After attending the MotoGP round at Indy for the last five years I had to opt out for this years race for various reasons. To help ease the pain I decided to book a lodge room at the recently (re)opened Two Wheels of Suches (TWoS) located in the heart of the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.
Upon arriving at TWoS on a Friday evening I found several folks gathered on the spacious front porch enjoying conversation and a few cold beverages. One of those people was the new owner, Bill Johnston. I feel as though I spoke for many local and out-of-area riders as I thanked Bill for bringing the place back to life after the original TWO had closed down a few years earlier. The work that Bill and his staff have put into the lodge and campground has resulted in the perfect place for motorcyclists to gather right in the middle of some of the best riding roads in the Nation.
Located on the lower level of the lodge is the restaurant. Along with the dining tables there is a large sofa facing the fireplace which has a big screen TV mounted above it and the walls have been decorated with some cool moto-memorabilia. Mary and the rest of the kitchen staff cook-up some tasty eats on the weekends with breakfast being served from 7 to 10 AM and lunch from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
The upper level of the lodge has three guest rooms and a large lounging area complete with comfy chairs and a TV, a kitchen and a large restroom with a shower. There is a side entrance which allows for access after the dining room has closed.
There is plenty of room for socializing on the front porch which has about a dozen large wooden chairs on it for relaxing while the large side deck is outfitted with several picnic tables. Of course the main parking area is designated for motorcycles and is where much bike checking out and tire kicking take place. A car and truck parking area has also been added across the creek with a shiny new metal pedestrian bridge connecting it to the main motorcycle parking area.
The camping area has been expanded and offers many great places to pitch a tent. A just recently completed bathhouse is located on the back section of the campgrounds and with several creeks and streams running through the property TWoS looks to have one of the nicest campgrounds in the general area.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at TWoS and I’m looking forward to returning there soon and often (not a paid advertisement mind you as I was a paying guest). Bill, Mary and the rest of the TWoS staff have done a fine job of bringing this beloved two wheel destination back into being and I think you’ll agree when you visit there for yourself if you haven’t already.
The Lodge really looks good following renovations
The dining area also has a sofa with a big screen TV over the fireplace.
From the side deck you can partially see the walking bridge leading to the car park area.
The front area of the campground with a fire pit for after dark gatherings.
The back area of the campground complete with new bathhouse.
The new Two Wheels of Suches logo (t-shirts coming soon I hope)
Not to much longer now and the parking lot will be full of motorcycles !!
It looks like it shouldn’t be much longer now that a great North Georgia Mountains ride-to destination re-opens. To stay up to date with news and information, visit the Official Facebook Page for Two Wheels of Suches:
The main building has undergone some major renovations
For thousands of motorcycle riders over the years the mention of Suches, Georgia would automatically bring to mind the ‘Two Wheels Only’ motorcycle lodge and campground located there. Unfortunately T.W.O. closed down a few years ago leaving a big void (as far as gathering points go) for riders enjoying the great roads in the North Georgia Mountains that make up ‘The Loop’ which consists of sections of highways 19, 60, 180 & 129.
The latter part of last year word began to spread that somebody had purchased the property and planned to re-open it in 2013 in a similar fashion as the former T.W.O. existed so when I was riding in the area with some friends last weekend I decided to stop by to see what I could find out.
The new owner is a man by the name of Bill Johnston. Apparently Mr Johnston used to frequent the former T.W.O. quite regularly and as many of us were, he was saddened when the place was shut down. He told me that after quite a bit of thought and investigation he decided to purchase the property (along with some adjoining land) and bring the place back to life.
The new name will be ‘Two Wheels of Suches’ and they plan to open sometime around the end of April or in early May. The restaurant will begin serving breakfast and lunch then but the days and hours of operation have not yet been determined. The camping area has been expanded and will include a bathhouse along with four (two person) bunkhouses. Mr Johnston said he will possibly add more bunkhouses next year but that it will depend the usage of the initial bunkhouses this year as to whether more will be built. There will also be an area across the creek for cars, trucks and trailers to park as well.
This is all great news for motorcyclists that frequent ‘The Loop’ along with others who will ride in the area for the first time as a favorite gathering place for riders opens back up for business. Thank you Bill Johnston !!
If you wish you can check back here from time to time as I will be posting an update as soon as an opening date is determined.
Beyond the trees will be the camping area, bathhouse and bunkhouses
Across the creek from the main parking area will be parking for cars, trucks & trailers