NC State Park Tour

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by ncroadtoad, Apr 23, 2020.

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  1. ncroadtoad

    ncroadtoad No Use to Society Supporter

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    Chainslap kindly let me know that my record keeping had come up a little short, he was right.

    I've long since removed my shoes and I'm out of fingers and toes so I did what I should have done in the beginning and created a spreadsheet. For right now, all the numbers are good - I think.

    If I've missed you now (doubt it) or miss you in the future (probably), let me know

    Cheers
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    I thought/think you are doing a great job. It's a lot to take on voluntarily.

    I had noticed one of our participants had a missing grab number and the respective tag was also missing a digit.

    I was just trying to help.
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    This game is quite inspirational, and a fresh breath of air when compared to others for the lack of competitiveness and drama.
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    Thanks fella's.
    I want to make sure it's simple, fun and fair. It's just a motorcycle ride :drink
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    Hit up a couple today, leaving Raleighwood at 10 am, arrived at Fort Fisher around 1:00.

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    Cloudy and overcast when I hit the road, absolutely beautiful at the beach. Packed a lunch as I’ve been doing since the virus hit, ate lunch on a bench.

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    It was great to be at the ocean, most of my riding is in the mountains, wanted to stay awhile.


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    Filled up at WC Tart Grocery just south of Benson, a small town that seems to have a good vibe, although still mostly shut down.

    Fun ride, mostly two lane, approximately 300 miles or so,
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  6. Dracula

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    Gorgeous pictures from the beach make me want to go there soon. Today it was Morrow Mountain State park for me, and it didn't rain almost the entire time. I love the fresh cool smell in the air this time of year, and just being out on the bike.
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    Was hoping for the road to the top, but since it was closed, the lake view had to do.
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    nice curvy entrance to the park (and nice lady ranger :D )
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    On a side-note, it was time for another 15,000 mile valve check up on my Versys. Roadtoad and his crew helped me the first time, but this time, I was doing it alone. I had 3 valves out of tolerance. All went well till resetting the cams. I forgot to mark the chain and cams gears during disassembly. IMG_8981.JPG Short-story: I called Roadtoad for advice, he said, read the book again (Service Manual). Sure enough, on page 5-22 it showed how to count the pins on the chain and set the cam gears. I was 2 pins off. Now everything is where it belongs. Thing is, thanks to Roadtoad, I learned something and feel so good about adjusting valves, I might do it every 6 months just for something to do.
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    IMG_8991.JPG Adjusted valves, new plugs, antifreeze, oil and filter, the bike was ready for another ride. This was just a quick out and back run to pick up Crowders Mountain. I got there at 08:00, the park had just opened, and there was a line of cars waiting to get in. Lots of people and dogs hitting the trails. One dog was wearing 4 padded sole socks. Although the office was closed, the Ranger was nice enough to stamp my Park Passport booklet. Great ride
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    Darn best shrimp burger I ever had.. out on the porch in total social isolation!
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    Lastly, my favorite today, perhaps because of the nice sunset..
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    Birds fishing
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    I just caught your post this morning before I head out. Beautiful pictures, great post, I'll look on the big screen tonight and update the thread.
    Cheers

    Evening edit: Yep, great pictures. Of course you have a good prop :D. The bugs at the Crab Shack is a good touch.
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    Off early today..
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    Haw River State Park
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    The good stuff must be at another entrance, this sign was the most scenic thing I found
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    On my way to Pilot Mountain, you just never know what you'll find on the side of the road :D

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    The jewel for today. I'm in this area a lot, but this was my first visit. Shame on me...
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    Not crowded, pretty cloudy, very nice..

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    Hanging Rock State Park
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    Lunch stop along the Dan River

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    It looks like it was out of the banks a few days ago

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    I was the only one there.

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    and that was a wrap for the day. Three hours later, back to the house.
    Life is good :photog
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    Thank you @ncroadtoad :beer- your game idea made me visit those places I would otherwise deffer indefinitely because of all the straight roads riding :D. But once there, each place has great natural beauty to offer. I will say that visits to most parks are probably more enjoyable during another day than a weekend or national holiday. They were absolutely full of people. I wish the coastal areas would offer a more relaxed less crowded way to visit.. I am going to test the Hatteras sometime.
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    I ride the East a lot, a whole lot... While there aren't many curves to be sure, there are thousands of lonely, country road miles. IMO, it offers the most peaceful riding in NC. Stay off the big roads, zoom in on Google, Basecamp or other and a whole new world opens up. The majority of the roads I like are not on the state DOT map.

    Thanks for the shout out, glad you are enjoying the game.
    Cheers
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    If motorcyclist don't have enough to worry about with crazy drivers, pedestrians, road hazards and deer. It appears near Savannah that a reptile has evolved. Yes flying turtles folks, must be a result of global warming. Just a reminder to be SAFE out there.

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