'banjo's blogtastically stooopid day trippin' picture thread

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by knybanjo, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    advtenn already going bananas. :D

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    Across the big city of Damascus and directly onto IMT :ricky

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    Lots of loose rocks and sticks covered by wet leaves...really hindered my one handed riding and picture taking. :lol3













    The leaves really camouflage everything....including the edge of the trail! :wink:

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    If you stare at that one for a few seconds the slope of the hill and the narrowness of the trail may become apparent.
  2. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    I spied a toolbag laying on the trail and stopped to walk back and pick it up...Todd had indeed dropped it.

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    Form and/or Function....some prefer one or the other, what if you don't have much of either? :lol3













    He was waiting for me in a place where the trail had widened out a bit and realized that he had lost a saw as well and went back to scan for it...unfortuantely with no luck.

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  3. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Looks like ya'll had a great time :clap :ricky
  4. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    There's lots and lots of downed trees on the trail...but most of them have had the 'trail' cut out of them...not this one.

    advtenn takes another run at it.

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    Well, that aint working! :lol3

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    Then I spied a bypass. :norton

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  5. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Gee I thought ya'll just pop over them logs :lol3
  6. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :wave That we did! :freaky



    We even got a little wrenchin' time in....the KLR would be 1st and have to have it's headlight zip-tied into place.

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    That was done where the IMT joins FR615 for a little bit.

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    Where the trail continues East from 615 was probably the roughest part...the 'steps' are getting to be a bit abrupt and all the loose rock being covered by leaves really bounces you around on big old tanks like we were riding. Good times! :clap













    Are you having fun yet? :thumb

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  7. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    When 650s 'Pop' it's usually a bad thing. :uhoh


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  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Stopped for a quick break at the shelter. IIRC this used to be part of the AT before it was re-routed.

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    We met a hunter that was out scouting.

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    Skulls Gap.... before 11AM :evil

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  9. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    We rolled down 84, it's about ten miles of gravel that eventually connects to 16 and the VHHT. Still some snow on the shady side of the hill....

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    The VHHT is dry for the most part...except for those inside corners where advtenn demonstrates how to let the rear wheel hang out. :augie

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    :1drink

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    It's nice of him to do that every once in a while to allow me to catch up. :lol3
  10. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    At least ya didn't have to shoot it...:lol3
  11. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Don't be so sure. :patch


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    The brush gets even narrower than this in places, in fact the branches would even touch from both sides.

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  12. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Back out in the open! :ricky

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    ...but not for long! :evil

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    We saw no less than 5 riderless bikes parked along the VHHT in various places, more hunters? :dunno Couldn't resist stopping for a pic of this old Yamahopper though.

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  13. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Big gap for pics in the timeline but to summarize we stopped in Speedwell for a couple of slaw-dogs with 61.4 miles showing on my trip meter. On the way back we skipped the Easternmost muddy section and rode up across Comer Rock and back down to where the VHHT crosses Hale Lake Rd and followed it all the way back to 16.


    The clouds had cleared.

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    It would be my turn to do a little trailside wrenching. :bluduh

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    No harm, no foul and was soon back under way. :thumb













    I accidentally got the camera leash tangled up in my pack's waist strap and have another big gap in the timeline. :norton But Todd mentioned a run across Pond Mtn and I said lets go for it!

    The NC side of the Creeper Trail....it's unmaintained and in rough shape.

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  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    We were on some atv looking trails that crossed and even used parts of the old grade. It was back in there where I had my only drop of the day :shog got her crossed up in a rut.

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    This is looking down the old grade where a rock cut has collapsed in blocking it completely.

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    A scary looking old trestle that's full of gaps and soft ties. :uhoh

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  15. knybanjo

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    :loco

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    At this point we were wishing that the day's weather had been reversed. :umph I couldn't see anything.

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    It was overcast in the AM but now we were riding blind straight into the afternoon sun.













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  16. Reddog*

    Reddog* "Gone" by P&1/2

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    Makes it look like you where flying a plane not riding.

    Really makes a person wonder how accurate it would be in the woods if you had to hit the "I've fallen and can't get up button"

    Nice pictures, those leaves make for a rough ride with all they hide.
  17. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Still riding 'blinded by the light' and bouncing around at random. :huh

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    Beautiful day for a ride though!! :flug

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  18. knybanjo

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    I think it would be OK in that respect as long as you weren't under and overhang. The 'spots' generally hit where we've stopped for a few minutes...it has trouble connecting at speed, it seems. :dunno

    Thanks and yeah...we got bounced around pretty good! :lol3
  19. knybanjo

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    Looking for the tree where old Tom Dooley was hanged from. :norton

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    Legend has it that he was hanged up there on the mountain where the three state lines meet. :dunno













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    Much better with the sun at your back. :D

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  20. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Great Pic..
    Glad you both did the Buddy thing .. And NOT a solo in dawoods..