Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Hi djtrik! Always post as much about your riding as you can. I will add a WV and KY onto the thread title if I need to. Definitely contact me if you all ever head this way. We don't have to ride off road unless you want to. There is lots of good pavement riding in this area too. I am planning to ride this area where you were at in the next couple of months. I think it is near Snowshoe, isn't it. Years ago I camped a lot, probably close to 700 or 800 nights. Haven't done it in years and don't have any gear now. In the next few weeks I am going to start taking two day rides and will have to locate some cheap motels or camp one.
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  2. Patek

    Patek Adventurer

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    I need to go check this out.
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  3. djtrik

    djtrik David Reusch Jr

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    Oh I'm down for the roads less traveled so gravel/dirt is something I love riding on. It's so much more rewarding coming across some cool landmark after riding on a sketchy, nearly forgotten road. There's also a lot more places to stop and pee! I've been told that I have a gnat bladder...

    Yeah it's near Snowshoe. You can actually see quite a bit in one nice big loop all in one day over there. I created a route in My Route App that takes through Snowshoe, Cass Scenic Railroad, Green Banks Telescope, Camp Allegheny battlefield, Bluegrass Valley and Spruce Knob. Yeah it's a lot to see. There's a 13,000 sq. mile radio silence to prevent interference with the Green Bank radio telescope. No cell service unless you have AT&T then you'll get it in the small towns, sometimes. You can read about it here: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/gbt/facilities/gbt/interference-protection/nrqz/. On a side note, across from the Bluegrass Valley is Sugar Grove station (not on my route but not far off from it) which was mentioned in the Snowden released documents as a comms station that intercepts all international communications coming to the Eastern US. I stumbled across this while exploring the area last year and it's very odd coming across a random military checkpoint with a local police SUV staring down from the top of the entrance out in the middle of the mountains.

    The route goes through the Snowshoe resort then the bottom of Snowshoe there's the Cass Scenic Railroad and after that you stop at the Green Bank telescope for a bit. Shortly after that is a gravel road that turns into an easy 4x4 trail which leads to Camp Allegheny. From there you take a fun twisty road across a mountain called Mountain Turnpike -hint: add some excitement to the run by avoiding the blacktop patches. You'll know what I mean when you see it. This leads you to a gas station in the small town of Monterey (and from what I heard from another pair of ADV riders has a nice restaurant next door). Then turn around and hit the Mountain Turnpike again and ride through the beautiful Bluegrass Valley which is probably my favorite part of the route. The valley is very wide and just feels so big which has gorgeous pastures that run through the middle of it. After that you can go straight to Spruce Knob (highest point of WV) or if you have an extra hour or so you can visit Seneca Rocks which is a cool rock formation out of ridge of the mountain that's a popular spot for rock climbers before you hit Spruce Knob. Follow the signs from HWY 33 and it'll take you right up the mountain. Be prepared for some fresh juicy 1.5 lane asphalt and some real tight switchbacks. You also climb 3000 feet in 11 miles! After you visit the peak you can head down the other side to cool lake on the mountain which also has a nice primitive campground. This side of the mountain is great because there's plenty of dirt/gravel roads to explore. The loop is an all dayer for sure but it's full of neat places to see and has a bit of everything. If you're not a route follower then you could easily just target the POI's that interest you and just ride. Even the "main roads" out there are a great ride that consist of windy 2 lane roads so you can't go wrong.

    The best and only guide that I know for this area is a fellow inmate, Jeff Munn. He's very knowledgeable of the area, has a beautiful piece of property in the mountains and mainly rides a GS. Check out his thread that inspired me to visit the area: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/west-virginia-adventures.80069/
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  4. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    WOW! Great info and advice. My last ride through WV was on 219 from Redhouse Maryland down to Princeton WV. That's a paved video game, just goes on and on. I am going to take a few days and explore the GWJF and Monongahela NF soon. Your ride report and advice will definitely add to my trip!
  5. djtrik

    djtrik David Reusch Jr

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    Hey glad to help! I was checking out pnoman's (can you tag/link people's name in here?) website that he posted on page 1 of this thread (http://www.ridingwv.com/) and there's a TON of resources on there too. He did an awesome job on that site.

    Sorry to trail off onto WV but your ride reports seem so similar to what WV is like. All this talk and I'm truly going to need to find a way to come out there to visit your area this year. KY and TN has some fun riding but WV and VA has more of a remote feel to it. I have yet to camp in those states but I'd really like to. Tomorrow I'm going to look at my vacation and calendar to see what I can pull off.
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  6. blalor

    blalor Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a few days touring in July. I live in Richmond, VA and this thread's going to be a great resource for me. Thanks!
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  7. wvdirtbiker

    wvdirtbiker MILES2GO

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    If any inmates need a tour guide for the Pocahontas County area, give me a shout. I'm always looking for someone to ride with, weekdays or weekends.
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  8. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    I really like exploring about as much as I enjoy riding. Always looking to see where "that" road goes. A couple of weeks ago I decided to relax and visit and old friend named Maple-Sally. Started my ride going down Mt. Zion Road: IMG_0690.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Mt. Zion starts about midway up the mountain where highway 421 goes north between Wilkesboro and Boone, NC. Its about 2 miles before 421 passes under the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mt. Zion drops pretty quickly to the Stony Fork Valley and goes by the High Country Motorcycle Campground. Good road: IMG_0691.JPG
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  10. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    The foothills in this area offer some great paved riding. I usually head west down Darby/Buffalo Cove Road which takes you by a unique equestrian destination: IMG_0693.JPG
  11. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Rode over through Collettsville, NC then into the Globe Valley. Old John's River Road is just peaceful: IMG_0696.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    This area, and Mortimer, Edgemont farther on into the valley are sometimes pretty crowded on the weekends. On the weekdays they are mostly deserted which lets me just stop and take photos wherever I want: IMG_0697.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    I won't tell you where this is at, but its pretty unique I think. The owner had a good vision for remodeling a home that at its core is probably pretty old judjing by the surrounding trees: IMG_0699.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    I usually go out Adako Road from Collettsville and ride Maple-Sally from the South end. Today I am going to ride up highway 90 which is a good ride itself: IMG_0700.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Here's the intersection of highway 90 and Maple Grove Church Road: IMG_0701.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    This is the Pisgah National Forest Service gate. It marks where Maple Grove Church Road becomes Maple-Sally as the road goes south. This gate is always open unless the road is totally blocked or there is a wild fire: IMG_0703.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Here is the infamous Gator Curve, site of the famous collision between a BMW GS and a Dear. Sorry to say, but the Dear won out. Thinking now is that CheapB might have had something to do with this....: IMG_0704.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    I always stop here, and always take a photo. Not sure why, but I usually take a whiz and eat a cracker to, so maybe that's it. It is about midway along Maple-Sally. IMG_0705.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    You aren't going to get away murdering anybody riding with these tires. Inspector Clouseau say "Ah Ha! Shinkos!": IMG_0706.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Rode a little ways up Murphy Place at the bottom of Maple-Sally. The road goes to a grave yard that obviously needs a caretaker: IMG_0711.JPG
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