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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.
Daddy Goat keeping a watchful eye.
Took a left off hwy 268 onto Buffalo Cove Road then stopping along to take a couple of pics
Then at the intersection of Elk Creek/Darby road and Triplett road.
Finally took a pic of a beautiful farm a friend owns at the foot of Stony Fork Creek and Mt. Zion road. Headed home from there completing a great half day ride!
Great pix and report , nice area just north and east some from us..
Let me know when you want to go back and tackle Darnell Creek, looks like fun!
I'm up for it any time. Probably best to do it after it has been dry for a few days. Those creeks are deep. Otherwise it's not too rough as far as I rode. My wreck was caused more by a bad off throttle surge that my bike has, and not the rough conditions. The gravel roads up here are perfect right now. Most of the washboards are smoothed out and the deep gravel has washed to the edges.
Took a half day ride Monday. Beautiful Day! Warm and Sunny. Hard to believe it's the middle of winter in the North Carolina mountains. Here are a couple of pics at my house in Deep Gap, NC. Deciding where to ride.
Ah, Yep. Lets go over there....
Got on the Blue Ridge Parkway heading south around Grandfather Mountain toward Little Switzerland, NC. First stop was the Linville Falls visitors center.
A little explanation of the site.
Shot of the bridge going over Linville Creek on it's way toward the falls. A good hike and the falls are worth the walk.
On out the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here's a little peak across the gorge where highway 221 goes down the mountain from Linville Falls to Marion, NC.
Before you get to Little Switzerland you go by the apple orchards below the road, and although they are hard to see from the overlook there are several railroad roads where the trains slowly make their way up the mountain. Very unique way for them to make this journey.
Rode by Little Switzerland on the BRP. Didn't take any pics because everything is closed this time of year. Two Great paved roads end up on the BRP in this area. NC highways 226, and 80. People come from all over to ride these roads and they are amazing! This next photo is looking over at the ridge where Mount Mitchell the highest point.
And another view of this ridge.
Here was my first disappointment of the day, and truthfully one of my true reasons for heading this way. I had planned to go down Curtis Creek Road, which is a great forest service road that drops down the mountain from the BRP and ends up in Old Fort, NC. But, about a mile down the gate was closed. Don't know why, but I'm going to talk with the Pisgah National Forest service rangers and ask them what's going on. Here's a pic where the road starts down.
Rode back down the BRP and dropped down the mountain on NC highway 80 toward Marion, NC. An amazing road, but I'm going the wrong way. Down, instead of up. You know what I mean. At the foot of the mountain I took a left to ride around Lake Tahoma on Little Buck Creek Road.
Lake Tahoma pic. From here I rode on down through Marion then decided to ride up Old Highway 105 from the Lake James Valley up to Linville Falls. I will post this ride tomorrow. Wherever You Are, Enjoy Your Ride!!!!!
Likely closed due to Fires back in the fall on the Marion side of Curtis creek rd
Nice write up BTW. Enjoyed seeing familiar places and ridges even if I can't seem to escape that thing called work.