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Parking the bike part of the fun of Southern Dozen
It’s often the scenery that draws riders
from all over the world to the Southern Dozen routes near Johnson City, Tenn. But one rider says the gorgeous surroundings are only half the fun.
Lesley Rosinsky of Warner Robbins, Ga., has been riding motorcycles with her husband David for several years and they, like most riders, love the scenic, mountainous curves. But it’s often the times when the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic is parked that Rosinsky has the most fun. That’s why she fell in love with the Southern Dozen rides she was able to fit in during a week’s stay in Johnson City.
“I loved it ... absolutely loved it,” Rosinsky says. “The scenery was breathtaking, but for me, while the point of the ride is the ride, I love to be able to stop at the places along the route.”
The couple, along with friends Stephen and Belle Givens, was able to visit historical sites, two different caverns, nature reserves, animal habitats and some restaurants with great local fare by completing the following rides:
The Snake Ride
Features Bristol Caverns and Appalachian Caverns - an underground labyrinth more than one million years old.
Through Stoney Creek and Shady Valley to Backbone Rock and into Damascus, returning through Mountain City, beside Watauga Lake.
The Long Dam Ride
Rugged gorges, rocky cliffs, mountain streams, tranquil lakes, spectacular formations, and miles of roller-coaster dips and rural charm.
Howling Wolves, Stars and History
Bays Mountain Park features its famous wolf habitat, as well as a planetarium, hiking trails and more.
“The rides were on the whole mapped out well,” Rosinsky says. “I would definitely like to come back and complete the rest of the rides. I would recommend the Southern Dozen to anyone.”