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Old 08-02-2004, 08:51 AM   #31
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...SSR1310 (Wayah Rd)
to SSR1404 (Long Branch Rd) to
FR744?? (N35 13.393' W85 36.169'I need the hard copy Delorme here ... goes up and over Jarrett Bald 4500' that Wayah Rd skirts)
to Wayah Rd
I rode these roads this weekend. Also, Tusquittee Rd, Tuni Gap Rd, & Rainbow Springs Rd are all fun dirt roads in this area. A little farther south and east (outside Hiawassee, GA) is Hightower Creek Rd. An old moonshine road which takes you over to the Talullah River area, from which you can head north back towards Wayah/Rainbow Springs.
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:33 PM   #32
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dirt road exploring

Tusquittee Rd & Rainbow Springs Rd are 2 roads I had on my list to explore. it is good to hear that they are dirt and in gopod shape. Tusquittee Rd. used to go through a swamp. I had heard that they had filled the swamp in.
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:08 PM   #33
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Tusquittee Rd & Rainbow Springs Rd are 2 roads I had on my list to explore. it is good to hear that they are dirt and in gopod shape. Tusquittee Rd. used to go through a swamp. I had heard that they had filled the swamp in.
Tusquitee Rd did get kinda mushy and wet after you crossed the first gap heading north. Lots o'fun tho. I found on old homestead in that area that was pretty kewl.

PM me if you are heading up that way to ride anytime soon.
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Old 08-03-2004, 07:57 AM   #34
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I was browsing the stuff on tailofthedragon.com, remembering they had some info on a real bad road. The road they call The Road from Hell is actually Tusquitee Gap (Creek) Rd, which I rode last weekend. The Road from Hell is very tame now. The swamp has been filled and graded to some extent, and the southern slope has also been repaired and graded. Still a fun ride tho
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Old 08-03-2004, 07:27 PM   #35
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Howdy,

I too was checking out the ToTD site. Man, I sure wish that was me and my wife exploring those backroads instead of him That guy has a sweet deal going there. His routes look pretty good. I think we are going to do the one that starts and ends in Tapoco with some minor variations. We are staying at the Crossroads of Time Sunday night (22nd), then in Franklin Monday through Friday night. We're heading hime on Saturday. We're gonna make loops out of Franklin all week long. I have the routes laid out in the Garmin Topo Maps.

We'll be starting in Birmingham Sunday morning and slabbing up I-59 towards Chattanooga. Then we'll unload the bikes and start heading East while the wifey stays on the slab with the truck and trailer. We'll end at the CRoT at Deal's Gap.

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No.../NC-Sunday.mps

Monday we will head out on the Cherohala back towards Tellico Plains and then looping back on the River roads, then we pick up the route described on the ToTD site, eventually ending in Franklin. Monday night we are staying at the Franklin Hotel.

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No.../NC-Monday.mps

Tuesday, we will be heading South down into South Carolina and Georgia. Then we will be staying just North of Franklin in a cabin on 60 acres of woods for the rest of the week.

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No...NC-Tuesday.mps

Wednesday will be another dirt day. We will head East into the area South of the BRP and North of US 64 all the way over to Yellow Gap Rd.

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No...-Wednesday.mps

Thursday we will loop up through Hot Springs, around North of Asheville, down Hwy 80 to the BRP, hit Mt. Mitchell, and then run back down the BRP, hitting the North sections of Hwy 276 and Hwy 215. This will probably be the longest day mileage wise with the least amount of offroad stuff.

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No...C-Thursday.mps

Friday we will head back up Hwy 28 through Deal's Gap, circle around the North side of the National Park on the Foothills Parkway and head up to Cade's Cove. Anyone been up those roads at Cade's Cove? Suitable for a GS and V-Strom 1000 wearing knobbies? After that we'll head over to 441 and come back South to Cherokee and hit the BRP for a bit and run 215 and 276 again because they are so much fun

http://twtex.com/linkfiles/082104-No.../NC-Friday.mps

I would love any feedback about those routes if you are familiar with any of the roads. Also, anyone that would like to ride with us is welcome. So far it is just the two of us riding. Wifey is pregnant with our first so no riding

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Old 08-03-2004, 09:03 PM   #36
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The roads around Hot Springs are seriously twisty

One quick question, on the gravel backroads, what kind of speeds do you folks run? I plan on a max of about 30mph.

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About 30 or so, mostly due to potential oncoming traffic. The gravel roads around the Max Patch area are easy, but the occasional pickup truck swinging wide will scare the bejeebus outta you.
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Old 08-03-2004, 09:08 PM   #37
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The gravel roads around the Max Patch area are easy
Which area is this? I don't know the local names of many of the roads, only the numbers which are shown on the GPS maps.

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Old 08-04-2004, 06:39 AM   #38
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Which area is this? I don't know the local names of many of the roads, only the numbers which are shown on the GPS maps.

Adios,
Hurricane Creek Rd

Max Patch is in this area. Look on your Topo to find it. It's between I-40 and Hotsprings. If you are in this area, you need to go down to Cataloochee Valley. The Elk are pretty kewl. Fun dirt roads in and out also.
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Old 08-04-2004, 07:15 AM   #39
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About Cades Cove

The paved road down to Cades Cove from US 441 is Little River Road. It is a great road along a river. Beautiful scenery and a lot of curves. You turn off of Little Rver Rd to SR-73 (left) and then off of SR-73 to Cades Cove Road to get in the park. All of these roads become clogged with traffic in peak season. A 2 or 3 hour transit time around the 11 mile loop at Cades Cove is normal. There are 3 dirt roads off of the loop and back to civilization. Parson's Branch Raod is the longest and it was closed last I heard (floods in May 03). It was a one way road out of Cades Cove to US 129 in the middle of the Dragon. Old Cades Cove road is a 4 mile dirt road in good condition. I took this road in my van one day to get out of Cades Cove to escape the traffic. I haven't tried the othe road. You want to be mentally prepared for lots of traffic if you go this way.
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Old 08-04-2004, 08:04 AM   #40
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If you ride cades cove road go early. I went two weeks ago & only saw two cars.
If you want to see the elk (I didnt) you have to be there around 7 am.
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Old 08-05-2004, 02:42 PM   #41
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Hurricane Creek Rd

Max Patch is in this area. Look on your Topo to find it. It's between I-40 and Hotsprings. If you are in this area, you need to go down to Cataloochee Valley. The Elk are pretty kewl. Fun dirt roads in and out also.
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r u trying to salvage a GS & V-Strom?

I really wouldn't even mention Hurricane Creek Trail unless they were on something .... hmmm a little more off-road worthy
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Old 08-05-2004, 02:47 PM   #42
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Max Patch Road is SSR1182 on Delorme
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Old 08-05-2004, 03:07 PM   #43
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Howdy,

Hehe, let me remind you guys that we are novices As such we don't want to be on anything insane, especially because the bike are heavy pigs in offroading terms Loose gravel, dirt, sand and such I can do, also moderate water crossings. But hard core mud is not on my list of to do's. No single track either

Man, I am so pumped for this trip I can hardly wait... As always, thanks for the feedback!

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Old 08-05-2004, 03:42 PM   #44
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just stay off Hurricane Trail

all the other roads in the area, SSR1182 or Harmon Den Road will be ok on the GS / V-Strom, just gravel / dirt.

you have to look hard for Hurricane Creek, I saw it for literally decades when I went thru I-40W & wondered about it.

My bud from the flatlands finally got a traily so last year we did it.

can u say rocks?
technical, first gear, up on the pegs, crawling, rocks?
and water?
can u say creek crossings?
crossed Hurricane on the way in & it was a foot deep or so ...

on the way back it was tank deep and roaring
boulders were underwater and it was a quick 1 second rush
do it or go downstream

then I read about it on TOD!!!!

Harmon Den goes under I-40 and crosses the Pigeon River on a "ford" concrete and meets up with Cove Creek / Mt Sterling Rd in the GSMNP.
It's also called 12 mile on that side
a good easy ride
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:11 PM   #45
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r u trying to salvage a GS & V-Strom?

I really wouldn't even mention Hurricane Creek Trail unless they were on something .... hmmm a little more off-road worthy
Hey, they asked , but I do need to replace my Tiger

I apologize, I didn't realize it was that bad. Never been on it.
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