Two Wheel Adventures owner Chris Carr's love of motorcycles has driven him to adventures including becoming the 2011 AHRMA Middleweight Superbike National Champion, careening into authordom with Street Riding Secrets, and bestowing his knowledge of motorcycle handling on budding enthusiasts with a series of introductory classes. Together with a team of moto-enthusiasts, he leads courses that run the gamut from two-hour introductions to motorcycling or scooter skills to two-day basic riding courses, motorcycle street-savvy sessions, and licensing courses. For certain courses, students can borrow one of the motorcycles from Two Wheel Adventures' stable of 250cc Kawasaki Ninjas, Honda Nighthawks, and Yamaha XTs, rather than scrounging up a borrowed bike or attaching a motor to a unicycle.
The Lion Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 layout unfurls across 7,086 yards of short-grass corridors buttressed by skyscraping pine trees and winding streams. Players can begin their day of orb-blasting bravado by unloading their own individual buckets of practice balls into the verdant abyss of the club’s 11-acre range, where distant targets beckon to precise golfers and lonely 9-irons. The swing-loosening sessions pay off immediately at the third hole, considered the course’s most challenging because of a hard-to-gauge, uphill approach shot. The grizzled sands of treacherous bunkers lurk at the periphery of most holes, but the course’s true challenges await on each green, where slick surfaces and bold slopes conspire to form breaks more difficult to read than the fine print on an infomercial. Rounds conclude with three breathtaking finishing holes, including the signature 16th, which features an elevated tee and a green fronted by a winding creek. After the round, golfers can refuel with tasty bread-ensconced eats such as a chicken-salad sandwich or classic BLT, both served with fries.
Georgia Kayak Adventures’ experienced staff guides tours centralized on the Etowah River, which plays host to 75 native species of fish and strategic Civil War battle sites and crossings. Its eco tours embark on the green, natural waters of the river surrounded by lush foliage as guides explain the ecology of the area, with chance sightings of deer, birds, and incredibly lost scuba teams. Weekend evening tours tempt romance beneath the moonlight, whereas history tours explore covered bridges and Civil War hot spots. Kayak fishing trips come in both day and overnight versions, in which anglers search for bass or etowah and cherokee darters, which are native only to this area of the world.