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Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians: North Georgia, Western North Carolina, East Tennessee Book 1 Paperback – June 15, 2009

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A tremendious amount of useful information and an efficient, easy to navigate layout....the rides listed are most definitely good ones, in terms of both visceral and visual thrills. Every one we sampled was impressive....a friendly, well-researched, no-nonsense read that seasoned riders will appreciate. This book will make a lot of other motorcycle touring/sport-touring guides harder to tolerate by comparison; it's definitely a front-runner in terms of quality....few have the depth of useful information this one does. --Motorcycle Consumer News

About the Author

Haakon "Hawk" Hagebak is a Cobb County, Georgia police sergeant. A former motorcycle policeman, he has logged two-wheeled tours in 48 states. His Motorcycle Adventures series covers more than 5,000 miles of the best motorcycling in the eastern United States.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Milestone Press; updated edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889596108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889596105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Hawkos on July 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read about this book in an article in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution and had to buy a copy. It was a little hard to find. After reading and taking in many of the adventures listed in the book by Hawk Hagebak, I must say that it is the most insightful and intelligent Motorcycle Guidebook I've ever read. The author uses his experience as a former motorcycle cop to give practical (and humorous!) advice for everything between avoiding a ticket to handling a breakdown. He's really funny! The book is broken into 20+ chapters, each chapter is a ride. The rides include restaurant recommmendations, road descriptions, a map and often some interesting information about the area. My favorite quote from the book is on page 9 where the author is telling the reader how to embellish a "road lie". "I was riding Mile High and the abominable snowman came out of one of the scenic overlooks and chased me all the way into Robbinsville!" The author continues, "Lesson learned? Other than the obvious hazard of a slick road, there's an abominable snowman to contend with, and who wants that?" Another funny quote is in Ridge and Valley Chapter. That ride cuts through a town named, "Sublinga". The author pokes fun at the name by saying, "No, not the medical word- Doctor, my Sublinga is swollen!" The maps are great and they're next to written directions to the right of the maps. I found the rides easy to find and easy to follow. He even includes the mileage from point to point (you can reset your odometer at the start of the ride to keep up with the map mileage). If you are new to the area or have been living in the region for several years (myself for 7 years).Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J.F. on June 18, 2002
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Great book, well written, easy to read, good humor.
Smart layout enables you to xerox the two facing pages to have a complete map and guide for each ride.
The reference section at the end of the book gives you phone number and other info for hotels, restaurants, dealerships, chamber of commerce, etc.; very convenient.
Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Van Hudson on September 26, 2005
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This is a great book for planning trips on a motorcycle or a car. The descriptions are detailed and there are bonuses listing restaurants and gas stations. The author goes into a lot of detail about each route. My only complaint is the book is a little thin for $15.00. There is a second book for the rest of North Carolina. It would have been better to combine the two books for $20 - $25. Don't let this comment keep you from getting the books though. The author does a great job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Hornecker on January 14, 2014
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Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians: North Georgia, Western... given as a gift to a frirnd in prison to give great Riding adventures when he gets out this May.
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By Patty Harber on August 9, 2010
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We were introduced to this title when we encountered a pair of Harley riders at a Welcome station in Tennessee. They had used the book to plan some of their trips & were very pleased with the suggested routes. Upon returning home I researched the title & discovered that the author had produced a series. We went ahead & ordered Book 1 with plans to order the rest of the series in the future. I am a new rider & had noticed that my boyfriend was constantly thinking over different routes to & from a destination in order to provide a pleasurable & varied riding experience for me. This book helps tremendously. We have friends & fellow riders in TN. This book provides us with suggested ride routes to share with them along with stops of interest along the way. We are looking forward to many enjoyable rides with this book in our saddlebags. My only complaint/suggestion is that I wish the spine was spiral. Being paperback with a glued spine, I will be repairing lose pages in the future.
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I love guide books. And this one (and the other two by this author) are great!! He gives a lighthearted, but accurate description of rides throughout the Appalachian Mountains. It is informative, fun, and easy to read. The directions are accurate and easy to follow - even for a direction-challenged individual like me. And his sense of humor kept me laughing the entire time, while giving good points and tips for successful motorcycling.
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By Chris on December 24, 2012
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One of the best most detailed motorcycle route books available. It is very detailed with route information and provides points of interest, fuel stops, and food along the routes as well. It also gives an approximate time for traveling each route.
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By Tom on May 1, 2014
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A great guide book to have. I purchased the one that contains the roads I ride. I've been on the same roads many times but Hawk's book point's out many things that I overlooked.
It's very easy to read and I'm glad I purchased it.
Tom
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