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Old 12-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #2551
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Are you ready for the good news?



Gate open that goes all the way through to Gorges St. Park in NC!!















I seen a bear here on the Right side of the road...but wasn't fast enough on the draw.




It was about 11 miles from that gate to Gorges SP and it was a lot sloppier and more rugged with baby head rocks etc. Nothing too technical, just enough to make it fun :












It crossed a hiking trail(s)

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #2552
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Several creek crossing too.....















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Old 12-20-2012, 07:54 AM   #2553
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An interesting bridge across what I think may have been the Horsepasture River?














That was a cool spot with a campsite on one side but the bike had been hard to start the last two shutdowns so these pics kinda suck as I just shot them from the saddle in an effort to keep the bike running.

















Looking back from the other side....














In hind sight I wish that I would have taken a little break there as it was much more scenic than these pics...but it was getting on into afternoon and I still wasn't sure if I'd have to double back from another dead end.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:00 AM   #2554
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Gorges SP in NC














The road is 'improved' from here on out but....it does get steep in places, signs warn in excess of 25% with momentum killing humps every so often.














Still fun....and I needed a break from all the bumps.

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:02 AM   #2555
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It's a 'through road'




























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Old 12-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #2556
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An interesting bridge across what I think may have been the Horsepasture River?


ahhh - that's the steel sheet/bridge you were talking about....
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:10 AM   #2557
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The old DR was beginning to shake itself apart, I didn't realize the extent of it until back at the truck but lets just say the decision to loop back on pavement may have been a good one.















Big and fancy new visitor's center.















Cheater.














90ish miles on the bike....HP is on the East side of the lake and BC is in that NW corner with Gorges SP North of the state line.

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #2558
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ahhh - that's the steel sheet/bridge you were talking about....
Yep.

Hey! It was fun to see a bunch of the Asheville crowd at Wedgeday!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:46 AM   #2559
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Yep.

Hey! It was fun to see a bunch of the Asheville crowd at Wedgeday!

our pleasure!
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:36 AM   #2560
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Just skimmed through a few posts - I'm definitely going to have to spend some time in this thread! I'm still kinda new to the area, so getting some ideas together for places to ride next year. Thanks for posting
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:09 AM   #2561
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Just skimmed through a few posts - I'm definitely going to have to spend some time in this thread! I'm still kinda new to the area, so getting some ideas together for places to ride next year. Thanks for posting
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:48 AM   #2562
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #2563
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i would just like to say thanks kenny for keeping me amused over here with great photos and reports

and merry xmas to you all here

keep them wheels rolling in 2013

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #2564
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Your pictures are a great reminder of how beautiful Lake Jocassee is. The whole surrounding area is very scenic. I rode that area for a few days while on a camping trip to Devil's Fork (really nice state park IMO) in October of 2008. Some of the leaves had started to change and the colors were awesome.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:27 AM   #2565
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