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maddiedog 09-27-2011 08:55 AM

Weekend ride to the mountains
 
I got kicked out of the house this weekend, my better half was hosting a "girls day" from Friday to Saturday. So, me and the dog went camping in the Blue Ridge mountains a bit North of here. The plan was to ride out Friday, hike to the top of Blood Mountain, camp there, and come back down in time for dinner on Saturday. Things didn't quite turn out as planned, but I still had a good time. :D

Here's the scooter, all packed up. The dog rides on the tunnel bag:
http://i.imgur.com/hs2lv.jpg

My only bike is a 125cc scooter, but I don't let that stop me from having fun. Riding is riding, I just get there a bit slower and with a lot less gas consumption than most riders. :evil

"Ready to go, dog?"
*maddiedog looks up at me*
*wags tail*
"Thought so."
http://i.imgur.com/cu5DQ.jpg

Riding out of the suburbs, heading North...
http://i.imgur.com/QASZE.jpg

Maddie wasn't getting enough wind through my windshield, so she leans out from time to time to get some extra air:
http://i.imgur.com/tBizx.jpg

A couple of hours in, the skies looked ominous:
http://i.imgur.com/572XN.jpg

But the scenery was getting beautiful already. We passed a big lake nestled in the mountains:
http://i.imgur.com/Xvgas.jpg

And were able to enjoy long stretches of road with no one else on them:
http://i.imgur.com/F19sy.jpg

After awhile longer, the mountains started getting bigger. Luckily, we seem to have escaped the rain for now:
http://i.imgur.com/3fqhR.jpg

We got on Highway 129 to go the rest of the way to the Appalachian Trail. 129 is a great ride.
http://i.imgur.com/en8VZ.jpg

You know riding is about to get a lot more fun when you see these signs:
http://i.imgur.com/tUDS3.jpg

Curvy.
http://i.imgur.com/z4GRr.jpg

Inside the National Forest. We'll be camping in there.
http://i.imgur.com/ac7IN.jpg

More curves:
http://i.imgur.com/mKsaI.jpg

We reached the Appalachian Trail. There's a shop there that I've been stopping at every time I go there, ever since my dad took me when I was barely old enough to walk:
http://i.imgur.com/k1XTH.jpg

Hmm, so that is why they call it Blood Mountain:
http://i.imgur.com/u8Dt0.jpg

Taking in the view:
http://i.imgur.com/SDmDo.jpg

But, I can't park at the shop overnight, so I went out and found parking:
http://i.imgur.com/klRMw.jpg

Hmm, they've paved this trail since I rode it last.
http://i.imgur.com/xlqDa.jpg

I found a spot, unloaded and locked up the scooter. I can almost lift it by myself, and have lifted it into a pickup with the help of only one other person (and I'm scrawny), so theft has real potential out in the woods.
http://i.imgur.com/VHoYB.jpg

Once I had my pack on, I got to hiking. Just as I got on the trail, I noticed this sign:
http://i.imgur.com/HWXlX.jpg

That should have been my first warning. Black bears are generally harmless, but annoying. I just rolled my eyes at the sign and kept walking. After all, I was going to the top of the mountain. There's always several people up there, so the bears will avoid our camp if I set up near other people.

The foliage was pretty, and there were streams all over the place. I couldn't walk more than a mile without hearing a babbling stream or waterfall. Maddie was having the time of her life, chasing birds and small animals that were near the water.
http://i.imgur.com/HJMbp.jpg

Misty, and covered in ferns. This picture was in the middle of the afternoon, but the trees were so thick that it looked like evening.
http://i.imgur.com/Cug9e.jpg

I hiked for several miles, and noticed that I still hadn't hit the Appalachian trail from the linking trail I was taking. Uhoh, the sun is starting to go down.
http://i.imgur.com/JtDKo.jpg

I decided to set up camp, and gave up on finding Blood Mountain. I can't believe I missed the trail... Oh well, the hike was fun so far.

I made dinner, then hoisted my food high up out of the way:
http://i.imgur.com/z5Yq9.jpg

At the bottom of the steep incline, I put up my hammock tent between two trees:
http://i.imgur.com/QLZaq.jpg

I climbed in the hammock tent, lifted the dog in, relaxed and read a book until it was completely dark out. It was an overcast night, so there were no stars -- just absolute darkness. I switched off my flashlight and tried to sleep.

I was rudely awakened by my dog growling. Maddie does not bark, I trained her since we rescued her not to, so she's not yappy like most small dogs. But she rarely growls, so something was thoroughly wrong. I switched on the flashlight, and looked out of the tent through the mosquito netting. A small black bear was just out of view, foraging around my site for food. It was too dark to get a picture, but it was probably a female, because she was at most 4' long.

Black bears generally leave people alone. Knowing this, I ignored them, stuck the damn dog in the sleeping bag, and tried to sleep. After a few minutes, the bear left. My waterproof bag was sealed with all the food in it, so I doubt she caught whiff of it, since it was left untouched in the morning.

I tried to go back to sleep, but the dog was shell-shocked. She growled at EVERYTHING, even owls. I managed to sleep through some of the rest of the night...

I awoke and made breakfast at sunrise. We were in the shadow of the mountain, so the sky was lighting up before I could see the sun. I started hiking back. It was good to finally see the sun after a mostly sleepless night.
http://i.imgur.com/Trms7.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3aLoA.jpg

Deer tracks. Odd, I hadn't seen a single one. Usually I see several white-tailed deer on a hike, but none this time. Judging by how little the track is, this one is still a little fawn.
http://i.imgur.com/WenV2.jpg

We started the ride back home. I took a detour down a gravel road, that was fun on the scooter. :lol:

Potty break on the gravel road (can you spot the shitting dog?):
http://i.imgur.com/p6AbS.jpg

After she was done with pottying, she kept trying to eat a butterfly. Dogs are weird.
http://i.imgur.com/TNUwN.jpg

"ready to go?"
http://i.imgur.com/Ok9cZ.jpg

I snapped a picture while we were riding:
http://i.imgur.com/so1R5.jpg

Open highway back towards home:
http://i.imgur.com/8nNlW.jpg

Wait, what did that sign say?
http://i.imgur.com/vlqYt.jpg

Close-up
http://i.imgur.com/K289r.jpg

Sounds like a fun town to me.

I got home, made dinner, and had beer.
http://i.imgur.com/nxM5v.jpg

Mmm, Shock Top. Great summer beer. :clap

I'll have to go on another ride soon to try to climb the damn mountain. I still don't know how I missed the trail. :huh Looking back at the map, and based on my bearings, I walked PAST the Appalachian trail, and ended up hiking almost completely around Blood Mountain before I set up camp. Oh well, I'll get a map next time. :rofl

klaviator 09-27-2011 05:49 PM

I'm not surprised you saw a bear. I have heard a lot of people mention that they saw bears recently but I didn't realize how much the bear population has increased in until last week when I saw 7 bears in 2 days up around Gatlinburg.

As for taking a map along next time, getting lost makes for more adventure:D

Moosehunter 09-27-2011 06:01 PM

Sounds like a nice little staycation. I love your scooter! I'm afraid I'm getting a little to close to test riding one of those..

red bud 09-27-2011 06:07 PM

cool rr thanks

Spartandude 09-27-2011 06:45 PM

:clap
Sweet ride and a cute dog. Thanks for sharing.

TheReaper! 11-05-2011 09:21 AM

A black and white scooter and a matching black and white dog ?

Or a black and white dog and a black and white matching scooter ?

I can't make up my mind on this one , but the dog seams like a good little guy to have around . :nod

TheReaper!

bobw 11-06-2011 06:05 AM

Very cool!!!

HPTuner 11-07-2011 03:47 AM

Nice RR, great riding partner ya got! :thumbup

TheAdmiral 11-11-2011 04:35 AM

Scooters are lookin' a whole lot like motorcycles these day's. Surly not the scooters my dad rode back in the day. Looked like you and Maddie had a great adventure. I have it on good authority that dogs like to ride, sometimes in the back! Georgie took big to ride up front like Maddie. Thanks for sharing.
http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/a...eakRide002.jpg

scootermann 11-11-2011 10:17 AM

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It ain't yo' mama's scooter.

RedRockRider 11-11-2011 12:40 PM

One sweet little ride. Nice pics and story! :thumb

Ginger Beard 11-11-2011 04:17 PM

Very cool, thanks for sharing. :freaky


What Scooter is that?

lytle1gw 11-11-2011 05:59 PM

Nice ride report and pics, thanks for taking us along.

maddiedog 08-05-2013 10:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ginger Beard (Post 17284999)
What Scooter is that?

2011 Honda PCX 125. Good thread on the new model revision of it here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800709 :evil

Glad some of you liked this RR, I just posted another in Day Trippin' if you're interested.

linksIT 08-05-2013 02:00 PM

great trip thanks for the report, cool your dog rides too:clap


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