Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    This is one of our favorite places in the Smokies, we camp at mile high CG every chance we get, it's a great place to get " into" the mountains from a motor vehicle, and the picnic area up at the top is a very special place for my family as we have going up there for over 25 years, my kids often tell there own kids stories about it.
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  2. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    The views there are outstanding.

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  3. smalls78

    smalls78 Been here awhile

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    One of my fav lookout spots


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  4. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Thank you.
  5. MTBRALPH

    MTBRALPH Been here awhile

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    I am going to try to get out for a few hours tomorrow afternoon if I get my chores done and if the weather cooperates.
  6. MTBRALPH

    MTBRALPH Been here awhile

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    I would love to ride up towards Brevard and Pisgah soon if the weather and my schedule allows.
  7. JRowland

    JRowland Been here awhile Supporter

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    I agree, mine too.

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  8. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Great place.
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  9. smalls78

    smalls78 Been here awhile

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    Ugh, pics do not help my current desire for a DR650.
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  10. JRowland

    JRowland Been here awhile Supporter

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    It’s an itch I wanted to scratch since moving to WNC, joining this site, and reading Extremenc’s thread (this one) in full. I’m very happy with my DR, although I don’t have anything to compare it to it’s perfect for me. I’ve been riding street bikes (Harley mainly) for a long time. This thread and his adventures showed me some of what I was missing. I’m very grateful to him and this group, even though I’ve not yet met any of them in person.
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  11. smalls78

    smalls78 Been here awhile

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    Yea I ride a Harley as well and I've used it for my main touring bike traveling all over the country on it. I'm not your categorical Harley rider though. I've taken that bike places Harley's don't go. I moved to a big adv bike a while ago falling in love even more with riding. I picked up a 250cc dual sport this summer to try out and love the weight and fun factor, yet I want something a tad bigger to use on roads as well, hence the DR650 itch.
  12. JRowland

    JRowland Been here awhile Supporter

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    It works perfect for that, part of the reason I chose it over a WR250. I don’t categorize anyone based on machine, but I understand what you mean. Lots of people who own bikes aren’t riders, regardless of brand if you get what I’m saying. This forum has a high percentage of riders, it what makes it awesome. I’ve taken an Ultra Classic 2 up and loaded to places most street bike riders wouldn’t. If it looks cool I want to explore it. The DR feels like a mountain bike compared to an Ultra lol.
  13. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    this is awesome :clap I hope Jim is still checking in and reading this from time to time. I only met Jim on a couple of rides before he had to give it up, and he is one of the definitions of a true motorcyclist and one of the reasons I love the motorcycling community. Honestly, most of the guys that post up in this thread fall under that definition. Motorcycles are awesome, and the people that ride them are even awesomer. Yes, they are that awesome that I just used the word awesomer. :D :beer

    This is getting me all teary eyed and sentimental... quick give me someone to poke fun at! :lol3
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  14. ssbogger

    ssbogger Adventurer

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    If anyone needs info on the Linville to Blowing Rock area, I've been spending some time up there lately. 8F2AC559-C0D3-4948-BEFB-3D0CDC77DBA2.jpeg 6AE0C469-D9CA-46AD-A130-E51CD105A96B_1_201_a.jpeg
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  15. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    You need a nap.
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  16. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    I took a little ride around the foothills last week on some roads I'd never traveled. I happened on the community of Rockford and discovered a little gem of a store/restaurant:
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    Walking inside was like entering a time warp. The first thing I saw was this old Coke cooler:
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    I hadn't seen one of those since I was a kid so I had to open one of the lids. It was fully stocked and the drinks were ice-cold.

    Two ladies came out from the grill room, welcomed me and gave a practiced description of their services. They baked their own hamburger buns and let me know they were open for business. I took a quick look around the store:
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    The ladies saw me photograph the candy display and the elder of the two said, "We've got penny candy, too, 'cept'n it ain't a penny no more." Gotta love it.

    After spending a little time there, I moved on and ended up on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
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    It was a good day on two wheels.

    Mike
  17. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    Those ladies make an excellent sammich!

    Look across the river from the bend in the road just below the store for a sight of the infamous “Rockford Hill Climb”!
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  18. Hoodis

    Hoodis Been here awhile

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    I kinda miss the old, low-water bridge.
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    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    Definitely, I signed the petition to keep it. Rockford has been one of my mototherapy stops for over 20 years, great spot.
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  20. SuhthernBoy

    SuhthernBoy Wanderer

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    Well, I guess no body's been going as long as you have @CheapB but it is a cool place to stop in the summer, coupla scoops of ice cream, a cold drink and a hot dog and you're good to go the rest of the afternoon. Pretty photogenic place. Not bad riding to and from either.
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