Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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  2. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Was riding from Franklin NC to N Ga Friday and looped back via the Cherohala. While in Tellico Plaines getting fuel a fella asked me where we were and I said “ I think we’re in Hell” It was 102 in TP with the heat index @113.

    Turns out he was from Utah riding around the country on what I believe was a 600 Kawasaki sport bike. He had been through Texas on his way to N Ga and NC so he was getting used to the heat. Big respect for this younger rider who was not afraid to venture out on his own and do what we love to do.
  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I rode into Tellico from the Skyway last week. 60s at the top of the skyway, mid 90s in Tellico. It felt like riding into an oven.:knary
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  4. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Nice bike Cheap!

    Frank, I run those BIA roads by the campground often, no special anything. Watch that one by BIg Witch, maybe it’s 413. One looks like it goes through but in or near Big Witch Rd. there was a spray painted “turn around your GPS is wrong” marking on the road. I ignored it but it was correct, ended up in a yard full of large barking dogs and I turned tail quickly. It may or may not have been 413, I’m on vacation in Ohio and can’t look for a few days. You can have some dirt fun behind Cataloochee and around Hartford TN for sure that’s close. There’s also stuff off of 276 by Looking Glass Rock and into Wolf Mountain area that isn’t a long ride to get to.
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  5. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    This couple of days was a blast, thanks again for letting me join you Win. I’m going to post some pics and new to me roads Win turned me on to when I get back home later in the week.
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  6. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    Started the day with a run down 28 and around Franklin to pick up Wayah Rd. A bit of mountain ghetto on the way

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    Today was the first time I ever met anybody at Wayah Bald, must be folks off of work. That’s the Macon County Airport down in the valley (middle pic). Winespring was closed.

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    Turned left on Junaluska and ran Old River Rd back to Wayah

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    and came up the Gorge headed towards the barn, had zero traffic until I was about a mile south of 23/74, got around NOC without a downshift. Popped out on 74 and then an immediate right to ride Needmore, which was the decision that got me wet LOL, actually it felt good. Needmore over to 28 and back up to the 4 lane, then out of the rain until the last mile going up my mountain

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    I left out this morning to go grocery shopping, got back home after 120 miles and never stopped for groceries, but it was a 5* day anyway :beer
  7. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Dang. What kind of snake is that?
  8. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    We ride Wolf Mtn a lot. It’s close to home. I’ve looked at SM1000 routes and America Rides off road maps. Got some good info. Thanks to all for comments!
  9. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    That’s why we moved to Mile High.
  10. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I had some friends planning on riding out of Tellico this week but I recommended somewhere cooler like Maggie Valley area. They decided to switch to Mile High also. Maybe you have already run into them?
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  11. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Nice bike!
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  12. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    assumed it was a little garter snake, but he was kinda pissy so maybe it was something else?
  13. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Not there yet. going up Wednesday.
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  14. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Markings are like a garter snake but the one's I'm used to are green. Maybe they are different colors there.
    I think you are correct.

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  15. staticPort

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    Kinda looks like a Western Hognose snake. Not harmful to humans, but will sometimes flatten his neck and huff and puff a bit in an intimidating manner. Sometimes mistaken for a rattler. Head is wider than a garter snake and body is shorter and fatter.
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  16. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    I don't see those stripes on pics of the western hognose.
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    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Is that Doug Pipen in the middle??

    One of the best.
  18. klaviator

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    It sure is. How do you know Doug?
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    Well Frank, upon closer inspection I agree; don't think it's a hognose. Doesn't have the little 'horn' on the tip of the nose. But the way the head is resting across the body flattens the neck and gives it something of the 'hognose look'. Prolly what we called a "corn snake" or "chicken snake" when growing up in WNC. Nice to see when out and about, hope he/she made it off the pavement safely . . .
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  20. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    :nod