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Old 05-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #16
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Day 1 Ride

Dad started the gang on an easy dirt road that runs alongside the Little Tennessee River.




Dad said they were rtidng with a Spaceman


Then they headed over Leatherman's Gap


And into Cherokee for lunch.


The Texas guys were Grumpy because Dad stopped for lunch at a Burger King. They said they could eat at Burger King back home. Dad said he noticed they still ate pretty good.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:47 PM   #17
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Up the Mountain

After lunch, Dad said they headed up the mountain on a Bureau of Indian Affiars (BIA) road, climbing past the Blue Ridge Parkway, to a campsite/overlook where the altitude was more than a mile high.







From there, Dad said they rode to Heintooga Ridge Rd. with the intent of riding back down to Cherokee on Heintooga Round Bottom Rd. They found Heintooga Ridge Rd blocked and closed. Dad has this picture from an earlier ride:


Dad said they back tracked and rode down the BRP towards Maggie Valley. Just before Maggie Valley, the group turned onto Fire Top Rd, hoping to go up and over a pass north of Maggie Valley. Fire Top Rd. is a 2 lane paved road, and Dad said it was the steepest road he has been on. Dad said the poor old TW would barely pull 2nd gear in some sections. At the top of the mountain, the guys found Cataloochie Ranch, a dude ranch/ski resort.




Fire Top Rd ended in a 5 way intersection seemingly in the middle of the ranch. The ranch owners had posted signs saying "your GPS is wrong - this road is not passable - do not procede". Dad said they ignored the signs, followed the purple line on their GPSs, and rode out on a steep dirt road on the north side of the ranch. Dad says he won't do that again and he doesn't think anybody else should either.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:45 PM   #18
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The one with the trouble breathing is really an Okie but we try not to think about that, ha!
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:43 AM   #19
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I really think the gear is the least of your problems. If that piece you can't get out is a shift fork how did it get off the shaft it rides on? Hopefully the shaft didn't get knocked out of the boss it rides in which is cast into the case and damaging the case. Ugly.

I just looked at the fiche and the third gear dogs engage fifth gear slots which is why you didn't have fifth gear.

Good luck with it.

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:22 AM   #20
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From John: If that piece you can't get out is a shift fork how did it get off the shaft it rides on?
That was exactly my thought. I quit taking things apart when I saw that piece. I will be looking for some new inspiration this evening.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:01 AM   #21
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Space Man Rick



John making a splash



Fetcher



And Randy on the TDub



Andy ordered us some really nice Weather



I'm thinking about going with a Mohawk!

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Old 05-29-2013, 06:01 AM   #22
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Cataloochee is a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, located in the Southeastern United States. Now a recreational and historic area within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee was once home to a substantial Appalachian community and Cherokee hunting ground. Cataloochee consists of three narrow valleys running parallel to one another, and "walled in" by the high ridges of the Balsam Mountains. To the northwest is Sterling Ridge and to the southeast is Cataloochee Divide, both of which rise above 5,000 feet for considerable stretches. To the southwest is the 6,155-foot Big Cataloochee Mountain along the Balsam crest, which runs perpendicular to Sterling Ridge and Cataloochee Divide. Two lower ridges, Noland Mountain and Big Fork Ridge, run parallel between Sterling and the Divide, and split Cataloochee into the three valleys. The name "Cataloochee" is derived from the Cherokee term Gadalutsi, which means "fringe standing erect." The name probably referred to the tall rows of trees along the ridges surrounding the valley.[1] The Cherokee used the valley primarily as a hunting ground. Early settlers recalled at least one Cherokee hunting camp in the vicinity of Little Cataloochee Creek.[2]

The Cataloochee Trail, which stretched from the Cove Creek area to what is now Cosby, Tennessee, connected the Cherokee Middlesettlements with the Overhill towns. The modern Cove Creek Road closely parallels this trail.[3] By the time the first European explorers and traders arrived, the trail had been worn a foot deep in some places. Bishop Francis Asbury used it to cross the mountains into Tennessee in 1810.

The Cherokee gave up their claims to Cataloochee when they signed the Treaty of Holston in 1791. Nevertheless, they continued to hunt and fish in the valley throughout the 19th century. Hattie Caldwell Davis, a descendant of Cataloochee's first Euro-American settlers, recalled that her ancestors spoke "fluent Cherokee," and were always on friendly terms with the natives. Davis' great-grandfather, Levi, is believed to have provided aide to Cherokees hiding in the forest during the Trail of Tears period.[4]
Dad said he was excited about riding in the Cataloochie Forest. Dad said he had plotted a route that would take the group across the area on Cove Creek Rd. and then over towards Hot Springs on Harmon Den Rd. Dad said he was especially excited about seeing the "Buzzard's Roost". The first part of Cove Creek Rd. was paved and scenic.







Dad said when the roads turned to dirt, the riding was really good, and they motored through the park for a looonnnggg time. Dad said they had a couple of stops to discuss which way to turn.



The group was blocked at this creek crossing. The picture doesn't so it justice - a deep creek followed by a steep rocky climb. The picture shows Don on the other side. Don said he believed that we could cross the creek and climb the hill, but that there might be a "Spot" moment.



The group search briefly for another route to the Buzzard's Roost. After backtracking a few miles, they saw a sign that showed the way to I-40, and headed out of the forest. Dad says he believed that there was a weeks worth of riding at Cataloochie if a rider wanted to check out all the roads.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:07 AM   #23
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Photo op!









Very pretty up there!

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:22 AM   #24
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Don's Haircut

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From what I remember from school, the haircut you are sporting could be called an Inverse Mowhawk. You might find it diffcult to switch from one to the other.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #25
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To Hot Springs

Dad says they used I-40 to get from Cosby, TN back to Harmon Den Rd (and back on route). There were some excellent dirt roads and a super twisty section of NC 209 on the way to Hot springs. There wasn't much talk or picture taking on this part of the ride. The old farts Dad rides with were tired and grouchy.

The plan was for everybody to stay at the Hot Springs Campground. The attendant at the gate turned us away - saying they were full. The guys found a motel in the middle of town that had some room and stayed there. Dad, because he is really cheap, and he wanted to use his new sleeping bag, camped on the floor of a room with Randy and Fletcher. The motel was old but the people there were very nice.





Dad says they ate supper and breakfast at the Smokey Mountains Diner. The food there was good and the deserts were great. Almost all the guys had a big Cinnamon Roll with their breakfast. The Cinnamon Rolls were Mmmmmm good.



Dad says whatever you do, if you are traveling with Randy, get in front of him at the checkout line. The girls at the restaurant were having a little trouble when we were paying for supper, and Randy offered them some coaching. The coaching was not well received.
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Nice looking trails/roads! Looks like fun

I'm curious, if BigDon is on the ride... Where are the hot chicks?
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What happens in the Smokeys stays in the Smokeys.

FWIW, Clarke is a world class Chick Magnet. Heck, we were stopped in the woods in South Carolina and 2 gals rode by in their Tahoe, saw Clarke, and stopped. They were out looking at waterfalls, and Clarke caught their eye. Clarke was polite but uninterested. Seems like Clarke is holding out for someone who is not yet on Social Security.
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What happens in the smokeys stays in the smokeys.

FWIW, Clarke is a world class Chick Magnet. Heck, we were stopped in the woods in South Carolina and 2 gals rode by in their Tahoe, saw Clarke, and stopped. They were out looking at waterfalls, and Clarke caught their eye. Clarke was polite but uninterested. Seems like Clarke is holding out for someone who is not yet on Social Security.
I didn't have a chance with Clark and Tom Cruise with us!
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #29
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Waterfalls every where,I was impressed !



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Beautiful country!



Glamor Shot



Another Glamor Shot with nice fluffy Gravel ! Everyone's favorite

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The Next Day

Dad says the next day of the trip was his favorite. The route for the morning included roads around Hot springs that Dad had never ridden on. Hurricane Gap, Paint Mountain Rd, Round Top Mountain Rd, and Max Patch Rd. are some of the names Dad remembers.









The guys came out of the woods near Waynesville, had lunch in town, and then headed for the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. The plan was to get spaces for camping, and then ride some more in the afternoon. Here are some shots from camp:









Dad says after they set up camp, they headed south on US 276, crossed the BRP, and tried a couple of dirt roads between the BRP and Brevard. At one of their stops, Dad said he was amazed at the climbers on Looking Glass Mountain.





Around 500P, the group headed up to the Pisgah Inn for supper. The food at the Pisgah Inn is always great. Dad says they set a fine table and the view out the wall of windows is hard to beat.







Notice that the picture above catches Dad with his mouth full. That ain't as hard to do as you might think.
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