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Old 12-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Cherohala Skyway condition 12/29/13

I'm considering a ride over Cherohala on either New Years Eve or New Years day...in either case, during daylight hours.

Anyone have any insights to what condition the road surface is in (Ice? Snow?), now that the latest storm has passed through?

Thanks.

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Old 12-29-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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Should have just answered the man's question and saved the smart ass commentary for in-person interaction...

Just saying...


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Old 12-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
I want to hear from a rider who's just been over Cherohala...can you google that for me? Duh.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
He IS asking people who live there, you asswipe. There's alot of riders on this forum who live there and some of them may have been down CH more recently than any internet report.
What are you...in 3rd grade?
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #6
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He IS asking people who live there, you asswipe. There's alot of riders on this forum who live there and some of them may have been down CH more recently than any internet report.
What are you...in 3rd grade?
It's OK...soggy's doing the best he can.
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You'd be grumpy too if your sammich got wet.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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Depends. If the wet is gravy that is ok!


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Old 12-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #9
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I'm considering a ride over Cherohala on either New Years Eve or New Years day...in either case, during daylight hours.

Anyone have any insights to what condition the road surface is in (Ice? Snow?), now that the latest storm has passed through?

Thanks.

Bob

Tuesday's and Wednesday's WNC / Eastern Tennessee forecast is for sunny with a high of about 50 degrees. The roads will be fine, dress warm and enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:03 PM   #10
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Update 1/1/14

Rode over Cherohala today and the road was in very good condition...almost completely dry. They have salted the road and there is some evidence of that, but its very light. There's lots of heavy icing on the rock faces but I saw no signs of water running onto the road. I don't think the temps got below freezing even at the highest elevation...I'm estimating it was around 40F...though I never stopped to carefully examine my thermometer.

Anyway, my first ride of the year was a doozy...appreciate your help!
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:16 PM   #11
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Glad you had a good ride. Pretty day for it, if a bit cold. You touched on one thing I forgot, salt. Since commercial traffic uses the road and it's one of only a few routes across the mountains, it gets pretty heavily salted. It's best to wait for a good rain after a snow to wash the salt away.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #12
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Awesome, we headed that way on dirt this morning. Found a few cold spots down by the creek near Hayesville (dipped to 16 at one brief point, but was in the 30's up at the higher elevations.)

We got turned back with closed gates on the north side of Tusquittee Gap 35.155806,-83.695172 and wound up coming back to GA via old 64, Standing Indian, and Coweeta Hydrolgical Lab roads.
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We got turned back with closed gates on the north side of Tusquittee Gap 35.155806,-83.695172 and wound up coming back to GA via old 64, Standing Indian, and Coweeta Hydrolgical Lab roads.
I think you are referring to the gate on Tuni Gap road which prevents you from getting onto the Tusquittee Road loop? If so, then that has been closed for a while. At least it was closed last October when I last tried to ride through there. This is really disappointing to hear. I wonder what gives as it has historically been open year round. Strange Standing Indian was open and Tuni Gap was closed.
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I think you are referring to the gate on Tuni Gap road which prevents you from getting onto the Tusquittee Road loop? If so, then that has been closed for a while. At least it was closed last October when I last tried to ride through there. This is really disappointing to hear. I wonder what gives as it has historically been open year round. Strange Standing Indian was open and Tuni Gap was closed.
Yes, there were two gates when we came to the clearing on Tusquittee Rd. The left gate was Tuni and the right should go on through to Big Choga. The gates were about 100yards apart. There were a couple side roads gates there as well but I expected them to be gated.

I expected Standing Indian to be closed so that was a nice surprise.

Hard to go wrong in that area.
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