Organized by the Cycle Source Magazine and by the cats of the Limpnickie Lot, and supported by Spectro Oils, this year’s Big Mountain Run is scheduled for May 18th through the 22rd, 2011 and the line up is outrageous, gypsy style. To give everyone that wanted to do this last year and couldn’t make it, they are keeping run almost exactly the same. Tuesday night there will be a pre-run party at Wicked Willy’s Choppers in Taylorsville, NC, the same place you will leave in the morning by noon.
From there you will take a two day Gypsy Tour through the Smokey Mountains stopping the first night at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. There, Dale Walksler and staff will roll out the red carpet for you for a complete tour of one of the best motorcycle museums in the world with more than 250 rare motorcycles. Camping is right on site that night and the next morning you will take on the Dragon. US 129, the most notorious motorcycle road known to man. Then you will cross the Cherahola Sky way and wind down through the hills to Reliance Tennessee for a three night party at Hiawassee Outfitters campground right on the river. For BMR veterans organizers have a few alternate routes planned out with other folks that have mapped out some killer roads as well. Additionally, Don Wood is throwing a PRE pre-run party on Monday night at his farm and he will lead attendees from there to Wicked Willy’s the next day. Location and directions also on the web site, all are welcome.
At the campgrounds there will be live music all weekend featuring fat tramp Food Stamp, Sixes, Reliance Bluegrass Band, Final Drive, Rocket 350 and Big House Pete just to name a few. There will be food vendors, The Cycle Source Chopper Show, mini bike racing and some of the best riding in the entire country.
All this is included in your camping pass, just $30. You can save 5 bucks on a single or 10 on a couple pass by getting your tickets early on line. For information on being a vendor or for general info on the run go to Big Mountain Run.
(all photography copyright & courtesy Michael Lichter)