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Old 10-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Morning Skyuka/White Oak Mt. pic post

I took a quickie ride this morning to Skyuka mountain aka White Oak mountain outside of Columbus,NC.On the ride to the area,I knew it was going to be an interesting ride.I also went off roading unintentionally.Damn from brake and gravel filled curve.I kept it on two wheels,but I cleaned out the ditch for about 40 feet. If I would have had crash bars,I would have surely wrecked or at least got stuck.I didn't get pics of my mishap.I can't have you FFs laughing at me.

The entrance.

The big falls.



Looking off the White Oak side of the mountain.


Looking down on Columbus,NC and I-26.

Looking over at Saluda,NC and Saluda Grade on I-26.

An interesting sign on the way across to Skyuka side of the mountain.No spraying and no mowing.

On Skyuka side,my head was in the clouds literally.There was a very fine mist in the air.Can't see anything off the mountain.

One of the tighter switchbacks.It's tighter and drops more than it appears.

Small lower falls.These falls are not connected to the larger falls.I think these are feed by a mountain side spring.

This is what we call Whett Rock Curve.It has grown up,but there is a flat rock face back there and it stays wet year round,even in the driest summers.

The actual curve.It really drops, or rises, depending on direction of travel.I couldn't get back far enough for a good pic because of the over growth and spider infestation.

Exiting out Skyuka side of the mountain.

And that was my morning ride.It was roughly 55*F when I left this morning and probably high 40's low 50's up on the top of the mountain.I prepared for the cold except my gloves are made for summer and I didn't wear insulated socks.My feet and hands got a little cool but not enough to cause tingles.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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Nice roads, looks like a fun ride! That country will be pretty in a few weeks when the trees turn color!
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