Cherohala Skyway Collapse

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Zanotti, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Zanotti

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  2. joe a

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    ..... :huh Looks like quite a bit of DOT work to fix that.
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  3. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    Probably at least 205 MILLION DOLLARS ...
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  4. dmftoy1

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    Wow that sucks, one of my favorite cruising roads
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  6. Zanotti

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    Nice
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    Well, I hope they have an Evel Knievel ramp set up this summer.

    Remember how long it took to get 129 fixed down by the lake?

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    Does anyone know if the dirt route over the mountain is passable?
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  11. yellow 1150GS

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    There is an alternate dirt route between Robbinsville NC and Tellico Plains TN. There is an intersection right at the bottom of the Skyway on the North Carolina side where you can turn right to go to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest that has a dirt road immediately to the left called Santeelah Creek Road that continues up the mountain and crosses under the Cherohala Skyway at Stratton Meadows. As it drops off to the south of the Skyway it becomes North River Road and comes out on River Road along the Tellico River. Turn right and you will come out on the Cherohala Skyway leading into Tellico Plains. I don't know the condition of the road since the heavy rains, but it might be kind of rough in places. My wife and I usually ride the Cherohala Skyway one way and take Santeelah Creek/North River road going the other way. The paved way is 50 miles, and the dirt way is 30 miles.
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    Lit up after initial impact.
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    yellow,
    Like you say, take Forest Service Road 81 as shown on the map above to get to Tellico Plains on gravel assuming it is ok. It will be getting a lot of traffic while the Cherohala is down.
    Too bad the washout is west of Stratton Meadow since traffic could get back on the Skyway if it was east of Stratton Meadow. Traffic from Tellico can take River Road and get on the Skyway at Stratton and go to R'ville.

    We had planned to run FSR81 to Tellico Plains on the upcoming 2nd Annual Sidecars in the Smokies April 25 &#8211; 28 http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=26129
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    N.C. 81 is typically closed (gated) during winter months. F.Y.I.:deal


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    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    Miracles happen, maybe.
    From Graham Star Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
    "North Carolina transportation officials plan to
    open an on-site detour route
    around a closed section of
    the Cherohala Skyway in
    Graham County near the
    Tennessee state line by
    Monday."
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    Is NC in the future?:wink:
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    My mom lives just out of Farner, TN (take 68 out of Tellico just a little ways) and has been telling me that a lot of the mountain roads are having issues right now from the rain. The 'road' to their house is maintained gravel, currently the creek is taking it over.
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    It was closed last summer too the few times I checked
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