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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.
Wow. Beautiful! Was up near there last Spring.
I came down on Sutton Rd and continued straight to FS 288 towards Buzzard Roost. This is looking back on the exit of that trail, it has a name but I forget. It is sweet!
This is where Sutton road hits 288.
Left takes you back to Mount Sterling Rd. Straight is Buzzard Roost. There are some painted tress on the left and a short path down to this.
I didn’t stop today, the photo is a few weeks ago. 288 comes down under I40 and straight puts you right back on gravel and Cold Springs Creek Rd. towards Max Patch Rd. This is a gravel Highway two lanes wide. It’s a fun rd.
I turned right on Max Patch Rd. And headed for home today. Hit the pavement at 64 miles, only 14 of (fun) pavement.
I turned right on Fines Creek Rd and turned left on Doc Graham Rd. This is a nice little short cut to Panther Creek Rd. It has a section of gravel through a farm and some beautiful scenery. I turned left on Panther Creek Rd. This is a lovely twisty pavement ride on any bike. The DR is an absolute blast on it. There is a bridge eventually on the right, I jumped over and turned left on Iron Duff. Another really nice rd, good pave and tight curves. If you continue straight you hit I40 and the Shell Station at the Lake Junuluska exit of 140. It was truly a lovely day to ride. I am grateful to live where I do. This is beautiful country.
Damnit JRowland, the DR650 itch is returning!!
Yes it was, bike looks good!
The leaves being mostly down led to much improved sight lines. I barely saw anyone. I currently don’t use a GPS, I just study the map on my tablet before I leave home. When I see a road I explore it and learn new stuff. Today was actually my first time with a phone mount on my bars as an experiment. I used Google Maps offline but I never looked at it all day. Meh. I’m going to buy a Garmin InReach so maybe I’ll figure out how to load the tracks.
Wasn’t low water that day was it?
The offer still stands for you to come ride it.
Thanks so much. Went to buzzards roost years ago. Need to get back. Last time I put the front wheel of my DRZ in the crotch of a small tree. Great Fun! My buddy was at the top and videoed it. My wife still reminds me.
Last time I was there, that wasn't so passable.
No, he didn't ride through that.
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Nice pics folks. I did get a 120 mile road ride albeit a vehicle transfer ride. Nice colors near the South Mountains and Around Lake James. I love the longer range views afforded by bare trees. The skies were extremely clear Sunday.
Today I went through Maggie Valley and up Soco Gap to the Parkway. I went South towards Cherokee and made the next right at Wolf Laurel Gap onto Heintooga Ridge Rd.
I was hoping to get one more run to the bottom, it’s a beautiful one way gravel road after about 8 miles of tight curves on really nice pavement. No dice today, the road was closed at the Freemason Marker. No big deal, there is plenty of gravel to play on here. I turned towards the Mile High Campground at the very first intersection off of the parkway which is Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Highway 407. Lots of jumps on these BIA roads if you feel like being a hooligan, which I did today. I came up on the campground office and continued straight staying on 407 until it intersected with Bunches Creek Rd. on my right.
I explored BIA 443 to my right on my descent down Bunches Creek, it’s kind of cool some of the abandoned stuff you see in the woods.
443 dead ends on the map here
but if you look across the creek you can see the trail continues. It was a kind of steep leaf covered climb that I’ll save for a day I’m not alone. I continued to the end of Bunches Creek Rd. and headed to Cherokee for some lunch. Usually I run Heintooga Ridge Rd. down (it’s one way) and take Bunches Creek back up.
There’s a little hole in the wall asian buffet my wife and I frequent when in the area around meal time.
After lunch I headed on 19 back towards Maggie until Jenkins Creek Rd (BIA 409) on my left. After a couple miles of curvy pave it turns to gravel and climbs back up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
At the first intersection I took a right onto BIA 434 Upper River Rd. and immediately crossed a pretty deep stream. It’s a fun climb up with plenty of opportunity for air time over all the rollers.
On my left is an interesting looking rocky climb, I passed today being solo but I’d like to explore this some time.
Near the top is cool tunnel under the Parkway.
This road ends directly across Heintooga Ridge Rd. from where I started and I went straight across back on BIA 407. I covered a little bit of prior ground through the Mile High Campground but this time at Bunches Creek Rd. I turned left on BIA 413 and went back under the Parkway
Shortly after the tunnel I turned left on BIA 409 (the rest of Jenkins Creek).
This dropped me back down to the stream crossing on my left and back up BIA 433 and more air time. I got back on the Parkway and headed home towards Maggie. It was a beautiful day of riding on the reservation, gravel miles right near 80. Hope you all got some good riding in this weekend.
How do you keep your bike so incredibly clean? There isn't even a speck of dirt on the tires.
It’s the phone camera I think. I do clean all my vehicles regularly but there is a layer of dust on the bike. That close up under the bridge shot is towards the end of the ride, the first deep creek crossing I hit too fast and the bow wave was up over the headlight soaking me from my helmet down. I had been through that crossing twice by the time that picture was taken. We have a ton of gravel roads here and that’s mainly what I ride solo, they aren’t super muddy. Dunno, it’s just a beautiful bike that always seems to look clean lol.
JR, what bars and tires you running on that DR? Thanks, great pics and thanks for posting pics and info!!
Last week on the lil 250. Went to South Mountain area and ended up on secluded forest service trails that seemed barely used. Pic is the main road in and out. I was surprised to find this area pretty good for some riding.
Bars are Pro Taper Contour in KX high bend with the Pro Taper 7/8 to 1-1/8 adapters. Tires are Shinko 244 front and rear, they do great for both aggressive curvy pavement riding and gravel/dirt. For the price and how easy they were to spoon on I’m not sure I’ll explore other options. I was really surprised with the pavement aspect, I’ve explored the edge of the limit and felt is was quite high. Not sure how they’ll wear but the set was only like $90.
I ran through quite a few Shinko 244s on my KLR. You are right, they work pretty well and also wear reasonably well. I typically got 4,000+ on a rear and a little more on the front. Nothing else I tried lasted much longer and none cost as little. Based on my observations at dual sport rides, it's the most popular DS tire out there today.
@scfrank try this and let me know if it works. It is from a similar ride yesterday saved from the Scenic app. I’m a total n00b when it comes to GPS.
Opened up my first carburetor ever the night before Thanksgiving. It was fun. Test and tune Thanksgiving morning.
Yesterday I packed up “The Mistress” as my wife has named her with a turkey sandwich and headed out for a real test. I wanted as much gravel as I could get so I headed across the street toward Cataloochee. Went 50 miles and hit pavement near Del Rio Tn, turned around and came back. Bike runs much better. I didn’t take a ton of pictures, I was having too much fun being a hooligan on empty roads.