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Old 09-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #76
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I guess I need to get on here and read before I take off to explore in my spare time on the weekends. Glenn, you ever hear of Iron Mountain Trail, between Shady Valley and Mountain City? Looks like it hasn't been used in years. I need to make a machete sheath for my DRZ. Easy way to clear the small stuff.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:47 AM   #77
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I guess I need to get on here and read before I take off to explore in my spare time on the weekends. Glenn, you ever hear of Iron Mountain Trail, between Shady Valley and Mountain City? Looks like it hasn't been used in years. I need to make a machete sheath for my DRZ. Easy way to clear the small stuff.

I'd been eyeing Cross Mtn Road on googlemaps, but had'nt made it over there yet. The map can be misleading, things which "used to be" passable years ago appear on the map, but you can barely find them now, and sometimes they are gated or non-public now.

How far have you been down Iron Mtn Trail? I assume you entered from the Shady Valley side? Will bigger bikes be able to ride it after the machete work?

The weather looks perfect all week, maybe we can get a ride in later in the week?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:20 AM   #78
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Cross Mountain Road is paved. Nice fun road, the old tar and chip stuff.

Every trail in Shady Valley is gated except for one trail to the east just below Backbone Rock. The park service does open some of the gates in the fall/winter for hunters (I'm assuming) but they don't go anywhere.

There is a fun little gravel road that runs on the west side of Iron Mountain from Bristol side of 421 up into Damascus. Starts out paved, though, across 421 from Little Jacob's Creek Road. The only other unpaved, non-gated road goes from about halfway up this road east over Iron Mountain and comes out in the big right hander at the bottom of the hill headed to Backbone Rock, right there at the bridge.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:48 AM   #79
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #80
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All Right!!!
It looks like you guys are really moving ahead with the scouting.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:45 PM   #81
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All Right!!!
It looks like you guys are really moving ahead with the scouting.
I need to find more possible places to eat lunch(es). You know, little greasy spoons that don't require riding into a traffic laden town....there's so many nice country roads that it would be great to have 'out of town' lunch stops too. Anybody have some spare anti-cholesterol pills they can send me while I scout?
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #82
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Clarence's in Unicoi. On the highway next to the BP station.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #83
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Clarence's in Unicoi. On the highway next to the BP station.
Thanks.

...but...I'm thinking more over in this circled area without going into one of the circled towns, not sure if finding a decent place to eat in that area exists or not.

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:27 PM   #84
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Riverview grocery at Hwy 321 & Guy Ford Rd. has Great burgers etc. (only a couple of picnic tables outside, no inside seating) Kayakers keep them busy.

There's also a place on Hwy 167 that popular with the locals...I'll have to check on the name. It's a mile or so on the left, going towards Mtn City from Fire Tower Rd. And another one on Dry Hill Rd, but I don't remember the name there either.

There's a little BBQ joint on 421 about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of 167/421

In Trade, TN there's a place called Sharpie's on 421

Of course there's food on top of Beech Mtn, but you probably meant to put an X over that area too.

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Old 09-16-2012, 03:44 AM   #85
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Riverview grocery at Hwy 321 & Guy Ford Rd. has Great burgers etc. (only a couple of picnic tables outside, no inside seating) Kayakers keep them busy.

There's also a place on Hwy 167 that popular with the locals...I'll have to check on the name. It's a mile or so on the left, going towards Mtn City from Fire Tower Rd. And another one on Dry Hill Rd, but I don't remember the name there either.

There's a little BBQ joint on 421 about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of 167/421

In Trade, TN there's a place called Sharpie's on 421

Of course there's food on top of Beech Mtn, but you probably meant to put an X over that area too.
Thanks! Now to go get a big bottle of Tums......
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... Now to go get a big bottle of Tums......
Got one that lives in the bottom of the pannier.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:32 PM   #87
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There are a few sites on the creek. And the best thing is, the creek is stocked weekly with thousands of keeper size trout (right from the bridge at the entrance) .

Did I say I like trout?
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:01 PM   #88
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I can put my hammock there...and there...oh, I can fish from my hammock there...
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #89
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Awesome, I can't wait.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:48 PM   #90
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