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Old 12-22-2013, 08:31 AM   #451
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The IMT was nasty a mile or two on either side of Shaw Gap. Still fun, however.






The transfer section on FR 84 was very wet. We figured out that the dry weather of the last week didn't do much out here because it was still frozen. With the 65 degree temperatures, it wasn't frozen any more. We skipped the VA Horse Trail from 16 to Flat Ridge. It's usually pretty slippery and nasty, even under more optimal conditions.

We stopped for a snack at the trailhead above Sugar Grove. A father and son combo came out on motocross bikes. The 13 year old kid cut a wide swing to get his back tire aimed a little more in our direction to roost us.

The backs of the coves were wet, but over all this was nice.

We explored an obviously maintained side run that crossed some off-putting trespassing signage.













Lots of bear hunters over toward camp.





The bear hunters had game birds with them as well.


On the other side of FR 16, they had just run a bulldozer through, leaving the trail a muddy, nasty mess. We decided to check out 16 and even found some interesting side runs but with all the traffic around, maybe some other time.




As tempting as was to go over the hill to Flat Ridge and ride out to Grant, we went back to Sugar Grove out through Teas and Comer Creek.

Lunch at Barton Gap.





Still sort of early for a straight trip into town, so we checked FR 828, which brings you over to the Fox Creek Road. Then up to Skull's Gap, where we decided to forego the east end of Iron Mountain.

We picked up the IMT at FR 90 and took it back to town.







I had 105 miles for the day.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #452
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I'll assume this was yesterday?
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #453
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Yes, it was Saturday, December 21.

Did you get that motorcycle?
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:04 PM   #454
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Yes, it was Saturday, December 21.

Did you get that motorcycle?
The guy was supposed to call around mid-afternoon; has not done so...
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:29 PM   #455
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:11 AM   #456
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Nothing, I guess. How are you, my friend?

I was looking at a '95 Electra Glide for Carol and I to tour on. I had a pic posted in my day tripping thread.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #457
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What a difference a week and a half makes...

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Old 12-23-2013, 03:43 PM   #458
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A run up to Newland to check out the North Toe with water in it. Probably better done with a boat. It was 59 at the house and 31 in Newland.


Plumtree Creek is pretty cool. The road crosses the divide between the Toe and Linville.





Aside from some unfortunate road blast in the streambed, it looks pretty good.












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Old 12-23-2013, 08:57 PM   #459
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Glad ya had a good run at IM/VHHT not sure I'll get up there this year....figured it'd be pretty sloppy.


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A run up to Newland to check out the North Toe with water in it. Probably better done with a boat. It was 59 at the house and 31 in Newland.
Funny how it's like that. I about froze several times this past Spring on RDV scouting runs passing through there....but then it would warm up again along the TN line.
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It was just beautiful out today and probably still pretty wet off the tarmac.

Browning View





Up to the top of 80 and over the other side.





Up Seven Mile and Crabtree.






Down 226A. More bear hunters today. I thought about heading up 226 but saw several cars make the turn. I actually had a clear run up 221 to Linville Falls.









Still time for a quick Jonas Ridge loop!




Psyched for Stokesville

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In the word of someone I know; "nice".

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"On the other side of FR 16, they had just run a bulldozer through, leaving the trail a muddy, nasty mess. We decided to check out 16 and even found some interesting side runs but with all the traffic around, maybe some other time."

Rode through there this morning. The mud was hard as a rock (about 26 degrees) and made for an interesting little section (reminded me of some of the granite outcroppings on top of Brown Mtn). After a mile or so the dozer work ended and we rolled into the "rhododendron section." When those leaves are frozen they are HARD. The eastern section that runs along the wilderness area was pretty sketchy down by the creek - lots of fun and a beautiful day to ride.
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"On the other side of FR 16, they had just run a bulldozer through, leaving the trail a muddy, nasty mess. We decided to check out 16 and even found some interesting side runs but with all the traffic around, maybe some other time."

Rode through there this morning. The mud was hard as a rock (about 26 degrees) and made for an interesting little section (reminded me of some of the granite outcroppings on top of Brown Mtn). After a mile or so the dozer work ended and we rolled into the "rhododendron section." When those leaves are frozen they are HARD. The eastern section that runs along the wilderness area was pretty sketchy down by the creek - lots of fun and a beautiful day to ride.

That section by the creek can be nasty. I have fallen and landed in wet there.

Glad to know that it freezes. Maybe I can get out there before it's time to go back to w w wo wo work. Thanks for the update.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:00 PM   #465
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Today was a stone and wood kind of day. It was also another day where it was sort of comfortable at the house and really cold at the Blue Ridge.





The rime ice on Grandfather was a nice touch.





Made it over to the Watauga County line.






Earlier in the day...

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