Searching for Giants and Interesting Things (Sep 2015)

Since Sept 7th, 2015 was a holiday (Labor Day), I took the following two days off from work so I could have five straight days of riding time.  That would allow me to find a couple more Whispering Giants and visit the Wheels Through Time museum.  I’m doing the Whispering Giants Grand Tour this year.  To see what other Whispering Giants I have visited, see my Whispering Giants page.

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I took the fast way down to Kingsport, TN via I-81.  One of the roadside attractions I found  was this giant indian stands watch at a restaurant in Kingsport.


Not far from this giant, I found some giant food at a local fast food chain called “Pal’s.”

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In search of a local Muffler Man, I found one at another Pal’s in Kingsport.  

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My next stop was in Johnson City, TN to get a picture of a Whispering Giant there with my bike and rally flag.
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From Johnson City, I headed to the Indian Reservation in Cherokee, NC to find the Whispering Giants down there.  It is located just outside of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.  Of course, I had to visit the museum.  It was very interesting.  I’m glad I stopped.

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As I entered the museum, I was greeted by Jerry Wolf.  He was the model for the statue below shown below:IMG_5208  IMG_5217

Here are a few pictures from the museum.

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If these three statues look remarkable life-like, its because they are not statutes.  These three were able to stand perfectly still for a very long time.

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I would have like to have had more time to checkout reservation, but had to get back on the road so I could visit another museum that I have wanted to visit for some time.

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I first heard about the Wheels Through Time museum when I saw an episode of the television show “What’s in the Barn.”  I knew from the show that Dale Walksler prides himself on having all the bikes in the museum in working order.  Most of the bikes are very old, some over a century old – and they all run!  Sure enough, Dale started one of the old bikes right there in the museum to show folks that it still runs.  I’ve been to the Harley-Davidson museum and several car museums (I visited the Henry Ford museum last month.), but the Wheels Through Time museum is different.  As soon as you walk in, you will notice that it smell like a working garage.  The bikes in Dale’s museum are not “garage queens.”  Most have not been restored to look like they just rolled off of the showroom floor.  Instead, Dale leaves them with their original paint and allows the character and patina they have gained through the years to be seen.  Its a great museum and a must see stop when in northwestern North Carolina.

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I’m usually not impressed  by “trikes,”  but this one is way cool.


I got rained on in North Carolina a couple of times and wanted to avoid a storm, so I headed north on highways to get away from the storm clouds and spent the night in Charlottesville, VA. I could have kept going and arrived home in a couple of hours,  but I was not ready to end my road trip just yet.   I spent the night in Charlottesville so I could ride the full length of Skyline Drive the next day.  The southern end is near Charlottesville and the northern end terminates in Front Royal, VA.  I have been on Skyline Drive before, but not the southern half  This gave me an opportunity to ride the full length and see what I had been missing.  It was a good decision, as the views were great and the ride was fun.

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It was a great trip.  I can’t wait until I take a few days off from work again to go on another road trip journey.

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