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Old 10-01-2012, 02:42 PM   #286
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love the pics.. but you'll be missed next weekend.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:02 AM   #287
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The original big plans for the weekend fell through, but we make the best of it. Saturday I headed over to Hot Springs to see if I could catch any late rides leaving Notarally. I scrubbed off my brand new tires behind Lake James.








I got to Hot Springs a little late, and the weather was already looking a tad sketchy. I figured I would head south toward the lighter clouds. I was gassing up at Trust, when BDXMPL came out and invited me along with his crew.

A spririted run up Meadow Fork, now we're cooking with gas.









We had a sprocket to hub issue, but luckily Sporting Wood was in the neighborhood with his most excellent wagon.




BDXMPL and I cruised back over to Hot Springs. 209 never gets old.




I found this in my brand new Pilot Power tire at the Laurel Creek store. My plug kit cement was dried out, but they had a plug kit in the store.



In spite of the darkness and my foul mood, the ride home was pretty nice. They are paving 19E, and in places the surface is roughed up, making my rear wheel squirm around. I only figured out the roughed up part after pulling over twice. I'm glad I went to see my friends. I hope it didn't rain there as hard as it did at my house.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:08 AM   #288
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It was good to see you the other day; sorry we didn't have time to catch up.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #289
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It was good to see you the other day; sorry we didn't have time to catch up.
I am also sorry we didn't get to hang out more. I was looking forward to hearing your joke.


I have to go to Brown two more times to break even on my pass. That's pathetic. My only defense is that it has been so wet this year.





It's getting dry out there now. But there are some nasty souse holes that have been cut into the soil. The climb up 1A on the west end of the mountain has become kind of nasty.

The climb up to the lookout from trail 2 has also become nasty. Soon there won't be any topsoil there.










I scored a peck of Henderson County Pink Ladies yesterday. mmmmmmmmmmmmm








7 and 5 are in nice shape.


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Old 10-14-2012, 05:05 PM   #290
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THAT is a very cool rock.

It's amazing that no stoners have gone up there and levered it off the hill; that's what we would have done.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #291
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Sometimes there are levers and fulcrums left there. It must be fairly steady. It reminds me of this rock in Korea. You can actually get it rocking and it will swing back forth a time or two after you stop pushing, and it sits right above a temple.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #292
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hmm Brown Mountain.....


good time of the year to go there
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hmm Brown Mountain.....


good time of the year to go there
Yes it is. If only you had a trail bi--Oh, that's right you do.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #294
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I got going by 8:00 Saturday morning. I had 181 to myself.





At the pass at Banner Elk, the weather looked much different. Nuking winds, fog. Yuk.

It was a little nicer in Shady Valley.




I made my rendezvous at Reedy Creek. I'm not sure which roads we took to Mendota.









The fire tower on top of Clinch Mountain.










I'm a hafta look. We went up Grassy Creek and then over Alt 58 to Caney Ridge. Caney Ridge turned into Rose Ridge. Then we ended up in Haysi. Whatever it was, it was all great.



We were stuck in traffic on 80, so we went to Bartlick. From there we took Blowing Rock --> Skeetrock --> The Lake --> Flanagan Dam and then back to Bartlick. Wow. If you like small, twisty roads, then you would like that loop.

We just got set up at Ratliff Hole when Layla got off the river.





We had a sweet fire by the river. Thanks to Layla for collecting wood. That was Saturday.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #296
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Mmmmmm Russel Fork season, Appalachian autumn. Looks sweet.

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:39 AM   #297
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You gotta go back!

The coffee pot fell off!

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The coffee pot fell off!

Coffee pot search and rescue! We definitely need to go back. This morning I was doing some map recon. The lady in the gas station in Coeburn told us to not make any turns, and that was good advice. However, some of the turns look pretty interesting on the map.
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I shuttled a car back to Ratliff Hole before we got going in the morning.




We went to Grundy for gas, but the problem is that there is no gas in Grundy. We had to go all the way to Vansant to get gas. Rather than backtrack all the way to downtown Grundy, we went up the Levisa Fork to Paterson.






The run down Slate Creek was really cool, steep switchbacks. Then up VA 83 into West Virginia.




















We finally caught up with these fellows.








Old farm building photo, check.















We popped out in Richlands. SR 609 is a great run over to VA 91. Even though time was becoming an issue, we headed north to Frog Level instead of going straight to Thompson Valley. A good decision, I might add, as the scenery was off the hook.




We rolled down 42 to Saltville, also a nice ride.




A series of turns that I'm not really sure brought us back to Reedy Creek. I still had some miles to go.

US 421 in Sullivan County.




Fifth state for the day.




550 miles in two days.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:33 PM   #300
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38 miles inside Brown Mountain OHV system today. My butt is kicked.






We did 1A and all of 2.





















Then we did a 9/10 combo.








Then we did 6 to 5 to 4 to 3.




Then 1B across the mountain and down 8 to 7 to 6 and down to 9 all the way to the parking lot.




He's not going to sleep on that side for a little while. This photo doesn't do it justice, but he had 3/4" of protrusion there, and I don't mean the bikini wax.




I need to get out there one more time to break even on my pass. It was awesome today if a little slippery. Almost no 4 wheelers and many bikes.
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