Excursions pour la Journee avec Gaston

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

  1. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    Hot Springs, NC. Very soothing in spite of the late night trains.

    [​IMG]




    Dennis led us out to Del Rio.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    Waterville

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Nice stuff!

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Yeah!

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    We are almost back to camp.

    [​IMG]




    Not so fast!

    [​IMG]



    This incident was terrifying as it unfolded, but is now good for a chuckle. Hey Napoleon, how's your neck?




    Sunday

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Moments after this photo was taken, the subject was in the weeds.

    [​IMG]
  2. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,231
    Location:
    jaw ja



    TODD???????



    :hide
  3. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,245
    Location:
    trUSt, NC
    KLR under a guard rail... :hmmmmm
  4. Cuttle

    Cuttle twisted

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    16,414
    Location:
    Mars

    :rofl
  5. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,650
    Location:
    From Alabama to Newfoundland, it's all Appalachian
    I hear he is occasionally abducted by aliens. :dunno

    Looks like a lotta of fun at notta!
  6. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,383
    Location:
    East TN.
    :huh






    :dunno








    :ken

    Not this time!
  7. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

    Joined:
    May 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    27,482
    Location:
    out in the clover patch
  8. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    I got out of the sack Saturday morning and was on it at 7:30.

    Jonas Ridge. Hey what happened to mostly sunny??

    [​IMG]



    The downside of Holston Mountain on US 421.

    [​IMG]



    So, it wasn't all as good as that. The Cranberry Festival was ramping up in Shady Valley. Besides legit rain, the traffic was bumper to bumper out of Mountain City. The brass was phasing tunes I couldn't place.


    I got to Bristol a tad behind schedule. We were on it by 11. Warning: if you are offended by the backside of Kyle B's bike, you should hit the back button on your browser.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Like, now.

    Looking west from Sunny Point, VA.

    [​IMG]





    Looking south from Chestnut Ridge back at Sunny Point. That's a big hole on the far left of the photo.

    [​IMG]




    Chestnut Ridge Road brings you down to the Clinch River, where you "can cross" at Burton Ford. The bad news is you have to double back. The good news is that you can make a loop out of it and ride more of VA 65. :clap

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    Really, all I wanted to do was get to Coeburn.
  9. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    What's the big deal in Coeburn? Is it the scenic overlooks?

    [​IMG]




    Is it the tutorial on pit bull breeding and the correlation between coat color and value?

    [​IMG]


    40 mile views

    [​IMG]



    Sweepers

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    Flanagan Dam spillway

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    Layla was camped at Dirtbag Drive. She had paddled the Breaks in her boat.

    [​IMG]



    This summer's floods provided prodigious amounts of driftwood. Layla collected rocks for a fire circle, and Kyle and I collected wood.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    I love digital cameras.
  10. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,398
    Location:
    1984
    Neat.

    Looks like the final drive "puddle of death"...

    [​IMG]
  11. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC

    Nah, just a puddle of gasoline, but with the amount of smoking going on around there, it seemed a tad dicey.

    Sunday morning.

    [​IMG]






    We did another run over 80 to Haysi and then on over to Vansant. Then Patterson, Pilgrims Knob, Whitewood and over the hill to Jolo. They stole the Home of the Rocket Boys sign at the top of the hill.

    [​IMG]




    Then up 83 to Paynesville. The West Virginia side is just as good as the Virginia side.

    The back of this thing is the tail of a late 60s (?) Firebird. I should have gotten the other angle.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    The fun stuff kind of fizzles out, and then you have to ride the crappy roads in Tazewell County.

    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]



    I made Kyle suffer the indignity of riding over Clinch Mountain on VA 80 to satisfy my curiosity. He's a good sport.

    There is a cool waterfall on the way over to Rich Valley.

    [​IMG]


    The ride home was similar to the ride over. The Holston side of The Snake was dry and sort of sunny. From Shady Valley home, the roads were wet, and I rode through a bunch of rain.

    Mountain City

    [​IMG]



    Birthday boy caught a chipmunk ten minutes after this photo was taken. He's 15.

    [​IMG]


    That's all I got. Thanks for looking.
  12. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,398
    Location:
    1984
    :rofl

    That is one annoyed looking cat.


    Thanks for all the great pics.
  13. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    We trucked up to Asheville. Our friend just got a 250 Kawasaki.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]



    I was surprised by the improvements to Hurricane Creek. The parts that I thought wouldn't have changed are what changed the most.

    [​IMG]


    I think he was putting us on about his "inexperience."

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    Looking north across 40 at Harmon Den.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]





    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
  14. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,398
    Location:
    1984
    Scofflaw!

    [​IMG]
  15. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    A trip to Haywood and Cocke Counties was in order today.

    [​IMG]


    The colors were ridiculous.

    [​IMG]


    So were the views

    [​IMG]



    It's no substitute for Caney Fork, but we make do.

    [​IMG]



    Mount Sterling. I have always wanted to hike out there. Seeing the alpine meadows lit up in the sun today, I want to go there even more.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    Fun pavement, too!

    [​IMG]



    We went to the mushroom picking spot, which connected us to Bug Branch.

    [​IMG]



    There is a lot of exploring to do back here.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    I have had an encounter with a grouse like this on Maple Sally.

    [​IMG]



    This bird ended up getting a ride in a Chevy.

    [​IMG]



    Bull Pen. Gotta get back here, too.

    [​IMG]




    The temperature went from 58 to the low 40s and raining while we were climbing out of the Gulf.

    [​IMG]


    Freedom HS lost in the second round of the state playoffs. Even in defeat, they displayed sportsmanship of the highest degree. You are a class act!
  16. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,398
    Location:
    1984
    I wonder if that grouse was drunk.
  17. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC


    The national bird of Moran Nation??
  18. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    21,398
    Location:
    1984
    You might be on to something.

    Sometimes they eat rotten (fermented) apples in the fall, does funny things to them. :freaky
  19. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,018
    Location:
    Lost in the hills of SW VA/ Winter in SW Florida
    Funny. That happens to the Morans too!
  20. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,294
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    My first trip to Brown Mountain since May. 50 inches (!) of rain has fallen since then. They are working on some of the trails. What used to be tough is now fairly easy. What was easy is now rooty and rocky.


    DC came out from Asheville.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]




    I am envious of his orange rims.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Orange rims.

    [​IMG]


    We had a bit of a fuel spill.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    When we came to the end of 7, I thought we were in agreement about calling it a day. Then we were taking off for #9. We had some more fuel issues but made it to the parking lot. I rode home in the dark. 32 miles inside Brown Mountain. Felt like 40.

    [​IMG]