Deal's Gap/Cherohala road conditions

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by soboy, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    Has anyone ridden the Cherohala Skyway / Deal's Gap in the last week or so? Thinking about riding up there tomorrow, wanted to know if the roads were still covered with sand/gravell.
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  2. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    Nice to be able to ride UP to deals gap.
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  3. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    Yes, it is :1drink : I consider myself quite fortunate to be able to day ride the North Georgia/Western NC and Eastern TN playgrounds.
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  4. Lencho

    Lencho Been here awhile

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  5. jorge

    jorge Been here awhile

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    No way Dan! you are not allowed to ride up there with out me! :rofl

    Did we get the bike all repired? Take Steve with you and do warm up for the VRSI gathering... actually head up to Hot Springs to see how far that is and then we can better plan to hit the ADV rider gathering that same weekend!

    Good to see you on the many forums! Jorge:rofl
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  6. soboy

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    Hi Jorge: I taped up what is left of the turn signal housing with some electrical tape, that will work until I get flushmounts. Did almost 300 miles on Wednesday, combination of paved and dirt, 70 degrees and empty roads - too bad you couldn't have joined me - it was a blast!
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  7. jorge

    jorge Been here awhile

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    the weather guys have been calling for snow all day today...thank god nothing fell...rain and sleet...i can't wait till we got 70's to ride in... but if you do make the ride you know to take pics so we up north can live off your pics!
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  8. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I was just there yesterday! I live in Dawsonville...
    The roads were clear... no gravel... 60 to 68 (Tellico/was 70 degrees) to Robinsville... Deal's Gap... and back... one of my favorite 300 mile loop). It could have not changed in one day!
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    Have fun...

    Ara
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  9. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    Rode the Gap on Friday and it was clean and clear :ricky
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  10. soboy

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    Thanks, guys! I am heading up there this morning and looking forward to it. The Cherohala is one of my all time favorite roads.
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  11. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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    Clean, Clear...and practically abandoned. Perfect time of year to go.
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  12. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    March is the BEST time to hit these roads. No tourista yet, and if you catch it right, pure pleasure. I was there last year, on the way to Barber for a track day. Caught the gap at dawn, and didn't see a car or bike for the entire Dragon ride. Just have to be careful to watch for deer!

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    The Cherohala, early in the morning, when the sun is just coming up, is breathtaking:

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    For full report, including some Barber shots, check out:
    http://homepage.mac.com/docgonzo/PhotoAlbum23.html

    later, barry
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