FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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  2. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    Hey Ferris,

    I'm heading down the Blue Ridge NEXT Saturday (10/13). How are the tree colors- Near prime or past prime color?

    Thanks,

    Rob
  3. rockinrog

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    Until we get a first hand report:

    October 2, 2012 NC Mountain Fall Color Report: Recent clouds and rain have slowed the color change, so there's still only spotty color in the higher elevations. Sunny skies and cool nights return tomorrow, the perfect combination for great fall color. By this weekend, best color will be above 4,500 feet, including Beech Mountain and the highest sections of the Parkway, especially the Graveyard Fields area.
  4. tastroman

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    In the Meadows of Dan area they are just starting to change. This photo was taken today from the valley looking up towards the Parkway.

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  5. Prior

    Prior Been here awhile

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    Tastroman,
    I emailed Ferris a link to the tag with that picture- he's not gotten into the tag game, and I don't blame him at all- you can spend a lot of payday chasing photos :) Awesome tag though, and goddam, I know I need to stop by there everytime I'm in that area. Man.

    Bueller,
    We had a good little ride today and a great Oktoberfest in KVegas this afternoon. Color in Stuart wasn't quite there, but it'll be happening soon. What a great part of the world to call home... Ya'll ride safe and enjoy the pub :)
  6. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Hey thanks Prior. I was probably close to running into you on Saturday as I went through Stuart on my way to place the tag. What a great day for a ride. I must have passed 10 yard sales along with about 50 bikes throughout the day. Meadows of Dan was packed with bikes of every shape an size. One of those days where it seemed like everyone I came into contact with was in a good mood.
  7. Fast Ferris

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    Hey Rob, sorry so slow to get back to you, haven't checked this thread in a couple of days. Color is near-prime, IMO, both here in SW VA, and down in NW NC, where Dnutz and I spent the weekend. Although it's gotten a lot colder we haven't had a frost yet, which really seems to trigger the reds. We never did get a look at Grandfather Mountain this weekend, due to fog - it's *possible* that at the higher elevations on GM there are reds, but honestly we couldn't even see the LOWER elevations, it was that crappy down there.

    I'd say we'll be peaking at the 3000' elevations very, very soon, and the 6000' elevations, like Grandfather, etc., *may* be peaking right now.

    All that said: The Parkway is gorgeous. The days are getting really short, and we had temps down into the high 30's this weekend, so dress warm (Gerbings is your friend :-)

    Hope you have a great, safe ride. Looking forward to your RR.

    Ferris
  8. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    We took the Limo down to Blowing Rock, which turned out to be a very good call (even packed the cable chains with us, just in case...). Had a great weekend, and found some twisty little mountain roads near Grandfather we'd never been on before (did you know there's a ski resort just a few minutes from Blowing Rock?). Did some shopping at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis yesterday, which is always a treat, and just pretty much took it easy for a couple of days. Yes, we consumed several dark beers. :-)

    Agree, color will peak very soon now...

    Hope to see you guys again soon.
  9. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Tastroman, I was in MOD on the Road King on Saturday. Dangit, wish I'd know you were gonna be up here...
  10. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    I would have shot you a pm but I was playing the local tag game and had little idea about where I would be when. I hope to get up that way at least one more time before winter sets in, or if nothing else, hit to Wades to pick up some apples.


    Man you rack up the miles on your Harley. I look forward to the photo of your odometer flipping 100,000.
  11. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Does this count? :D



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  12. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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  13. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    JUST BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT!

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    RIGHTEOUS!
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    tastroman Long timer

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    Kind of dispels the myth of Harley riders riding to the local roadhouse and parking.
  15. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Hey Riff, thanks for your infectious enthusiam!! I admire Madison Rising. I'm well older than their target audience, I suspect, but I still dig their driving beat, the superb vocal work, and, of course, their powerful message of patriotism. It's refreshing and encouraging to see "young" people who get what this country is all about and how we got here.

    Thanks again. Here are two more from Madison Rising that I really enjoy:


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  16. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Well, I've been known to do that from time to time, too. :D



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    Phoenix, Arizona, February 2010, right after we got married, PERFECT weather,
    but me 'n Dnutz are both so sick from the flu (and casino-acquired pneumonia - Las Vegas...) that all we can do
    is stash the RK away and try (and pretty much fail) to recover. :puke1:puke1

    We came, we saw very little, and we rode even less...​
  17. Haji

    Haji Adventurer

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    Everything OK? Long absence of posting!
  18. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Hey Haji, we're just laying low lately, I guess, plus I haven't taken any pix recently worthy of posting up. Thanks for checking in, amigo.
  19. Prior

    Prior Been here awhile

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    Man I can't wait for Spring... Not much travel planned for work this year, so lots of riding!!!

    Hope you are able to shovel a path for the bike and enjoy the great weather on Tuesday!
  20. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Hey Alex, we didn't get out that day; like you, we're very much looking forward to dry roads and warm temps again! Here's to an awesome riding season for us all. :beer


    Here are a few pix I just scrounged off my memory card, from the wildfire on Pilot Mountain back in November:

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