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Old 05-03-2012, 07:38 AM   #1471
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Another line of showers rolled through Thursday morning delaying our scenic back roads tour. It was time for lunch when we finally decided to brave the wet roads.














Nantahala is right in the middle of gobs of great riding....decisions, decisions.














It was wet and foggy across Wayah so we decided to brave the tourist traffic on 64 through the gorge in hopes that Elijay would dry out some in the meantime....














It was a pleasant surprise to find traffic to be light and the road nearly dry!

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:42 AM   #1472
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Yeah, that's OU812 hamming up for the camera.














The big parking lot is closed for repairs but we did our tourist duties at the road side water falls....



























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Old 05-03-2012, 07:46 AM   #1473
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We rode up as far as Bridal Veil Falls.














And even caught our first glimpse of blue skies for the day!














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Old 05-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #1474
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The lead sled wasn't even last in line...this time.








































With our tourist duties out of the way....it was time to head back down the gorge and ride!!

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:20 AM   #1475
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Dang man! Your posting like you ride, I can't keep up with you.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:24 AM   #1476
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Wow! Finally caught up reading the last 4-5 pages.....

I lived in Texas twice as a child, and I don't remember Belton or Killeen being near that pretty. I could live in much of that green hill country. Or eastern OK, or Arkansas too. Beautiful.

I agree with Lady Draco, that doe is preggers.

That's the most water I've seen at Bridal Veil Falls in years. They must finally be getting regular rain up there. (My family's roots are in Highlands, NC - lived there too for a while in the 2nd grade circa 1958).

Your pics from all these states to the west of The South prove that small town America is alive and thriving. And preserving its heritage. Even though I enjoy living here in coastal Flatistan where there is a lot of heritage and old stuff, I really miss my middle GA stomping grounds.

And lastly, get your new camera ready for the evening of May 5, 11:35 PM. I know you like full moon shots, and that will be the moment of the perigee full moon - a Super Moon. Last one was March, 2011.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #1477
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Yeah Mark, I'm like you and prefer the small towns. Thanks for the moon reminder, gotta figure out where I should be to get the best view?


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Working a double shift on a scheduled day off today, gotta get the most out of that double time I'm earning.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #1478
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As always, I'm enjoying your ride report, Kevin. Great photos.

My grandfather worked on those steam locomotives in Cowan in the early part of the last century. He lived in nearby Decherd for many years until he retired in the 1940's. I like riding through that area because of the family connections. The scenery's not too bad, either.

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The town of Cowan looked like a good place to stretch my legs and grab some lunch.

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #1479
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As always, I'm enjoying your ride report, Kevin. Great photos.

My grandfather worked on those steam locomotives in Cowan in the early part of the last century. He lived in nearby Decherd for many years until he retired in the 1940's. I like riding through that area because of the family connections. The scenery's not too bad, either.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #1480
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...and out of the gorge we go....














Unfortunately the neighboring mountain roads were still wet and foggy. The lack of traffic is why I like them but it was also what was helping to keep them wet.

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:35 AM   #1481
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We had fun anyways.




OU812 was always right there on my wheel! (probably wishing I'd speed it up!)

























As nasty as it looks here...it was quite warm and never did rain on us while we were riding!














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Old 05-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #1482
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Maybe somebody can straighten me out on the history and folklore...but I was once told that it was thought that aliens visited the Indians here?














Smokey Mtns.














The rock is located along an unassuming little dead end farm road...














It's also been 'dug out' and more exposed than it was on my last visit...that walkway is also new.














It's easy to see the former 'soil line'

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #1483
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Here's a bit of info for you....FS711 has been partially re-paved.



























Maybe Jimmy is finally gone build that house up there after all?














No worries....it goes back to a crumbled mess just past 1/2 way.














BTW...the lead sled rode all the way across it!!

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:54 AM   #1484
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The Chicago crew had come down for a little sport tour rally from another board. Their group rides were planned for Friday and Saturday but 3 of the 4 just kind of wanted to take it easy and go check out the Wheels Through Time Museum. Well Maggie Valley was about 1/2 way to Hot Springs where I was headed to next so they let me tag along again as I'd never made the time to check it out before and this seemed like as good of a time as ever.


First thing on the agenda would be a big breakfast at the NOC














I did my best to earn my keep and tried to get them there without going through the middle of town.








































Mission accomplished!

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #1485
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****WARNING, HIGH MOTO CONTENT****


Evel bike?
































That's just a sample from the lobby.
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