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Old 11-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #26281
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #26282
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Heading down to New Orleans on Friday for "work" and will come back Wednesday

I have never been before, so I could use a few suggestions on what to see. Unfortunately, I won't have a car/bike so I have to look within walking distance (a few miles) of the hotel. I will be staying in the middle of the French Quarter right off bourbon street. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:58 PM   #26283
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Heading down to New Orleans on Friday for "work" and will come back Wednesday

I have never been before, so I could use a few suggestions on what to see. Unfortunately, I won't have a car/bike so I have to look within walking distance (a few miles) of the hotel. I will be staying in the middle of the French Quarter right off bourbon street. Any suggestions?
Just about any damn where you eat should be good in N.O. It's been 11 years since I was there last so I hope it's not been too commercialized. Too bad it's not peak season but fresh crawfish are not to be missed.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #26284
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Marlinton, WV

Marlinton, WV had a huge fire in the downtown area on 11/11,it basically destroyed most of the block starting on the north side of Main St. across from the hardware store heading west towards the river. My youngest son and daughter in law (an EMT) live in Marlinton, thankfully none of the fire fighters were injured. That area has a tuff enough time surviving without a fire taking out a city block, it will be a long time for them to recover.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #26285
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Heading down to New Orleans on Friday for "work" and will come back Wednesday

I have never been before, so I could use a few suggestions on what to see. Unfortunately, I won't have a car/bike so I have to look within walking distance (a few miles) of the hotel. I will be staying in the middle of the French Quarter right off bourbon street. Any suggestions?
More than you'll have time for is in walking distance or a short cab ride. Walk in groups at night. City is open all night and cabs are easy to get. Get the name/phone of your cabby, tip well and enjoy.

Very short list:

Cafe Du Monde, Decatur Street (coffee & beignets)

The Market Cafe, decatur street (1/2 muffaletta)

The French Market (outdoor market, including gator on a stick)

k'pauls. Best turtle soup, imo. Ask for extra drop of sherry on the side.

Pat Obrien's for lunch. Hurricane is their drink and is Sickly sweet alcohol.

The cemetery, walking tour.
Preservation Hall
LA Music factory

Many great art stores.

Enjoy!










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Old 11-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #26286
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Hope Chuck and Mickey aren't trying to ride Smoke Hole

Don't know why the news hasn't been covering this.

Right now in Pendleton County there is raging the largest forest fire in WV since the 1950's. It started last weekend and has grown to over 700 acres. It is on the eastern slope of North Mountain, down in the Smoke Hole. Almost all the way out to Big Bend campground. As of yesterday it was only 25% contained.

So I wouldn't be planning on riding down thru Smoke Hole this weekend.



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Old 11-14-2013, 07:21 AM   #26287
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Wow Jeff,

Thanks for passing along that tidbit. I was looking at doing some backpacking on that ridge in the coming weeks...looks like I'll have to redirect to the Roaring Plains. That narrow canyon and steep slopes with little access will certainly make battling that blaze a difficult project. It should be interesting to backpack through there in early spring when it is bare and green life is struggling back.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #26288
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Don't know why the news hasn't been covering this.

Right now in Pendleton County there is raging the largest forest fire in WV since the 1950's. It started last weekend and has grown to over 700 acres. It is on the eastern slope of North Mountain, down in the Smoke Hole. Almost all the way out to Big Bend campground. As of yesterday it was only 25% contained.

So I wouldn't be planning on riding down thru Smoke Hole this weekend.



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Wow...they weren't kidding with the red alert (stretched all the way to Cville).


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Old 11-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #26289
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Fire is bigger than I reported

Here is a local news link on the fire. I was mistaken, it has burned over 1400 acres so far.

I can't believe this quote, ""This is an unusual fire," said fire suppression operations chief Pete Irvine. On Tuesday, Irvine said, fire crews had to deal with "fire burning actively against the wind in a snowstorm."

Link to the news report on Pendleton Forest fire
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:35 AM   #26290
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I was planning to head up to Canaan this weekend to help my friends do trail work at White Grass. Guess I should call them and see if everything is still on.


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Old 11-14-2013, 08:48 AM   #26291
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Marlinton, WV had a huge fire in the downtown area on 11/11,it basically destroyed most of the block starting on the north side of Main St. across from the hardware store heading west towards the river. My youngest son and daughter in law (an EMT) live in Marlinton, thankfully none of the fire fighters were injured. That area has a tuff enough time surviving without a fire taking out a city block, it will be a long time for them to recover.
We were just there at the beginning of October for the Road Kill Festival.

You're right, that town is just barely hanging on as it is, something like this is the last thing they need. Was painful to look at the photos.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #26292
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No, we didn't make it to Smoke Hole today. Truth be told, the only riding I did today was back home. Last night, sitting around the fire pit I took a tumble down a hill and messed up my right hand and face. It hurt too much this morning to work the throttle and front brake.

You will have to ask Mickey, Todd or Mark what happened because I couldn't tell you. One second I was sitting in a chair next to the fire, the next thing I knew I was being picked up at the bottom.

In Crabtree Falls the fire pits are right on the edge of a very steep drop off. I was sitting on one of those flimsy plastic chairs that somehow buckled under me. Off I went, landing face first at the bottom in the rocks. I look like someone beat the shit out of me. Ouch.

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Old 11-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #26293
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Chuck,

I'm glad your ok, let me know if you need anything.

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Old 11-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #26294
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I'm glad your ok, let me know if you need anything.
Thanks Jimmy.... Can you go to work for me on Saturday?

I think my hand will be ok, its the finger I'm worried about. If it looks any worse tomorrow I may end up having to get it x-rayed.

As for the face ..... I finally got most of the crud out of the cuts and scrapes. Good thing my wife is out of town. She would kill me.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:26 PM   #26295
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... Off I went, landing face first at the bottom in the rocks. I look like someone beat the shit out of me. Ouch.
That Sailor Jerry is one mean mofo..




(sorry Chuck, sounds bad but glad it wasn't any worse..)
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