Well there is a great deal of great riding in Eastern Tennessee, not to mention the Tail of the Dragon. If you want to fly into Knoxville heck I will pick ya up at the airport, and take ya to the Harley Shop. That's how CF family members roll.
Just let me know
2,300 plus miles from Gatlinburg to where? (Reno) Hell of a ride if you follow GPS. Go your own way and find that there's a more beautiful way home....longer of course but much more enjoyable. It should be a blast, especially if you hook up with Ken in Tennessee. And who knows, on your journey west you just may encounter a CF'er or two.
Only the living swim upstream.