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Old 08-29-2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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Excursions pour la Journee avec Gaston

Seriously, I don't speak French, but feel free to post comments in whatever language you like.






I never tire of this spot.






For those who are interested: Old Jonas Ridge is getting fresh pavement on the 181 end, and the sawdust/salt residue has been mostly swept off of the Parkway end.







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Old 08-29-2010, 06:29 AM   #2
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School started this week for real. The weekend forecast was looking good, so Lucky and someone who doesn't have a screen name and I headed out Friday after work for some commando camping and dual sporting.

We got things going with a little bit of Old 105. As many times as I've done that road, I think that this was the first time I'd ever expressed it end to end. Great fun!




A few weeks ago, I found a different place to cross from NC into Tennessee, and I have been wanting to work it into a ride for a while. On the way out there we ran into this:




We were a few minutes behind the 7:30 time, so we got served what was left.




The food and fellowship at the Bethel Baptist Church are both prodigious. The dual sporting aint too bad either. We wended our way up Mountaindale and over Locust Gap into the Volunteer State. The plan was to cross Doe Mountain on Fire Tower Road. It doesn't appear to exist as a public right of way any more. What's the opposite of eminent domain, and when did it become so prevalent?

Anyway, back to the trip. We were forced to go to 421, but we steered clear of Mountain City. We crossed Iron Mountain on Spear Branch/Cross Mountain and rode the crazy, cliffside curves down TN 91 in the dark. Adding to the technical difficulty were the random red eyes and flapping wings in the headlight beam. You couldn't swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting a whippoorwill. I think they're getting ready to head south.


We camped at the Holston Mountain Freewill Missionary Mosque.




We toured the minaret.










Speaking of red eyes, the pollen was really taking its toll.





Morning in America





The main dome of the mosque.









We got right to work.










We had to attend to a sticky throttle actuation issue. Not a good place to have a sticky throttle.

I think I heard Lucky muttering something about coffee.


















Set the controls for biscuits and coffee.







We had to do some running around to find Big Creek.








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Old 08-29-2010, 02:56 PM   #3
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Great Ride!!!!!!

The night pics just dont do the view justice, wish we had a camera that had a really long shutter speed.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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Bravo Gaston, c'est une bonne excursion. Merci bien pour l'avoir partager.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:22 AM   #5
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Holston ain't a cow!

Wow, change your email and it's easier to hack into the NSA than get back on! ANYway... just a few adds to Gaston's post; it's hard enough to keep his rear wheel in view let alone do the happy snappy thing. A welcome rest here at Bethel.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:25 AM   #6
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C'mon, kids on Christmas morning don't look this happy!
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:00 AM   #7
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Q came to town sending the nostalgia machine to full tilt.








He was a bit uneasy at first, not having paddled anything but a big ole barge for so many years.

Sunday we hit Brown.
















Maple Sally. Conditions were *prime*.




Old House Gap. You can get cell reception and scary dudes packing heat on Sunday.

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We wanna hear about Idaho!

Idaho Dammit! When are we gonna get the Idaho report?!?!

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No, I just need to take it slower over the treacherous rocks!

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Great seeing you again! We need to get together with the DRZ's again soon. I enjoy your blog.:)

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Glad you brought those pumkin rolls to the rally. They were awesome.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:46 AM   #15
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I made a trip to Pennsylvania. I drove straight from home to here:





Ahhhhh, the Seven Mountains Dual Sport Ride. I was rolling by 8:00.




Middle Mountain was a good way to shake off the effects of the long ride.














A spider linked the spines with web. Nice strategy.








Pennsylvania is as green as North Carolina. Fortunately, not quite as wet.




One of the vistas from Poe Paddy Drive.









Singletrack buzz.





Once again, I was lost and disoriented in Plantation and Old Burn Trails. They are rerouting these trails to avoid going straight up fall lines. The reroutes were completely fresh and didn't really look like trail, so I tried every other option before getting it right at several junctures. The good news was that I got to ride more singletrack.











This is not singletrack. I rode 90 miles to get to the Sand Mountain side.





I also did some farting around in Milroy trying to get back up the mountain without riding 322. No luck. By this time the rain finally caught up to me. Not long after I got back onto the Seven Mountains course, the rain started.

The rain melted my map, so I was depending on the blazes. This led me up Bull Hollow. That was really hard.







Going down from High Top was also hard. Someone needs to throw those rocks over the side.




I made it! I opted out of climbing up the Horseshoe cutoff trail. I am a lightweight.

133 miles, 9.5 hours. I still have time to ride Shade Mountain.

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