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Old 10-23-2011, 06:45 PM   #751
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ROBBLE rode out to my place on Thursday morning to join me for a back roads route up to Hot Springs. I have not done much 'rugged' dual sporting lately and wanted to take advantage of being in an area that still has some available...so I loaded up the old DR650 and away we went.











We rode up Apple Rd into the park and there was just a hint fall color here and there.











....a little bit more color closer to the hills....











A low pressure system was still moving out of the area on Thursday morning leaving a possibility of snow at higher elevations.









We weren't skeered and headed for Mount Mitchell via Curtis Creek.

































Peak color and no traffic!














































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Old 10-23-2011, 06:57 PM   #752
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Mount Mitchell is up there 'under' that cloud.









A few misc overlooks along the BRP



















My guess was that everything under that cloud was covered in 'hoarfrost' I asked ROBBLE if he wanted to go see it.....and he said yes!

























Are we sure that we want to do this?





Those old folks have the top down....how bad could it be?

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Old 10-23-2011, 07:07 PM   #753
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It was a pretty good guess!

























NO.....we're not very smart.






































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Old 10-23-2011, 07:24 PM   #754
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Now that we had paid homage to the frost there was the hope that it would once again be sunnier and warmer as we rode South on the parkway.

It wasn't. The next 10 or 12 miles down through Craggy Gardens was frosted over as well.









But you could see sunshine on the hills just below.....

















We rode down the mountain on gravel from Craggy leaving the frost behind for the rest of the weekend! ...well, almost..but I didn't go outside in the mornings until it melted.









The ride down was just as nice as the ride up had been.









This shot makes me dizzy









......misc 'fly-by' colors......

































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Old 10-23-2011, 07:43 PM   #755
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Rick's cabin is over yonder there somewheres









His infamous driveway









I rode it one handed with the shutter clicking just so you could see that the rumors are pretty much just rumors.









No big deal, right?









This part might be classified as steeper than it looks.









We made it!...and NO rain or snow!









ROBBLE's secret identity revealed.

















Mike Rowe was there doing the 'dirty work'























Looking back down the drive.....

















Another view from the yard....









Just getting things ready for a little shindig.

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Old 10-23-2011, 07:55 PM   #756
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I heard those frosty poles are cherry flavored if you lick 'um


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Old 10-24-2011, 07:58 AM   #757
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Frost

Now thats some serious frost

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Old 10-24-2011, 08:19 AM   #758
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Now thats some serious frost
It was a bit chilly up there.
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More like the raspberries!
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:35 AM   #759
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Well Thursday night turned into Friday morning just like it always does and once we had some breakfast and the sun had melted the frost it was deemed to be safe to go for a ride!


PARTY BOSS™ asked me if I could lead a ride on Friday as KTMike would be leading a twisty street ride on Saturday. I think that mine was supposed to be a paved ride too but I misunderstood and made it an easy gravel/back roads route.


Nice day to ride up Hurricane Gap to the Rich Mtn fire tower though.









Hurricane Gap is an easy gravel FR...not to be confused with the rough FR of a similar name, Hurricane Creek.









A few shots from the tower.....









It seemed to me that the colors were brighter down under the canopy on the FRs than they appeared to be when viewed from above like this.














That little path near the bikes is the Appalachian Trail.




























Once we got down the mtn Rick led us into town for some lunch.









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Old 10-24-2011, 08:44 AM   #760
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After lunch we made a run up FR 209 (not to be confused with NC 209) are you confused yet?

















My partners in crime for the day....PARTY BOSS™, ROBBLE and Mike Rowe.









































Then just a quick run up TN 107 and over Lone Pine Gap to Paint Rock.









It really did turn into a beautiful afternoon.



















































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Old 10-24-2011, 08:54 AM   #761
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I believe Paint Rock is on Paint Creek












I mentioned how I hardly ever get any good 'people pics' then snapped this one of Rick.





Paint Rock gets it's name because there are/were Native American Indian paintings on the rocks....many are now faded and/or covered by Modern American Graffiti






























The guy doing this work turned out to be a friend of Rick's







...and this is a view from atop that road he put in on the Left of that pic









Friday's ride wasn't a big one mileage wise...80 or so....but it was a fun one!

Rick took over and led us on a 'gas run' before heading back to his cabin that afternoon.

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Old 10-24-2011, 08:59 AM   #762
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Back at the cabin Friday afternoon.......









257bob, Mrs & Mr. advtenn and Mark-O, who rode down from NY.









Trying to 'untweak' Cuttle's front forks.

















That's all I have from Friday.....but I've got a bunch from the 'weekend' itself.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:03 AM   #763
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seems you rode the same route I took Sunday
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:34 PM   #764
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You Left Out the Ugliness.

You forgot to add that you had to ride my bike up the "driveway from hell" for me - after I dumped it then pulled my right hamstring picking it back up Friday afternoon.

Thanks for you help bud. I was hurtin at the time.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:54 PM   #765
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seems you rode the same route I took Sunday
Well it's only natural that since we were both riding DR650s that they would take us down the same roads.

.....and since we were both using Canon pocket cameras that they would get pictures of the same things!

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You forgot to add that you had to ride my bike up the "driveway from hell" for me - after I dumped it then pulled my right hamstring picking it back up Friday afternoon.

Thanks for you help bud. I was hurtin at the time.

No problem.....and don't feel bad as you weren't the first and I doubt you'll be the last!


Oh..but congrats on conquering it the next day!!
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