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Title: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 06, 2019, 05:59:20 PM
Much as I enjoy western North Carolina, but with our upcoming relocation to Georgia, perhaps a new thread should continue the thoughts of the old...

link:  Western North Carolina visit (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=8486.msg101683#msg101683)

We're moving to Georgia, and this isn't a 'visit' any more!

Are you going to have to take GFL* classes or do you think y'all are agonna be able to get by without them?

*Georgian as a Foreign Language

Mary has a gift for communicating with humans and other species, so the classes may not be needed, at least for her. On Saturday, she admired a feral, but quite friendly, cat in downtown Blue Ridge. The cat, responding to Mary's attention, immediately approached...
(https://i.imgur.com/A8rjrnp.jpg)

Like long lost friends, they enjoyed each others' company, and I wondered whether our family would unexpectedly grow...
(https://i.imgur.com/aTzE53T.jpg)

However, the pleasant meeting ended as a thunderstorm approached and we all sought shelter.

My riding buddy Steve retired and bought a cabin outside of Blue Ridge.  You may have met him if you were at the meetup last year in Scottsboro.  NC is beautiful but Ga is better from a tax standpoint.

Unfortunately, I haven't attended a meetup in several years. You're exactly right about taxes. Although a lower tax environment was among our priorities, and a reason for looking beyond North Carolina, we quickly developed a preference for north Georgia.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 06, 2019, 06:13:57 PM
With the May 23 settlement date and house completion fast approaching, we visited on Saturday as part of our preparations...
(https://i.imgur.com/eA3P8Du.jpg)

Less than six miles from the house is one of the boat ramps to Blue Ridge Lake. Although the ramp is far more than sufficient for our 9.5' kayaks, we are looking forward to many lake adventures...
(https://i.imgur.com/RxqSbrQ.jpg)



Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Expat47 on May 06, 2019, 06:17:22 PM
The house looks good and that lake has enough going for it that it should keep you interested for a few years.
Good luck, y'all.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Maggie on May 06, 2019, 09:29:43 PM
I've been watching on FB as well.  The house is simply gorgeous!  I can't wait to see your pictures form the decks!!  Congrats.

Nice looking cat :-)


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 07, 2019, 03:04:49 AM
Thanks, Maggie!
Pictures from the deck... just happens I took a few on Friday during a t-storm. :-)
These photos and captions are copies of the FB post...

>>>>>
On our Friday visit to the house which is still under construction, a brief but very loud thunderstorm passes through the area. Thunder impressively echoes between the ridges.

The first of three photos from the same location at the house shows the forested property.
(https://i.imgur.com/6587Fmj.jpg)

The second of three photos from the same location at the house shows the main deck.
(https://i.imgur.com/53Nwc2a.jpg)

The third of three photos from the same location at the house shows the patio, which will be fully screened. The door on the left enters into the master bedroom, and the other into the great room.
(https://i.imgur.com/AS9tGkJ.jpg)

With the thunderstorm getting closer, moving inside to the great room and kitchen becomes the better plan.
(https://i.imgur.com/7UXb6MV.jpg)
>>>>>


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: CelticCross on May 07, 2019, 05:20:33 PM
Very nice - it looks like a grown-upís tree house. How hard will it be to tear yourself away from the view and ride?


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Greg on May 07, 2019, 05:28:52 PM
Wow!  Gorgeous place and setting.  I can see the attraction.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: klaviator on May 08, 2019, 12:34:38 AM
Beautiful area.  I've been riding N. Georgia since 1990 and still get over that way a few times a year.  Have you checked out Two Wheels of Suches yet?


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 09, 2019, 01:59:07 PM
Very nice - it looks like a grown-upís tree house. How hard will it be to tear yourself away from the view and ride?

One of my soon-to-be neighbors has the tree house look covered much better.
(https://i.imgur.com/jI54lGG.jpg)

One detail may be difficult to see from the photo angle, but the patio deck and roof is built around a tree.

You're right about the view, though. Leaving the house after taking it in doesn't get easier.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: jdbrot on May 09, 2019, 03:41:27 PM
Congratulations on the beautiful new home!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 09, 2019, 04:20:57 PM
Beautiful area.  I've been riding N. Georgia since 1990 and still get over that way a few times a year.  Have you checked out Two Wheels of Suches yet?

Noticed it is less than an hour away on Route 60 from Morganton, near Blue Ridge. Never there, but that road looks worth the ride.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 09, 2019, 04:23:15 PM
Wow!  Gorgeous place and setting.  I can see the attraction.

Congratulations on the beautiful new home!

Thanks very much. Two weeks until the scheduled closing date. So much to do until then!



Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: klaviator on May 09, 2019, 06:05:14 PM
Beautiful area.  I've been riding N. Georgia since 1990 and still get over that way a few times a year.  Have you checked out Two Wheels of Suches yet?

Noticed it is less than an hour away on Route 60 from Morganton, near Blue Ridge. Never there, but that road looks worth the ride.

You have to go check it out.  First, 60 is a fantastic road.  Second, Two Wheels of Suches (formerly Two Wheels only) was a famous motorcycle destination long before the "dragon" became famous.  I have been going there since 1990.  It's still one of my favorite places.  They serve food on weekends and the parking lot is typically full of all kinds of bikes and you can meet people from all over the world there.  

This is the typical view around lunch time on weekends.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/2017-pics/i-GKTQdJB/0/1342b114/XL/DSC02441-XL.jpg)


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 14, 2019, 12:35:12 AM
You have to go check it out.  First, 60 is a fantastic road.  Second, Two Wheels of Suches (formerly Two Wheels only) was a famous motorcycle destination long before the "dragon" became famous.  I have been going there since 1990.  It's still one of my favorite places.  They serve food on weekends and the parking lot is typically full of all kinds of bikes and you can meet people from all over the world there.

Thanks for the information. This is now on my list of places to visit!

Yesterday: All systems are 'go' for interstellar interstate travel (on board the 'booster' vehicle)...
(https://i.imgur.com/185kbsk.jpg)

Today (borrowing a phrase from 50 years ago): The Morphous has landed.
(https://i.imgur.com/I675em1.jpg)

And, after some preliminary exploration in Georgia, into rental storage for a while...



Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 23, 2019, 07:44:42 PM
Closing is complete as of an hour ago. We are now Georgia residents.  :2tu:


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: jdbrot on May 24, 2019, 02:29:17 AM
Congratulations!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Virginian on May 24, 2019, 04:42:49 PM
Congrats!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on May 25, 2019, 12:15:10 AM
Thanks very much. This view greeted me on the first morning in our Georgia home...

(https://i.imgur.com/JW4UK8b.jpg)

Still much work to be done, but pleased the home search process is now over.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Expat47 on May 25, 2019, 05:51:20 AM
Not too shabby!!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: klaviator on May 27, 2019, 12:47:24 AM
I'll be in Blue Ridge late next week.  I'm looking forward to getting out of the Alabama heat!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on June 10, 2019, 03:59:59 AM
Temporarily recovering from Internet deficit, but a relapse is imminent. Turned over the North Carolina house (and shut off the wi-fi) to the landlord in late May. For some reason, posting on a smart phone doesn't go well for me. A standard desktop keyboard for logging in, etc. suits me better.

Gradually moving into the Georgia house. Found my toothbrush, clean underwear, and mattress, so the essentials are covered. DLNA is set up for music and movie media files, but no Internet for streaming or posting yet.

Just arrived at the apartment in Maryland (with wi-fi and computer), which is about half empty, after driving most of the day. Another pickup truck load goes south this week, and the lease ends on June 30. Only the cats are here, as a former neighbor is caring for them in our absence. Mary and Olivia are (congratulations if you guessed this already) in Ethiopia. Although the cats' company is delightful, their assistance moving furniture is minimal.

I'll be in Blue Ridge late next week.  I'm looking forward to getting out of the Alabama heat!

Looking forward to riding with you, klaviator. The NC rental (no house any more, but still have items in storage), MD apartment close-out, GA house set-up, daughter to NY loop should run its course by early July.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: CathyN on June 10, 2019, 05:53:46 PM
Beautiful home redeye.  Gorgeous area.  Bob and I will be down your way the beginning of next week. Staying in Tellico Plains at the Cherohala CG klaviator posted about. Good luck with completing your move.  So you can sit back and relax in your new home and environment.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on June 11, 2019, 02:15:58 AM
Beautiful home redeye.  Gorgeous area.  Bob and I will be down your way the beginning of next week. Staying in Tellico Plains at the Cherohala CG klaviator posted about. Good luck with completing your move.  So you can sit back and relax in your new home and environment.

Thank you and have a great time. Blue Ridge is about an hour, hour and a quarter depending on traffic, south of Tellico Plains. My travels have taken me through there several times. Unfortunately, not yet on two wheels, but with four (truck) or six (truck+trailer). Really looking forward to riding there this summer.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: SilverBullet on June 11, 2019, 03:04:46 AM
Congrats Steve!!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Maggie on June 11, 2019, 02:30:10 PM
Glad to see all is coming together for you and Mary!!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on June 25, 2019, 05:44:24 PM
Looks like we're down to one more haul with truck and trailer from Maryland to Georgia this weekend. So many boxes already in the GA house, it will seem like Christmas for weeks as we set up.

We met the next tenants in our MD apartment. Seem like decent people, but very short of furnishings and disposable income. We are giving them several items rather than hauling them south to likely donate later.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Maggie on June 25, 2019, 07:50:54 PM
Awesome!!  That's awesome you could help the new move-ins with furniture!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on June 26, 2019, 05:58:00 PM
Blue Ridge has a small but very nice library, from where I am posting now...
Although driving north again tomorrow to empty out the Maryland apartment, a brief opportunity to ride yesterday called.

(https://i.imgur.com/TybOSr8.jpg)
Couldn't resist a river bridge photo opportunity, either!
My FZ-09 is on Route 5 in McCaysville, on the Georgia side of the Georgia/Tennessee state line.

Turned in the North Carolina motorcycle license plates this morning.
My FZ-09 and Morphous returned to storage.  :-(
But the ride was great while it lasted.  :-)


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on July 04, 2019, 01:27:19 AM
We are all now out of the Maryland apartment and in our Georgia home. Our journey took place on June 30 and the early morning hours of July 1, interrupted by a couple vehicle flat tires. The south-bound caravan isn't something I want to repeat even under ideal circumstances, but all humans and felines arrived successfully in three quite heavily loaded pickup trucks and one utility trailer.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Greg on July 04, 2019, 11:42:41 PM
Welcome to your new home.  It certainly is a beautiful home in a very beautiful setting.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Maggie on July 05, 2019, 02:07:26 PM
Glad you guys are getting settled!!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on July 09, 2019, 05:47:57 PM
Glad you guys are getting settled!!

Thank you. At first, we had a couple of rather skeptical participants in the relocation...
(https://i.imgur.com/hU0Shs3.jpg)

...but they are quickly warming up to their new home...

The move had a few unexpected events, and this is one of them...
(https://i.imgur.com/FyNeAzO.jpg)

The Harbor Freight hydraulic jack and DeWalt cordless impact wrench really showed their value.
Overall, though, we're pleased everything worked out OK.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: Virginian on July 10, 2019, 10:38:32 PM
Welcome home redeye!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on August 08, 2019, 06:57:39 PM
Combining high-quality project management with commissioning helps bring projects to a successful conclusion.
Mary and I recently set up a French country style shelf cabinet, about 7 feet tall, in our house.
(https://i.imgur.com/6XRe0yS.jpg)

Beastie the project manager climbed the stairs, moved through the handrail hardware, and 'tested' the cabinet's balance.
(https://i.imgur.com/FhFa7e9.jpg)

He seems satisfied with the cabinet, and returns to the location from time to time.
Mary had plans for items to display on top of the cabinet, but has revised the plan downward.


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: redeye on September 20, 2019, 02:34:53 AM
Today is a very satisfying day, as we emptied the last of our rental storage units in North Carolina. The only major issue was the six hour round trip to and from Georgia.

Plus time spent in the unit, getting to our items used up most of a day. Many of those days would have been better spent on a motorcycle, scooter, kayak, bicycle, etc. So I'm looking forward to the schedule change!


Title: Re: North Georgia Home
Post by: minimac on September 20, 2019, 04:12:13 AM
The time was well spent... Now it's over!