Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. thumperpilot

    thumperpilot Thumper Pilot

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    It's nice to know someone else had the good fortune to ride the Parkway while the weather was so good.

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  2. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    we were there this spring and took cove creek - white oak-fines creek-max patch-round mtn- Del Reo - 25 - Hot Springs then back to Cataloochee, it was a cool ride, and we just scratched the surface of what is there.
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  3. Jbrowning

    Jbrowning Adventurer

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    I took a lot of these same roads! White oak really surprised me, had no idea it would become what it did, thought Hurricane Creek was the only road like that in the area, I was way off.
    I can’t wait to see what more roads the area has to offer.
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  4. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Cool, we drove up to Max Patch last night to catch the sunset and full moon. It was an incredible sight. We packed up around 8:30 and headed for home. Apparently it gets really busy there for any celestial events.
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  5. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Trying to get myself setup for dual sporting my WR450 here in WNC. The bike came setup with street 17s but it also came with Excel dirt wheels/tires in 18/21. They are Bridgestone M59 front and STI Tech 2 MXC rear. Both labeled "Not for highway use", which of course will be necessary to reach some areas. Are they safe to just burn off, or is this one of those never-do's? Closest I've been to riding a knobby is Shinko 705s on a DL650. Hoping for input from someone who has experience around here on a 450 MX size bike.
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  6. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Put that thing in the trunk of the Malibu and bring it up here. We'll figure it out!........ Okay, being semi-serious. I am not familiar with those tires. Thinking that they must have pretty aggressive tread if they are labeled for off-highway only. Are you riding the bike to the dirt? Or hauling it to the dirt? Even though the tires say they are not approved for pavement, you will be okay riding some pavement to get to where you are going. Cops don't inspect your tires unless you are riding a two-stroke. My suggestion for tires for that weight bike: NCDOT Dunlop 606
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  7. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Yes they're both pretty aggressive. I have a pickup and a ramp so trucking it is no problem. I found a recommended loop nearby but even getting to it would require hauling the bike there to avoid a lot of really technical pavement. And thanks for the tire recommendations. I'll look at those Dunlops.
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  8. vagabondmatt

    vagabondmatt '99 DR350SE

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    Here's a little report from yesterday's Brushy to Blue Ridge dual sport ride. Ended up being eight of us, started in Taylorsville and rode a combination of paved and gravel back roads northward. The ride was called and led by Johnny Smith from the Appalachian Adventure Trail Riders Facebook page. Four of us were from the Greensboro area, the others from the Taylorsville area (more or less). Again I did not manage to get pics of the amazing scenery and roads we were on, but I did get a few random shots from the ride whenever we stopped.

    First stop was Linney Water Mill in Grove, NC. Really lovely spot...you can walk down to the stream and watch the big water wheel in action, then go inside and see the result of all that energy grinding the corn. There's a cool foot bridge over the water, some daily camp sites, and some trails to explore. Really neat to see where those bags of corn meal I see in the local store comes from.
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    Our fearless leader on his brand spanky new KTM that he bought the day before! This was its maiden DS voyage...
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    more in the next couple of posts....
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  9. vagabondmatt

    vagabondmatt '99 DR350SE

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    Next break stop was at Sugarloaf Orchards on Hwy 16. Quick break then back at it.

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    I discovered this discarded farmer in their dumpster outside. Now why would someone go and throw away a perfectly good farmer like that?

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    Worked our way up a maze of farm roads, gravel roads, and jeep track...eventually jumped on the Blue Ridge Parkway and rode up to Station's Inn for some lunch.

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    Group shot of the hooligans at lunch...
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    coupla more images in next post...
  10. vagabondmatt

    vagabondmatt '99 DR350SE

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    Rain moved in just as we got back to Taylorsville. We actually only did half of the intended day's route, so we agreed to meet up again soon to finish exploring the planned ride. Saying goodbyes back at in Taylorsville, Johnny gives a big thumbs up to what he thought of his first outing on the big new bike.

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    I had the smallest bike on the ride, but it was a fun mixture of bikes and a mellow easy ride. Here's she is before loading her up and heading home to Greensboro. Rode sorta hard, and put away wet.

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    Great ride, great people, and great scenery. Looking forward to exploring more dual sporting in my new home state.
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  11. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    Looks like a lot of fun! I need to make it out with you sometime before long!
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  12. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    You missed a great weekend Cheap! We rode KY 119. Dale has named it the Mtn Racetrack road :)
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  13. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    The stretch near Cumberland?
  14. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    I hate I couldn’t make it Ken, I got caught up with work, and just couldn’t make it out to meet up with y’all Saturday. I’m surprised Dale didn’t bring the new bike. :)
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  15. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Yes between Cumberland and Jenkins. The steep up and down hill sections are like very few I have ever ridden.
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  16. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Thanks for posting this Ride Report vagabondmatt! You are keeping this thread going with fun, informative riding info. Looks like you had a good mix of bikes too. That's always interesting. Give me a heads up whenever you all ride again. I will try and meet up with you.
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  17. Jbrowning

    Jbrowning Adventurer

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    Post 1 of 2 of my two weekend ride from Cherokee to Maggie Valley/I40 area/Max Patch to Del Rio

    Early September 30th, I made the haul up to Cherokee, ate breakfast at Peter's Pancakes, the headed up the parkway to the Oconaluftee River Overlook to park and unload.
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    Proceeded down the parkway a bit, until I found a "open" gate leading up FS-506 to the Barnett Knob Fire Tower
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    Care was taken to avoid the Hornet's Nest
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    The view from the top of this abandoned fire tower was amazing
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    This area appeared to take some damage from Irma, which actually has caused nearly all fire roads and trails I have found these past two weeks to be very nicely cleared of all downed trees and debris. Possibly related to this fact, I took a unmarked trail from here down, following the route to the utility poles leading to this station.

    This led me to 413/Dobson Ridge Road, which I took Northeast as far as a bridge under the parkway before turning around.
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    From here I continued down 413, and possibly another road (I really need to keep a notebook or get a GPS for all this confusion weeks later) to flush out onto HWY 19 through Maggie Valley.

    From there to 276 towards I-40, getting off just shy of the interstate onto White Oak Road, which turned out to be a real treat of gravel and unimproved dodging around I-40, with some odd intersections. It lead to Fines Creek to Shelton Laurel after passing under the interstate (1338).
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    After another interstate underpass, it became Wilkins Creek, where I really noticed how much the road had narrowed, and how deserted the area looked. I started thinking no one had been down this road lately.
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    Then my suspicions were confirmed, there was no sign this had been traveled recently
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    But I continued until there was nothing left but interstate available to travel further Westbound.

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    I took a quick pop up I-40 to enter the very odd intersection with the E-lane and the entrance to Hurricane Creek. Great spot to test how well my internal organs were fastened.

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    I somehow ended up coming out of Hurricane Creek onto Wesley Creek, and met some of the locals
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    Took a pit stop at Ferguson Supply, which was packed with Harley riders finishing up a shoot down the Rattler, which I will talk about more on my next post, as I inadvertently too the challenge myself without realizing I had.

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    from here I returned back on Max Patch road (1334/1182) to a un-named side road over the Tennessee border. With some guesswork at a unexpected/unmapped crossroads (which I later ended back at the following weekend on the un-taken road this weekend) I came out on Cold Springs Creek road ending at the Harmon Den parking area.

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    Part 2 to come tomorrow

    -Jeff
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  18. vagabondmatt

    vagabondmatt '99 DR350SE

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    Nice report Jeff! Looks like a fun adventure...love how you just explore and see where roads will lead.
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  19. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Awesome trip and pics Jeff. Any fuel anxiety with the stock tank? Would love to follow you around the area surrounding Max Patch/209 sometime in the future. I'm about 15 miles East of the Trust General Store & Cafe (junc of 209 and 63).
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  20. Jbrowning

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    Hopefully we could ride some man, that’s a great spot to be based from.

    As far as fuel goes, I haven’t had any issues yet. Some close calls, but the 250 usually sips gas at fire road speeds, and I could probably squeeze about 100-120 miles out of a tank if I needed to. Though in the future I plan to get a rack and a rotopax. For now I usually get to a station in time for a refill.

    Riding alone always has its challenges/ anxious moments though.
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