Back Roads of Appalachia/ Kentucky Adventure Tour


First off, this is my 101st post of the blog🙌 🥳 🙌 I wouldn’t have ever thought that back in 2016 I’d have this life or this much to show and say. THANK YOU to all that follow me!


Since leaving Ohio more than a week ago, I was hoping to explore Kentucky’s backroads, well I wasn’t disappointed. 😁🙌 Using more “Bunk A Biker“ stays outside Marrowbone Ky., Alpine Tn. and Lynch Ky. I was able to see quite a bit, meet up with old friends and make new ones! Thanks David Memmler, David Hunley and Erik Hubbard for hosting me!🙏🙌

Click on the pic to see my actual map

This was my route through Appalachia, it started with a Harvest Host stay at the 12 Mile winery in California, Kentucky after crossing the Ohio River by ferry. What a cool experience.

I had been telling myself to do the “bourbon trail” when in Kentucky so on my way south, I stopped at 3 different distilleries ( Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark) before realizing that all sour mash smells the same… 3 was plenty!

I hung out with David #1 (Memmler) a disabled Vet and rider that just moved out to quiet Kentucky from the hustle and bustle of Sacramento. While there, I did a few nice loops around Marrowbone. Thank you David!

While at David’s, Aaron, a Super Tenere rider from north Texas, reached out to say he was heading out to Kentucky to tour some Civil War battlefields and wanted to know if we could meet up! Couldn’t pass that up! We had ridden together earlier this year from his ranch in Texas down to the Gulf coast beach and back.
Here is the blog post from that wild ride!

One stop was to see the grave of his great great great grandfather who was a Confederate Colonel that was one of the “Immortal 600” click on the link to find out more.

On the way back from riding with Aaron and his buddy David, I happened to pass through Corbin, the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and the original home of “Colonel” Harlen Sanders.

After leaving David’s outside of Marrowbone, I headed down into northern Tennessee to the small town of Alpine. David (#2)Hunley and his son Fred showed me around some of their favorite backroads not far from their house. David and Fred are relatively new to adventure riding but are planning to ride the TAT across the USA in a couple years on their F-800 GS’s.

On that evening ride Fred blew out a rear bearing on his F-800 so the next day it would be just Dad and I on most of the Tennessee section of the Kentucky Adventure Tour We did a bonus section in the Big South Fork National River area along an old railroad grade to a bridge over the river.


We started out early which would be beneficial because it would be a 200 mile day when all was said and done. And what a day it was! Twisty pavement, dirt roads, water crossings and deep gravel.

After that full day of riding with David, the next morning I loaded up and headed for another section of the KAT. Thanks David and Fred for y’all’s hospitality🙏🙌 Good luck on the TAT!

Lynch, Kentucky is a sleepy little place with a history of a once great coal mining town. It’s also the start of the “Dragon Slayer 160” a 20 mile scenic route with 226 significant curves that winds its way into the town of Appalachia Virginia. The Dragon Slayer welcome Center is run by Erik Hubbard as a 501C-3 non profit called Backroads of Appalachia. Its purpose is economic and work force development through motorsports. It creates jobs for 2nd chance employees. Its support helps give women with a history of drug charges and rehab a high paying job, giving them pride and respect. That is it’s mission. What a great thing to support! Thanks Erik and his crew for making me feel so welcome!

That morning, It seemed like I was the first one on the road that morning with all the falling leaves across the pavement. The sun was also just peaking up above the ridge as I crossed the state line. Another glorious day of riding🙏

The rest of my day was filled with curves, old barns, fresh fried chicken, and even some gravel roads. I highly recommend you plan a week or more to ride the area weather on or off-road. It’s all beautiful!

I hit another milestone! The Tenere 700 is almost 6 month old now since getting it out of the crate back in June and I’ve already put 7000 miles on it.🙌🙏🙌

Author: PNWTenere

It's all about going for a ride with friends on the Yamaha Super Tenere, on road or off in the Pacific Northwest

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