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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. The Opa

    The Opa Long timer

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    Here's the gist of the thread. I ride around and sometimes take a picture or two. I like sharing (mostly the pics) with family and friends. I don't promise to record every ride, but I will try to update every now and again. We live in Spartanburg, SC; where this trip starts and ends. Furthest point is 'Mile High Campground', off Heintooga Rd, off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Yes, I got wet on this ride, ain't it great! :D

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    First stop on the unpaved end of Pinnacle Mtn Rd. I was beginning to think I had erred coming this way, what with all the rain we've been having. I did (err), but I also made it :D

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    First stop on BRP, to have a cracker and a look around. Also to notice it is trying to rain.... again.

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    The clouds just enraptured me at Cowee Mtns Overlook... and the rain nearly got me real good.

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    That's it for this ride......rode, got wet, got almost dry, got wet, got not quite so dry, put on rain gear, just in time to keep from getting WET. :lol3
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  2. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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    Photographic techniques!:tb:tb:tb
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  3. The Opa

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    They are 3 shots at 1 step +/- HDR. My camera doesn't have 2 step difference as an option, although it will make 5 and 7 shot brackets, I just don't want that much on my computer. Or to do that much deleting :wink:

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  4. The Opa

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    Got to go back up to the mountains for a bit yesterday. A short photo essay. I really enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, and started by going up to the Visitor Center. They had a sign on the door to the effect the Parkway was closed from 10 miles above the Visitor Center to the Mt Mitchell entrance. The rains have undermined a goodly stretch of road, with some areas of pavement split right up the center line, 6" wide and up to 6' deep. No true estimate on re-opening time frame.

    All the photos were made between the 191 and the 215 entrances. These were just below 191.

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    Mt Pisgah area

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    Looking Glass Rock

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    Devil's Courthouse
    I don't believe I could make that hike to the top in 20 minutes! 50 years ago, maybe.

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    On Explorer Rd off 215, past Pinhook


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    That's all for this ride.
    And no rain this time! :clap
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  5. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Beautiful country! Sure would like to go there sometime. It is on my list for sure. Thanks for the great pic’s and narrative.
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  6. 35xj

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    cool to see pictures of my stomping ground! I live about 9 miles down 151 from the parkway. If you see a guy on an orange 950, or occasionally a KONA cyclecross pedal bike, it might be me!
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  7. The Opa

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    Thanks Mcgee, been a while since I've been in your area, it is beautiful there, too.
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  8. The Opa

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    Thanks 35xj, stay tuned, more in the area to come, I hope......
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  9. The Opa

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    Went on a little tag ride yesterday, didn't stop much, but here are some views from Bad Creek, near the SC/NC border in far west SC.

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  10. The Opa

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    Some shots from today's ride.


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  11. TheBakemon

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  12. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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    Enjoy again, from the top!:clap:clap:clap
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  13. The Opa

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    Went out and did a little tagging today. Had a great ride, but didn't do much in the way of sightseeing/photo-ing. But here's what I've got.


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  14. The Opa

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    Managed to see a few leaves yesterday........


    Most of 'em been fiddled with in HDR.........


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  15. augiedog

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    Nice pictures opa. I shot these up around fontana dam and rt 129, and 28 over the weekend.[​IMG] the leaves were really falling with all the wind. [​IMG] fontana lake was in full draw down. [​IMG]
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  16. The Opa

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    Thanks Augie. Good stuff up there in Robbinsville area. We'll have to go when it gets too cold for the ..............crowd! :lol3
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  17. The Opa

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    A few more shots in the Lake Adger, Saluda area.


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  18. The Opa

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    Here are some I took back in May ('13). I am testing to see if I can figure how to use my Nikon Image Space for photos.


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  19. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Great images! I always wondered where elves learned to be elves, now I know.

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  20. The Opa

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    So any way.......... Augiedog & Opa went tagging in NC today. Above Forest City, then just above the BRP. So here are some views from the ride.

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