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Old 07-06-2012, 04:25 AM   #1786
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Hope y'all had a good Holiday! I enjoyed a lazy 4th of July grillin' some burgers at home and watching movies in the AC.

Thursday I decided to see if that 'redneck personal cooling system' I made last summer still worked. It does the ice water kept me cool all the way up to the mtns where it was no longer needed. Storms could be seen brewing to the West along the TN border and the breeze and cloud cover felt real gooood! ....about half way from my house to the Blue Ridge I spied a temp reading of 100f.....it was at least 25 degrees cooler than that atop Beech mtn.


We're not in Kansas anymore......














Not much left of OZ though, I'm afraid....














Although it does appear that somebody has salvaged and relocated the 'yellow brick road'

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:30 AM   #1787
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I decided to do some exploring around the backside of Beech Mtn.....no maps or gps..just checking this out.














Well, this looks interesting, does it not?
















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Old 07-06-2012, 04:35 AM   #1788
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I only need one of the wheel tracks......let's go!














Looks like a nice place for a picnic, no?














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Old 07-06-2012, 04:42 AM   #1789
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Here's a closer look at my 'air-conditioner' there's a windshield washer pump in there that circulates ice water through tubing that's sewn into and old shirt.














....the road beyond was still begging to be explored.














Charla Heads!

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:53 AM   #1790
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It was beginning to bring back memories of Caney Fork.














...but then I was getting myself into kind of a tight spot to be on the Strom. I had to go down this as there was no turning around.....getting back up it is getting close to the bikes clearance capabilities though.














The trail was only getting rougher and the approaching thunder was only getting louder.














I threw in the towel and doubled back from here....successfully, I might add!




Not knowing exactly where I was, where the trail might come out, what obstacles might be yet to come, if I'd get caught in a downpour....and even though I'd spied fresh knobbie tracks, I couldn't be sure if I was even supposed to be there to begin with or long it may be before help came by if I were to get stuck out there...... Yeah, I'm kinda stooopid.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:58 AM   #1791
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Miles away, at the bottom of the mountain, I came across this sign and couldn't help but wonder...
















Enjoying the cool air of an approaching storm.....and not at all worried about getting caught in it...anymore.














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Old 07-06-2012, 05:03 AM   #1792
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Gratuitous crappy 'white sky' pics.



























Looks like it already rained here....maybe I can stay between 'em?

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:08 AM   #1793
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The thing about not having any particular place to go is that you don't have to head for those dark clouds......unless that's the only place the road goes!














Well, well....friendlier skies in the Wilson Creek gorge.

















I'm happy to report that I was able to stay between storms and in cooler air all the way home! .....and you can rest easy knowing that was the last crappy pic I took that day!
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:21 AM   #1794
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Them pics are awfull... You should try harder next time.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:36 AM   #1795
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Great px Kevin ..
Where is that Land of Oz !! That looks like another place I need to check out with Love Valley...

We also took a little 200 mile ride on the 4th... And also found some new back roads
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:52 AM   #1796
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Great px Kevin ..
Where is that Land of Oz !! That looks like another place I need to check out with Love Valley...

We also took a little 200 mile ride on the 4th... And also found some new back roads
dlrides did a ride report several years ago with more info and links and they also went inside for some more close up pics....CLICK HERE to check that out.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:05 AM   #1797
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Thanks ... Beech Mt park...
I have got to go and check that out !!!
It looks very cool....
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:56 AM   #1798
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Not knowing exactly where I was, where the trail might come out, what obstacles might be yet to come, if I'd get caught in a downpour....and even though I'd spied fresh knobbie tracks, I couldn't be sure if I was even supposed to be there to begin with or long it may be before help came by if I were to get stuck out there...... Yeah, I'm kinda stooopid.
once you figure the location out, we could head up there and scout a bit more... just saying
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:02 AM   #1799
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I thought that yellow brick road was in one of Don's RRs. Neat places up there.

That storm brewing over you must have been the precursor to the weather system that hit the Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park yesterday/last night and resulted in a few deaths and lots of damage. Seems awful late in the season for that kind of storm damage - I've always associated that with Spring and Fall frontal passages.

Well, it's 10 AM sharp, the temp is only 85 right now, I think I'll suit up and take a ride. Maybe go up above Titusville and see if they ever reopened Shiloh Marsh Road - been closed TFN since the Fall for some extra heavy duty maintenance. Was supposed to have reopened around Feb-Mar.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #1800
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How long before you take the DR up to re-do that trail?
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