A Sunday Loop: GA, TN, & NC

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NGA, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. NGA

    NGA Been here awhile

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    So, I decided to head out on a ride Sunday. The weather was cloudy with a slight chance of rain, so I was off. I planned to leave Ellijay, GA via Hwy 282 West to Chatsworth, GA, and take Hwy 411 north into Tennessee to just north of Vonroe. I turned right on Hwy 72 and rode this highway until it ended at U.S. 129. I took a right (south) on 129, all the way to the Foothills Parkway. I got on the Foothills, which is just like the Blue Ridge Parkway, but shorter, and took this road to Townsend, TN. Once in Townsend, I fueled up, and headed into Cades Cove. As I made my way around the Cades Cove Loop Road, the traffic was slow, but the views were excellent. I got a few shots of some turkeys and of course, the mountains. Toward the back end of the loop road, I got on Forge Creek Road, and made my way to Parson Branch Road - an eight mile one way gravel road, which takes you to U.S. 129 (The Dragon).
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    Here are the shots so far: I left Chatsworth about 1 p.m.
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    This is on Hwy 72 in Tennessee:
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    The intersection with 129:
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    A dam, just before the Foothills Parkway:
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    The Foothills Parkway - about 18 miles I think - and it's great:
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    The Cades Cove approach road:
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    In Cades Cove:
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    Here's where it gets better!
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    Parson Branch was in relatively good shape. I had the TCS turned off. There were a few spots where fresh gravel was place and it was soft, but otherwise really good:
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    At Deal's Gap, it was real quite. I guess the season has not really started yet.
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    So from Deal's Gap, I took Hwy 28 - probably my favorite road - to Hwy 74 through the Nantahala Gorge to Andrews, NC; Murphy, NC. I then got on Spur 60 to Mineral Bluff, GA, turned left on GA 60 to Hwy 515 South, through Blue Ridge, GA, and back to Ellijay, GA.
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    Here are the finishing pics:
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    On Hwy 28:
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    In the Nantahala Gorge:
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    I got home about nine. I would have made it a bit earlier, but I stopped to get some Mexican take out. Hope you enjoy this little ride.
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  2. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Yep, that was a nice loop! You're lucky to have that in your backyard. It takes me 4.5 hours to get there! :D Great pics & nice Tenere, too! Thanks for sharing! :thumb
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  3. gadawgr6

    gadawgr6 n00b

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    Thanks for sharing! We have some awesome roads in our backyard for sure!
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  4. Groovemaster

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    hope the roads are this quiet next week.
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  5. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Hey, NGA, which tankbag is that you're using? I need a smaller one for my FJR.
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  6. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    That area is a favorite riding area for my son and I. We try to get over there two or three times a year. Your pictures inspire me to make it four times a year. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. NGA

    NGA Been here awhile

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    It's a Cortech Super Mini. I've had it for about 4 years and have really enjoyed it. I got it from SportTour.
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  8. txplants

    txplants Pastafarian

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    Great photography! Good looking super ten too!
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  9. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    nice pics:thumb

    I love that area. Great roads and scenery in every direction.
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  10. ducnek

    ducnek Satisfied customer

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    Beautiful part of the world. Last spring I was over there when the rhododendrons were blooming. There is something about that part of the country that just feels like coming home.

    :thumb
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  11. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    THANKS for posting up those pics! I've not ridden Parsan's before...the sign said 4wd, high vehicles. My miata is low...the pics you took look like a good road.
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  12. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'll check that out.
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  13. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Nice. Thanks for the report. :clap
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  14. rod172

    rod172 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the report and photos. I like those aux lights on the bike. Very nice.
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  15. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Looks like a darn nice day trip. :thumb
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