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Old 06-25-2012, 06:13 AM   #16
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The campground host couple were nice folks and they each had a XT250, so they clued me in for some good FS roads. It was still early so I headed back out for fuel and a little gravel adventure.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #17
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Headed back across the Back of the Dragon and the back way into Burke's Garden.











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Old 06-25-2012, 06:42 AM   #18
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After 2 night stay at Hurricane moved on up to the BRP via the little squiggly roads and Holloway Mountain gravel road.

Ran across a little crossroads named Creston so snapped a couple pics since we have a Creston here in Wayne County OH


Hit the tip of TN


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on down the road

you could really hear and see the falls since there was a little rain


Set up camp at Mt Pisgah
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:11 AM   #19
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Random early morning shots along the Parkway, love riding up here right after sunrise, hardly a soul around.






The shot everyone has seen or taken themselves. I probably have hard copy photos of the 6 different bikes I've had up here.

Snack breakfast break @ Waterrock Knob

On down the road



From there I crossed the Smokies, went through Townsend,TN across the Foothills Parkway where I took photos of a newleywed couple (withtheir camera) and went up the Dragon. Then acroos the Cherohala Skyway




Rode down TN68 nice rolling curvy road to the Smokie Mountain Expressway and got back to camp well after dark. Nice long day of over 400 miles.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:30 AM   #20
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Headed N on the BRP and S on NC80 to Marion,NC to meet up with some friends @ noon.

NC80 is a cool road S into Marion I believe they now call it "The Devils Staircase". I've camped N of the parkway on 80 at the Carolina Hemlocks in the shadow of Mt Mitchell a few times. 80 N of 19 over to 226 is treacherous 30 MPH nothing to see there.
From Marion I headed up to Roan Mountain on the border of NC & TN. I had never been there before. The Gardens were in full bloom.



When I returned to camp my neighbors brought me the best meal of my trip. Grilled Steak, Salmon, Tater, Baked Beans and a nice slice of Bread.

I talked and shared with a lot of people this trip, not only at the campgrounds but on the way up Monday the 18th I had stopped in Banner Elk for a snack and chatted with this older retired couple that were out for a walk, just delightful people. At the same stop a female campus security guard stopped and she loves horses, she frequents the Mt Rogers Horse camps many times (where I just camped and toured around the previous couple days). As I saddled up I noticed the parking area was off limits, she hadn't said a word but instead was just as friendly as could be. School was not in session so I guess it was no big deal.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:42 AM   #21
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Down to Looking Glass Falls

Through Rosman,NC and over the Border

Down the straight but not really narrow path that is SC11
Table Rock


View from Ceasers Head

This was the night that I decided to stay a couple more days so back to camp and did some laundry at the camp store at Mt Pisgah. Dude named Billy was working had a couple laughs with him, a converstion with a BMW couple from ATL that were staying at the Inn, then a delightful retired snowbird couple from Brooklyn/Miami Beach that stop and tour the BRP each summer on their way back north and then off to bed.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:02 AM   #22
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151 Mt Pisgah road up to the parkway then ends there. I wonder if maybe this would have been the route the Vanderbilts would have taken to their Lodge near where the Inn stands today ?

After a look see at Looking Glass I headed down 276 to explore some FS roads.




Stopped for a break at these cascading falls when a XL650 rider swung in to say hi and check if I was ok, probably the awestruck giddy smile you could see a mile away on my face from sensory overload and my decision to stay another couple days. The woods were so alive with fresh mountain air, smells so thick you could see them. Stinkweed is dudes inmate name and he explained to me the meaning, (wasn't what I thought since I came up in the 70's). Shared some good route tips, Thanks Stinkweed ! Before he was out of sight I thought to myself Dang It why didn't I snap a pic ? So I head on down the road and a guy approachs from the opposite direction, we both slow up and stop. Clockwatcher has a really nice Transalp that I've seen pics of on here before, he was generous enough to go over the route tips suggested by Stinkweed and gave me a few more for west of 276. This time I snapped a pic, Thanks Clockwatcher !

So down the road I go with a plan, under the parkway and down through Bent Creek



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Got back on the parkway at 191 and stopped back at camp to eat lunch and double check my atlas for an afternoon of more FS roads.

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Headed down 276 again and went W on FS roads. The Looking Glass Rock is one big ol hunka rock. The perspective you get off the parkway isn't the same and I was still quite a ways off.


Eventually came out on 215 above where I've stayed in the past at Lazy J, check Jimmy out they're good people. Headed down to Rosman with threatening skies, should have headed N back to the parkway. Torrential isolated summer storm complete with thunder, lightning and hail came up so quick didn't have a chance to booty & frog togg up, Found a shelter near the pool in town and waited it out for a good hour or so.

When I made it back to camp it was time for some gourmet tuna casserole

Slept like baby that night except for the occasional coyote call or bear looking for a pic a nic basket
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:30 AM   #24
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Determined to make this day count for another 400+ mile day I was out of the campground by 7:30

couple artsy playing with camera shots


This is across from a boiled peanut stand where the guy will yell "Come see me again" and throw peanuts at ya if you turnaround in his no turnaround posted parking lot

Down 19 to 28 and back across the Dragon. 72, 411 and 360 back to Tellico Plains and another ride from the opposite direction on the Cherohala. My tires were definitely getting warmed up and felt a little squirrely so I checked them and they were aired up just fine, but I impressed myself with how I evened out the wear pattern using the whole tread.



Probably one of the finest overlooks anywhere !



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Back to camp via 74 Smokie Mountain Xway, stopped in Sylva, 276 out of Waynesville to 215 back up

waterfall on 215, chatted a lady on a bicycle, not even in my younger days could i pedal up mountains like these.

My goodness ran into some rain again approaching the peak. Made the best of it arrived back at camp pretty dry this time. Another soaker but you'll have that. There were more than a couple times I got somewhere and folks asked me if I got wet and the answer was no so I think I dodged more than I rode through. Nighttime stars shining so bright up on the mountain and temps in mid 50's at night. A little hot in the lowlands near 90 during the day but much cooler up in the mountains of course. Superb weather !
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Started out my morning at sunrise with about 30 grateful friends at the overlook just NE of the Pisgah Inn where the Vanderbilts Hunting Lodge once stood.

Packed up and headed for home. Back tracked some of the same route. Rode the parkway to NC80>226>TN107, jumped on I-26>I-81 got off just before Marion onto 11 looking for gas was about to run out, good thing I exited there was a major back up for a good couple miles due to construction that you could easily see from 11 since it runs parallel to the interstate. Headed N across 16 again seen many more bikes out on the "Back of the Dragon" since it was Sunday.
These orange fellas got behind me somewhere along the way and we stopped for a chat at Thompson Valley Store. Yes I did pick up the "Back of the Dragon" T shirts.

Spent a lot of summers with my grandparents in these hills and went to Graham High School for year down there when I was a child and the only thing they knew about the mountain roads was travel with caution. So even though I'm considered a tourist when I bring that up people are really gifted at the gab and want to know if you know their family or vice versa.
War veteran memorial and French tribute train car

Coal Company structure built by Italian stonemasons. Itmann,WV was a booming coal town to have such a majestic structure.

Even in our modern age coal mining is a dangerous occupation.
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Coming home was a 600 mile trip left at 9am got home after 11pm. Took the same section of slab home up I-77 from Charleston,WV to Strasburg,OH as it was getting dark and I'd had enough of the 2 lane. Was feeling pretty fatigued so the pace was slow and steady as the day slipped away. 2,937 miles, 9 days, 8 nights. Around 500 miles of slab, around 150 of gravel/dirt, the rest miles of smiles on the 2 lanes. I realize a lot of you may have been to these places your self and many of these places are well known on this sight, but I figured I'd try to give some back of what I enjoy so much about ADV rider. Heck one of these days I may even make a monetary donation.

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #28
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It looks like you had a great ride. I rode many of the same roads you did and even took pictures of the same things you did. This is one of many:



I've started my ride report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803404
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It looks like you had a great ride. I rode many of the same roads you did and even took pictures of the same things you did. This is one of many:



I've started my ride report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803404
Great pic. I kept an eye for you. I seen your ride report when browsing with my phone. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #30
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You got some awesome pics. Thanks for letting us come along.
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