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Title: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: MacGyver on October 08, 2014, 06:54:22 PM
Oldstove and I have ridden in Virginia a couple times and had a blast so when I mentioned a fall ride this year we decided to try some other areas as well. We usually just head in a direction and always find great areas to ride. This year we had intentions of riding several states but stayed mostly in Tennessee and Virginia. Glenn brought his bike down for some alterations in my shop then we headed Northeast.
 
 
It had been a while since I had been on a trip so it felt great to head out.
 
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Along the way I tried to show Glenn some of the places that he had read about on the forum over the years so he could have an idea of what places were really like.
 
We stopped at the station near Cruso where the old TDP and recent Blue Ridge run was held.
 
I think in this pic Glenn had to pee real bad and was in a hurry.   :poke:
 
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We headed up 209 and stopped at Fine’s Creek store for food. They have great broasted chicken
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Glenn with his BBQ and “don’t mess with my food” look  :Hap1:
 
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This was one of those small signs along the way, I enjoy reading about the history of an area,tough times for sure
 
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Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelton_Laurel_Massacre) is a bit of info on the event.
 
We rode miles and miles of really sweet twisties through N.C. and Tenn.
 
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A little cloudy but the temps were great and the scenery was as well
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We came up on this along the way
 
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Above the center of the tunnel this plant was growing out of the rock
 
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Later we found a nice trail that went on for quite a ways.
 
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Quite a variety of rocks, roots, etc. and always narrow.
 
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Many places had a drop off on one side
 
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Thumper338/MC%202014/DSCN3844_zps0c869d1c.jpg) (http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/Thumper338/media/MC%202014/DSCN3844_zps0c869d1c.jpg.html)
 
Back on the pavement where the colors were turning a bit.
 
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Plenty of nice scenery in that part of the country
 
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Thumper338/MC%202014/DSCN3851_zps26d3e7e3.jpg) (http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/Thumper338/media/MC%202014/DSCN3851_zps26d3e7e3.jpg.html)
 
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Hard to decide between riding FS roads and twisties
 
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We camped next to this stream for a couple of nights
 
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More of the view along the way


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We stumbled on a sign for an overlook so we went to check it out. We had to climb a while to get it but the steps were pretty nice.
 
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The view of the valley was worth the climb.
 
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I mentioned that standing on the rock a ways out from of the platform would be a good place for a pic, Glenn was on it in a heartbeat!  :clap:
 
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Almost in the center of the above pic(in front of Glenn) there is a dark green area. I zoomed in for detail and to get an idea of the distance of the objects
 
 (http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/Thumper338/MC%202014/IMG_0686_zpsd161ed71.jpg) (http://s1016.photobucket.com/user/Thumper338/media/MC%202014/IMG_0686_zpsd161ed71.jpg.html)
 
And closer in on one of the many Christmas tree farms in the area
 
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Later that afternoon the rains came in and when we finally got cell coverage for a forecast there were plenty of storms coming in. Rather than stay in the area for limited riding the last two days we decided to head back to try to beat the bad weather and ride the area at a later date. The leaves in many areas were just beginning to turn and should be nice in another week. I plan to come back up next week to hopefully catch the fall colors a bit nicer.
The trip was shorter than planned but traveling with Glenn is always a blast. We usually find a mix of great gravel, twisty pavement and a skidplate bashing trail or two combined with plenty of laughs and this trip was no exception. On this trip no one got hurt, nothing got broke or caught on fire… excellent!
Thanks Glenn for the great time.   :beer:
 
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: Yellow Jacket on October 08, 2014, 07:52:27 PM
Wow, you guys sure know how to make a guy jealous. Glad you had such good weather while it lasted. Lots of neat stuff to see in that area. Where is that "hole in the wall"? I don't recall ever seeing any pictures of it before. 
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: MacGyver on October 08, 2014, 08:51:24 PM

Where is that "hole in the wall"? I don't recall ever seeing any pictures of it before. 
It's Backbone Rock in the Cherokee NF.Here (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cherokee/null/recarea/?recid=34934&actid=29) is some info. We were just riding along and there it was, pretty cool.  :thumb:
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: steve on October 09, 2014, 08:44:19 AM
Very cool.  :aparat:

sre
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: bulleteer on October 09, 2014, 10:22:49 AM
Wildhair and I stumbled across that place on the way home from steve's TdBRP a few years ago.  Nice riding in that area.

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Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: Mel Brooks on October 09, 2014, 05:26:46 PM
Nice report!  Now just get Glenn to get on the ball with his pics.... :poke:
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: trialsguy on October 09, 2014, 10:22:57 PM
Great RR!  Many thanks.   :mol:

Love to see that country, you guys have a lot more cool places than I thought.
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: oldstove on October 12, 2014, 04:17:18 PM
Nice report!  Now just get Glenn to get on the ball with his pics.... :poke:

I'm slow I know, but I promise the few pics I got will be up shortly!......
Title: Re: A short trip through the Southeast
Post by: billygoatgruff on February 10, 2015, 06:02:03 AM
 Yep... I'm jealous!
Some great terrain covered there guys!
A bit of everything...