just puttin' around in WNC

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Cuttle, May 28, 2011.

  1. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    I don't feel like writing a novel, so mostly pics it is - more to come in the future.

    today, after slabbing 80 miles south to Greenville, SC, I decided to take the fun way home. Sorry, no pics from SC - I tried to get out of the heat and into the mountains as quick as possible.

    Cathey's Creek:

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    some road I haven't been on before - gate is open :evil

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    After a few miles of hard-pack it turned into a really, really nice track... according to the map it should be a loop (possible with a gate on the end)

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    to bad I was by myself, didn't carry a lot of tools, nobody knew were I went and it would have been a very long and lonely hike out, if something goes wrong :becca
    (I hate when I am too conscious). So, back down I went :cry

    I'LL BE BACK!

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    obligatory mirror shot:

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    the rest of the roads where just like this:

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    views:

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    North Mills Rec Area

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    and more hard-pack: :evil

    Wash Creek Road

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    after about 45 miles of FS roads, I decided it was time to hit the BRP and head back north

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    stopped for a little refreshment at the Wedge

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    slow day at the Wedge:

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    the usual crowd:

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    to avoid the slab I decided on 251:

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    to bad I ran out of daylight to ride Big Laurel.

    Proof that I am from Mars after all: :D

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    and the welcoming committee at home. As usual they make me feel guilty for going on a ride instead of a hike:

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    All in all, a good day.

    My butt hurts :D
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  2. rattlecan

    rattlecan Caffeine Driven

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    Good pics. thanks.
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  3. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Keep 'em coming!


    I think I know what gate was open but I've never been through there either....may have to check that out soon. :wink:
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  4. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    It's 229 turning into 140A up on Gloucester Gap.... :deal let me know and I join you
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  5. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    Let me know when you wanna ride up there again.......it seems that I am getting a lot more free time these days.:clap
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  6. 35xj

    35xj Been here awhile

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    i wanna go too!
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  7. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    as I told you before: :dizave


    :lol3 (I wanna be retired too)


    What about next weekend? By then I should have my "new to me" car, and I don't have to rely on the DR as only transportation anymore (i.e. I can brake it and still can go to work).
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  8. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  9. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    That sounds like a winner............Sunday morning sometime..........North Mills river campground parking lot............
    Who else is in????
    :1drink
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  10. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    you got a "date" :D - what time???

    I should put on some new rubber, if I get it in time... will be the first time I mount them w/o "supervision" - wish me luck.
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  11. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    We will meet at the parking lot at North Mills River campground at 10 o clock AM on june 5th.
    Ride is open to anyone that wants to show up.
    We will check out Cuttles new find and just make it up after that........
    Does that suite you Cuttles??????:wink:
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  12. recrazyjax

    recrazyjax Been here awhile

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    Hey Cuddle,

    I've been all around those mountains on a sport bike and a bit on a KLR650 but some of those roads I don't know. I'm coming up in July and would love to ride some of the roads you know. Leaving here (Jax Florida) 14 July and returning home on 18 July. So basically rifing Fri-Sun and two days up/back. If you have any good recommendations for riding dirt let me know. I'll be riding with a 17 (+2) tooth front so hardcore dirtbiking won't work but I can go most places with reason. I use the 17 to cover the pavement baby! :) haha.

    Great ride!
    T
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  13. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

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    Fixed,
    Nice pics, thanks Cuttle.
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  14. lgajohnymac

    lgajohnymac (*)

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    Is it a open invite for the AVL crew? I think I can hang on the versys! Sounds like fun! You planning on the FS road to 276? I haven't been back there in a couple years.
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  15. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    Yeah...jump on in, open invite for anyone that wants to ride.
    I am thinking easy ride , too hot to get to aggressive, so we will pace easy and stay on forest roads and back roads.

    I will be at the wedge this evening , Im thinkin' cold beer and bike chatter.............
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  16. fancyindigo

    fancyindigo schmancy...fancy

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    Definitely in :D Sounds Great! Looking forward to seeing all of you!
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  17. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    You guys have fun!! But be nice to us flatlanders along the coast and post lots of pics! I was up that way for a day about two weeks ago. Rode 226 off the BRP and another road, I think it was 694 (?). Little two lane road...ran right into Asheville, then we met NCRick @ a brewery (name escapes me). I need to get up that way and ride more often! :D
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  18. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    ok, time for more pics!

    morning commute: 22 miles slab
    evening commute: 45 miles fun :lol3

    VIP parking at work :evil

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    Hwy 251 along the French Broad

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    towards Marshall:

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    and up to Walnut Creek:

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    Walnut Creek/Big Laurel transition (very fast sweepers below :evil)

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    Big Laurel

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    :lol3 (this was not planned like this at all)

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    different exposure (same pic as above)

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    near Raw's place

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    welcome to the neighborhood :lol3 (look close)

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    Laurel Valley

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    a little bit of gravel for good measure :D

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    last couple of turns (less than 1/2 mile to go)

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    Definitely the best part of my workday!

    but not tonight: it's Wedgeday :freaky
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  19. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    Wrong side of the road, on a lawn mower, with his ~2yo kid...:scratch :huh Looks like my home town, except that guy had the decency to change out of his pajamas before he went outside :lol3
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  20. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    I am certainly no expert in this area - my best advice is to get the NG maps and explore (all roads I took are on the map).

    And give us a "holler" when you are up here!
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