Prentice Cooper this Weekend?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by GSBS, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    I've been wanting to see this place for years. It's about 125 miles from here so I don't want to get there and the roads be closed.

    Was thinking of doing a long-ish day trip up on the 950SE either Saturday or Sunday.

    Anybody know if there's any issues with getting around in there at this time? Or better yet is anybody riding there this weekend? :ear
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  2. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Wish I could go with you....

    I've only been there once in the winter and they had closed the roads a week earlier than they said they would.

    The local guys here say it pretty open and fast.....should be a good run.

    Make sure you check out the overlooks and post up a RR.

    Here's a map if you need it . . . .

    http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/publications/forestry/PCSF_map.pdf
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  3. GSBS

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    Thanks! Great map!
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    ihatefalling Let it roll

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  5. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    I would be up for riding on Sunday, if you let me know a meetup time and place.

    Sometimes they close part of the WMA for nesting turkeys in summer-I hate nesting turkeys. The other excuse is habitat improvement. Not sure the current status.
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  6. GSBS

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    Sounds good... We could probably be up there 9:30-ish (EDT) if we leave here at first light Sunday.

    Looking at the maps, for us the best place to enter would be Haley Road at Hwy 27, since we'll be coming from the west. Is that a good meeting place for you?

    FYI, I'll be on a nine-fifty and my buddy will be on a KLR. We aren't looking to do anything hard core on these bikes, but mainly wanted to do a scouting trip to see what's there. Our general plan was to go Haley Road up to the main North/South road, explore the top on gravel roads, then down Suck Creek Road (27?) to River Canyon Road and head back south and west along the river. Since we haven't seen any of it, that sounded like an easy plan.

    If we have someone familiar with the area that is even better, if you don't mind showing us around.

    So, is 9:30 at the turn for Haley Road a good time/place for you?

    David
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    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    Ooooo, GSBS you'll like Prentice :p I might show up on Sunday and join in :D
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  8. GSBS

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    Great! Hope you can make it. :thumb
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  9. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    I'll be waiting for you there, base of the mountain on Hwy 27. Haley Rd is a pretty ride up the mountain.

    River Canyon Rd is also a pretty ride, stays right beside the river for 30 miles or so, one lane pavement. Used to be called Mullens Cove Rd, but the yuppies are taking over down there now.

    I'm not a hardcore guy, so I might ride too slow for you, but at any rate, see ya then. Sending a PM with my phone number if there's a problem en route.

    Brent
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    GSBS FunHog

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    Just saw your PM and send my phone info back.

    Looking forward to finally riding this area! Thanks for showing us around!

    David
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  11. GaM

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    I swear I'm going to be riding again soon GSBS. I have the valves adjusted, coolant and spark plugs changed on the wee strom, still have to change brake fluid, chain and sprockets and I haven't even started on the klx. Dang these things are lot of work.:cry
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  12. GSBS

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    You should buy and orange bike! If ya had a KTM you'd appreciate maintaining your KLX and 'Strom. :lol3
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    ...on my first time to finally see Prentice Cooper today. We went up the mountain from 27 on Haley Road then took the main gravel road to the south at the top and checked out some overlooks, then back on Mullens Cove/River Canyon Road back to 27. It was FANTASTIC! Left home at 5:15 and got back around 3. Did about 310 miles total.

    Video sampler of the day:
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    A nice view from up top at Snooper's Rock:
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    More photos from today here.

    Sincere thanks Brent and Mike and Paul for showing us around this beautiful area! :clap

    Was good to see Dredman (Man... he can ride that 'Strom!) :thumb
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    Hey GSBS! I wish I coulda been there for the ride. I wasn't feeling too good this morning. I really wanted to go, but I'd have been a party pooper. Brent and Mike know that area really well and are fun for sure!
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    Sorry to have missed you today... Was a fun day for me!

    Hope you're feeling better soon.
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  16. norton73

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    Nice Video! :thumb

    Looks like fun, wish I could have joined you, but I'd already told my wife we'd ride Paint Rock Valley, and her Monster doesn't do dirt well :lol3

    How'd the Strom handle the rocky section?

    Might need to mount up the knobbies on the GS soon.
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  17. GSBS

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    Like a Sunday stroll thru the park (Don can ride that big ol' Strom! :thumb)

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  18. dredman

    dredman Dirty Moto-Tourist

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    the Strom handled much like it's rider.......slow and squishy :evil

    better tires, suspension, a skid-plate, and a thinner rider would have helped greatly.

    Next time maybe I will ride a more appropriate bike - this time I was more concerned with the ride from Birmingham than I was the rocky section.

    I had a blast, that was a very nice area to ride, street and dirt :thumb

    Thanks to everyone for letting me tag along.

    My oddly similar video below :D

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  19. phideaux

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    I was up there Saturday with SDVet on the GS's . It kept trying to rain on us so I kept the camera packed up except for these two photos.

    Prentice Cooper = :clap



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    Fido :norton
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  20. mb90535im

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    I was supposed to ride up there for the first time this past Saturday too, but backed out mainly because it's so darned hot right now.
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