North American Tag-O-Rama!

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  1. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    Oy!
    We haz a skunk out here... bring the Eggy closer and let's see what we can see! :clap
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Patrick46

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


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



    GAME ON KIDS!!!!! :clap :clap :clap
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. kg4lho

    kg4lho Outside Sellin'

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    Hold that thought......:wink:
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  12. 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.
  13. haystack

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

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  15. 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
  16. 42

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    Wow, great ride.
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    Way to go Wes....

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  20. Patrick46

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    Woo-Hoo!!! :clap :clap :clap