Aarrffin' around Appalachia

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  1. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Howdy Travis. Good to hear from you and glad you followed along with us. We were in some great areas and had an awesome vacation! I have a new ( well almost..demo with 2k on it) GS Adventure. I really like it so far and with my long legs, the extra height of one inch seems to be fine for now. I really like the extra fuel and the lower gearing and the radial valve engine is really perky! Hope to see you up this way soon!
  2. Aarrff

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    We did not but I will go there next time as we always enjoy that sort of thing. mtngal loves to take photos of good architecture and I am always amazed at how skillful people are and have been in their building trades. I have been in Charleston a number of times and never spent a bad day there. I love to eat good food and your town is hard to beat! We will check out the college next time and thanks for the lead.
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    It was Sunday, the 2nd of December, and mtngal and I decided to give the new Adventure a little preview of it's miles to come. We were mid-day getting gone so we stayed fairly close to home but did venture into a neat little area that I have not seen other local adv folks posting up anything. I think I will let everyone do a little guessing about where we were and I'll give a few clues along the way. We headed about 5 minutes up the hill to Max Patch Road and you can guess the rest. Here is always a nice view...

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    I guess we like old barns. They bring back memories from our childhood....mine close by here and mtngal is a Missouri farm girl.



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    Now this old school is just FINE. How's that for a clue? :lol3



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    Old houses, old barns, old sheds, old trucks or tractors...relics from back in th' day.



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    Sheep in the pasture.



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    Hmmm....this could end up in a tag game some day. Oh, here is the new bike too...and the mountain behind that sign is named for a type of silver.



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  4. Aarrff

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    Ha! I accidentally hit the submit button before I got it all up so continuing :lol3

    There is no shortage of old barns and such.


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    Gettin' tired of barns yet? Just one more :D


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    It's been cool at night but the road seems to be thawing out some but I had to be careful as it was slick in the shade under that little layer of wet mud :eek1



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    Anybody recognize this lake?



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    Ok, this ain't a barn...heck it ain't even a house :lol3



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    Oh yeah...log barns!!!


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    Ok, you guessed it..this is Barnville :lol3

    I bet you can't even see this in the summer.


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    Somebody has decorated their private drive really nice.



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    End of state maintenance when you seen the boxes huddled up.


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    Is this about a '56 Ford or that vintage I guess.

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    Nother view of the lake.



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    In the following pic: Wonder how this got it's name? If you look at the mountain ahead of me, I plan to go up that road you see up there or at least I am looking for one that may turnoff just before where you see that road. I have been here before, about 40 years ago, several times actually, to get down to a creek that feeds that lake to do some fly fishing. The Smoky Mtn Park boundary is on the top of that ridge.....WAY up there. I was on a little dirt bike back then but I am wondering if the old road is open now...probably posted...

    Hmmm...nother possible tag shot ain't it?


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    View from up at that road



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    Well, as it turns out, this is a fairly new road and is private I think and I saw the one I wanted but it's posted. :cry i have some ideas so I may make a few phone calls another day. Ok, headed out of this little community...


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    Now this barn has been built totally si-gogglin' ( thats local fer crooked 'er sideways) and the curves around here are so severe that they are right angles..look at that sign!


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    :lol3 Can you believe...another barn :lol3



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    My mother always asked me if I was raised in a barn.....right after I tracked up her nice clean wood floors! :lol3


    Dang, guess ya'll are gettin' barned out :lol3

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    I am going to have to send mtngal to a barn-therapist..she took all these...not me! :lol3


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    Well, this is the end of our Barnventure! Sorry! :lol3 Til next time... :wave
  5. Aarrff

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    Not much chance to ride lately but we had some nice weather here in the NC mountains today so I managed to grab a few hours of sunlight on the bike. Only one barn this time :lol3 Mtngal was at work :lol3 So I thought I would share one of my favorite sucky roads with you and a few winter icy spots.

    The water pours clear and cold off the Middle Prong Wilderness


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    I decide to head south, over the mountain range and into a more southern sunny valley where maybe the temps are a little warmer. This may not work out as I have to climb about 3000 feet from where I am now to the pass( 'er gap) and I know the road may be icy in the shaded areas.


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    Climbing toward the sun, things get interesting but very pretty ( or ugly depending on what you want).



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    The glare of the sun makes it tough to keep an eye on the surface as I dodge the ice.



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    The mountains look cold and harsh in a way....



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    Some roads are closed but I don't ride this popular route much anyway...



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    Here is that sucky little road I mentioned... No this is not the Dragon. Seems like that is all some people know is Dragon this and Dragon that. Our area is full of roads just as much fun and NOBODY on them :lol3 But me. This one is 7 miles of perfect surface, well lined twisties with few connections through farm lands and the last several miles follow a fly fisherman's dream. There is almost no elevation change, slight rollers, and you can see several curves ahead on most of it. So here it is and don't come ride it. :lol3



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    What a pretty ( ugly ) little valley! I think its about time to check out a few new pig paths and maybe find a barn photo for mtngal.


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    Wow! Here is a barn now!



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    A narrow little road but maybe I can stay parked a few minutes to get a few shots of this unique little structure as it crumbles to earth. I'll take out my earplugs in case somebody is headed over the hill on a big Massey....



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    Well, its only one barn but I like it.....



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    I think the cows have moved in the old house.....



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    Well, I am gettin' hungry and was too lazy to pack any grub. I got to git back to the office before 5 anyway and I ain't crossing that mountain again today so I'll take the civilized long but fast route home and spare you the misery of such photos....later :wave
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    .. always a just barely bearable adventure with you .. I can't believe you have to suffer through such horrific riding conditions .. thanks for sharing your burden with us .. lol ..
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    Awesome.... You got me intrigued with,,"Fly Fisherman's" dream.... Might need to take a ride
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    good stuff i tell ya!
  9. Aarrff

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    Hey RevBill and KingJarhead. Good to hear from you guys! Yes we blessed with some great streams. I bet you can fit a fly rod and some waders on those bikes and head this way! I would say that a lot of these little streams would be good fishing with a 7-7.5 foot rod. I have not been fly fishing like I used to years ago so I am not sure of the stream designation on this one now. It was single hook water back then but I can check next time over that way or you can find out online I guess. My personal favorite was always the South Mills and that is 14 miles of remote hoofing it in or horseback or mountain bike. It's known as the Wolf Ford area. A few other locals have PM'd me to find out where this stream in my post is so let me know if you want a direction klew :lol3

    And thanks for following along Kitesurfer! I have seen some people doing kite surfing...looks like a hoot to me. I saw some thing similar going on up in New Brunswick a few months ago but they were on these little wheeled carts instead of a surf board....crazy looking thing :lol3

    Take care all!
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    Nice thanks Now more barns :clap:clap
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    I used to like to ride the dragon...
    back before it was called that.:D
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    Thanks Aarrff, I will hit you up for ore details if I head that way. This year I have a few backpacking trips scheduled for some fly fishing. All this years trips are in WV. I am an avid fly fisher. I just got back into tying flies. My last job, I traveled Monday thru Friday, so I used to sit in my hotel room and tie flies. I am now running low and it's been a few years now since I changed jobs.
    Hope to make to some of the places I see in your travels.
    I really enjoy following your adventures and following your travels. Plus the pictures are first rate.
  13. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Glad you like barns, seems like I always end up in one for something er other:lol3

    I bet you recognize that road. Just had to get out and charge my batteries doing something. I heard thru the grapevine a few weeks ago that you had the flu...how are you now?

    I used to tie mine as well. Had several patterns that I tied for shops at one time. I was going through my old stock of necks a couple years ago and had to toss them as the bugs or something had destroyed them even though they were in sealed containers with moth balls...oh well. Now you cant afford to buy feathers cause the young girls wear them in ear jewelry and that has run the price up from what I understand. I had some chickens here fer a while...they did Ok until the crows started hanging out with them and they started to pick up too much "foul" language soz I got rid of them :lol3

    Yall take care and thanks fer lookin' in !
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    Always a pleasure!

    Any thoughts on the new bike? Assuming it's heaver but do you notice it? 'specially in the gravel?
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    I like the suspension better for some reason. It seems to soak up bumps and rough rocky stuff a lot better than the 09 GS did. If loaded with fuel, it is heavier and will be a real pig to pick up so the key is to keep moving. I actually like the feel of the bike better when I have some load in the side cases when climbing cause the fuel load keeps some weight on the front so I don't feel like I need to get as far over the windscreen standing up. So far, I have been wearing out the metzelers that came on it and will be glad to get some knobs on there. I like the lower gear enduro tranny much better and the engine is more torquey and runs a little higher rpm and I like all that. It takes a little more counter steer input in the curves when loaded with fuel but I got used to that after a coupe rides. Inertia of weight I guess wants to keep going straight more so but its not a big deal really.

    I guess overall, its a better bike for me and what I do with more range and there is more room for 2-up which we do a lot of. It came with the cases on there or I would have gone for soft luggage so that could get changed at some point except mtngal needs the top case for back support. I am long legged with a 37 inch inseam ( all legs ) and I reversed the bar clamps to move the bars an inch forward and rotated the bars up some and put fastway lowered pegs on there, got the sargent saddle in the high position, so I am very comfortable standing now and even more so than on the GS. A lot of good riders can handle this type machine even if hey have short legs but in real off road conditions, it could be a real pig so I'll go for my KTM if into that. I should be able to do about anything I did on the GS like horseshoe rock and stuff but not much more than that. It will be better for staying on the road a week or two at a time and exploring gravel and farm & fire roads and such. OK, enough of my rambling, think that covers it.

    Oh, I still have a somewhat sore thumb from the day I crashed the KTM a little over on Davidson with you and the guys about Thanksgiving. It seemed Ok as we kept riding but got real sore by the next day. Apparently cracked a scaphoid bone in the base of my thumb but its doing a lot better now :lol3 That opposing thumb is important I realize :lol3

    You can ride it some day if we are out and see what you think but be prepared to drop off the seat a bit to hold it up:lol3 Its at least an inch taller than the GS was
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    This from Wikipedia:

    In 2006 Knox, a British manufacturer of impact protection for use in extreme sports, patented the SPS (scaphoid protection system). Designed for motorcyclists, SPS offers protection against common scaphoid injuries caused either by a compression fracture or by hyper extension when a glove palm made contact with the road. SPS consists of two low-friction pads positioned on the palm of each glove designed to eliminate the ‘grab’ effect and allowing the hand to slide.<sup id="cite_ref-5" class="reference">[5]</sup> In 2012 Knox introduced SPS for mountain biking and cycling applications too. SPS has been adopted by many brands of motorcycle glove<sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference">[6]</sup>

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    Proley not a good idea, you know what happened last time I rode one of your bikes. :bert :rofl
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    :lol3 Well..you have enjoyed your KTM though... If Gertrude were mine, I may not have traded. She has everything my GSA has in a lot of ways and not as tall. The 1150 engine is a workhorse! I do think you should buy her some new glasses after you went and broke them :lol3 last time I saw her she appeared to have had a head on with something???? Maybe some good glue...I know screens are $$$$!!
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    The kTm definitely bounces a lot better than Gertrude.:D I originally broke the screen on the Asbury Trail.:eek1 Got a new one an immediately scratched an chipped it up at Joe's. The last time I dropped her in the back yard trying to put her in the basement. At that point I kinda said screw it an just super glued it back together.:lol3 The 1150 is a tank, proley a good thing for me.:rofl
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    It seems that Spring is slow showing up here in the hills but today is certainly nice enough to ride. I had a few errands to run in Ashvilley so I took the beemer and found myself a nice little ride late in the morning. Went by Europsort for a few then took off from there in an easterly direction.


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    This road was Ok for a while then here came all these sucky curves again.



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    I only took very few photos off the bike, most everything here is on the fly so sorry for the poor quality..but you can get the idea of this ride. Here at the little gap on the Divide.



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    Enough of this well traveled road, let's hit some less traveled...they say the bears wallow up here. Last time I came up here was on a bicycle maybe 10 years ago.




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    Dirt!



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    Hmmm...how fast did they think I was going already :dunno I guess I should speed up now....



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    Ah!!! Darn gate is locked! Now is when I need that bicycle!



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    I decided to hang around the top a while to see if any of the tower folks may open the gate and I could sweet talk myself a ride, this phone guy showed and he could not get in either...he shut his truck off...then it would not start. Just had a mechanic work on it a few days ago for erratic starting problems after having a new battery installed...



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    I decided to go over and see if he needed any help ( like I might know something :lol3) He may be good at phones but on trucks....well....?? He had a VOM so we checked the battery...good voltage...solenoid only clicked when he hit the starter. I got to looking at the cables for corrosion,,,should have taken a photo!! The darn pos cable going to the starter motor was only bumping against the pos post and NOT under the bolt??? :lol3 How's that for battery installation :lol3 I told him to fix that while I took some more photos and in a minute or so...the truck fired right up and he came over and thanked me. He was a really nice guy...still no key to the gate so I took a few shots in the other direction and headed down toward the other side.


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    There used t be a little airstrip right on the top of this mountain....like a big level pasture that had been improved and leveled and several planes up here in a hanger. Now its gone and these million dollar plus homes are here...I had no idea! Where does all this money come from?


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    They are going to cover up every mountain top we got with homes sticking up in the air...who wants to live up here in 100 mile an hour winds??? Not locals!


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    See that wind sock in the yard...last remnant of the old airstrip I guess....




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    Its still pretty up here. We used to absolutely fly down through here on mountain bikes on a good dirt road...



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    Can't tell from this shot but that big Oak on the left must be 10 foot in diameter at the base.



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    Ok, down in the valley on Clear Branch I thinks, where the apples grow...




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    And some big ol' Herefords



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    think I saw his Blue Ox out back...




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    Headed for Terry's Gap




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    Into the back side of Fletcher ....



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    I like barns...


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    Even metal ones can have some character...



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    Taking some back roads toward Brevard then over the hill on 276 to the Haywood Hacienda...




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    Pulled off on a dirt road for water and pee and looks like the bike before me burned up :lol3



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    Take note, I may throw this up in the NC tag game or ATOR some day (9999)



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    Trying to decipher the hieroglyphics... some humanoids thousands of years from now may find this and wonder about us....:1drink



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    Rollin' on



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    is there any wonder why my tires never wear out in the middle??? This bike is basically new with just over 3K on it and the original metzelers are trashed on the edges. I am headed for Austin TX to see my son in a few weeks then maybe on to NM before heading back so guess I'll need new rubber before I go.


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    Just before turning up my driveway, I see I have 3,330 miles at 3:30 :lol3



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