Aarrffin' around Appalachia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Aarrff, May 18, 2012.

  1. bluestar

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    Very entertaining thread and cool pix. :clap :clap
  2. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Thanks bluestar!!
  3. cleanerman

    cleanerman Been here awhile

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    Great pictures. We were in WV last year on many of the same roads. Rode the Cass RR to the top of the mountain.

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  4. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Thanks Cleanerman Looks like we may have to go back and ride the Cass! I am curious where you got the handle "Cleanerman"? I have made my living in the cleaning industry so just curious Thanks for dropping by!
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    cleanerman Been here awhile

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    Used to own 2 dry cleaning stores and still have 3 coin laundrys and a car wash. I'm always "cleaning" something.
  6. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    OK on cleaning something, many years in the janitor business here but enjoy cleaning some good mud off my bike now :lol3 Ride safe!
  7. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Catching up on some of our short winter day rides. Finding a day that is not too cold and maybe not ice if we stayed off the higher mountains, we decided to explore some in Turkey Creek near Leicester NC. So our route for the day was leaving our place near Lake Logan, down to Canton, over the mountain to Sandy Mush ( don't have a clue on that name) via Willow Creek, then down to Turkey Creek, through the Gap to Newfound, then up Hookers Gap Rd ( I do have a clue on that one) through Candler, over the Blue Ridge Parkway via 151, into Davidson River, some dirt, then back here from a southern direction from Balsam Grove. Following are a few barn and shack photos from that little 3-4 hour run. Photos by mtngal:



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    Checkout the Ivey on this silo

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    Nice craftsmanship in this home

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    Not a cheap home to build in its day

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    I guess for roping practice?

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    I would really not want to go in this barn....

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    Turkey Creek Greeters

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    Please take me with you!!! Please!!!

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    Old barns and curvy roads today....

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    I guess there was a special on green paint sometime in the past...

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    I dunno what to think about this one...

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    What is this huge thing? Two story hen house maybe?

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    This road is private! and enforced! and patrolled ( well patroled I mean) ....with no warnings :lol3:lol3 I gotta think about that one for a minute...does have the odor of trouble I suppose so we will turn around and go back as I would hate to get one of those "no warnings" from the "patroler" :lol3

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    You gettin' tired of these old barns and shacks....me too...

    Here is one from further away

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    Sun never gets very high in the sky this time of year.

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    Stone bridge was built by the CCC in the 1930's and still solid as ever...

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    Making tracks homeward...

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    But I have to stop at an old picnic table site where I used to camp for weeks at a time with my parents as a child...same table still there back off the road.... so we set the camera up on a timer.

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    Oh I almost forgot about this place, they have pulled this thing up a cowpasture road, it is sitting at about a 5 degree incline and people are living in it....even got Direct TV...gotta have that!!!!:lol3

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    Crossing another little gap

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    Thats all on this one but we have lately been exploring some new off road areas over near Murphy, Towsend TN, and Tellico Plains so I will be posting those up as well as a ride out to find Judaculla Rock in Cullowhee.

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  8. cleanerman

    cleanerman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. Will be adding a few of these roads to my "need to ride" list.
  9. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Thanks cleanerman! I have some good pnes on a few days to add on that list.


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  10. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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    Just so you know, nobody here is getting tired of your (or mtngal's) pics, especially those old barns and houses. Keep em coming and thanks! :clap
  11. daGeeeze

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    Where is the dang plus one button when you want it.

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  12. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Another +1 on sharing the photos, they are very much enjoyed and appreciate the time taken to put them together for these posts!

    Cheers
  13. Aarrff

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    Howdy friends! Thank you for the vote of confidence. It sure is good to know that each of you check in now and then to see what we been up to on the bike. I am glad you enjoy the old barn and shack photos. In a way, I guess is is sort of a documentary of days gone by.

    I have another one for you. Probably a few shacks in this one too. It was not too long ago that we meet up with our good friends Kenny and PJ for a long way round ride to the Meltdown in Hendersonville. They were camped near our Haywood Hacienda at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Camp so we began near there with our first stop to admire to calm water at Lake Logan.




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    Up the mountain in search of a little dirt.


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    Found some easy hardpack


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    Nice trout stream along here


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    Dont you just hate to see these old curvy road signs :lol3 Sure...15mph...uh huh...


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    They are just hating this stuff as you can tell...


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    Which way do you go on this bridge?


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    A happy PJ but gas ain't cheap here!


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    Lets get on down on the big motor...more dirt please



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    This pavement will do for now...


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    Whiteside Mountain from the south side




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    We stop for a break at this little shack and a few laughs too! Here are our guests of honor.


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    Me and mtngal


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    Here ye go...a shack! or two!


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    dang nice shack here!


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    Ahhh...dirt finally...


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    So many roads, not enough time, which way to enjoy?


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    One lane paved stuff...


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    One lane bridge


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    Gettin' on down in SC, guess we need to head toward that Meltdown at some point but I am gettin' hungry first


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    Space cadets...


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    Kenny knows the way to BBQ....he makes the best at home but we need grub so I am following him...


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    Grub spot :rofl

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    Heck with the photos, lets eat!


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    Haulin' butt and full stomachs to the Meltdown!


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    Now here are some farkles :lol3


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    A nicun!


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    The competition judge!


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    Hunter and Silke from Motovicious and her Morini!


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    We pick up some friends to follow us back over the mountain to Cruso


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    We are back!


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    Even a bunch of Morans are here now :lol3


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    Nice place to camp indeed.


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    Sorry, sideways shack...wonder where they got the rocks?


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    Sun is gettin' low so we leave our ride Buds and head to the house...


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    I see a happy gal who has had a fun day with me :clap


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    Shadows are long as we get close home...


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    See you over the next ridge soon :wave


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  14. Bearcat

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    Thanks! Always great pictures.
  15. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Thank you, mtngal takes most of these with a little waterproof Olympus point and shoot, once in a while at a stop she will drag out the big gun Cannon. I have a number of rides to get posted so I'll be back in afew days soon as I get a few hours to load and post one...
  16. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Back in the middle of March, we got the idea to go hunt old Judaculla's Rock. We see his Devil's Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway often enough and since I had not seen the petroglyphs in quite a few years ago while trout fishing, it seemed like a good thing to do...and it was! Judaculla was sort of like the representative of evil for the Cherokee I guess you would say and his hand print shows up around in this country in numerous places so we went to check out one.

    Crossing over the mountain near his home....


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    Some nice shacks in the area


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    Off 107 near Tuckasegee


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    This soapstone is about the size of a truck. On the lower right is where the local people had started carving out a couple soapstone bowls used commonly by the Cherokee ( not microwave safe :lol3)


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    Close-up


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    Schematic ( just let me know if you can't read it )


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    This man's grandson, and we met him, a really nice guy, still farms the land where the rock is located and he has had the county take over the preservation so they have built a walkway around it so hopefully idiots wont come jump on it and further deteriorate the soft stone. Weather is bad enough. I wondered why they have not put a roof over it as rain and hail will take its toll over the years and has already ???


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    Here ye go, the factual story...really! A true legend so if'n you don't believe it, maybe just don't come see it....think out of the box some....way out of the box.....:lol3


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    Here I am trying to figure this all out...


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    I know what this is...do you?

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    No...it was a cow scratcher.....

    Now a view of what you find on parking there...


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    So me and mtngal decide to go on over to Sylva and get refreshments at Heinzelmunchkins or something like that...


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    So after my one limit brew, we head out for some more barn and shack finding and cow chasin' on Tilley Creek, Buck Creek, Cold Mtn Rd, then on home...oh....don't do Cold Mtn unless you got good dirt nerves...and some knobs...


    Oh yeah, always stop here and fill up on Super, it s cheaper than regular, and in case you got an old beemer that'll run on K-1, they got that too...


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    Cold Mtn road...looks flat don't it :lol3:lol3


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    I think this guy was at the brewery too...beat us here...??


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    Another one I ain't goin' in...might be an old Harley in there though...


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    More petroglyphs we found down at the parking area at Whitewater Falls. No signs here to explain the story so I assume its of more recent origination. I am not so sure about us mankind as it seems to me the quality of our petroglyphs is going downhill.....:huh


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    Oh gee, this always gets me confused...why do they do that here in the mountains? The out-of-towners just come to a stop in the road when they see this...REALLY THEY DO!!!!!

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    Cow chasin'


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    Thats it on this one cool day.....:wave
  17. red bud

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    i gotta honda xl 500 that came off the top of cold mt
  18. manfromthestix

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    We live on the western side of the Blue Ridge and upper Shenandoah Valley, right below North Mountain which is part of the Alleghany Mountains. Some of those old barns and houses seem familiar since we see them all around out here too. It's kind of sad to see that the previous generation put a huge amount of effort and capitol into building these things and they have been allowed to fall into ruin and become useless to all but a few critters. There's an old abandoned house down the street from us and we've seen a big old coon sleeping in the windowsill a few times - nice house for a coon! We have a big old barn on our property that's falling to ruin because the people who built it put it in a bog and all the posts and lower parts of wood siding have been wet forever and are rotten to the core. We built a new horse and tractor shed but the horses still prefer the old barn. Go figure...

    I loved the photo below, kind of says it all about why some of these places have fallen to ruin. How hard would it be to level that place? A few bucks worth of concrete blocks and maybe an hour of effort but that's too much apparently. People....

    Oh I almost forgot about this place, they have pulled this thing up a cowpasture road, it is sitting at about a 5 degree incline and people are living in it....even got Direct TV...gotta have that!!!!:lol3

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    We've got a few of those around here too, sad to say.

    Love your stories and photos, maybe we'll cross paths sometime!

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  19. Bearcat

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    Once again, Great Photos.
  20. localmoto

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    great thread like normal !
    hope you had some fun around my area..:lol3

    oh , judaculla rock did have a simple 4x4(posts) lean too with metal roof covering it..
    then some reason they tore it down an build the walk way, you have seen.

    yes i love theres alot of historic indian land marks around this area.


    yal ever hike up white side mtn..