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Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    That was sweet! What a beautiful day today was. 6 months or so back @ronandkat reached out to me and we started planning a long weekend. His son was going to come down from WV with a friend and Ron was bringing a friend. Bert and @Rusty Rocket were down for today so we had a lucky 7. The visiting crew is staying at the Cataloochee Campground so the party started there.

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    I kinda like the blur

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    So this cat on the stock sprung DR ate my lunch a l l d a y l o n g once everyone sorted themselves out behind me.

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    Even on TN 32 I couldn’t get too far away. I was riding a tired XT 250 but I was still managing to get around pretty dang good.

    Bert was my sweep guy most of the day.

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    KLR rider went down on FS288 and broke his clutch lever. He was ok which was great but no clutch :( So we got him and Ron to I 40 and off they went to Waynesville Cycle for a new lever. We jammed 32 and Mr. Rocket went down in a dirty corner. He was ok but I was starting to have concerns about how the rest of this day was going to shape up. So we ate lunch.

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    Everyone got back together here and we all had some grub and headed off to

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    The second half was a treat, there’s a hole I narrowly avoided I’m still thinking of :grim It was a blast, then off to good ‘ol Rocky Top.

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    While we played here I went back to get a pic of a slide I kept sight seeing (and almost wrecking).

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    I got out as far as I could because I knew I saw 2

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    Martha Sundquist was the end of our day together today.

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    Back Jack do it again but different tomorrow. Happy anniversary @Rusty Rocket! Thanks Bert, always love riding with you. Thanks for showing me the XT isn’t really all that fast at one point today! Ron, I doubt you have signal but see you at Wheels Through Time in the morning.
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  2. motocopter

    motocopter Long timer

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    Looking to be in the area in a couple of weeks with the recently converter enclosed trailer conversion. Will be brining the AT and maybe the CB too. Looking for an ideal campground--open to suggestions. Somewhat familiar with roads in the area, but haven't been in a while.

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  3. Haven't Ben There

    Haven't Ben There restless soul

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    Kickstand Lodge is nice.
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  4. WACO OLD TIMER

    WACO OLD TIMER Adventurer Supporter

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    Got to ride yesterday with the guys made a trip to Maple Sally through Mortimer up Edgemont down the jeep trail back to Betsey's for good hamburger and conversation with Bruce. Rode Pineola out to Linville Falls to Hwy 105 with a newbie.... what a day:jack just thinking was I that funny when I started... we had a blast. IMG_0603.JPG IMG_0604.JPG IMG_0605.JPG
  5. zeer0

    zeer0 who?

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    Creekside RV park on 276 in Johnathon Creek (Maggie Valley) is really nice. They have individual bathrooms with showers. One of the nicest places we’ve camped.
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  6. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Remote camp site right in the middle of the screen shot? Not sure I’d want to drag a trailer in there though.
    Dropped pin
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  7. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    I met up with @ronandkat and crew at Wheels Through Time yesterday morning. We spent 3 hours or so playing on the reservation after snooping around.

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    Next we meandered over to Max Patch and jumped into Martha to hit the other half I skipped yesterday

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    Then on to baby heads, this one was high on Ron’s list and I don’t think it disappointed.

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    Buzzard Roost was where we said our goodbyes and started plotting a WV trip :-)

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    I hit the low water bridge at about 20 after 8 and then the skies opened up on me on I 40, it felt great.

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    Anyone getting the opportunity to ride with @ronandkat, his buddy Mike from around Greensboro, his son Elijah and his buddy Logan you should. Great people, kind and friendly with a positive outlook on life. Thanks for having me along gentleman, I had a ball!

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  8. justBert

    justBert Been here awhile Supporter

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    @JRowland awesome pictures as always! Great bunch of guys and @ronandkat and crew have an open invitation to come over to Robbinsville and do some riding.
  9. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Me and the Guys chose Cataloochee Campground. Was nice and quiet, had running water and restrooms. Right in the middle of some of the best riding you'll ever experience, Had a bull elk come visit us in the campground friday morning! Highly recommend!
  10. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    "6 months or so back @ronandkat reached out to me and we started planning a long weekend. His son was going to come down from WV with a friend and Ron was bringing a friend. Bert and @Rusty Rocket were down for today so we had a lucky 7. The visiting crew is staying at the Cataloochee Campground so the party started there."

    Josh, seriously Man, what a Host. Between You and Bert and Rusty, and some of the most gorgeous scenery you could hope to see mixed with 2 days of just awesome riding, we felt like we found a bit of Heaven here on Earth.
    I can t post pics from My home computer, but I will try to from the office tomorrow.. Ill tag every one in a group message and we can all swap photos. Thanks again for an absolute wonderful weekend, and looking at that VID that Bert posted, we did some decent mileage!

    WV trip Up and coming!
  11. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    Thanks for Hanging with us for the Day, what a class act! Definitely going to take you up on your offer. This was my First time in the Western Part of the state, what a Hidden Gem of an area!
  12. motocopter

    motocopter Long timer

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    Thanks for the recommendations guys. They help me narrow the location. Probably going to leave the CB at the house.
  13. ncroadtoad

    ncroadtoad No Use to Society Supporter

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    Just awesome
  14. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Stuck with the black and white bike theme and went out to play tag this afternoon. It was a good one!

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    Grinding metal and harvesting wheat with my right mirror in the right handers made for a great way to spend a few hours.

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    :-)

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    My tag

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    I got rained on twice for long enough to get wet, it felt great. It is so nice to have winter behind us!
  15. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    If you bring the CB here’s a fun ride, it’s fun regardless.

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  16. motocopter

    motocopter Long timer

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    haha, a knuckle sandwich! This loop looks like a great ride. Thanks again.

    Basecamp is open now and I'm going to start knugging-out some loops to ride--at least have them for reference.
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  17. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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  18. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    Any chance you can ‘splain how you get away with a WR on the streets??? I’ve got the FX and would love to legalize it.
  19. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    South Dakota. legaloffroad.com I have street bikes for the streets.
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  20. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    The best part of travel in this area are the breweries I hit at the end of the day.

    This one was surprisingly good, and not far from Little Switzerland:
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    In a few years this place will be for me.
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    NoFo Brew Co:
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    Booneshine is a gem. The only problem is you have to go to Boone :/
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    Aaaaahhhhhhh perfection.
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    There were a couple more I didn't photograph. FrogLevel in Waynesville is by far my favorite place. Every beer I tried I liked, and the place was huge with a most excellent multi-tier patio and courtyard.

    Charles.

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