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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Ben Williams

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    This was a really good ride I think. :-)
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  2. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    What was wrong with Augie's new KLR? Why did he remove the body work and gas tank?



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  3. The Opa

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    He will tell all
  4. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    It's almost two weeks since a day ride with @BluRidgeRider but here are a couple of shots of the day. Afraid I wasn't much fun that day; was coming down with something and spent the next 4 days sleeping.........


    At the top of Green River Cove Rd. A little runoff or the beginning of a creek.




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    Looking the other direction at the same point.




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    A little later on US 176 on Old Saluda Grade. Numa was photographing the kudzu and I was reminded of when my wife and I first moved to South Carolina. This stretch of road was used by all traffic driving I-26 at that time. They had a bit of trouble getting the road to stay on the side of the mountain (I-26). It was a little farther down the mountain, a patch of kudzu much like this one on the left. A teenage boy was on the left of the road aiming his .22 rifle at something in a tree on the other side of the road. He had on overalls with no shirt. Reminded me of the movie 'Deliverance'. Oh wait, they hadn't made that movie yet. Yes indeed, what have I gotten us into?








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  5. The Opa

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    Feeling much better this week, I did a little 'tag' riding. Picked up this tag of a family burial plot at this country church. They must have had to do with it's beginnings, the new church and a cemetery are on the other side of the road.








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    After riding a big circle I dropped that tag at this race shop in rural Gaffney, SC.










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    This bit of local color is just behind the race shop







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  6. The Opa

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    Then yesterday I made a long circular run to the Happy Cow Creamery, picking up this tag on the ride.









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    Moved that tag to this airfield.











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    And in between spotted this display of US flags










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  7. The Opa

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    Grabbed a tag this AM








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    A view on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I didn't know they were working on the road, all the way from 215 to 441. Had to wait one time. Seems they are putting a thin top layer on. Not much other than signage past US 19 so that will probably be fubar for a while.











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    A view of the new surface








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    Ate my sammich lunch here






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    Missed most of my pictures of bear art in Cherokee. Place was dead. That is good. Bet it won't be in just a few more days.








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    Missed this bear...........








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    They have a nice veteran's memorial









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    A view on the Cherohala Skyway








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    At an overlook on the Cherohala










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    What the sign is referring to












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    I am spending tonight & tomorrow night at Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground outside Tellico Plains, TN.











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  8. The Opa

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    Couple shots of my camp







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    Spiffy fan in the pavilion










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    So today it was off to Chattanooga to visit Pandora's. Looks as if the visit may pay off. On the way








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    Went through some nice horse fields









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    It appeared that this place had a long horse trail, double fenced






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    On the way back to camp I found a train station, now evidently a local bus station








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    Glimpse of a broad valley








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    Bridge of Hiwassee River at Reliance, TN





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    Also at Reliance, TN. Built around 1899










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  9. The Opa

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    Came home yesterday. Had meant to go to Suches, GA, but impending weather caused the change in plans.

    Had breakfast in downtown (?) Tellico Plains. It started raining while I was eating! Wasn't 'forecast' to rain for another day. It rained on me all the way across the Cherohala Skyway. Some of it quite blinding. Had the road to myself.


    Pavement dried at the warning kiosk on the NC end. Looking back at the rain I had just come through.





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    Took 28 for quite a ways. View of Little Tennessee River, somewhere above Franklin, NC.







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  10. The Opa

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    A look at 28 from the same spot.





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    Couple of barn shots








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    And coming past Table Rock (SC)










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    I think I got rained on harder by changing my plan than if I had gone to Suches............:jack










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  11. Jallal

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    28 looks familiar
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  12. augiedog

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    Good to see u made it home safe. Hope everything works out about your bike. Larry and I are planning to go to Va and run some of the BDR route Sat and Sunday. He has a long weekend off.
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  13. The Opa

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    Ya'll have fun!
  14. The Opa

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    Got in a little tag ride today. Picked up this tag at an old mill dam. The mill has been made into loft apartments.





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    Moved the tag to this old cemetery near Pumpkintown.









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  15. The Opa

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    The cemetery is the 'Old Soapstone Church' cemetery. It dates from Civil War times and is a black cemetery. Here is an article about it.


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    Very few of the headstones have any discernible writing, and even then barely legible after the years.






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    I saw two markers that had been given newer stones.








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  16. The Opa

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    And the one room school house at the church.









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    The other side of the church looking over the soapstone.











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  17. The Opa

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    Last photos of the day (it started raining a bit harder....) a faux light house in a lake on Moody Bridge Rd.






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  18. The Opa

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    Took a ride towards the right coast this week.





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    Saw some lovely old houses in Darlington.










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  19. The Opa

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    Old black water..........







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    Old train station makeover in Fair Bluff, NC. Fair Bluff is on the Lumber River.









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    Sign on the left side says 'Bulletin of Trains'. Wilmington, NC and Florence, SC.











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    Did not walk back to see, but the building in the back of the station has a bell, maybe a schoolhouse?








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  20. The Opa

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    On the stretch between East Arcadia and Burgaw I started seeing sight like this.






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    Evidence of the cleanup still underway after Hurricane Florence, which rained and rained and rained in the middle of September.










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    Then of course while sightseeing and not paying attention, I missed a turn. mr garmin brought me back on this unpaved stretch.










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