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Old 12-01-2012, 06:05 PM   #316
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:25 AM   #317
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We got 35 miles out at Brown Mountain yesterday. The little bit of rain we got this week made the shady spots really nice. The sunny stuff was already dried out and dusty and slippery.


2 was in especially nice shape. The soil was tacky.











I had never been to this overlook before. That is looking southeast toward Valdese and Hickory. Pretty hazy.









We did 1A and 2 to the overlook. Then 4 to 3.




Then another run of 2 all the way to the end. The fun rock climb playspot at the end of 2 has a humungous tree fallen across it. That will save wear and tear on my motorcycle.


I clicked too soon AGAIN.












Then we did a 9/10 combo to go down to the parking lot to check on the dog and eat some snacks. Thanks to DC for the Scooby snack.




We rode up to the top.







That orange motorcycle doesn't really roll from place to place as much as it hops.





Thanks to DC for coming over. That was super fun, especially getting after it on 2 in close formation.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:40 AM   #318
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hey phil, we passed you guys at the top of that overlook, but we'd already gone by before i realized who it was. i gave your puppy some water on the way out though
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:42 AM   #319
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #320
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hey phil, we passed you guys at the top of that overlook, but we'd already gone by before i realized who it was. i gave your puppy some water on the way out though

It seemed like a number of groups from Asheville were out there. Nice day for it!
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:29 AM   #321
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A quick ride at lunch.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:57 AM   #322
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In spite of the short day, we didn't get the earliest of starts. Early enough, it turned out.










I would say ride this rhododendron section while you can. The Forest Service, I assume, "cleaned up" the remaining rhododendrons on Little Mountain since our last visit. They also removed all organic litter from the trail, making it kind of sloppy for the time being.

The Snakeden rhododendrons are still there. Fun stuff.














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Old 12-16-2012, 08:07 AM   #323
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In addition to the very fun trail, the scenery is off the hook.








No time for slaw dogs today. We gassed up and hit it.



















I had been looking for the Barton Gap trailhead to no avail. We came from the other side on the way back, and found it. I want to ride bicycle through there now. Nice trail!




We were running a little low on daylight and still hadn't gotten back to 600.







These guys got their first "look" at Beech Grove essentially in the dark. "I thought you said this was a shortcut."





Thanks to those fellows for the ride. I hope they got enough trail riding in to justify coming all the way out here.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:26 PM   #324
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #325
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Snow in SW Virginia

Yesterday there was quite a bit of snow on the trails NE of Damascus. Iron Mtn. had drifts of 2-3 feet along the ridge (I'll never complain about leaves hiding rocks again). 84 was packed ice pretty much the entire length. Barton Gap had a few inches of snow but was a hoot. The horse trails (337) were snowy but fun - the roads getting back to Damascus not so much. I imagine the rain today is washing most of the snow away.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:45 PM   #326
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There were a lot of bear hunters out and about.





We went over Schoolhouse Ridge then down to Edgemont. Lucky split off for home while we headed up Rockhouse and over Yancey Ridge.













Then we went up Roseboro and over the Parkway to Jonas Ridge.





The proprietor of the store chatted us up. We then went down the gravel under Table Rock and back to the house. 115 miles. We went from cold to warm and back to cold.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #327
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First ride of 2013. I got some chores and schoolwork done in the A.M. Then I headed upstream on the Catawba.

The old powerhouse is gone. I assume the generators sat above those holes.




I did some new roads south of 40 in McDowell County. I still haven't ridden Lead Mine. I ended up on Bat Cave Road. What the heck. I turned around and came back toward Old Fort and took a road I thought I had taken before.

This stream has huge potential for paddling. Unfortunately the first drop, which is the only one easily accesible from the road, is Death on a Stick.





I have never seen such a formation, but supposedly Gorilla is like this.






This is a really neat place, and I did not guess where I would end up.



I ended up in Bill's Creek and Montford Cove and then Marion. I did as much of I 40 as I could take at the breakneck pace people were running.

May you have a prosperous year of the snake.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:25 PM   #328
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:14 PM   #329
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Yesterday we did a bicycle ride. The wind and rain at Christmas did a lot of damage to the trails. My bike is back together.

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It turns out that Lucky wasn't stuck up in the mountains. We didn't get the earliest of starts today, but it did afford me the opportunity to advance some projects around here. Last night's rain and persistent shadows led to some wetness throughout.







We did the McDowell, Rutherford, Buncombe tour.

Whaddaya think? Did I photoshop him in too high? Is it still believable?




So, on his first run at it, he decided that it needed a little extra heat and cooking time. Nice form, Lucky!

There is a large temporal hole in the photographic evidence of today's ride because we were too busy ripping mad twisties. Mud Cut, Sugar Hill, Bills Creek, Cedar Creek, Bat Cave, Morgan Hill, Old Fort, to NC 9. We had a totally car free run all the way down to Black Mountain. We missed our turn.

The Geyeser was on.




On Greenlee, we observed the front yard with the shirtless adult and three juveniles on the trampoline. Old Greenlee to Nix Creek and then 221 up to Hankins and around the back of Lake James.
















Nice day and a nice way to end a vacation. Thanks for looking!
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #330
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Saturday morning I was hoping to catch up with KTMike at Trust, but it was really foggy and drizzly. I went to do some mountain bike trail maintenance to let the weather clear a bit. It was already done! I drove all the way out there. I guess I can't complain too much.

I came home, ate lunch, and headed out to the headwaters of the Yadkin River to do some falls scouting.





Maybe try some new roads as well. Lots of ADV bikes out there.




I got double runs of the east side of Parsonsville. The trip up to Calloway Gap is pretty neat. I also found some potential whitewater on the South Fork of Reddies River. I also dropped into the gorge of Fall Creek, and it looks clean and has eddies. I thought it would be steeper.


Bam! This one just needs some rain. Note the kicker on the right to prevent diving into the shallow pool.




Hiking up higher on the wet rocks by myself seemed like a bad idea, especially since I hadn't checked in recently. The falls above this will need more foot scouting, but they look good.





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I took a wrong turn on Elk Creek (as if you really could) and ended up going over through Buffalo Cove.





While my kids were taking their final today, I did some Google Maps jockeying and found another stream with road service and gradient lines. I can't wait to get back there.
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