W N C....is the place for me....

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by knybanjo, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    The call went out for a weekday ride to the wilderness area below the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway......

    That call was answered. :D

    A group of 6 riders assembled at Balsam Lake:
    Driller
    Gaston Gagne
    Layla
    mel brooks
    Wildhair
    myself...knybanjo

    It was one of those rides we all go on now and then that the pictures just never seem to do it justice.
    I've been struggling with my photographic skills, or lack thereof, here lately anyway.
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    But that aint gonna stop me from posting what I took.....

    The view at our 1st stop
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    The "gang" of hooligans assemble.:evil
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    The weather could not have been better. :D
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    .....then the "carnage" began.......
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  2. InfoManiac

    InfoManiac Always Learning

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  3. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    With all the talk of drought in the Carolinas you'd think it would be really hard to find any mud these days........

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    Wildhair checking out the "funk" in the "log bog"
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    Mel says "this aint nothin', when it's full of water...you can't see any logs!!"
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    Mel making it look easy in one of my bad pics....
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    Driller
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    Oh, there's plenty more yet to come.......
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  4. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Miles and miles of dual sport heaven is what I'd print on the brochures....

    There's an old truck in there someplace..
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    YJ tells me that Mel is the one to talk to about Caney Fork......Mel keeps saying "that's why we need Vic here...."
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    We checked out several dead ends and one small loop.....B21 was carved into the post where this bedroom suite is located.
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    I'll admit....we did have to make a couple of short hops on some really bad pavement with lousy scenery...
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    I'll be back......But maybe some of the other riders will chime in with a few pics too.
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Nice :thumb C'mon Gaston.. let's see what you've got... :lurk :lurk
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  6. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Time to wash off the memories of the asphalt....

    Wildhair splashes through as Gaston Gagne hopefully gets some better pics...
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    Layla splashing in with Mel now armed with a camera too.
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    Driller knows how it's done.
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    This is where Arkangel joined us....a new rider without knobbie tires.....
    he's learning it the hard way for sure....
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    Mel being a brave soul and checking out the "cabin" to see if anyone was home.
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    Blazing a trail around a dead fall
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    Layla
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    Wildhair showing good form. [​IMG]
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    Arkangel learning the value of knobbie tires in the woods.....the hard way.
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    Gaston says "you don't need no steeenkin knobbies.."..and rides his bike out for him...this time.
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    Driller getting it done!
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  7. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    This looks like a good a place as any to stop for lunch...dontcha think?
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    I think we called this Big Bald
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    View from the top
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    After lunch we had some confusion as to if the rider behind had seen the turn or not....
    [​IMG] Always make sure that the rider behind sees you!!! not just that you've seen him.

    While waiting for the heard to be reunited.....we found ourselves in this tunnel of mud puddles.
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    Mel would soon be along to "star" in her new video.. [​IMG]
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    Nicki was quick to show her some mercy and lend a hand. Me...well.... [​IMG]
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    videos next.......
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  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    1st a bit of history...Mel has the pics to prove it...

    Arkangel fell over in every single mud hole leading up to this one ...then She falls over in front of the video camera!:lol3

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    That's just the 1/2 of it!! Arkangel comes right behind them and Aces it!!:evil

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    That scenario kinda reminded me of skiing down the mountain..Acing the top...then falling over in front of the lodge!!
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  9. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Layla in a poor photo...bad focus, lighting..... but good riding....that makes up for it!!
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    Wildhair follows down the rocks.
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    Is that bike smoking?
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    Next up.....video of that rocky descent.
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  10. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Here's driller...bouncing his way down the mountain.

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    Gaston flying down the hill so fast I almost missed him.:ricky

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    Mel following Arkangel, who's form is starting to look better.....

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    The "roads" go on like this for miles and miles in this area....
    ....this was just a random stop...
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  11. arkangel

    arkangel Been here awhile

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    So much fun.. I had a blast!!!

    PS: It sure looks alot less intimidating in the pictures!!!

    Joseph
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  12. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    I'll chuck my 2 cents in....



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    After a brief stop at the bald meadow, we headed for the log bog.


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    With little rain in the area, the log bog is a little dry these days. But it does let you see what a load of crap is down there under all that water. Even more logs than you think.


    I don’t know how much we rode today, probably a bit under a hundred miles, probably 90% of it dirt.

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    We stopped at a crossroads to regroup and noticed a dual sport headed our way. It happened to be Arkangel, who thought he might be able to find us out there in all that. Well, he did, and joined in for some of the ride.

    First little oops...


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    Gaston Gagne



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    Lunch at Big Bald


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    Crazy on Red Bull



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    Even though there’s not been much rain, apparently this little part of the trail got some recently. Lots of mudholes. Some pretty deep, so not so bad, all pretty stinky.


    Arkangel gets an “A” for effort on this section.

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    We needed a gas stop, so we headed for the gas station out near Judaculla Rock. Arkangel split for home here, and the rest of us had a break.

    Then, back to the trails.


    “Look at this big ol’ hole in the ground....”


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    Another caption contest. Just what are you guys talking about?



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    Wildhair and Gaston Gagne




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    Wildhair washes his bike.



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  13. Pax

    Pax shazam.

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    That looks really fun! :thumb

    -Pax
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  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Great pics, Mel :clap


    but let me clear somrthing up........

    her stories start out OK....but just ask driller how they end!! :eek1

    I think you already told us the source of those pics.....:evil

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    The way those two ride.......I figured I'd give that Red Bull a try myself....I used it to wash down some Advil before the ride home. :rofl

    Now I remember why I don't like to crash:scratch......pain sucks!! :baldy

    (I low sided in some gravel doing at least 30 just after lunch...no pics=didn't really happen):evil
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  15. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    I'm going to claim that I wanted to blur the riders for special effect...yeah, that's it...it's a special effect! :evil

    Look! it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a BRP!!
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    Joe, is that you?
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    Team Green
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    driller throwing up that bow wave.
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    Eventually you've got to stop for fuel.....does your dual sport run on moonshine?
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    (Gaston stopped to take pics of a rattle snake in the road just before we got here...stay tuned for his side of the story)



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    Little did we know....that the shelter in the back right of this pic would keep us dry during a little cooling shower later on.
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    Somebody must have been thinking.. [​IMG] ..ya know, you just can't have enough log bogs....
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    Mel walking the "tight rope" around it.
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    That's Wildhair....and that's all I remember about that pic...
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    Oh yeah.....there was an optional hill climb in the middle of the Ruff Butt area...
    a couple of videos next.....so stay tuned..
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  16. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Gaston aces a rutted hill climb!! :ricky

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    Wildhair taking a different line, but with the same result! :thumb

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  17. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Mel stylin' it!!
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    Driller picking his line.
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    Gaston going back for more.
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    Right about here is where I heard those infamous words...

    "Hey y'all!! watch this!!"
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    I have some video too!!....... [​IMG]

    The last big H2O crossing on Ruff Butt.
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    My old beater....After being rinsed off!!
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    Wildhair....we made it!!!
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    We survived the rain and it was back into sunny skies!
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    I'll be back later with video of Wildhair's little adventure/rescue.....
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  18. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Here's our hero.....crying for help..
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    And to the rescue.....our super-hero..Mel Brooks!!

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    Alls well that ends well.....


    To finish the day off.........we arrived back at Balsam Lake about 6:30 and we were all pretty much wooped after a full day of some great dual sporting!! [​IMG]

    Mel got her bike loaded up, Driller and Wildhair were heading back to their campsite, Gaston Gagne and Layla had parked at another campground and needed to go set-up for the night as they had plans to pedal mtn. bikes on Fri.

    Wildhair made generous offers of dinner and even extra camping space that was very tempting, but I decided it was probably best if I headed for home before dark.

    I started out for home and decided to take a little bit different route than how I had come....I followed Gaston and Layla for a ways out FS475 then I split and went down Cathey Creek. I was thinking about going to Caesars Head but then decided to ride more dirt instead.:ricky

    So I went over Rich Mtn, down Green River, from Lake Summit over Pace Mtn, down Pearsons Falls and that had me in Tryon at nightfall.

    I stopped for gas and had a Red Bull and Advil cocktail and some Combos for dinner then just slabbed it down 74 towards home....where my B-Day cake was waiting.

    Total miles for the day was only 376.....but it's the quality not the quantity that made today great!!

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    Thanks all for coming out and escorting me through that area!!! I had been wanting to check it out for some time now.

    I can hardly wait to go back!!!!
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  19. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    What he said!!!

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  20. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Here's a couple shots of what that "black helicopter" seen while we were eating lunch.

    A days work.....I mean play!!
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    reverse angle
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    A few close ups

    From the 1st bald looking toward the log bog
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    We ate lunch at the upper right
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    The ruff butt loop
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