Appalachian Tag-O-Rama for those that think vertically.

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by daGeeeze, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Good deal King Jarhead! I am back in Bryson City having my favorite BBQ before I start working my toward the Wedge. I will watch for Nutsy!
  2. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Ha! Dr. Frakenaarrff on the move again:lol3 It was nice this morning early when I headed for Ashfrancisco for the NC tag but by the time I got to Gatlinburg, it was darn hot! It was not real cool in there either but better than in with the herds in town. There is no thru road into the park from there as right north of there is Mt.LeCont. It is a nice loop motor road tho if you catch it early in the am bfore the parade starts. I thought about a loop and coming back on TN 32 or something but it was so darn hot, I just ducked right back in the park and puttered along with the Old Farts, RV Wagon, and Tourista Parade. I finally got through Cherokee and ran west over to Bryson City to my fav BBQ spot just on the east side of town. Ok, lets see what I might find to aggravate everybody with....

    Correction: LeCont is more like east or south east of the Ogle Farm....duh!!!
  3. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Wow...I forgot that Gaelic Ale was in my tank bag :lol3

    Ok, on the serious note, this large fountain was built in 1885 on the lawn of the Round Knob Hotel in memory of 120 men who perished while constructing this treacherous section of the railroad over the Eastern Continental Divide.


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    If you need more klews...I'll think about it. Hey...do the ride on up the mountain as it is now easy gravel and you can see sections of this railroad.
  4. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    I do not want to monotinize this thread with a lot of posts from me but I do wish to share more photos from the Bud Ogle Farm for those interested.

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  5. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Tapatalk problems

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  6. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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  7. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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    Nice. I'm not going to go grab this but I will want to ride up there some time. I love this kind of history. Thanks!
  8. Cuttle

    Cuttle consider everything I say in "quotation marks"

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    GAT - time warp :norton

    I was there last week :lol3

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  9. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    When I took the photo, I was actually on my way home on a Monday from mtngal's place....If'n you can believe that....I sorta took the long way home :lol3 Hmmm...think I see a fellow Spring Creekian in that shot...and your other half?
  10. Cuttle

    Cuttle consider everything I say in "quotation marks"

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    yuppers - rest of the pics


  11. _anatic

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    :wave At least I can find this one. I think.:lol3 Was good to see you at the Wedge last night.
  12. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Good to see all you'inz last night too! Thanks for the "rest of the pics" Cuttle. Neat stuff and you should keep some of that mica handy as it really helps Hunter :lol3
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    Cuttle consider everything I say in "quotation marks"

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    I should not laugh, no - I should not....


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  14. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Not to hijack the thread but since we like to see things of history here, I have a quick thing to share with you regarding mica in the Canton NC area:

    Just north of Canton off Newfound road is the Pressley Sapphire mine. I have been there many times as I used to be a bit of a rock hound. This was originally a mica mine and the bluish and grey stones found attached or embedded in the mica ( sapphires and large ones too) were just tossed aside as they had no value back in the late 1800's. I don't think many people even had any idea what they were nor their gemstone nor tool making ( corrundum coatings)value. The mica was mined mainly to make the little clearish inspection glasses or windows that were on most coal burning stoves and furnaces being manufactured back then. Locals referred to this as "isenglass" and I may have the spelling wrong. Later the mine was opened for rock hounding. I have not checked lately to see if it is still in operation but I liked to go there as you dug your own dirt for the flume or took your own screen to use in the creek. Ok, I'll hush now. ( maybe a tag some day!!)
  15. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Sheeezwhizzz......do we have to pay somebody to play???
  16. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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    Maybe I need to make it a private game. :deal
  17. KingJarhead

    KingJarhead Long timer

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    Had plans to sneak over and grab this and the NC but the 4 lettered "W" is in the way..........


    Work that is....
  18. whitebreadadv

    whitebreadadv Been here awhile

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    Eyeing the map thinking "If is skipped work it'd be a quick run" though it wouldn't be a 2-fer since I placed the NC tag. You people need to get these tags out of here - my career is going to suffer otherwise :rofl
  19. augiedog

    augiedog augie dog

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    Andrews geyser in old fort nc.[​IMG] Had a really nice ride up rt 80, across the parkway, and back down to Old Fort. got back home to Gastonia just before the thunderstorms started.
  20. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    :clap:clap Augiedog! :clap:clap Great grab and glad you made it without too much rain. It is pouring up here near Max Patch right now!