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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.
Old Appalachian Trail Road on the ridge above Mt. Airy, NC.
Beautiful views looking East from the ridge.
Pilot Mtn. I think! Correct me if I'm wrong....
Getting late in the day and I am going to save the rest of this beautiful area
for later exploration. Headed south on I77 toward Highway 421 North toward home. One of the great things about an adventure bike is the ability to find some unique off-roads and then to ride home at 95 mph on the Interstate. (Or so a friend of mine tells me). Of course I couldn't resist a last ride up Mt. Zion Road heading home. I did find that they had already re-graveled the lower section. lol....
We have a tremendous amount of beautiful and scenic roads in our back yard!
Thanks for posting your local rides. It reminds me of when I had time to explore.
Well, Heck, Lets Ride!
No need for a chainsaw if you ride a klr, we crossed the log!!
I just KNEW I was missing out on something! Great looking bikes too!
Thanks! I'm really enjoying this thread, can't wait to check out the Buffalo Mercantile Company. Wanting to go off the BRP down the old Sampson Rd. Do they keep that section of the BRP closed all winter?
Yep. It's always open. The BRP snow gate is just North of that intersection. If you haven't been down Sampson road in the last couple of years you might be disappointed. They have paved about two miles right in the middle of the road. It would take huge amounts of money to pave the road all the way out the top. Have no idea why they spend our tax money on frivolous projects like this, but They Do! Years ago the Sampson road area had lots of intersecting trails and a couple of unique play areas. All I can find now are locked gates and no trespassing signs. I am especially interested to find where Richlands Road, which comes over from Highway 321, comes out on Sampson road. If you learn where this intersection is, and if it is passable without trespassing, please contact me.
I've never been on Sampson rd, but looking forward to it. My neighbor went to app state and told me about four wheeling on richlands rd said some of it was rough. I'll ask him he might know.
Added to my "watched threads".
Always looking for info on rides up that way.
Sometimes on the GS, sometimes on the old stuff
Beautiful Bikes. What year are they?
The silver one is the 73 I have owned since the mid 80's.
The red one is my wife's bike, a 75 that we picked up a couple years ago.
Looked at your restoration photos. Both bikes look great! Good to see folks that work so hard to keep bikes like this going long enough where the younger folks can see and hopefully appreciate them.
I did Richlands Rd. with a mildly modded Jeep TJ several years ago. It was rough ( to say the least) back then, I can only imagine what it's like now. There is a bridge from the 321 side that is private, you have to cross the creek, not the bridge. All sorts of signs with the word "no" on it all over. Then there is another creek crossing, then up a very steep and very slick rock face to the road. Difficult in the Jeep, not sure I'd try it on my GSA. XR or KLR, hell yeah.
Great write up and great pics! I sure miss those mountains. I ride from Birmingham across North GA to get up to WNC to ride. Haven't been up that far except for the BRP. Usually Asheville down to Highlands or over toward Chattanooga. I'm now inspired to head further north.
Update to our last ride in the Mt. Airy, NC area. I missed posting the goats! Must be show goats, and maybe adventure bike enthusiasts, considering the way they rushed over to see me. OR maybe they wondered about the ugliest bird they had ever seen with the biggest beak....
Daddy Goat is trying to fake us out by appearing casual, but you can see he is keeping an eye on us....
That area SW of Asheville, NC and on West to the tip of North Carolina is great riding too. If you haven't been up here to the Globe Valley in the Pisgah Forest then it might be worth the trip. You can ride all the roads in a day. All gravel with just a couple of technical bits. Contact up if you are ever this way. We Will Ride!