Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. Jbrowning

    Jbrowning Adventurer

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    I'm heading up early Saturday to WNC for the weekend. Planning to unload near the southern entrance to the BRP and start with Heintooga Round Bottom/Balsam Mtn Road and exploring as many fire/unpaved roads as I can find between 441 and the Cataloochee/I40 areas.

    Not set on this, if someone else is planning to ride this weekend in the WNC or nearby areas, i'd be glad to join you. Or come join me!

    It's usually less fun when you ride alone, and you can try more dumb things when you're in a group!

    Breakfast at Peter's Pancakes & Waffles in Cherokee at start of BRP
  2. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    What kind of gear do you guys wear for a ride like that? I only have street gear. But I plan on getting the WR450 dirty sooner or later.
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  3. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Heintooga is one of my go to spots, we usually sit on the bench overlooking the smokies for a while, be sure to go into Cataloochee valley, the road going over is cool, but not while pulling a 25ft camper.
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  4. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    That's a pretty big load for that Suzuki.....
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  5. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    it was sketchy for sure.:D
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  6. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    A photo if you don't mind.


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    We love the campground in cataloochee.


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    The elk.
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  7. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Well, at least you posted your tag number online so they can contact you if they have a problem with it....
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  8. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Not sure whats up with the website today. That last sarcastic comment was for CheapB. I was going to say that you have Everything you need to explore there 1stgenfarmboy. Definitely the Right Stuff!
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  9. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Killer tow vehicle
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  10. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Thank you.
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  11. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    We had several of those old Power Wagons for work vehicles years ago. They really were "killers"; great as tow/haul vehicles but holy shite rattle your teeth out of your head or jar your kidneys free if you didn't have at least a couple of tons payload in the bed. One of my co-workers nick-named them the "Jaryougutski Dodges". You are obviously a tough guy, 1stgenfarmboy. :super
  12. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Only recently have manufs begun to tune the ride quality without a load in the bed. Lots of city slickers buying $80k pick-em-ups and demanding luxury. I know my 2004 F-150 rides a whole lot better with a few hundred pounds in the bed.
  13. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    What are the leaves looking like? My kids and wife are planning a camping trip up that way next weekend.
  14. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Leaves are brilliant at 5000 feet. Still Green below lesser altitudes. Peak soon along BRP at Balsam and Pisgah. Peak at 3500' (Boone) still 1-2 weeks away and three weeks away at 2500 (Asheville)...what hasn't dried up and fallen off. We have been dry for the past 3 weeks. Irma brought wind and rain, but nothing since.
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  15. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    thank you for that, I am planing a quick mountain fix for oct 13-15, going to ride the BRP from tuggles gap to cherokee hopefully spend fri night the 13th at willville and sat the 14th at smokemont or milehigh, then cherohola on the way back to IL. I know it's a long ride for a day on the BRP but I really need a mountain fix.
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  16. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    I am in DC. Been here a couple of days and plan to head back home to Deep Gap, NC early Monday. I took two days and rode 700 miles up through West Virginia to get here. Thanks SidewinderX for recommending I skip Old Potts Mtn. Road. I would have been on it otherwise. I might check it out on the way back if it is not just big mud holes. I rode up through and all around some in the Monongahela National Forest, then over and up highway 28 through Seneca Rocks. Great, mostly paved riding, in areas that are unique and beautiful! I hope to run over through Fulks Run then ride some of the Dolly Sods area on Monday. If I am interpreting it correctly the off road riding is in the Dolly Sods area, not in the Seneca Rocks area. Right?
  17. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    A review on Google of Potts Mt rd (Jeep trail).
    Recommends Jeeps with lockers and 35" tires...
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    Dolly sods has a lot of forestry roads. Passable by almost anything.

    Road 75, 9 etc..
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  18. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Thanks SidewinderX!
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  19. Jbrowning

    Jbrowning Adventurer

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    Had an absolutely epic ride last Saturday from Cherokee to Maggie Valley to Max Patch east of I40. Will post a good write up when I get my lazy tail around to it.

    In the meantime, I plan to go again this Saturday. Leaving from Maggie Valley this time because that’s where the trail got really good last time, and I want more daylight to explore all over Max Patch.

    I invite anyone who wants some spectacular riding to PM/reply and join me this weekend.

    More details soon

    -Jeff
  20. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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