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Old 11-03-2013, 08:45 AM   #436
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I wonder if that grouse was drunk.


The national bird of Moran Nation??
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:19 AM   #437
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The national bird of Moran Nation??
You might be on to something.

Sometimes they eat rotten (fermented) apples in the fall, does funny things to them.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:27 PM   #438
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Funny. That happens to the Morans too!
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:06 PM   #439
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My first trip to Brown Mountain since May. 50 inches (!) of rain has fallen since then. They are working on some of the trails. What used to be tough is now fairly easy. What was easy is now rooty and rocky.


DC came out from Asheville.


















I am envious of his orange rims.














Orange rims.




We had a bit of a fuel spill.




















When we came to the end of 7, I thought we were in agreement about calling it a day. Then we were taking off for #9. We had some more fuel issues but made it to the parking lot. I rode home in the dark. 32 miles inside Brown Mountain. Felt like 40.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:07 PM   #440
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Just found this.

I have some catching up.

Good stuff!!
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:17 AM   #441
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Nice action shots. That last one is nice, too.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:23 AM   #442
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Two weeks ago, we rode through the world's biggest clambake.











Then rain.


















A cold ride to get the NC Tag.








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Old 12-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #443
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The messages from Harmon Den were dire. Ice on the roads. We suggested starting the ride farther down the line in sunnier locations, but those guys had unloaded already. OK, we ride from Harmon Den.




Ah, this brings back memories of the winter of '01.

Things were going OK. For the most part there were lines of unpacked snow. There was this short stretch of glace.





My attention was so focused 10 feet out, I totally missed the Buzzard Roost. It might not have been a safe place to go anyhow.

Before we got to the top, our friend who is still recovering from ankle surgery decided that he wasn't healed enough to continue under such sketchy conditions. Two of us continued.

We can always turn around and come back.












There was enough traction to get a running start in the right track, then you had to switch tracks 2/3 of the way up. Nice ride!





I'm guessing there is a harrowing tale that goes with this scene.










We made it through!

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #444
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Sweet!

I love when the leaves are gone in the mountains. Views seem to be endless!
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:02 AM   #445
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Sweet!

I love when the leaves are gone in the mountains. Views seem to be endless!



You always see stuff that's hidden in the summer.

Carol Ann and I are getting ready to go make a few hours loop around Hanging Rock.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #446
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From the Sutton Top Road, we continued onward and upward. We were a tad late as the snow was getting soft and wet and not offering the best traction.









The road forks and one of the forks is gated. That was the end of the car tracks. We got first tracks on the left fork over to Ashbury Trailhead.




That KLX is probably the best bike you could have for these conditions.





Drifts!






At the Mount Sterling Trailhead, we decided that we didn't have the time or desire to go over toward Green Corner. I hadn't been into Cataloochee Valley in more than 10 years. With the leaves down, there were spectacular views. It's no wonder the Smokies are a national park.




Ask not what your tires can do for you. Ask what you can do for your tires.




Everything is cool as long as a car doesn't come at us out of control.








I would have wagered 20 dollars that the upstream end of White Oak was at Fines Creek. Wrong. Good for us. We get to ride it sooner rather than later.




We used due diligence as some of the coves were a tad icy, but overall it was White Oak goodness.

A little Shelton Laurel goodness to bring us down to the Welcome Center on I 40.













We barely rode 50 miles in almost 5 hours. What fun! I hope my friend gets his ankle healed and the other friend gets a running bike soon.

I met Layla and Cuff at Mamacita's for burritos and then back to Morganton.




I am going to have to make some lifestyle adjustments. Thanks for looking!
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:06 AM   #448
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:01 AM   #449
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The only thing better than new Michelin sport bike tires is baby's kisses.














Fall Creek had a road closed sign, but the closure was passable, and, in fact, oncoming traffic in the middle of the closure was somewhat dangerous.

On the other side of the closure, Fall Creek/Parsonsville had a fresh coat of chip seal. Lucky was apparently unaware of the change of venue as he was raising a cloud of stones and dust.




At a certain point I came around a turn to see him doing a speedway racer impersonation.




At Big Ivy, it was back to clean, smooth pavement again.


In downtown Wilkesboro, it was Christmas parade mayhem. We still made it to Glenn's.

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Old 12-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #450
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Last weekend we got out for a short, cold one.






This log presented a problem.





Now it's a little extra fun.







Saturday we headed out for Damascus for our traditional short day-long ride. We got the requisite early start and were on the move by 9:45.




Iron Mountain has also been treated unkindly by the crazy amounts of rain in 2013. The leaves were also deep and holding on to a lot of moisture.





It was unbelievably warm and I was overdressed.

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