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Old 10-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #136
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Hey Dood, save some of the colors for me! I will be flying half way around the globe Thursday so I can ride one of my bikes and get some fall shots, hope you didn't take them all away. I'll give you another reason to Hate Virginia.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:17 AM   #137
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FRIDAY October 22, 2010



This is 257bob and kdscoates out in front of the Lodge/dining room @ T.W.O.





257bob had the same plan as I did, we were on our way to NCN '10 in Alabama. kdscoates got wind that I was in his neighborhood and wanted to make sure that I found my way out!!

He led us on a short-cut as we headed West to the state line...btw... isn't riding with just a topcase kinda qwiere?







It looked like it would be another perfect day weatherwise....and it was!




It aint easy keeping up with a ninefiddy on a twisty road, especially when you're riding a sixfiddy one-handed!




You're right....it sucked!







We even got our morning dose of dust.




257bob pulled up next me on a short stretch of 4 lane and snapped my pic....I tried to return the favor but didn't double-tap the shutter.




Once in Alabama we rode down along the rim of the Little River Canyon, which you can see is pretty dry right now.




A zoom of the falls seen in above pic....




176 is a fun curvy and colorful little road.




This canyon is a bit odd in that it's kinda like a split top loaf of bread....like the mountain cracked right down the middle.
















The canyon gets deeper as you continue South.




Alabama?




257bob




I did my best to get us lost while trying to make a short-cut from the canyon to the lake, but we eventually got there.




We were plenty early so we set up camp and then went out for a bite to eat......




Around sunset Friday the yard was beginning to fill up.







Meathead and his family are very gracious to invite us all to share in their little slice of heaven.












Yes...that's a ufo




A beautiful end to a beautiful day!!

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Old 10-26-2010, 12:40 PM   #138
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:49 PM   #139
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Great, more pictures right by our place. Wish I had known.... 5 min. to Suches/TWO. Nice area, huh?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:12 PM   #140
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:10 PM   #141
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Nice pics,looks like it was a good time Thanks !
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:04 PM   #142
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Bravo Big K.
Wish you could have it over to Cheaha a few weeks ago to meet us. We ended up traveling up to Little River Canyon. Really great roads up there.
We gotta find a time to hook back up this coming year.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:28 PM   #143
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Hey there sandmar and 257bob
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Great, more pictures right by our place. Wish I had known.... 5 min. to Suches/TWO. Nice area, huh?
Thanks gnuse....I gave a fair warning in the DOG thread!!
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Nice pics,looks like it was a good time Thanks !
Thank you and yes it was a great time! and you're welcome!
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Bravo Big K.
Wish you could have it over to Cheaha a few weeks ago to meet us. We ended up traveling up to Little River Canyon. Really great roads up there.
We gotta find a time to hook back up this coming year.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:53 PM   #144
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SATURDAY October 23, 2010

Breakfast IS THE most important meal of the morning so naturally there would be a crowd @ the South Sauty diner.




Yep...that's rtwdoug (rtw=round the world) international man of mystery riding a Harley Davidson Rotax powered KLR to breakfast.




After breakfast everybody began to think about what and where they wanted to ride to today and a couple of groups left fairly early for a long loop. Several of decided to wait a little while and go on a shorter ride later in the AM.

Far Left is Meathead's Dad, seat is Polly (rtwdoug's girlfriend) and then simpson's backside and a number of others milling around....you can see that we decided to work on getting some more coals ready for evening.



ADVmax rolled in with his very own midget and started setting up camp...we thought that he may like to ride so we waited a bit longer. (we were in no hurry)






The /2 (I think) that Doug rode to the rally (Polly rode the HD-kLR)







Several more came rolling in and we ended up with a group of 7 riders that followed the Simpson brothers along the back roads and forest roads out to the Little River and back.













There was plenty of dust to go around on the dirt sections!!




We rode a little bit of everything surface-wise!




That's simpson gettin' it on the KLR




And advtenn close behind me!!











As you can clearly see, the weather was horrible and the scenery sucked!!




It may look like a parade but the pace was spirited....and our group stayed together very good.




Then all those thumpers decided to take v-twin boy to school in the WMA.

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:01 PM   #145
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Actually I wasn't the only v-twin...but the other one was a ninefiddy adventure.


Hey!! Where'd everybody go?







At least they were nice enough to wait for me.







I would have sure hated to miss out on all the dust.










Never give 'em a chance to pose.




..but then it was noted that I'm never in any of my own pics....even though I reminded them that there was a good reason for that, one of 'em snatched my camera anyway!

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Old 10-27-2010, 08:56 AM   #146
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Once out of the Wildlife Management area we rode the rim of the Little River Canyon once again, but this time we continued along the rim further South to the mouth of the canyon and looped back around....because that road is fun like a roller coaster!




It was a Saturday and we seen a few other leaf peepers just out for a cruise....but I was actually surprised by the lack of traffic along the rim!




The skies began to haze over a little bit that afternoon....







The roller coaster








ooops





What are you lookin' at?




Yep...that's advtenn's flat tire.




simpson assisting with the repair while I wonder if a career in management may be for me?









After a pit stop in Scottsboro we got to return on the soon to be replaced old metal bridge. (I have a strange impulse to snap this pic....a lot)





Camp had also continued to grow while we were out riding..







I was too hungry to get any pics of the delicious BBQ....and it disappeared fast!!



But the setting sun would steal the show once again.










KBM showing us how's it's done.




Then Meathead decided some pics of that 990R would be a good idea....(I was waiting for him to drop it in the drink)







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Old 10-27-2010, 11:21 PM   #147
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SUNDAY October 24, 2010


After a nice evening around the campfire and a decent night's sleep I was up, packed, full of breakfast and on the road.




It wasn't long before I was back in Georgia.




I just buzzed right through all the touristy places and barely gave 'em a wink.











Although Talking Rock didn't look too popular, Burt's pumpkin patch sure was!!




After escaping that traffic jam of cars trying to get in and out of their lot I decided the road less traveled was where I needed to be.







Then I thought that I knew a short cut to Suches on dirt.








But upon reaching this plaque I knew that I had missed my turn off.





I knew where I was (Nimblewell Gap) as I had seen pics of that plaque before, but I had not been there before and wasn't sure what my next move should be to get to Suches.




But I soldiered on down the other side of the mountain anyway.








It looked to have been recently graded out. IIRC I had heard that it used to be pretty rough and rocky.







I should have stopped and taken some hopefully better shots of this place.....




Back on pavement and getting low on fuel I decided to try to get back on 52 rather than risk making more wrong turns.








I missed a bunch of shots passing back through Suches as I didn't realize that my memory card had filled up. But unfortunately for you I did notice it and deleted a bunch of old pics from weeks ago.





A pull out on Wolf Pen Gap.

















I probably killed an extra hour and a half or so with that little detour, but it was fun.
Heading towards Clayton and SC....




Popcorn overlook




Warwoman road.




Burrels Ford road.








I had a hard time finding the right exposure down here in the shadows. But this is the state line...SC is on the Left.




Lake Jocassee overlook.







While on the washboards a few minutes earlier I noticed that my dash seemed to be bouncing a little more than usual. Sure enough, I had to tighten all of it's mounting bolts while stopped here.







I decided to go down into the Bad Creek overlook too.










Then even though I'd soon be running out of daylight, I decided to go down into the WMA.





















I went until I scared myself a little bit when it started to get steeper and rougher and decided it was too late in the day to be back in there alone on that pig.




Back on the Cherokee Foothills Parkway.








Then I rode off out of the sunset.........




It was a great 4 days of riding with near perfect weather and a super good time with a bunch of great folks down at Meathead's family cabin.


That was all dampened by the news that Meathead had totaled his bike on his way home when a driver pulled out in front of him and he was in the hospital with a badly broken leg.

The good news is that he lived to see and ride another day!
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:23 AM   #148
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:35 PM   #149
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I made it out for a little ride this afternoon as the weather was real nice and I had some things I wanted to get up in Statesville.

Here's a few things I seen along those same old back roads between here and there today.




I should have come back by here after dark as it looks like a scary light show!




Being halloween weekend I wondered if any of these old houses along my way were haunted?







Here's kind of an interesting place......




It rows and rows of "shanty condos" or "camps" as they call 'em.




It's kind of a ghost town that comes to life once a year...




I've never been to a place like this while "camp meetings" were in session...but I'm told that it goes back generations in some family traditions and those "camps" can sell for quite a bit of $$

It's church sponsored with nightly meetings but it's every bit a family reunion too...mutliplied by multiple families.




I really had no idea that Heymarz had family out this way.




Across the muddy waters of the Catawba River.




Rolling into town I spied this shop with nothing but vintage bikes parked out front.








My "excuse" for a ride.




After my shopping extravaganza I decided to ride up to the foothills for a late lunch.




Love Valley aka Cowboy Capitol of NC is a same place different day if you've followed some of my other reports....but I think that this is it's blogtastically stoopid debut!!




The Blacksmith was busy putting on shoes when I arrived.




...and Miss Kitty still had some vacancy for the big weekend!




Main Street







The place was literally bustling today...other times I've been here and it's looked like a ghost town.




The arena looked pretty soggy yet after several days of heavy rains.




The Silver Spur's "chicken coop" bar was a happening place.




I had a cheese burger basket there myself. After my late afternoon lunch I wondered if the action would be later on as town was still filling up.














Still no widespread color at this elevation but there are some nice splashes here and there.





I didn't find any ghosts in Love Valley so I rode back out into the countryside....




This place may have potential.







I don't think those headstones were put in the front yard just for halloween!!




A daughter and her mother passing within about 5 weeks of each other 94 years ago.......




I didn't wait around for sunset to see if they still frequent the place.




Lots of green......




......with a splash of color.




Maybe this is a good place to find a ghost or three?




I got chased off by some dogs before I could find out!





What do ya think about this place?




I fueled up with ghost gas




Found a dirt road that I didn't know where it went....so I found out the old fashioned way.
I rode it!




I dunno....those look like replicas to me?




Murray's Mill







You can tour this place and I think that they still "turn it on" occasionally and grind some meal, that is available for purchase in the gift shop.













From there I simply rode off into the sunset.





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Old 10-28-2010, 08:52 PM   #150
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Good stuff Banjo. When I was a kid growing up in Ducktown GA. My family always did the camp meeting thing, it was great as a kid to go stay all week in the ole cabin with sawdust/shavings on the floor.

Nice riding with you in Alabammy last weekend.
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