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Old 06-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #376
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First day of vacation. Woot!





Thursday evening the fan was in Mitchell County, and you know what hit it.





In fact, the loudspeaker on Duke Energy truck in our neighborhood mentioned Seven Mile Ridge a number of times. Duck!

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Where those peaks are occluded, is there a name for that?





I like to call it the Adiabatic Lounge. Where the camera is sitting, you could light a cigarette. Where I'm standing, you have to hold your hat. Elevator going up!




Speaking of hats, why didn't I bring a toboggan instead of a sunhat?






I was under the mistaken impression that you could ride to some tunnels here. On the DRZ maybe. The Doe looked boatable.





I followed a road that only the state would make and it came out the other side!




Again, the DRZ is needed here.



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19W from TN to NC is the bee's knees. The Cane was still brown and high at 16:30. Burnsville 80 Hankins. Remember, the second car has to come across the Linville River bridge, too.

275 miles and maybe 2 miles of walking.

PS Those tires are toast.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #377
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:53 PM   #378
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Thanks. I promise to try to make the most of it.

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Another trip to Linville Mountain





I haven't been down this run in a while.




I don't know about going back up this. I would need a good reason.






Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.





I found the tunnel where the Alexander RR goes from the Catawba to the North Toe.






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Old 06-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #381
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Lucky is back from Kentucky and has his bike back in order. We went around the back of Lake James, 80, Windy Gap, Big Laurel, Chapel Hill.









NC 212, TN 352, 19W (I can quit any time I want), Jacks Creek back to Burnsville.




You might jam it into this tunnel if some dude in a monster truck was trying to run you down from behind.






The tarsnake on 226A actually cuts into the fun factor. They were sort of scary.







On the run behind Lake James there was a state trooper parked in the middle of the road on a blind turn. Proceed with caution.
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Great action shots! You really take those turns with one hand on your camera?
WOW if you do. >
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I taught him everything he knows.



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Old 06-20-2013, 03:26 AM   #384
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I taught him everything he knows.

He really did.

Those BYOB shots add to my stoke level and inspire me to finish my chores.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #386
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Yesterday, the weather could not possibly be better for motorcycling. I headed for a location worthy of the day. I had two somewhat close calls with deer in the first three miles.






The development along Old Mountain Road raises some questions. Will it negatively affect the road's character? Will I run into the guardrail agog at the scenery?







623 was in prime shape, but my tires were not. Better to take it easy, anyway as I'm by myself.









There were a bunch of bikes at the General Store.


I packed a lunch, but I'm going to try some of this stuff.





It appears as if the FS has changed its mind about the seasonal nature of Round Top Road. The gates were open and the signs were gone. They have also redone the surface most of the way across to Bastian. Keep your eye on the road there.


Down Kimberling Creek and then up to the top of Hogback.





I encountered a fellow toward the Pumpkin Center end of Hogback. While we talked, he removed from the DRZ the various greenery I had accumulated over the course of the day. Once he had the bike preened to his satisfaction, he bade me farewell and said that he hoped that I would be the last person he saw. I hope he was referring to solitude.



I did the standard run up to Flat Top and down through Eggleston and Newport. I met a young fellow on a WR 250 near Woods Hole. We did some map recon.


The day was getting on, and in my haste I failed again to find the Barney's Wall trailhead.





Did I mention that it was nice out?









Gassed up in Pearisburg, then back over Flat Top through Dismal and Hollybrook.




Byrnes Chapel and back to the truck, where I met some Wytheville locals who invited me back for mountain biking. We'll see how that turns out. The drive home was tough. You couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a mother grouse and her bitties. I also saw a black bear, a scarlet tanager, several red tail hawks, and a big ass barred owl.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #387
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Tuesday morning, I helped Layla rob her bees. Once again this year, if it had been any easier, the bees would have carried the honey down to the house. After lunch, I met Lucky and we burned up some twisties at the base of the Blue Ridge and then headed up to Phillips Gap.





At the Parkway, he headed west to get closer to home for the afternoon thunderstorms. I headed east.









How many fun runs up the Blue Ridge escarpment are there? Still counting.





From Lambsburg, it was a short run to Willville. I got my tent set up and back from dinner before the rain hit.

I got going before 9:30 in the morning. I hit Dugspur and Indian Valley to get to 81.







To get to 738, you want to take Randolph Street out of downtown Pulaski. Randolph Street.




On the back side of this mountain, I had a close encounter with a deer. Close enough to count the three bloated ticks on its back. I went over Byrnes Chapel and checked out Mount Zion, then 42 to 100.


Eggleston has cool cliffs. If you float from here to Pembroke, you can see some really cool ones.




I passed Kyle B and company on 460. Newport, Clover Hollow, John's Creek.











Left turn for buffalo sandwich.





As chance would have it, I met the rolling rally again at the Swinging Bridge.









The weather is not looking quite as inviting.





We went over Peters Mountain into West Virginia.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:51 AM   #388
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At Sweet Springs, I crossed Route 3 for a run over Big Ridge and Cove Mountain. I really must bring my trail bike here because there are many many enticing side trails.





It was raining, so I didn't do so much map consultation. I just kept heading south and west and met 219 at Second Creek, and that brought me to 3, which I ran to Hinton.

A big dam picture.





The rolling rally at Pipestem Resort State Park. Nice place! Thanks to kennyanc for letting me squat on his campsite.







Sunset over the Bluestone gorge.





Thursday was kind of wet. Fortunately, we got packed before any real rain hit.




The bridge over the Bluestone and New is very impressive.





I split off from the group at Hinton. I thought about breakfast but since I was already rolling, I figured I would just keep going for the time being. Elk Knob and Clayton-Judson brought me over to Alderson again.







Blue Sulphur Springs --> Midland Trail --> Shoestring Trail --> Friars Hill to 219. Then up to Marlinton.

In spite of the rain, I couldn't pass up a run of Lobelia Road.




I rode both legs of Back Mountain and then 28 up to Seneca Rocks. Despite the fact that I didn't last very long Thursday evening, I made some new friends that wanted to go riding the next day.

We got off in a heavy rain. I was soaked in the first 5 miles. However, as soon as we turned south on Smoke Hole Road, things improved dramatically.

This guy was cold and not moving very fast.






I missed my intended turn off of 220, so we ended up going almost all the way to Petersburg. We made a right on CR 9 and eventually saw another good moto omen.




This road took us to the top of South Fork Mountain.












Now there is a venerable pair of yardbirds.




Sweedlin Valley, what it lacks in curves it kind of makes up for in scenery.




We passed our turn to get gas, food, and caffeine in Moorefield.

Lost River State Park Road crosses Shenandoah Mountain.








We did a side trip into Bergton. I thought you could connect Bergton and Criders to 33 via pavement, but I was wrong. We had a most edifying chat with one of the owners of the hunting club at the top of the mountain.

We took Hopkins Gap down to US 33. Two of our group decided to head straight back to Seneca Rocks from there.
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Two of us decided that a trip to Reddish Knob was in order since we were so close.

Bam!















The columbine was in raging bloom.





We headed down FR 85 and followed North River out to US 250.








I haven't run 250 in almost 20 years. I forgot how great it was.




We toyed with the idea of checking out Top of Allegheny but decided to run 28 back to Seneca. Less than 10 miles from camp, we got drenched again. I was dried out!

Waiting out the rain gave me time to check out the store close to camp.

Paydirt! Homemade pumpkin rolls stacked like cordwood in the freezer.





There's so much less to this than you think.




That ends my Friday photos. I didn't get the earliest of starts on Saturday. I decided to head for home.






The weather looks promising at the Greenbrier-Potomac divide.







I sort of retraced my steps back to Alderson. I wanted to save my running around time for Keeney Mountain.






You just can't go wrong in downtown Smoot.




I guess that is the Blue Sulphur Spring.




You'll have to take my word on this one. On the way up, I passed a road called, "Keeney Mountain Fire Tower Road." If you were making a Gaston trap, this would be good bait. It is a recently "improved" dirt road that had my radiator fan running most of the time. I found the fire tower, but it is inside the barbed wire of the communications towers. But the good news is that there is a much nicer gravel road down the other side of the mountain. The bad news is that you have to go back almost all the way to Smoot if you do, and it took me an hour of running around trying to go south to figure this out. Also it is hard to believe how much relief is there because I went down three HUGE hills to get back to Blue Sulphur Springs.

And another trip through Alderson. I had never heard of that town before.

3 to Princeton for a slab run.




I ran 221 to Boone and 181 to the house.





The riding wasn't finished. Layla and I knocked out 25 miles riding around the top of Simpson and Irish Creeks.











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Old 07-03-2013, 04:35 AM   #390
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Really nice GG!
DAMN, that's a big rattler.

Sorry we didn't get much of a chance to chat at BYOB.
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