North American Tag-O-Rama!

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  1. AndyCap

    AndyCap Mineral Oil Anyone?

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    Great adventure and write up there MapMaster. On my return from my trip, I was maybe 20 miles from that drop. It's a good thing I didn't read the NA TOR before I got home, or he might have found his way back here - lol.

    And the Egg's adventures continue. :clap
  2. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    One does need to drive on a well maintained dirt/gravel road up and over a pass to get the egg. However, I passed minivans with child seats in back and a grandma driving a Volkswagen station wagon, so I have faith that all of you can make it. I went up and down at a reasonable speed with a Tourance on the back that has 14K miles behind it.

    If you're really adventurous, you can find a series of un-maintained gravel/dirt fire roads that run between Cosby and the Cataloochee Valley. At least two water crossings in there and I recommend knobbies.

    Alright, here is the tag shot, somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park:
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    The building in the background is this chapel:
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    I realized after I took the tag shot that there is a gate about 1/2 mile before the chapel (right in front of a small ranger station) which makes the chapel only accessible from 8am to sunset, so if you grab the tag after those hours, take a picture at the Cataloochee entrance sign, but you still have to go down into the valley to get the egg:
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    The location of the egg will be in the next post....

    Enjoy,
    Eric
  3. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    About 1 1/2 miles before you get to the chapel, or another reference would be about 50 to 100 yards after you pass the Cataloochee camp ground, there is a very small parking area on the side of the road:
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    About 20 yards down the road from that parking area is a trailhead sign:
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    Next to the trailhead sign, is a log bridge, cross it and walk down the trail:
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    Very quickly after crossing the bridge (within 30 yards) you will come to this sign:
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    The egg is behind a clump of trees to the right of that sign. walk past it and turn to your right:
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    At the base of a tree, the pouch is under a piece of wood:
    Now you see it,
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    Now you don't:
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    If I made this too difficult, tough! Enjoy your ride!
  4. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Ufff....you're hardcore!!! :deal :lol3


    Great drop and great job with the EGG!!!!



    GAME ON KIDS!!!!! :clap :clap :clap
  5. AndyCap

    AndyCap Mineral Oil Anyone?

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    Damn! I was there just three weeks ago. Walked right by that very sign. Nice job, and choice place for a drop. It's a really nice place to ride.
  6. Volta

    Volta Fuck Cancer

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    Hey, I was there just last week! Seems Egg is following me around, now. I guess he must want another crack at my whisky! :evil

    Careful, though, if this trend continues whoever picks him up next will have a final drive failure on their way home. The drive belt on the Uly snapped this evening, ~200 miles from home, just short of the end of a 5500 mile trip. D'oh!
  7. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    Been there, done that. I now carry a spare with me. I saved the old belt when I changed it last time. The old belt is already stretched out a bit, and will be easier to put on beside the road than a new one would be.
  8. Flashback

    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Great spot for the tag. Contemplating a ride for the grab this weekend. 1,121 miles from my current location and another 350 miles to my destination from the campground.
  9. Patrick46

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    This is why my newest build (Frankenstein) will run chains (F & B).

    Belts are smooth & quiet, true...but as I pull a trailer and ride such a big sled...I won't trust 'em.
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    kg4lho Outside Sellin'

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    Hold that thought......:wink:
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  11. Volta

    Volta Fuck Cancer

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    This is the second belt I've snapped on this bike. The first went at 11.2k, this one at 22.4k. I foolishly believed the dealer that it was a freak incident the first time, but now I know better. Replacing this one at 5k and keeping it as a spare isn't a bad idea at all.
  12. haystack

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    I fear my weekend plans are about to change. :cry

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  14. kg4lho

    kg4lho Outside Sellin'

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    I checked on the thread the other day as I am on vacation this week and thought, "it sure would be great to grab Eggy or Nutzy this week!" Well, low and behold, the Egg is less than six hours away! :clap After the Brucing JALnSC and I got on Nutzy earlier this year, I was eager to hit the road ASAP and hopefully grab him up before someone else. I headed out around six this morning, not sure whether I would make a flying trip or camp out for the night and head back tomorrow. I packed for an overnight with my hammock if they had room at the campground. Fast Forward through five hours of Super SlabĀ® and.......Tada!
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    It was a pretty nice dirt road coming in with some gravel but due to the storms they had last night, it was a little muddy in places. No problems though, I was an offroader before I was an onroader. :wink:

    Coming in to Cataloochee, I was lucky enough to see quite a bit of wildlife. A young Black Bear crossed the road just in front of me. I must have spooked him, he shot out but was looking back from the treeline from whence he came and I was figuring Momma Bear was gonna be coming out of that treeline also. So I kept a keen eye out and cranked the throttle open to get out of there before she got there. Not long after that, I came across four deer grazing in one of the large fields. They looked up, saw me, seemed indifferent, and went back to grazing. Then, now this is a real treat, I saw this>




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    I mistakenly thought it was a Horse at first! :lol3 It is a Juvenal Bull Elk. As big as it is, I would love to see a mature Bull, and hear him bugle on a cold crisp mountain morning. Moving along, I couldn't quite remember all of the directions and there wasn't any cell service so dialing up and checking wasn't gonna happen. I rode around a bit but finally got it figured out. The view from the bridge turned out pretty nice:
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    And then the grab:
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    RFlagg42, Great job picking the drop site! :clap:clap I had an awesome time! Thanks Man!

    More to come.:deal
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    Wow, great ride.
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  19. Patrick46

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    Woo-Hoo!!! :clap :clap :clap
  20. kg4lho

    kg4lho Outside Sellin'

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    So after the grab yesterday, we were headed southeast on HWY 276 and Eggy was pretty hungry. I passed by Smackers Sports Grill in Waynesville, NC
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    and figured it looked like a pretty nice place to get a good burger.
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    It was! :D


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    The inside of this place was incredible. There were dollar bills pasted all over the place, all with their own modifications. Eggy wanted to leave his mark so he whips out a buck and goes to work.
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    If I'da known he was flush, he could'a bought his own lunch!:lol3
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    Bills placed, we hit the road bound for Blenheim! We stopped off in Florence, SC to have dinner with V-Marv, his wife Janet, and our adv prospect/his father-in-law Bob.
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    I was so hungry, I only got the one pic. :cry


    All in all, I did the 600mile round trip in 15hrs, with about 1.5hrs in the rain. Hey, no pain, no egg, right? :deal:lol3