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Old 03-14-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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Day Trippin' with MountainNate

Let me show you some of the areas I ride on my day trips. Sometimes I go alone and sometime I go with co-workers. Welcome to my neighborhood. Enjoy!

Sometimes they film movies here (The Hunger Games)-one of my wife's favorite.


The character Katniss house.


The dam Katniss ran across in the movie.


The rest of the 72 acre old mill village was created in 1904 and operated until 1960 when the mill shutdown and most of the workers left. Leaving everything behind, literally. The mill burned down in 1977. 21 of the original 35 houses are still standing but the houses have mostly been ransacked being it is now a tourist area for the movie. The whole property is for sale now for the low price of $1.4million.



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Old 03-14-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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After a little snooping but no looting around the mill village we decided to ride to one of only 2 covered bridges in all of North Carolina but first let's stop at another mill...

Started in 1883 but rebuilt as it currently stands in 1913.




Sometimes you just need to go to the General Store


Now the bridge






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Old 03-14-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Last fall one of the trips was up Brown Mountain and to Roan Mountain.

I would love to come up here during the night to experience the mysterious lights of Brown Mountain. Look it up for some good reading

Brown Mountain. Half way up the Blue Ridge.



The clouds were ominous but the forecast was no rain. Then again this is the mountains



There's just something I love about a paper map. To Roan Mountain we go.




Look what you miss when you follow paved roads...


Growing up as a kid on a Christmas Tree Farm I have a love for Christmas tree farms when traveling...


Clouds were getting darker and the wind was picking up and I didn't have any rain gear packed so I hit the curvy blacktop all the way back home.

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Old 03-14-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Up to the BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) we go!


Enjoy the vista.


My next trip but it'll probably have to be on foot...


The Grandfather


Linn Cove Viaduct


Let's park and walk below the viaduct. Oh yeah.


Great lake for a picnic.
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:17 PM   #5
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Beautiful area
Hope to get back there this year.
I've done the BRP, the Tail of the Dragon,
and I camped on top of Mt. Mitchell.
I would love to check out more dirt roads
and more of the less travelled areas.
It has been a long cold winter and I can't wait
to get back on the road...or off the road, but
you know what I mean.
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:28 PM   #6
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Beautiful area
Thanks! It sure is a great area. Glad you got to experience it and you're always welcome back.
The weather is finally breaking after our long winter here and I have an awesome trip planned for tomorrow!
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:11 PM   #7
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if you have a plan about tomorrow we have been waiting nice photo like thats
Thanks for sharing your raport
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:27 PM   #8
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Great shots

I will hit you up next time I am heading up to NC. I love that area.

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I will hit you up next time I am heading up to NC. I love that area.

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Awesome, will look forward to it.
I have area maps spread all over the house currently (the wife loves it...).
Planning a lot more trips this year.
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Thank you for the photos. Great place you have to ride there. Route 221 between Blowing Rock and Linville is one of my favorites.
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Thank you for the photos. Great place you have to ride there. Route 221 between Blowing Rock and Linville is one of my favorites.
It's a great road. When I rode it last November it was pretty tore up in spots and I'm kind of worried what this winter has done to it. I'll know in a few weeks as I'm sure I'll be up there soon enough.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:06 PM   #12
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Decided to go for a ride today on this glorious beautiful day.

First we have to go up and over this


to get to this


but we must ride along this first


let's go


woo, the highway has turned to gravel Hwy 90


A little stop to soak up the peace and quiet.





Just like The Dragon and Killboy Corner. Not much traffic here though. Hwy 90


Spring is always a mix of joy and sadness.


oh yeah


Up in these parts, you just sit in the road and say hi.


In case you forgot something.


The little white church (there use to be an old hotel behind it.)


This is a Flood Siren. When it goes off you better get the hell out of the valley because you're fixin' to get washed away. A lot of the buildings/industry here is gone because of flash flooding.


Great day for fly-fishing and there was plenty of people doing so.


Let's go up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roseboro Rd




Wouldn't you know, there's the Grandfather right there.



Oh decisions


I almost had the BRP all to myself today!!


Lost Cove Cliffs. (Co-worker wants me to hike it with him...) I dunno about that.


I love an empty BRP!

Woo-hoo


Time to head for our true destination. Off the BRP and onto a local route.


Found the road I needed!


Still a little muddy at 3500' but I don't care.


Hawksbill Mountain


Riding the ridge.


Yes, so we can all enjoy it. Had some bad forest fires up here last year.


Guess I wasn't the only one out enjoying the road today.


The Gorge


and again


Looking up the gorge towards the north


Made it to the other side! This is actually looking back from where the first pictures were taken and you could see the mountain off in the distance.


Awesome views


Long ways down. My fear of heights was beginning to act up so I decided to leave.


but first I take another picture of Hawksbill Mtn.


and back down the gorge. To beautiful to leave.


goodbye scary high view


back on the road again.


The end of the gorge then it drops into the lake. The ridge way off in the distance is the road that'll take us home.


Have to get down this mountain first though


Amazing.





Pavement..


The lake we saw earlier.


The dam for the lake




Back to the house we go!


Looking back. Almost home.


The Blue Ridge Mountains way off in the haze/horizon is where I spent the day and now it's time for home.


The road home. Until next time, that's a wrap.
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More of my neighborhood

The ride I took up into the mountains last October and went for a little hike to see a waterfall my co-workers had been telling me about.

All packed and ready to go.


My friends Kenny and Donna were out that day. Stopped and said hi. They love visitors.


Looks like I made it. Now for a short hike.


Down in the valley.


Now that's a Blue Ridge Postcard.


The waterfall. Pretty nice camping area near by also.


The summer swimming hole. Only one topless girl was sunbathing on this day.


Back home we go.

But then I see my favorite sign...






Almost home. Until next time...
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Saturday. March 21

Went for a nice ride on a beautiful Saturday here in NC. Scouting some areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway I plan on taking my family to when they visit. First I decided I would take a shortcut up Curtis Creek Rd between Marion and Old Fort.

Everything was going well.


Saw a nice mill.


Learned some history.


Then my dream was ruined. Yep, closed to motorized vehicles until April 1. Guess I was a little early.


So I high tailed it back to Marion and went up my second favorite road. The Devils Whip. 160 curves and a 2500' elevation change in 12 miles.


On the BRP now and thru the twin tunnels



The beast of the southeast looking good today. Mt.Mitchell.


800 ft Glassmine Falls. You could hear the water from this vantage point.





On to Craggy Gardens. Craggy Gardens and Craggy Pinnacle along with BRP tunnel.


Such a beautiful day you could see Table Rock mountain and Hawksbill mountain all the way from Mt.Mitchell. Now that's a clear day! Glad I got to enjoy it.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:22 AM   #15
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Great pictures. One of these days I need to make a trip out there by bike.
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