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Old 05-11-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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First Ride report, Old NC 105

So yesterday I got my gps mounted and an outlet wired up for the charger, so I decided today I needed to test it.

I remembered reading about old nc 105 in a thread on here somewhere, it's only an hours ride from my house in Shelby, NC, so off I went!

This is off of 226, about half way there:

So the trip there was pretty boring until I got to Marion and Lake James, the roads around the lake have some pretty nice twistys!

Anyway, I finally made it, and my first impression wasn't a good one, when I left the pavement the road consisted of some very rough bumps, and large loose gravel, it was going to be a horrible ride if that continued, but luckily about a mile in the roads change to mostly dirt with a small about of gravel in patches, here are some pics of the views:

Looking back towards Lake James:



Lots of these great little camping spots all along the road:


So after around 18 miles of twisting dirt and climbs, you reach the other side, I decided to walk the trail there to see the upper view of Linville falls, would have liked to have stayed a bit longer but thunderstorms were rolling in:


The ride on the way back was twice as fun (and probably three times as fast) guess I had a bit more confidence knowing what to expect. I probably went a bit faster than anyone should on top of a mountain

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One of the few straight sections:


Well there you have it, I had a blast. Felt like I really bonded with the XT on this trip, it did an amazing job in the dirt, if only it could handle the highways without straining the engine so much.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:06 AM   #2
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Like your posting

Great area to ride in, thanks for the pix.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:36 PM   #3
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NC - is N. Carolina I suppose ? Us Yurpeens need more info please

It looks kinda wild. I'll send missionaries

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Old 05-12-2011, 01:41 PM   #4
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Yeah, NC is north Carolina. Hey, the wilder the better, gotta get off the beaten path
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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Looks like a great time out there. How did the GPS hold up?
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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Looks like a great time out there. How did the GPS hold up?
It held up great, didn't move or wiggle at all. I attach the bungee you can see in the pic when I go offroad for extra security, but it probably isn't needed. Now the cheap 12v accessory plug broke right as I neared home. Today I replaced it with a better quality one, with a cover to keep water out when it's not being used. It's mounted better too and doesn't just hang.
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