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Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. justBert

    justBert Been here awhile Supporter

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    Awesome day, awesome ride and awesome post! Thanks @JRowland and @Rusty Rocket .
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  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    It was a great ride today. 210 miles total for me. Pace was very brisk, especially for 360 lb dualsport bikes. When we split up at the end of the day, I rode Max Patch road for 12 miles on that totally shot front tire. It was probably the slipperiest gravel I have ever done..
    Then I blazed the pavement to home.
    here's what my face shield looked like
    I put a paper towel in to highlight them
    (We could use a frost to kill the little bastards)
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  3. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    How were the crowds at Max Patch?
    Saw a very disgusting article the other day about severe problems with that- cars parked both sides of the road and 100+ tents on top with huge amounts of trash being left etc...
    Very disturbing how careless people have become in our natural areas.

    https://www.smokymountainnews.com/o...prompts-concern-about-conditions-at-max-patch
  4. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Lots of cars, considering it was a weekday.
    Last time through there, a car just pulled out of the parking lot in front of me without looking.
    Even when the website and signs said it was closed during the early stages of the pandemic, the lot was full.

    So much for the environment.:fpalm . I hate littering. Frickin pigs.
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  5. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well we have the hurricane coming in this weekend, and no idea how long they will keep the trails closed after that…
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  6. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was up there Labor Day weekend when the infamous drone picture of all the tents was made. There were lots of cars parked along the side of the road in both directions and traffic right at the top was a zoo. But for what we do once you get just a little bit away from the top the roads were fine, Martha Sundquist was as deserted as always.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/western-nc-tag-o-rama.914529/page-125#post-40794203
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  7. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Shoot, was hoping to scrub some new hoops in this weekend. My last set were on their last legs. The tractionator gps need a bit of action before I'll put them in the rain. Wasn't even paying attention to the weather.
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  8. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Not much riding this weekend. C’mon Tuesday Sun. I loathe these multi day wash outs.
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  9. StevieVVet

    StevieVVet Been here awhile

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    Just came back from a week long trip from Myrtle Beach to Mammoth Cave KY.

    Somewhere on this site there was a map and picture posted of a Dolomite like set of switchbacks on Tennessee Route 85 just South of Allred. I included it in my routing so I could check it out. Almost got to the section when the road is blocked for construction on the roadway. I can only assume that beautiful section of twisty road will be transformed into RV friendly patch of asphalt.
  10. BMWbikeh

    BMWbikeh Adventurer

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    Riding up towards Elk Park and Hampton. Nice day to be out
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  11. ncrambler

    ncrambler Adventurer Supporter

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    Agreed, I stay away till all the leaves hit the ground.
  12. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    But then you miss this stuff? I don’t mind a slow roll every once in awhile when I’m looking at this kind of beauty.

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  13. cleanerman

    cleanerman Long timer Supporter

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  14. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    We do live in a pretty part of the country. Looking at the views from the mountains does make a lot of other things going on in our lives seem to be less significant , a peaceful moment.
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  15. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Rode the Parkway all the way to Grandfather Mountain yesterday. It is a bit nuts anywhere near Asheville for sure. I passed a lot of people, which gave me something to do while my wife got to take in some scenery :-).

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    Stopped at Linville Falls on the way home

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    Fantastic colors yesterday.

    Can anyone tell me what that large structure is across the way in the 6th pic from the top?
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  16. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    I wish you'd made that trip to Linville Falls next week.
    We'll be camped there all next week:wave
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  17. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    It's the condo at the top of Sugar Mtn. ski slope. I think it's called Sugar Top. It was built in about 1980 & a ridgeline highrise ban was enacted afterward.
  18. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Thank you gentlemen!
  19. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Great Pics as always. I was up in VA/WV/KY this week and the colors are a bit behind NC. Likely due to elevation. I was in the Grundy area and most of the roads around there are 1500' +/- 500' As compared to Linville, Boone, or Waynesville 3000-4000'. That's the beauty of Fall Foliage, just move to where the color is.
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  20. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Hey Al, I go back to work 11/2, I’d love to come visit you next week. PM me and we’ll figure something out. If you aren’t bringing a bike but want to ride I have you covered. Although you’ll probably need to drive yourself over here. If we don’t ride it will still be great seeing you again.
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