I know this one is old, but so am I. I was raised in Robbinsville, NC and commuted to University of Tenn for a time on a 59 Triumph Bonneville via US 129. In those days the dragon was undiscovered and I was the only bike on the road. Now there are too many canyon racers on the road, if your not full throttle you are in the way.
Look it up on youtube to see some of the wildness.
I remember when power tools and small appliances had flexible cords.