So yesterday I got my gps mounted and an outlet wired up for the charger, so I decided today I needed to test it. I remembered reading about old nc 105 in a thread on here somewhere, it's only an hours ride from my house in Shelby, NC, so off I went! This is off of 226, about half way there: So the trip there was pretty boring until I got to Marion and Lake James, the roads around the lake have some pretty nice twistys! Anyway, I finally made it, and my first impression wasn't a good one, when I left the pavement the road consisted of some very rough bumps, and large loose gravel, it was going to be a horrible ride if that continued, but luckily about a mile in the roads change to mostly dirt with a small about of gravel in patches, here are some pics of the views: Looking back towards Lake James: Lots of these great little camping spots all along the road: So after around 18 miles of twisting dirt and climbs, you reach the other side, I decided to walk the trail there to see the upper view of Linville falls, would have liked to have stayed a bit longer but thunderstorms were rolling in: The ride on the way back was twice as fun (and probably three times as fast) guess I had a bit more confidence knowing what to expect. I probably went a bit faster than anyone should on top of a mountain More pics: One of the few straight sections: Well there you have it, I had a blast. Felt like I really bonded with the XT on this trip, it did an amazing job in the dirt, if only it could handle the highways without straining the engine so much.