I don't know if it's the same for everyone, but for me I know that every now and then you happen upon
something so wonderful, or so beautiful that you want to share with everyone you know and even
that you don't know. In my explorations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the mountains of
east Tennessee and western North Carolina, traveling roads such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, the
Cherohala Skyway, the Foothills Parkway and the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, I feel compelled when
I'm at the top of the mountains to yell out for the whole world to hear,
"Hey everybody, you need
to see this. You need to experience this!"
When you see these mountains in a car, truck or van you are awe struck by the beauty of this area but
when you experience it on a motorcycle there's just no other feeling quite like it. There's an old
saying that only a biker knows why a dog hangs his head out the window of a moving car. Well, it's
as true that only someone that has ridden these mountains and experienced it can truly understand why
those of us that ride them keep coming back again and again. Only those that have been here
this is the most visited National Park in the United States and can understand why people travel
from all over the world to come here. I will tell you that the combination of the scenic beauty
of the area and the inner peace that the mountains bring to those of us that ride them is very addictive.
My brother and I were riding the mountains one day in the spring of 2008 when we stopped at a scenic
overlook just outside Cherokee, North Carolina. There were two other motorcycle riders already
stopped there. When we shut ours off and got off them I ask them how they were doing.
For what seemed like a couple of minutes neither one of them said anything. Finally, as though he had been
in lost in deep thought, one of them looked at me and said, "You know, if this ain't heaven it's got to
be about as close as you can get".
My website and my tours are my way of sharing this little piece of heaven with the rest of the world.
If you are reading this and have never been here, I hope you will come and experience the area and the
true meaning of "Southern Hospitality" that is extended to those that visit this area. As we say here in
the south, "Ya'll come see us!"
Don "Smitty" Smith, Pres.
Motorcycle Fantasy Vacations, LLC