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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by 35xj, Mar 15, 2014.
Here's one pic of a water crossing gone right
A big thanks to you, Dennis and Rick for being our tour guides for the weekend. It was a blast!
I know I get an "F" for execution on my tree jumping, but hopefully you will at least give me an "A" for effort! It's amazing how the guy in front of you can make something look so easy, then it can go so wrong when you try to do the same thing...
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the riding and meeting everyone and look forward to doing it again sometime soon. Also hope to be at the Wedge on Wednesdays whenever possible over the next few months.
By the way, if you haven't heard of it before, you should all check out the website for an event called The Meltdown that is hosted by Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville on April 26th. If you can make it on that Saturday, you are guaranteed to have a great time. There will be tons of really cool vintage motorcycles on display, great beer, food and live music all day long.
Hope everyone had a safe trip home.
Here's my side of the story
Looks like y'all had a good time!
Wish I coulda made that ride.
well, had planned to spend the bulk of the weekend riding, but Saturdays weather was terrible. So I accompanied my kat to work (at the wedge!) and got drunk!
Making Sunday's hike less enjoyable!
Monday was slated to be 70 and sunny! calls were made and a plan was loosely put together...
The gang met in Hartford TN for what we had planned to be a making time covering ground dual sport ride.....
In my lasynes, I had elected to leave the clapped out tires on my Husaberg. Not quite having thought through the rain and snow we had received over the last several days, the trails turned out to be a little "slick" in some spots. I REALLY need to remember to put tires on that bike!
We had a pretty good group, 5 dudes on KTM's and Husabergs, all of whom ride pretty well, we were going to cover some ground!
From Hartford, its pretty easy to slip into the woods and be on the trails in about a mile, and whenever we go in this way with new guy's we head straight up to the overlook. Some of you guys know where this is, the rest are gonna have to figure it out!
John and I found this trail by accident last summer, and then stumbled upon some unreal singletrack leading out from it. (which im also not giving directions too) it was here we found the snow.
bald trials tires are not the hot ticket in the snow either!
this little ribbon drops you out pretty close to one of the sketchiest fire towers i've clambered up in a while, but the view is well worth the climb.
Jon is a little scared of heights!
Until this point, we'd been making pretty good time, covering ground, then we decided to go check out another piece of singletrack. We've ridden this section before on a previous exploratory loop, and ended up dead ending and bailing down the side of the mountain on an old fire cut.
today, we figured we had 5 strong guys, we could punch right through....
well, we punched another half mile or so (its pretty tough, very) tight, very off camber, big rocks, and lots of dead fall) before we realized, that we had spent almost 3 hours on this little bit of singletrack. but its worth the work!
So the decision was made to yet again turn tail and bail out. We are going to eventually punch right through!
Time was getting a little tight, so we decided to head over into a section we knew to have a long (mile or so) wet, nasty creak bed climb, that would lead us back to an easy exit point to head to the trucks. I didn't get a single pick of it. but imagine 5 fairly competitive guys on dirt bike all trying to make a clean line up a flowing river, and you get the idea!
Out, and to the road, the hard part was over. lets cruise back to the trucks, and get a wedge beer!
Jon and I took off and figured everybody else was right behind us, we pulled over at an intersection to make sure everybody was making the turn, and waited
and turned around to see what was going on.
a couple miles back, we found josh standing in the road....
note the 60 foot skid mark!
apparently, his counter shaft sprocket nit had fallen out, causing the counter shaft to pop off the splines and jam into the frame. Instantly locking up the rear wheel at 45mph, and causing, what was apparently a fairly exciting crash. Anybody familiar with old fiftienth knows its not the best surface for a slide.
We weren't able to get the chain unstuck from the frame, so we opted to pull the master link and ziptie the chain up out of the way
(note the proximity of the electric fence, which at one point I managed to lean against)
The hard work done, it was time to tow Josh to the trucks
it's not much better than a full day of riding in WNC followed by a wedge IPA!
and today was going to be 75 degrees! so, out for a ride!
Dad had a friend in town from across the pond (England) so he borrowed a bike and dad rounded up his neighbor (bob) and came up to Brevard for a ride.
I decided to take them on the 215/281/107/yellow mountain loop (you guys wouldn't like it, stick to Deals Gap) Didn't take many pics today, as we kept moving at a decent clip.
after 100 miles or so, we parted ways, they headed south back towards Greenville SC and I decided to ride a little dirt on my way home. so, back up 64/281/over to 215, and gravel into Mills river. 1206 is open, but pretty covered in debris.
I'd planned to run
FR 5000 over to the parkway, then down 151 to my house, but 5000 is CLOSED
the sign on the gate
not clear how long we should expect this closure to continue, but I dread the condition of the area once it is reopened!
Glad you're having fun!
Its april, its 75 degrees, Kats out of town on a school field trip, and my dirt bike friends are all busy. So I guess ill have to entertain myself!
I decided I'd never ridden the parkway north of Mount Mitchell, so today was the day.
Now, the internet is an awesome thing! The park service has a great site with real time updates on closures, maps, everything. What neither the internet or the park service can do however, is to make me look at the site!
My morning began as usual, up 151, and out onto the parkway headed North! Little chilly early on the BRP! made it through the Asheville section, then, PARKWAY CLOSED!
DAMN,DAMN, DAMN! So, the detour consists of 30 miles of I-40. Not awesome. eventually, I ended up in Marion, and headed up 226A. An awesome little piece of road id would never have found if not for the closure, so, I' a silver lining kinda guy!
My first stop for the day was Linville falls. pulled into the parking lot and parked next to this!
A 4x4 sprinter!
decided to take the hike out and check out the waterfall. Pretty cool!
they have trails that lead all the way down to the bottom of the falls, looked really nice, but , it turns out, KLIM adventure pants are not awesome for hikes! so, head back to the bike.
Got back to discover the owners of the sprinter were back. Ended up hanging out for another hour or so. AWESOME French couple. He was a retired engineer from Sherco(bike company), and had designed the sprinter camper, had it built, and shipped to the US. Tis was day 5 of their 2-3 year trip around the US, mexico, and south America. I had a bite to eat, a beer and we studied the biggest Michelin map of the US I've ever seen.
If anybody sees this sprinter, stop and say hello, super cool people, and you can help add to the notes we put together on places to see in this huge country!
Back on the bike, headed north again. Always wanted to check out the Viaduct above Linville, so that was the next destination.
with the big girl
then I decided to check out the underside...
its pretty cool
time to go north again. I had initially planned to eat lunch in blowing rock, but with my belly still full from the food and beer I'd had in the sprinter, and the day getting away from me, I decided to press on.
I got up to Boone fork, and pulled out the gazeteer again. it looked like I could get over onto 221 and start to head back south, so that's what I did. Another awesome piece of road! Twisty, fun, great views, and pretty fast with no traffic!
Looking at the gazetteer, I'd seen a road marked as old 105. Appeared to be a dirt road from Jonas ridge, down around lake james and into Marion. figured I'd check it out while I was out this way.
A couple of small roads, a conversation with a local, and a diet doctor pepper, and I found what I was looking for!
I didn't get a whole lot of pictures from 105, because, well.... Its really fun doing 50mph on a gravel road you've never ridden before!
But the views were awesome, highly recommend this road!
the damn at the bottom of lake James
couple more roads, and I stumbled onto 70 towards old fort. Having ridden down I40 on my out, I decided I needed to figure out how to get back up over the hill without the interstate. The map showed a road that seemed to run up to black mountain, by way of Andrews Guyser
Just past the guyser the road (mill creek rd) turns into dirt and climbs up the grade, under a couple of pretty cool railroad bridges, and dumps out at Ridgecrest (the religious camp you can see from 40 on top of the hill)
it had been a long day of fun, 260 miles, and 30 bucks in gas. Time for a wedge beer!
Nice trip Dave. I may relate my mostly pictureless adventure on friday
sunday afternoon, and nothing to do. may as well go get a beer....
when you live at the base of one of the most fun approach roads to the BRP, its often the most logical way to get somewhere..
view over towards Brevard
and my valley from above
and the beer was good too!
Those are some sweet pics! The single track pics are in my neck of the woods, give me a holler next time you want to ride the Hartford area. Ill show ya some more fun stuff and how to loop it all together.
will do scooter! i'm guessing you know Dennis and Rick?
I don't think I know them, but I have saw a few vids of there rides on the youtube. And may have saw them around. Looks like a fun bunch!
^^^^^^^^^^yeah !! what he said,, nice thread^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
been outa town for a few weeks "working" got to play with trucks in the desert, spend a week at overland expo in flagstaff, and ride moab for a couple of days!
don't really remember what trails we rode, so here's a few pics from the trip!
somewhere in the Mojave desert
ready to go ride in the green stuff now!
Awesome photos! The beer at the wedge inspires me to leave the shop on time tomorrow! What a ride you two, fantastic. Thanks for sharing!