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Old 09-06-2010, 09:22 PM   #31
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Thank you for sharing this so-not-stooopid day trip pic thread. Your pics are beyond words and make me salivate like a Pavlovian pup. I'd love to see what you get to see, ride where you ride someday.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:35 PM   #32
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Yeah....I've been up and down Hurricane Creek numerous times on my old dual sport...but never on the little piggy.

Until now, that is!

It starts out easy enough.





...just a scenic ride in the country...



...a little bumpy, perhaps...




It's hard to tell for all the trees but if you mess up to the left here.....it's about 100ft down to the creek!




I wouldn't even think about it on the DR...but decided that I'd better have a closer look at my lines for this bike!




The mossy old stone wall is kinda cool.




It was a bit muddier than I expected it to be as it's been kinda dry lately....



....the lack of recent rain was evident in the shallow water crossings though.




I knew that trouble out here could be bad but I was cruising right along and having a ball anyway!




That expression says fun! fun! fun!




Then suddenly with out warning, over nothing too rough the pogo sticks timing was just off enough to catch a good one!!




Yeah....I went to school on the short bus! Gotta problem with that?!?





Well....the only damage appeared to be to the skid plate itself, so I guess it did it's job!




I aint out of the woods yet though..




I wasn't completely alone up there though I ran across these campers packing it in after the long weekend.





...and when you get to the cabins.....



...you know that I-40 is just below.



Well....the day aint over yet.......
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:37 PM   #33
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Thank you for sharing this so-not-stooopid day trip pic thread. Your pics are beyond words and make me salivate like a Pavlovian pup. I'd love to see what you get to see, ride where you ride someday.
Thanks cookie!! you're too kind

pavlovian pup eh?
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:06 PM   #34
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Although there was still plenty of daylight I knew that I'd be getting home after dark so I short cut my way down I-40 to Canton with the intention of climbing back up to the Parkway.




They were having some sort of carnival there...




...but I just rolled right on by.




It wasn't too far down the road that I felt a familiar squishiness in the rear tire!




What are the odds?




Thankfully I still had everything I needed to plug it and keep rolling.




NC 215 is also an old favorite for both twisties and scenery.




I really should have taken the time to rotate and crop this one...maybe later.






Back up on the Blue Ridge Parkway....this is called "Devil's Courthouse"








Shadow's a gettin' long....gotta go!








...same rock, different overlook...







I had another NO traffic clean run down 276 !! That's 3 in a row baby!! totally makes up for the skidplate and flat tire!

Looking Glass Falls






And I'll close with a couple of "corny" sunset pics as I managed to get off the mountain just before dark.






Look what followed me home!! Can I keep it?!?




Watch out Chuck!! You've got competition now!!
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:15 PM   #35
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gotta get east. How's the riding out there in November?
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:29 PM   #36
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gotta get east. How's the riding out there in November?
...as bendy would say....Bring It!

November? unpredictable, but usually still warm enough for some great riding (and the over-rated roads aren't as busy)
In fact we may still have some fall color in early Nov.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #37
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:17 AM   #38
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Nice! Looks like fun. KayaKTM and I were out at Hurricane et al on Sunday. Lucky was Stromming over Mt Mitchell and 209 on Sunday as well.

That's an odd shaped bit of metal to pull out of a tire.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:52 PM   #39
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Nice! Looks like fun. KayaKTM and I were out at Hurricane et al on Sunday. Lucky was Stromming over Mt Mitchell and 209 on Sunday as well.

That's an odd shaped bit of metal to pull out of a tire.
How about that for a tire flattener? Could have run over that hundreds of thousands of times and not had it do anything!


btw....rough and rusty old CT70 has spark but the carb is in real bad shape. I'm not sure if the original owner will be able to dig up the title or not anyway......but free is a good start for any money pit.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:27 PM   #40
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Holy smokes! What a great ride and bunch of pictures!


I recognize a few locations.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:08 AM   #41
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Thanks for sharing the ride and the pics. I saw a few familiar places and new to me places I would like to ride. I have to get out to WNC more this fall.

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Old 09-10-2010, 06:52 AM   #42
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Thanks for the nice words...WNC really is a pretty area.


Remember my bashed bash plate?


Well it hammered out quite nicely.

Here's some before and after pics.

Damaged



Repaired



More off the bike...

Before



After
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:10 AM   #43
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Maybe some oil in the forks would have prevented that?

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Old 09-10-2010, 11:25 AM   #44
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Great pics You're lucky to live near such great scenery and riding. I've been up in that area my last few vacations, and will be again in early October. Your pics have me drooling in anticipation.....I better back up so I don't short out my laptop
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:13 PM   #45
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Maybe some oil in the forks would have prevented that?



Yeah, it's a wonder that I didn't do something like that out West when my forks were completely blown out!

I actually had Rick @ Cogent Dynamics rebuild my forks for me after that trip and they feel better than ever!


This was my punishment for getting over confident and trying to pick up the pace a little.

Wee Little Piggy don't like to go fast over rocks!



klaviator....aren't you in GA? I like the scenery in those hills too.
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