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Old 01-01-2014, 05:16 PM   #16
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Glad you had a good ride. Pretty day for it, if a bit cold. You touched on one thing I forgot, salt. Since commercial traffic uses the road and it's one of only a few routes across the mountains, it gets pretty heavily salted. It's best to wait for a good rain after a snow to wash the salt away.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #17
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Awesome, we headed that way on dirt this morning. Found a few cold spots down by the creek near Hayesville (dipped to 16 at one brief point, but was in the 30's up at the higher elevations.)

We got turned back with closed gates on the north side of Tusquittee Gap 35.155806,-83.695172 and wound up coming back to GA via old 64, Standing Indian, and Coweeta Hydrolgical Lab roads.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:30 PM   #18
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We got turned back with closed gates on the north side of Tusquittee Gap 35.155806,-83.695172 and wound up coming back to GA via old 64, Standing Indian, and Coweeta Hydrolgical Lab roads.
I think you are referring to the gate on Tuni Gap road which prevents you from getting onto the Tusquittee Road loop? If so, then that has been closed for a while. At least it was closed last October when I last tried to ride through there. This is really disappointing to hear. I wonder what gives as it has historically been open year round. Strange Standing Indian was open and Tuni Gap was closed.
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I think you are referring to the gate on Tuni Gap road which prevents you from getting onto the Tusquittee Road loop? If so, then that has been closed for a while. At least it was closed last October when I last tried to ride through there. This is really disappointing to hear. I wonder what gives as it has historically been open year round. Strange Standing Indian was open and Tuni Gap was closed.
Yes, there were two gates when we came to the clearing on Tusquittee Rd. The left gate was Tuni and the right should go on through to Big Choga. The gates were about 100yards apart. There were a couple side roads gates there as well but I expected them to be gated.

I expected Standing Indian to be closed so that was a nice surprise.

Hard to go wrong in that area.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:22 AM   #20
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Tuni Rd (USFS 440) is closed because of slide damage. I've been told it may be up to 3 years before it's repaired.. The road thru Tusquittee Gap (Clear Creek) is a state road and doesn't have any gates on it.
The seasonal road closures USFS begins today and that will include Standing Indian..
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