'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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    Still fun but. it was more fun in it's unmaintained condition.

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    Inside the mind of government...they fixed not only the road but also the ramps themselves. Before it would have been impossible to actually access this with a trailer and now that they've gone through all the trouble to 'fix' them.....they've blocked them off so you can't use 'em. :loco

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    The approaches were washed out and the slabs were just sicking up in the air...now it's all nice and smooth but you can't get to 'em. :lol3

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  2. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Look how pretty and clear the water is.

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    I've been here at 'full pond' and these were completely under water.

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  3. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Hey! Thanks! :wave


    It really is a pretty lake.....I like it there. :thumb

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  4. knybanjo

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    These corners used to bermed up pretty good...looks like it could happen again....if given time.

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    Going out towards the South gate.....the only water crossing is now optional.

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  5. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    The South road is much smoother than the North one.....here's what you're looking for if wanting to enter from down there.

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    I looped back around to the truck on pavement.....with a plan to hit Bad Creek after lunch.

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    These shacks are all along the same road as the South entrance.

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  6. knybanjo

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    Musterground Rd....aka Bad Creek.

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    Living dangerously? :lol3

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  7. knybanjo

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    5 miles in.....

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    It get steeper and a little more rugged past the 'bridge'

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  8. knybanjo

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    What Bad Creek lacks in scenery vs. Horse Pastures it makes up for in a more 'natural' road surface. :D

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    Lots of dead ends though...still fun little out-n-backs.

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  9. knybanjo

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    There's a number of hunting camps on those dead ends....all were vacant yesterday.

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    I have both good and bad news to report. :lobby

    First the bad news.....the road down to the water is gated. :bluduh

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    Looking across to Jumping Off Rock....it's atop that ridge across the lake.

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  10. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    I imagine that it could get pretty slick back here when it's raining....prolly not a good place for street tires.

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    More gates and camp sites.

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    Not easy to make out in my blurry riding pics but....


    Both HP and BC are loaded with anti-erosion humps. Plenty of opportunity for suspension testing. :evil

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  11. knybanjo

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    Are you ready for the good news? :ear



    Gate open that goes all the way through to Gorges St. Park in NC!! :clap

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    I seen a bear here on the Right side of the road...but wasn't fast enough on the draw.

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    It was about 11 miles from that gate to Gorges SP and it was a lot sloppier and more rugged with baby head rocks etc. Nothing too technical, just enough to make it fun ::ricky












    It crossed a hiking trail(s)

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  12. knybanjo

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    Several creek crossing too.....

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  13. knybanjo

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    An interesting bridge across what I think may have been the Horsepasture River?

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    That was a cool spot with a campsite on one side but the bike had been hard to start the last two shutdowns so these pics kinda suck as I just shot them from the saddle in an effort to keep the bike running. :patch

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    In hind sight I wish that I would have taken a little break there as it was much more scenic than these pics...but it was getting on into afternoon and I still wasn't sure if I'd have to double back from another dead end.
  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Gorges SP in NC :norton

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    The road is 'improved' from here on out but....it does get steep in places, signs warn in excess of 25% with momentum killing humps every so often. :wink:

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    Still fun....and I needed a break from all the bumps. :lol3

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  15. knybanjo

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    It's a 'through road' :clap

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  16. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    ahhh - that's the steel sheet/bridge you were talking about....
  17. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    The old DR was beginning to shake itself apart, I didn't realize the extent of it until back at the truck but lets just say the decision to loop back on pavement may have been a good one. :D

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    Big and fancy new visitor's center.

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    Cheater. :shog

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    90ish miles on the bike....HP is on the East side of the lake and BC is in that NW corner with Gorges SP North of the state line.

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  18. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Yep. :nod

    Hey! It was fun to see a bunch of the Asheville crowd at Wedgeday! :wave
  19. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    our pleasure!
  20. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    Just skimmed through a few posts - I'm definitely going to have to spend some time in this thread! I'm still kinda new to the area, so getting some ideas together for places to ride next year. Thanks for posting :clap