins. What would be really cool though would be to go out mustering during my travells. Might have to look into it.
At this stage were only an hour away from being home to Jaz's place. But then there was a military musium in the oppisite direction. Telling Jaz there would be guns to look at she agreed
. Think the horse ride got some browny points too ; ). Toccoa is the home of the band of brothers. This is the place they did the 3 miles up 3 miles down. If it weren't for the Museum you wouldn't know that this was the home of such a large training camp. The museum was small but is fairly new and is not government funded. The band of Brothers series really put this place on the map and made this museum possible. It was great reconising some of the names and reading the silver star stories.
Coming back to dalton through Ellijay got a taste of the corners I'm expecting to get through the blue mountains on the next leg. This is what the tires needed to get ride of that flat spot in the middle. With this V Rod harley that im riding it doesn't lean over as much as my old SV1000 (sports bike) So im having to change my riding style. Can't get away with keeping my body straight with the bike and leaning it over till the foot peg touchs the ground. I have to really get my body itself leaning to the inside of the corner. Guess thats something that will make a good rider, even after 5 years of riding im still learning.
So a couple of days to chill before hitting some of the best roads around. Including the tail of the draggon. Going to be a long ride up to washing DC but its not so much the destination but enjoying the ride.
I've been trying to keep the time were on the bike down and actually spend some time in the place were in. Found also the longer we ride the grumpier we get so for this leg we flicked up to Augusta; o nly a couple of hours riding. Augusta was once apon a time the capital of Georgia. The streets were narrow and the houses huge. This town was founded in 1736 so the houses reflect this. Big porches on huge sections of land. Augusta is right beside the mighty Sahvana River. This meant back in the day it would flood seasonally. Now days they have other ways to controll the river rising but back in the day they built a flood bank that you can now walk along. Primo place to take a walk and read about some of the history of the city.