Aarrffin' around Appalachia

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

  1. klaviator

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    It must suck living around all those crappy roads.










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  2. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Awful stuff...Like a fool, I went out again yesterday for an even bigger loop so I'll post that up soon. Anything I can do to unadvertise this place.

    Hope you are well and finding some good straight roads to ride :lol3

  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I really miss some of the places I used to live that had really great roads, places like Floriduh and Michigan.

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  4. KingJarhead

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    Awesome Aarrff! I have been waiting for one of your ride reports. Once again you show what a great ambassador to our sport you are. If I ever have car/motorcycle/van trouble I hope you are around!
    Thanks for sharing your tales.
  5. snowbilly

    snowbilly Been here awhile

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    Always fun to read your RR's. 9999 eh? Is that worse than 999? :1drink

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  6. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Good to see you in here. I am finally diggin' out from under the snows :lol3 I did not think spring would ever get here. I was going to post up another little loop today but never got around to it. Spent what time I had mounting up some better rubber on the bike so I can hit the road next week for a little longer run. I have TX and NM in my sights but we'll see ifn' I can get away from business and such long enough...

    At least its not upside down 9's...:lol3 Thanks for your mail and info on Big Bend....I hope to make it that far but got to stop and see my son in Austin first so....maybe...be a few days yet to get ready.
  7. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    It was Monday morning, not much going on work wise, I had my big bike over at mtngal's place near "the patch" over the weekend. Really nice day on tap so why not take a creative way home to the Haywood Hacienda, we'll perhaps I should say "mi casa" as its not an estate or plantation as such, just a place I call mine for now. It is off US 215 which is nice for me and my riding :D

    So I'll just head north east instead of south and see what we find: Probably more sucky roads...and this place a few miles down the road that everybody recognizes with those rusty tags:



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    Some really nice folks run this organic farm just down the road and we get really good veggies and meats from them too.




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    With the snows melting in the higher plateaus, :lol3 sounds like big deal mountains, and good rain over the weekend, there is more water in the streams.



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    And I hit the main drag down to "Hot Sprangs"



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    Here we go again on these darn awful roads. I guess the state gets tired of repalcing the guard rails every time a trucker tries to follow his GPS to dodge the weight scales :lol3


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    I picked up a follower near town...actually mtngal had to run into town to do a few errands for work and saw me headed through so I waited on her to have a brief chat before continuing on so here she is following me until I pull over. I don't mind getting pulled over by my sweetie :D



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    Headed on over the hill



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    This newer bike does not have the tire pressure monitor software like my older bike so I just installed an aftermarket tire pressure monitor system which I like so far. Not as important off road but I do a lot of interstate sometimes to get down the road to where I am exploring and I like knowing that my tires are not having problems with pressure or heat. Here the rear is showing 46 lbs warmed up. It will climb a good 4-5 lbs in the curves! Most recommended tire pressure are "cold" pressures and should be followed to prevent heat from building by over flexing the sidewalls. I run 40 in the rear on the big bike carrying a load or 2-up.


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    Haulin' fer TN..



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    A fun little connector between Flag Pond and 19W



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    TN does not build straight roads either...think I saw myself at one point in this curve... :lol3




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    Spring....




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    Back in a bit with the rest of the story...
  8. klaviator

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    It looks like you like the same kind of roads I do:ricky

    That last curve looks like you could almost rear end yourself going around it. I wonder how your insurance company would react if you did:rofl
  9. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Continuing on




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    Still a lot of brine or salt-sand mixture on the roads and often still out in the lanes on backroads




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    What can I say about this? maybe " left elbow headed down the South Toe" :lol3




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    I think this is Jack's Creek



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    Heck, let's just try the British side



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    Was headed here for lunch but the Hill Top Restaurant has become a boutique :cry




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    On the west side of town ( Burnsville) I saw this headed up the hill so I went back to give it a try. When I got there, there were a few locals on the porch eating and so I asked what they thought and got two thumbs up which was good enuf fer me. The service was great and food as well and I sat on the little porch to eat. It is air conditioned inside if you like. It is really good place for bikes to stop I think. Called "Wish Bone"




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    And the price was right too




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    Heading east on 19E the construction is in full swing but no delays today for me




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    Micaville!




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    I like old barns




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    This road going south toward Old Fort is endless stuff like this




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    Old Fort Depot





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    Making a full circle around Mt Mitchell today ( peak in the background)




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    Stopped here to take a break on Mill Creek but the beer in my tank bag must have got shaken up :lol3




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    So the battery gave out in my camera and I went on up to Black Mtn then hit Ah Fourdy, got tired of that quickly then headed for Pisgah Forest which I have posted a lot of that stuff before and here I am on 276 maybe 15 minutes from "mi casa" and a cousin lives in that house behind the mirror :lol3



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    Collecting some old "Mercs"



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    Rolled in the garage with 211 miles today. Headed maybe for TX and NM next week so trying to decide whether I'll post it up here or start a "ride report". The whole trip will be like little day trips just not connecting back home for a while :lol3 A bigger loop :lol3 :wave
  10. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    I have had a few tumbles over the years that felt like front and rear were colliding :lol3 I wonder if you could go around some of these curves fast enough to find a time warp??? Probably just a good head warping :lol3
  11. Bluecomet

    Bluecomet What, me worry?

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    Yunz ere ridin sum mity fine blacktop and gravel up yonder! Having grown up in SW NC you are taking me back home with your great photos. Plus you' re showing me a bunch of sucky roads that I need to ride when I can tell the boss a permanent goodbye (or at least sneak a vacation road trip). :rofl

    Be careful, you'll have every flat lander rider in the SE headed your way!

    Keep riding and the great pics coming!
  12. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    :lol3 Thanks for checking by! I'll be tryin' to put up some more discouraging stuff soon :lol3 I love Franklin, Murphy area! Awesome stuff out there if that's sort of home you speak of. Make a Bluecomet tail this way soon!
  13. Aarrff

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    Stormy weather so not sure how my idea of riding is going to work out over the next few days. I may make a ride report out of this but here are just a few highlights of my day.



    Incredible send off dinner by mtngal...ribs!!!

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    Headed westerly...

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    Morning sun still mostly behind me.


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    I like riding on weekdays as I get more roads to myself.

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    I seem to get in TN a lot.

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    Stormy looking...already been a little wet a few times.

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    Exploring the road less traveled.

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    Shacks....good "banjo" country...

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    Found some good Mex here! If'n you're in Lawrenceburg...

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    OOps!

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    Well...full of food, tired, enuf miles for today.



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  14. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Just tossing up a few highlights of the day for friends, family, and interested inmates following my tracks over the next few days. Better details later in a ride report...




    This was a very good place to stay and reasonable

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    Lots of music events up the road from here and think I may have recognized the lady staying here behind my bike....wonder if they are headed toward Austin?

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    Anybody old enough to remember Fess Parker?


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    Got it all to myself, basically for the next 300 miles as it turned out!

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    They grow a lot of mustard out here...

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    And red clover

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    Rode thru 5 miles of this, looked like over a mile wide, April 2011 tornado! ( April? :eek1)

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    Ah, this is better....

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    Thinking about camping but the forecast shows this approaching squall of big storms, ice rocks falling, and tornados!! Maybe an old man would be smart to find his own rock to hide under a couple days as I am riding right into that thing :lol3

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    Barnett Reservoir I think

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    Well, 300 on a slow road ( 50 mph speed limit) is enough for today..could be several days til back on the road depending on this weather. I don't mind riding in bad weather but big hail....no thanks!

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  15. Bluecomet

    Bluecomet What, me worry?

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    Love those agricultural shots! This beautiful field of yellow flowers is canola. As you mentioned it's in the mustard family. Looks good growing and the oil is good for your body when pressed out of the seed.
  16. Bearcat

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    Wow, you really some sucky riding :D
  17. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I'm enjoyin' the hell out of your RR! I knew there's a reason I wanted to move down that way, SUCKY ROADS RULE!

    Oh yeah, and dirt don't hurt... unless you hit it too hard!!!:rofl:rofl

    What mirrors are you runnin'? I'm startin' to DS my Cb 750 F/SS and like the looks of 'em, how do they hold up, any vibration come through, etc? Thanks for the info, and stay safe.:D
  18. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Thanks Bluecomet for the insight. Nobody grows Canola back up in th' hills so I just thought it was a fancy mustard...at least I had the right family :lol3

    Thank you Bearcat and slowpoke69 for following me along. I am in Woodville TX now so I'll post some highlights up of that run over from Natchez asap. I am really enjoying these straight roads :lol3 I am gettin'g a good case of "squar-tar" I think but it's good to see a different world and meet other people as I go.

    On those mirrors, I love them. I broke a mirror off my KTM with my right thumb back around Thanksgiving. That steel rod in the mirror did a number on my scaphoid bone and ligament in my thumb! Still hurting! So I did some research and have seen these also on some bikes being ridden by big time world adventurers so here is the deal. It is called a "doubletake" mirror and you can google that to find their site. They sell ram parts to mount the mirrors. I first bought an adapter ball to fit my KTM handlebar mount holes and put on I think its the a 3 inch ram mount holding the mirror...I love that so well that I put them on my GSA with the BMW adapters. This way, the settings are endless of course, they are taller with the longer ram mounts and when I get in the bush or serious off road, I just loosen them a bit and fold them inboard and go. And if I bang my thumb crashing again, they should not be so damaging to me! So, hope that expalins the mirrors and let me know if you need any other info. Oh yeah, no vibration problems..actually an improvement in that department on the KTM....the beemer does not vibrate enough to matter though...
  19. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Headed out of Jackson MS this morning and hope to reach TX. Back on the Natchez Trace. I know it's slow but I have really enjoyed this ride. Very educational if you time time to stop at some of the exhibits.

    Here is a bunch of deer near the road if you look carefully.

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    Seeing Spanish Moss now

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    The old original trace meanders back and forth across the new modern road. They have exhibits showing the old trace and much of it can be walked. In places, it has sunken as much as 20 feet due to the type of soil it is on. I found this old plaque several miles off the current road as I was just exploring around some and also here is a shot of the old trail which had been improved in the settler days to a wagon road and an oak tree had been cut here with about 100 rings. Some parts of the rings showed a lot of fast growth with big spacing for a number of years then other rings , 10 rings in a row I noted, were very close together and I assume that meant more drought or lower sunlight? I don't know as I am not a botanist but it is still interesting.


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    Still lots of agriculture which is nice scenery to me

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    Native American burial mounds. This one and others along the southern end of the trace has a general round shape, many of them on the northern end in and nearer Tenn. actually had a very groomed diamond like shape very similar to the one in downtown Franklin NC.

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    I found this to be very interesting geology and there is a lot of such exhibits along this road

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    So you can read it...

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    A church in Natchez MS

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    I know there are a lot of ideas about barbeque...well...for me...this was absolutely the best pulled pork I have ever put in my mouth. Just awesome downtown in Natchez.

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    Pretty town on our biggest river

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    With my belly full of barbeque I am ready to cross the Missississississippi..

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    Pecan trees I guess


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    Louisiana row croppin'

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    This is when I realize I can't ride a straight road :lol3 I need those curves to cover up my lack of skill...

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    I decided to slow down in Pineville and take a break. Here I meet "Cuz". He found my bike a real curiosity. Heck of a nice feller and he rides a 2001 softail but he was in his big pick-up so he could pick-up a few 6 packs :lol3 His bike was up the street somewhere wherever the brew was going :lol3 He is going to look me up if he gets in the hills. We decided the beemer might be a bit tall for him so no test ride :eek1


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    Even though I am wearing sun screen and a full face helmet, I still doubt if I am going to have much fresh hide left on my face after riding all these days west into the setting sun.

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    Might be a bridge to Texas??

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    Yup!

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    See this road....speed limit is 75! I can't even ride that fast on here! I was wondering why this guy was on my arse...see mirror above, then I saw the sign...we'll he wasn't there long as I decided to air out my bug collection on into Woodville :D

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    Catching up with traffic now

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    Another 300 miler so that'll do fer this ol' man today...the time is still on eastern hill-time...tomorrow...San Marcos is the plan.

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  20. Bearcat

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    Great reading and wonderful pictures.