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Old 10-20-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Unexpected Time Off, What Should I DO?

Now that's a STUPID Question. Of course I decided to:


Ride some twisty roads



Explore some dirt roads.



Enjoy the Great scenery in the Smoky Mountains as the leaves change colors.



And that was just today. Five more days of great weather in the forecast. Guess what I'll be doing

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Old 10-20-2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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I got two weeks off that I hadn't expected. Right during my one of my favorite times of the year. I came up with a plan and then changed it due to the weather forecast. My final plan: Ride out of Maggie Valley, NC for three days and then head to Murphy, NC for the Hanging Dog KLR rally.

I loaded my KLR650, XT350, camping gear, and way to much stuff into my Avalanche and left Marietta, Ga at around 9 this morning. At around 9:30 I got on I-575 heading north - away from Atlanta.



Traffic headed out of Atlanta wasn't bad but going into Atlanta it was still backed up. I'm glad I don't have to make that commute......it would drive me crazy.

Passing through Andrews, I stopped to get a pic of the giant chopper in front of Cherokee Cycles.



Huge pipes save lives????

Then It was off to Maggie Valley where I checked into the Applecover Inn and unloaded my bikes.



I finally went riding at around 2 in the afternoon. I had no real plan....I figured something would come to me as I rode along.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:31 AM   #3
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I started off by taking 276 over to one of my favorite twisty roads, 215. I drove up this road a few weeks ago in a cage and it reminded of what a great road it is......if you're on a bike. 215 was very scenic but also full of wet leaves until I got near the top so I had to take it easy. Then I picked up the pace briefly until hitting some fresh patching. When they patch roads around here they do a real crappy job and spread little bits of asphalt all over the place.

Crossing under the BRP I continued south. The whole road had been recently repaved here. I stopped for a pic.



The leaves seemed to be past their peak at this elevation. I was in the area two weeks ago and they were barely starting to change color.

As I rode along I saw a small sign that said National Forest 4663. I have been through here many times and never noticed this FS road. So I decided to explore. I pulled out my map and it looked like it should go through to Charlies Creek. It was a nice one lane dirt/gravel road that went back quite a ways and had several branches. Unfortunately I didn't find anything that went through. The branches all ended up at gates and the main road just ended. Here's a pic on the main road:



I went back to 215 then turned on to Charlies Creek. This is a great twisty paved road with lots of elevation changes to make it more exciting.

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Charlies Creek was a fun ride.



There are a lot of Christmas tree farms in the area. You can see some in the left of this pic:



I turned down another Forest Service road.



But didn't go down it very far. It was getting late and it probably just dead ended anyway.

Back to Charlies Creek then left on a road I don't recall riding before. I turned off on an interesting looking dirt road which led me to a Christmas tree farm. So I took a quick pic and backed tracked before the owner had a chance to show up with a shotgun



Then I headed south on 281 for a few miles before turning around back to Charlies Creek. 281 was a great ride with plenty of curves.



Some great scenery:



A closer view of the lake in the last pic.



Then I back tracked to the BRP and headed back towards Maggie Valley on the BRP.



The leaves were past their peak but with the right light they still looked great.



The plan for tomorrow is to meet up with a couple of other inmates and ride lots of dirt, some twisty roads, and hopefully see some great scenery.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:18 AM   #5
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:28 PM   #6
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The forecast for my second day was a little chilly to start followed by about as perfect as you could ask for: sunny and around 70.

It was a brisk but pleasant ride out of Maggie Valley.



My camera did not do justice to the bright red bushes in the median.

My first stop was the gas station on 276 near I-40 where I met up with Fancyindigo and Laura0107.



Laura was riding a DR650, Carmen a KTM with Sumo wheels and I was on my KLR650.

We started off on some nice scenic and twisty paved roads: Cove Creek - White Oak - Fines Creek.



I took this shot over my shoulder while riding and lucked out, they usually don't come out.



Then it was on to Shelton Laurel Rd which soon becomes dirt.



The scenery and colors of the leaves were spectacular, unfortunately, my skills as a photographer come up short in capturing it. Besides, I was having too much fun riding to stop and take a pic of every great view
We hopped on I-40 and got off on Hurricane Creek. We had no intention of riding through but Laura had never been there so we figured we would go up until it got rough and then turn around.

This is a short ways up.



Our plan was to go up to the point where it started getting rough. We almost made it to that point when
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Laura decided to forge her own trail:



No damage or injuries but we decided to turn around at this point.



Carmen, who has recently "drank the Orange Kool Aid" on the way out.



And Laura at the same spot.



And just to document where we were.

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