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

  1. The Opa

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    Continued on to this old school house in Saluda county.




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    Stopped by this boat ramp on SC 395 over the Saluda River. Just a few miles downstream it becomes Lake Murray.



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    A little closer to Newberry, SC was this Bush River Quaker Cemetery.



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    The cemetery is quite extensive, maybe a couple acres





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    Of course there are no discernible inscriptions but I thought the grounds were in remarkable shape, dating as it does to the days of the founding of the nation.




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  2. The Opa

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    This spot is at the SC hiway 34 bridge over the Broad River, which at this point is fairly broad.....
    It is also a few hundred yards from sand pile I hauled many loads of river sand out of at my last job. Boss has a dredge out in the middle of the river.




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    Both these photos were taken at the same spot.





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    Then up the road to Blair, SC. The town was evidently here due to a granite quarry (still working) and a ferry crossing (not working).



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    I read that this store burned down......twice.




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    Walking down hill toward the RR and the river we find another store! To me it seems odd to find one old store out here much less two. Could have photographed both stores from this spot.



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    That mail box, obviously still in use stumped me for a minute.




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    With a siding here I think the railroad was instrumental in this town's being.





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    I just missed the train! It was going by as I arrived; too far to get to a photo op point in time.




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    So I was trying to see the river from here. Just past that gate is a private road sign. Guess I found the owner of the mailbox; the house is up the hill on the left. I guess this place never flooded, that's a big levee of a hill!






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  3. The Opa

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    So then it was time to walk back up the hill to the motorcycle.




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    I'm guessing that was warehouse. Between the river and the railroad there must have been a fair share of transportation going on here.




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    Then I noticed (just behind the big pine on the far left side) this shack.






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    Takeaway on the day for me. In these days of big trucks, big hiways and big cities it takes a little bit of pondering to understand that all these places were bustling in their day. May not be world shattering history, but history never the less. Oh, and if you are going to walk around for a half hour or so in 95º F...........take the jacket off!



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  4. The Opa

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    Finally got to get some riding in. A few from last Friday.




    Got a bridge shot in Cherokee county SC on my way to visit my 95 year old mother in law.


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    Parking area for Bradley Falls hikers, Holbert Cove Road, Saluda, NC.






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    Cove Creek





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    Continued through Saluda past the Old Mountain Page Church





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    Took the time to stop for a photo of this little waterfall; Posey Creek on Old US 25.



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    Farther up the road, Tuxedo, NC.







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    Thought about walking to Hooker Falls, but too many people for my taste. Foot bridge across Little River in the Dupont Forest. Going that way is a pretty steep climb to Triple Falls.





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    Got rained on pretty good from Dupont Forest to Caesar's Head State Park, SC. You can see why they are called the Blue Ridge Mountains.






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    Looking from Caesar's Head toward Table Rock and Table Rock Resevoir.







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    Looking in the opposite direction.






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  5. The Opa

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    Had a group ride Sunday past. Been a long time since the whole group got together.

    Hickory Nut Gap, Lake Lure, NC. Numa is already on the dam, Jon before me. On the left side is Lake Lure, on the right the Broad River continues on.




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    It wasn't a long ride, mostly a get together. We went to Catawba Falls near Old Fort, NC. It is a little too popular a place, especially on a Sunday.







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    Jon, Larry and I headed up the trail. Looks like the 'forest primeval' in there.






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    Catawba Falls is just beside Swannanoa Gap on I-40. It is a notoriously steep and dangerous (for unwary truck drivers) stretch of road.





    We didn't have to go far before coming to the remains of old electric power station (circa 1920s).





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    Catawba Falls is basically the headwaters of the Catawba River. It feeds several lakes including but not limited to Lake James, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie at the NC/SC state line. On into South Carolina it becomes the Wateree River then the Cooper River before emptying into the Atlantic at Charleston, SC.







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    Continuing on up the trail (up, up, up). This is Clover Patch Branch, pretty much dropping straight down from here to join the Catawba.




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    I read that the falls drop a combined 600' in one half mile.



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    Here we are at the dam. There is an old building on the other side of the trail.





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    We did not make it the final 1/3 mile from here to the Upper Falls. Asked a couple ladies headed back down, 'is it worth the rest of the hike from here?' They said, 'not really. Too many people, can't move to get a good view.'






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    Back at Clover Patch Branch. You will get wet feet at this crossing.





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    Back at the old power house.





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  7. The Opa

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    All the other guys live in the Charlotte area and we split up at Lake Lure. Couple shots closer to home.





    Little stretch of gravel at Old River Rd & S River Road, Tryon, NC





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    North Pacolet River on South River Rd :lol3




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    Sign on the chimney says 'Burnt Chimney'






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    This is horse country. The Block House Steeplechase has been happening near here since 1947






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  8. The Opa

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    Got in a ride to Sassafras Mtn a couple days ago. Sassafras is the highest point in South Carolina. I have recently discovered the 'Your Bike at the XXX' threads, so have been on the lookout for those things.



    Norforlk & Southern bridge crossing Frey Creek, Falling Creek Rd, Spartanburg, SC.




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    Historical sign for Battle of Fort Prince. South Carolina has many Revolutionary War sites.



    That large warehouse went up quite quickly but has appeared to not be used after several months. I-85 is just to the right.






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    At this point I have probably made about 8-9 miles from home.








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  9. The Opa

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    Purpose of the ride was to enjoy fall colors. Remembering the view from Soapstone Church was great I headed there first. Was obvious this was not the best day to leaf peep!



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    Behind the church


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    Table Rock





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    The segregated school at the church







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    A few hundred yards from the church is the old cemetery. I read that it had been forgotten until some survey work several years ago 'found' it.






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    Very few markers have legible inscriptions. Most are modest soapstone markers.



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    So after a snack at the church I headed on up to Sassafras Mtn, highest point in South Carolina.

    A view of the 'new' old overlook (there used to be an even older wooden version). The place is so overgrown that if you don't know it's there you probably would not even see it.


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    A view from the old overlook. Can see why they called it the Blue Ridge.





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    On the walk up to the new overlook





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    I did not photograph the new overlook as I had done that earlier. Can't find it........





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    And then I remembered I made a phone pic while on the observation deck. Not sure about the couple on the left, but the man on the right with the binoculars is 'raptor watching/counting.' This is migration season and various volunteers spend all day(s) up here watching and notating.





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    Some views from the deck. The complex in this one is Carolina Point, a young people's camp. They built that thing like overnight! Well a year. It is in North Carolina, just.






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    This is probably about 180º from the first shot. And I thought I didn't get any color on this ride.... The lake in the distance (right side) is Lake Jocassee.







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    I may try to get back up there in a few days. The DNR fella working there said he thought that would be peak leaf peeping time since they had a good freeze a few days earlier.









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    About the fifth time I've sat down to finish this ride. There are two ways to come or go from Sassafras; from south & west (US 178 & F Van Clayton Rd) or north & east (Glady Fork, East Fork, Us276.) I usually make a loop on this ride and did this time. So I was going out down Glady Fork. Here's a bridge very close to East Fork Rd. This is the East Fork French Broad River. Just before Glady Fork empties into it.






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    Down river. Just a little farther along, after a couple other tributaries are added, it becomes the French Broad River. And this stretch is a popular trout stream.







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    Almost to US 276, at the gate to the gated community.





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    From there I took Reasoner Rd/Green River Rd through Green River Preserve

    This place has a lot of metal animals and what not. I did not trespass, but got a couple of shots of some of it



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    This pretty little church is at the end of the pavement heading into Green River Preserve





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    Then on Bob's Creek Rd I saw these two trees in autumn color.........




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    And my next stop was home.







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    While looking for another photo that I couldn't find I stumbled up on the photos I couldn't find of the new Sassafras overlook.






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    Wanted to get some apples and some cider yesterday so I went to Strawberry Hill. Got both items, but if I had waited much longer I would have gotten nothing as they are about to end their season.




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    Shelves look a little bare Loren.
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