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Old 11-21-2012, 10:26 AM   #61
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Interesting timing that this thread came up. I'm coming up on retirement next year and looking to relocate from the Bermuda Triangle of Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis. One of the places we are considering is the Chattanooga area. Wife wants to go to UT, I want to live somewhere that doesn't take 30% of my pension in taxes. Plus I've lived too long without mountains around me.

After 20+ years in the fire department, I'm just looking for someplace quiet. Somewhere off the beaten path that also allows the wife unit reasonable access to campus. We are planning a trip after the first of the year to have a look around. Suggestions, guidance, advice, meeting for local beers would be appreciated.
Would be happy to answer your questions about the area or meet when you get here and take you on a tour. I think you would like living in the area.
PM me if you have questions before you come to visit.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #62
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Big thanks for the replies and PMs. The wife (rider and fellow inmate Shelion, who is ready to pack and move now) and I are planning on coming down close after the first of the year. Definitely going to give you all a shout when we do. We are looking into some preliminary plans and considering places to stay over a long weekend. We have a line on an apartment downtown, but were wondering if there are any areas we should avoid. Suggestions?

I hadn't considered the vacation property rental angle. A cabin on the river would be ace!

DriftDragon, I'll see what me and a five gallon bucket of water can do to improve your ISO rating. Seriously though, I'd probably want to get hooked up with a volunteer outfit, if only to maintain my paramedic license.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #63
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Thanks for the invite last night, it was fun eating German nachos and drinking chocolate beer and talking motorcycling. We had a few ADV old timers show up as well which was great.

I think I embarrassed squirrlly so bad with my bad behavior that she ran away!

I decided I wanted to try things the hard way today so I came into PC the back way and went up this time... a bit trickier than going down!

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:47 PM   #64
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:39 PM   #65
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So what's the plan for tomorrow guys? I doubt I can stay to camp but would like to try to catch the group and ride with everyone a little in the afternoon if everyone is headed out by Tellico.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #66
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Tim, I could kick you in the ass! We had left around 2 from Chattanooga, it was only ABHulgan and me. But omg!!! It was soooooooo cold the past 2 nights.
And you didn't scare me Tim, I just had a long day ahead of me on Wednesday, going to dahlonega and other places in ga.

You also need to send me and pm or check you're sometime! If you give me a mobile # I would I could reply quicker. Also are you going out to prentice cooper this weekend?

While camping in Tellico, I saw a KTM 990 and another KLR on holly creek/flats road. That wouldn't have been you flux?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:47 PM   #67
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lol... what did I do this time? I was a little concerned it may be pretty cold in the mountains. I sent you my mobile so you will have it. I been watching the forum and my pm all week!
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #68
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Tim, I could kick you in the ass! We had left around 2 from Chattanooga, it was only ABHulgan and me. But omg!!! It was soooooooo cold the past 2 nights.
And you didn't scare me Tim, I just had a long day ahead of me on Wednesday, going to dahlonega and other places in ga.

You also need to send me and pm or check you're sometime! If you give me a mobile # I would I could reply quicker. Also are you going out to prentice cooper this weekend?

While camping in Tellico, I saw a KTM 990 and another KLR on holly creek/flats road. That wouldn't have been you flux?
Did you guys camp at Crawfords?
If so, I bet it was cold as a....well, you know.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:53 PM   #69
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It was 24 at the cabin in Gilmer Co. this morning. Burr.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:46 AM   #70
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It sure was as cold as a frosty beaver! (I hope that's what you were meaning Twisty)

Nah, we didn't camp at Crawfords, but we did go by there. It didn't look like many patrons were there. It seemed that the RV's that were there looked to be stored and not in use. But I dunno, we didn't stop as we were hustling on to Davis Creek Rd back towards camp on North River Rd.

MB ~ It was so cold!!! The temp was 28 Saturday morning and around 31 Sunday morning. I know a cabin sure woulda felt nice, as we were under a tarp the past 2 nights.
We also did Trail 82 and it was clear, we passed another dirtbike on it, didn't recognize them.

How was the cabin MB? Did you get out and ride some this weekend? Twisty? ~ Also Twisty, do you have a son that works in Chattanooga? I coulda sworn I saw a guy who looked very similar to you at one of the pubs here in town.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #71
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It sure was as cold as a frosty beaver! (I hope that's what you were meaning Twisty)

Nah, we didn't camp at Crawfords, but we did go by there. It didn't look like many patrons were there. It seemed that the RV's that were there looked to be stored and not in use. But I dunno, we didn't stop as we were hustling on to Davis Creek Rd back towards camp on North River Rd.

MB ~ It was so cold!!! The temp was 28 Saturday morning and around 31 Sunday morning. I know a cabin sure woulda felt nice, as we were under a tarp the past 2 nights.
We also did Trail 82 and it was clear, we passed another dirtbike on it, didn't recognize them.

How was the cabin MB? Did you get out and ride some this weekend? Twisty? ~ Also Twisty, do you have a son that works in Chattanooga? I coulda sworn I saw a guy who looked very similar to you at one of the pubs here in town.
I actually took a couple of vacation days last Tue/Wed and rode around 300 miles last Tuesday mostly being lost, exploring the area between Ocoee/Hwy 30 and Hwy 68. Left the bike home over the weekend and just hung around the cabin and ate all weekend (in front of the fireplace). Holly Flats that you mention above is on the Bald River headwaters and if you follow that road all the way out it comes out on 68. We use to camp at Holly Flats and fish the Bald River for big brown trout many moons ago. There is a backpacking trail that runs from the Holly Flats campground all the way to Bald River Falls on the Tellico River Rd.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #72
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Big thanks for the replies and PMs. The wife (rider and fellow inmate Shelion, who is ready to pack and move now) and I are planning on coming down close after the first of the year. Definitely going to give you all a shout when we do. We are looking into some preliminary plans and considering places to stay over a long weekend. We have a line on an apartment downtown, but were wondering if there are any areas we should avoid. Suggestions?
I'm building some apartments on the corner of Walnut and Aquarium for a developer. Stay North of 24 if you plan on living downtown....
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #73
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I'm building some apartments on the corner of Walnut and Aquarium for a developer. Stay North of 24 if you plan on living downtown....
Actually you kinda gotta be more careful than that... the nice thing is many areas are transitioning... the bad thing is many areas are transitioning. Chattanooga is like a quilt of good areas and less desirable areas in my opinion.

The ideal spots are on the river as close to the aquarium as you can get. Upriver slightly is a tiny but nice little arts disttict around the art museum. North of the river or "north shore" is nice with older homes and great new urban development. The only real risk there is ending up in in the little area between 27 and the river that is kinda predominately abandoned retail. right on the river there is really nice new apartments and businesses. East of downtown right around the Choo Choo and UTC is a upper urban enclave that degrades as you go towards 24 or east or north too far. Assisted housing sits just south of 24 in an industrial area that is seeing signs of renewal and while the housing is updated and nice and well patrolled crime is high as one would expect hence the warning about being south of 24. Further south around the base of lookout mtn is the nice enclave of saint elmos which is surrounded by rough areas. In the area just between 24 and the convention center is kinda ok but stay north of chattanooga market
.. generally known as southside.

Hope that helps some!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 AM   #74
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:51 AM   #75
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I'm going to throw this out there to gauge interest. I'm thinking about attempting a loop this Saturday that I've been considering for a while. The plan is to leave from Signal Mountain, go across Big Fork, into PC, down Hailey rd, across the valley and into SV behind the TTC. From there, up the gorge to somewhere around Coalmont (get gas), and then attempt to make it over to Dunlap via trail. From Dunlap it will be road back up the mountain..

No big bikes, no beginners. It'll take all day and probably be awful. If you've never ridden in the gorge behind the TTC, it is rough and rocky (and awesome). Chances are that we'll get lost, stuff will break, and we'll never make the full loop as planned. Heck, I'm not sure it can be done...but I've heard rumors and plan to give it a shot.

Anyway, if that sort of thing interests you, shoot me a PM.
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