Excursions pour la Journee avec Gaston

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Gaston Gagne, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Gaston Gagne

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    It seemed like a number of groups from Asheville were out there. Nice day for it!
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    A quick ride at lunch.

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    In spite of the short day, we didn't get the earliest of starts. Early enough, it turned out.

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    I would say ride this rhododendron section while you can. The Forest Service, I assume, "cleaned up" the remaining rhododendrons on Little Mountain since our last visit. They also removed all organic litter from the trail, making it kind of sloppy for the time being.

    The Snakeden rhododendrons are still there. Fun stuff.

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    In addition to the very fun trail, the scenery is off the hook.

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    No time for slaw dogs today. We gassed up and hit it.

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    I had been looking for the Barton Gap trailhead to no avail. We came from the other side on the way back, and found it. I want to ride bicycle through there now. Nice trail!

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    We were running a little low on daylight and still hadn't gotten back to 600.

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    These guys got their first "look" at Beech Grove essentially in the dark. "I thought you said this was a shortcut."

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    Thanks to those fellows for the ride. I hope they got enough trail riding in to justify coming all the way out here. :freaky
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    Red at morning

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    Sailor's warning

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    Happy Holidays. A prosperous New Year to you.


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  6. Hoodis

    Hoodis Been here awhile

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    Yesterday there was quite a bit of snow on the trails NE of Damascus. Iron Mtn. had drifts of 2-3 feet along the ridge (I'll never complain about leaves hiding rocks again). 84 was packed ice pretty much the entire length. Barton Gap had a few inches of snow but was a hoot. The horse trails (337) were snowy but fun - the roads getting back to Damascus not so much. I imagine the rain today is washing most of the snow away.
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    There were a lot of bear hunters out and about.

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    We went over Schoolhouse Ridge then down to Edgemont. Lucky split off for home while we headed up Rockhouse and over Yancey Ridge.

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    Then we went up Roseboro and over the Parkway to Jonas Ridge.

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    The proprietor of the store chatted us up. We then went down the gravel under Table Rock and back to the house. 115 miles. We went from cold to warm and back to cold.
  8. Gaston Gagne

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    First ride of 2013. :clap I got some chores and schoolwork done in the A.M. Then I headed upstream on the Catawba.

    The old powerhouse is gone. I assume the generators sat above those holes.

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    I did some new roads south of 40 in McDowell County. I still haven't ridden Lead Mine. I ended up on Bat Cave Road. What the heck. :ricky I turned around and came back toward Old Fort and took a road I thought I had taken before.

    This stream has huge potential for paddling. Unfortunately the first drop, which is the only one easily accesible from the road, is Death on a Stick.

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    I have never seen such a formation, but supposedly Gorilla is like this.


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    This is a really neat place, and I did not guess where I would end up.

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    I ended up in Bill's Creek and Montford Cove and then Marion. I did as much of I 40 as I could take at the breakneck pace people were running.

    May you have a prosperous year of the snake.
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    Happy New Year Gaston! :wave
  10. Gaston Gagne

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    Yesterday we did a bicycle ride. The wind and rain at Christmas did a lot of damage to the trails. My bike is back together.

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    It turns out that Lucky wasn't stuck up in the mountains. We didn't get the earliest of starts today, but it did afford me the opportunity to advance some projects around here. Last night's rain and persistent shadows led to some wetness throughout.

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    We did the McDowell, Rutherford, Buncombe tour.

    Whaddaya think? Did I photoshop him in too high? Is it still believable?

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    So, on his first run at it, he decided that it needed a little extra heat and cooking time. :eek1 Nice form, Lucky!

    There is a large temporal hole in the photographic evidence of today's ride because we were too busy ripping mad twisties. Mud Cut, Sugar Hill, Bills Creek, Cedar Creek, Bat Cave, Morgan Hill, Old Fort, to NC 9. We had a totally car free run all the way down to Black Mountain. We missed our turn. :ricky

    The Geyeser was on.

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    On Greenlee, we observed the front yard with the shirtless adult and three juveniles on the trampoline. Old Greenlee to Nix Creek and then 221 up to Hankins and around the back of Lake James.

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    Nice day and a nice way to end a vacation. Thanks for looking!
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    Saturday morning I was hoping to catch up with KTMike at Trust, but it was really foggy and drizzly. I went to do some mountain bike trail maintenance to let the weather clear a bit. It was already done! I drove all the way out there. I guess I can't complain too much.

    I came home, ate lunch, and headed out to the headwaters of the Yadkin River to do some falls scouting.

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    Maybe try some new roads as well. Lots of ADV bikes out there.

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    I got double runs of the east side of Parsonsville. :clap The trip up to Calloway Gap is pretty neat. I also found some potential whitewater on the South Fork of Reddies River. I also dropped into the gorge of Fall Creek, and it looks clean and has eddies. I thought it would be steeper.


    Bam! This one just needs some rain. Note the kicker on the right to prevent diving into the shallow pool.

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    Hiking up higher on the wet rocks by myself seemed like a bad idea, especially since I hadn't checked in recently. The falls above this will need more foot scouting, but they look good.

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    Cool rig

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    I took a wrong turn on Elk Creek (as if you really could) and ended up going over through Buffalo Cove.

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    While my kids were taking their final today, I did some Google Maps jockeying and found another stream with road service and gradient lines. I can't wait to get back there.
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    it was kinda drizzly here too all morning... and it did rain south of AVL... guess you were better off in your direction.
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    Depressed by the blooming daffodils and migrating birds, Lucky and I hit the road this morning. Temperatures were forecast to be in the low sixties, so we headed to Ashe County to keep in touch with that wintry feeling. Since it was so cold there, I didn't take any pictures. We went over Georges Gap and Beaverdam to 421, 67, 88. West Peak to Peak to Three Top. Unbelievably, we had a car free run of 194 all the way to the light in Boone. We also had a car free run of 194 from Banner Elk all the way into Valle Crucis.

    We crushed gyros at Mr. Originals and headed to Aho and Sampson, which was in nice shape.

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    Down this low at 2 P.M., it was a nice warm day. We toured Buffalo Cove and the Patterson metro area.

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    Closer to the house.

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    Lots of bikes out there today. Thanks to Lucky for the call.
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    Thought I was still watchin NASCAR for a second there.:lol3
    It was a good day, glad y'all got to enjoy it!
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    knybanjo kinda slow

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    How far did you go towards Richlands? :D
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    Not far at all. There was a NOTICE attached to a tree next to the creek. This led to turning around on the other side of the creek. It got the salt off though.
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    Some new friends around the house.

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    Once again, we had nice warm weather down here in the Piedmont, but I found myself up at the Blue Ridge, but not after a nice base of the escarpment run over to Parsonsville.

    Burke County

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    Just like yesterday and Thursday, the P.M. clouded up and got chilly. 221 is covered with crud.

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    She never stood a chance. :cry

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    What happened to her?
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    Apparently, the colony that they put in the box included a queen. She's in there and already laying. Layla was really bummed when she found the queen in the photo above. When they ate their way through the candy door they went Colonel Qadafi on her. Layla went back and looked and found brood and the queen. :clap