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Checking off my bucket list…
Jeanine and I had a very enjoyable, though non-traditional, Thanksgiving. Our friends Doug Martin and Becky Willis picked us up at our house on Thursday morning and we set out for Maggie Valley, NC. Our intent was a low-key, no-stress, mini vacation and the trip certainly exceeded all expectations.
I have wanted to visit the Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum for some time and we decided last weekend was the time to check it off my bucket list.
Traffic wasn’t too bad and we arrived on schedule. Our accommodations were nice and the Inn keeper was helpful in finding us a place that was open to have our Thanksgiving feast. Unfortunate for Becky, who had her heart set on a traditional meal of turkey and the trimmings, the restaurant we went to, one of the few open, had sold out of their special just before we arrived. Regardless we had a very good dinner, though I probably will never hear the end of it from Becky.
After breakfast on Friday we headed to the museum. Dale Walksler, owner and star of one of the American Restoration series on the History Channel, was tidying up out front when we arrived. He welcomed us and gave us directions.
The Wheels Through Time Museum features over 320 of American rarest and most significant machines and each has its own story. One of the most unique aspects of this mu- seum is that 99% of the machines on display are in running condition. There were many one-of-a-kind vehicles, some so rare and priceless that Wheels Through Time is the only place you can see them.
Another great aspect of our visit was employees of the facility as well as Dale, mingled through the crowd and displays and told the history of many of the bikes on display. You could also see and hear some of the machines run as Dale would allow a small guest to start one of the rare pieces.
Dale also took one of his vintage machines a few laps around the large parking lot to the delight of the large crowd in attendance.
We spent several hours in the facility; Doug and I could have easily been there all day, but we noticed the ladies were getting restless. I really liked the warm and friendly atmosphere of the facility. Dale and his crew’s knowledge was quite obvious as was their desire to share what they knew and preserve the history of their rare machines.
I can check the Wheels Through Time off my bucket list, but if the Lord’s willing, it won’t be by last trip. Doug and I have already begun planning a return trip on bikes this summer.
We stayed in Maggie Valley until Saturday morning when we decided to head over to Gatlinburg, TN to take in some Christmas lights. That part of our journey was also very enjoyable.
Of course the trip home was slow due to the holiday traffic and the 40 minutes we sat on I-81 due to an accident, wasn’t much fun, but the vacation as a whole was better than anticipated. I would highly recommend the Wheels Through Time Museum to anyone who likes old motorcycle, cars or history. Where else could you see a motorcycle owned by Orval and Wilber Wright. It was truly and amazing adventure.
Will return soon...