Things were quite exciting around here for the last couple of days. Robbinsville played host to ABC’s Good Morning America for the series, Weekend Adventures
These segments have featured each anchor performing daredevil activities such as exploring underwater caves in Florida and cliff diving in Hawaii. This week was Bill Weir’s turn to try his luck with a little dragon slaying.
Bill Weir is the co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" and his reporting is seen on "World News with Charles Gibson," "Nightline" and "20/20." Weir has anchored several launches and landings of the space shuttle, was the first American to broadcast live from Tibet and led off 2007's Earth Day special with an unprecedented underwater live report from the Great Barrier Reef.
For the Weekend Adventures segment, Bill rode a beautiful 2010 Indian Chief motorcycle. Hitting the road in 1901, Indian Motorcycles was not only the first American motorcycle, it was the world's best-selling bike and having introduced the first V-twin motorcycle to the world in 1907, the most technologically advanced.
Flying into the Knoxville airport, several of the crew had an early taste of US 129 and the twists and turns that it offers. Jennifer Pirone, GMA Weekend Producer, has a harrowing story to tell her fellow New Yorkers about driving the dragon alone, in the dark with no cell phone service. With the sunrise, she was excited to actually see all that she drove through!
Robbinsville native, Ella Mae Teesateskie, manager at Blue Waters Mountain Lodge, thoroughly enjoyed meeting the ABC crew and was flattered when Bill Weir told her “can’t wait to come back and enjoy this, when I get some time off”.