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Old 09-19-2010, 08:14 PM   #61
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Well it was just poor lonesome me on my day off today so I decided to go for a ride. I didn't have a plan when I left the house, just hopped on the Strom and headed West.

1st stop was to admire all the new white paint at McGill's




As I continued on contemplating a destination this little road side sign caught my eye.




Now to get the full history of this route I recommend reading a dlrides ride report!!

CLICK HERE to check out where he traced the whole route, and not just the "commemorative motor route" either. You see, American Patriots marched down from the mountains of VA, TN & NC to fight the battle of Kings Mtn in SC. As I may have mentioned before, it was a pivotal victory for the USA in the Revolutionary War against the British and those loyal to the King.

Now I myself have seen those signs scattered bout the region but have never purposed to follow them...the first place the signs took me was downtown Gaffney. (I usually try to avoid downtowns)




That is also where I lost the signs....but found this cabin.




But I knew there were more of those signs heading West on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Parkway....

This cotton looks to be close to harvest time.




The route would lead me to the Cowpens Battle field, another important victory in creating the US of A!




I decided a lap around the field was in order and I wasn't alone.




Scruggs cabin....no, not Earl's







This might be the actual road the Patriots would have used.







Back on the commemorative motor route....I knew that it separated from the CFSP for a little ways but had never followed this section before. Looks like new signs have been put up in some places.




90 degrees to my right...




This is what the old signs look(ed) like. It was also the last sign I would see, so if you want to trace this route I suggest getting a map of it ahead of time.







...and some lil' piggy pron..



I hadn't researched the route before heading out, shooot I didn't even know where I was headed when I left the house!
So just for giggles I tried to see if I could download a map on my phone...and wouldn't ya know, it worked!!



....but the route looked to be taking some main roads through the middle of more towns

I didn't care to do that....but I did have an idea where I wanted to go next.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:23 PM   #62
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That's what I rode to High School!
Thanks for the memories, those are fun two-up with a sleeping bag tied on back.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:45 PM   #63
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Well I was pretty close to Lake Lure at this point so I decided to pass through there on my very own super secret route.


But first I would pass through Mill Spring.












Yep, they all look the same after a while




Every once in a while I see a rusty old truck that I think needs to have it's picture taken.









Andrews Geyser.....a nice place to take a break.




Fast forward 100 years from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.




This stream is in the woods just behind the geyser and is what feeds it.







Sitting on a rock in the middle of that shaded stream made a nice place to cool my heels for a while.




...and to brush up on the Macarena




Some parting shots of the geyser.







Just past there the pavement ends but the train continues to chug it's way up the mountain!!




Part of old US70 that is now a bike path.




Same old, same old...back on the BRP.







I hopped off of that as quick as I could though and found the FS gate out the back of Craggy Gardens to be open so down the mtn I went.




Just a hint of yellow color here and there up high on these north facing slopes....fall should be here by now but it's still been 90+ for a high down on the flats every day!




Once down to the bottom I decided to take a detour to the top of Big Ivy...it's a 9 mile dead end at a trail head but a fun climb up and down the mountain anyway.




Some road side falls....







....more to come.....
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:58 PM   #64
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Back down to the bottom and heading north on NC197.....






I climbed the mountain on dirt then on the descent you come up on this. Yup, those are switchbacks stacked on top of one another with enough trees cleared out that you can see if anybody is coming the other way!




Of course I went back up and did it again!







Gas 'n Go!







Back across the Blue Ridge and heading for home...this is an old favorite that I have just been informed has been given a cute name. How long will it be before it's clogged?







Lake Tahoma






My shadow grew long across the cotton as I raced the sunset home.......




But it would once again be the moon that led me home.....








That was all for today....but....I have tomorrow off too and need to test that old thumper again.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:06 PM   #65
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That's what I rode to High School!
Thanks for the memories, those are fun two-up with a sleeping bag tied on back.
Lucky!!

I wasn't big enough for one in HS (98# wrestler) but I hit a growth spurt afterwards.

This was my HS Honda...'79 XR185R I actually did have it tagged!

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:58 AM   #66
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and again I have to say thanks for the pic's and story.

You are a lucky man to have such a great area to ride in
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:13 AM   #67
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Nice Kevin !


Thanks for the report link.


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Old 09-20-2010, 01:17 PM   #68
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You can be my number one puppy but you have to wear rainbow tie-dye!
I'm #1!

W00t!



P.S. You suck like teh Hayduke.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:08 PM   #69
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Kevin,
post your link to that Vid going up Hwy 80 past Lake Tahoma to the BRP

I've did that road in an SUV but not on a Bike . . . . Yet

AWESOME ROAD to be Slab
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:48 PM   #70
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Thanks all

btw...dlrides & iDave, your ride reports rock!





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Kevin,
post your link to that Vid going up Hwy 80 past Lake Tahoma to the BRP

I've did that road in an SUV but not on a Bike . . . . Yet

AWESOME ROAD to be Slab
As you wish Dog

Keep in mind that not only was this filmed a couple of years ago...it was filmed from the engine guard of a 1979 XS11 full dresser.


NC 80 to BRP from Kenny Banjo on Vimeo.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:52 PM   #71
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I didn't get out for much of a ride today...I did some misc bike maint and yard work...boring!


But the CT70 made it out to kill off some more of the weeds in my backyard!




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Old 09-20-2010, 04:01 PM   #72
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Tanks BanJo
The CT-70 was my first bike
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:32 PM   #73
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Tanks BanJo
The CT-70 was my first bike
that little thing is cool...I just wish that I had a title for it.

I rode the old DR650 into town to meet my wife for dinner, she had her own errands to run beforehand. On the way home somebody's horses had gotten out!



I didn't have my camera with me but I was able to stand up and grab my phone while riding.



I don't know anybody on that street or have any idea which place they may have escaped from. If I did maybe I could have chased them back home...as it was they turned off onto the huge "level rock" just after this pic.


Level Rock from last winter....


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Old 09-20-2010, 05:28 PM   #74
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Is this 'Flat Rock' in SC ?
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:47 PM   #75
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Is this 'Flat Rock' in SC ?
Yeah....it's probably only a mile or two (as the crow flies) from my house. It's level with the road and land around it and is at least 2 or 3 acres exposed right there. My property is mostly red clay (as is most around here) but there's also a few sandy areas close by as well as some swamp mud.
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