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Old 07-15-2014, 04:31 PM   #571
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In spite of some technical difficulties, we managed to see some new (to us) stuff.




This loop never gets old.















We found some trees of epic proportions, but a dead battery kept us from fully grokking. We saw a poplar that could be in Joyce Kilmer.




Just remember: What happens under the Pigeon River bridge stays under the Pigeon River bridge.

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Old 07-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #572
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The last time I went down this road, I thought I was going to spend the night out in the woods.




Cemeteries. Sometimes the roads that lead to them are pretty good.




Poor Ms. Clark. She had a number of children that didn't live very long.










This is July???




Why not just turn around? Long story.







We managed to get some berry picking done on the way into the house.

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Old 07-16-2014, 02:08 PM   #573
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Looks like V-Strom territory.

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Old 07-16-2014, 02:14 PM   #574
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Looks like V-Strom territory.


We had been through there maybe two weeks ago with the bicycles, and I had this nagging feeling about some deadfall. Meh, all those trips run together. If it were that bad, I would remember, right?

There was one more "cooperative effort" after that.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #576
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With a bicycle, it ain't such a big deal.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:07 PM   #578
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We got a lot of chores done around the house. Time to get some riding done.

I got to Waterville, and it lived up to its name. The Dries were running, and Big Creek was 2.5 feet. You could have done some world class kayaking. Instead, I headed to the other side.




Not much going on at the top of Snowbird. Let's see what's happening on Rag Mountain. Kinda quiet there, too.




Gotta remember, take a right and then another right at the top. I was rejected by steep wet.





I made it into Toms Creek from the bottom. I got distracted and ended up in the Gulf ??





This area is more like Switzerland than Tennessee, and that is no slight on the Volunteer State.




Back to Waterville for the lunch special.




In the intervening hours, it didn't dry much, but I did manage to get to the top in spite of getting rejected at some steep and woody spots.




The Pigeon




Harmon Den




Layla hooked a brother up with cell walls. Later in the evening, I ate a cheeseburger that our server claimed she had never seen eaten. All in a day's work.

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Old 07-27-2014, 02:45 AM   #579
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I love finding places like this...

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Saturday we returned to the scene of the crime. We had a third party meeting us, but behind schedule, so we did some exploring. We only found dead ends, but you have to look; otherwise, you don't know.







We got an extended run on 32.







We learned that the peak rafting traffic on the Pigeon is a pain in the ass. We met our friend, and perhaps we had a small lapse in judgement. This fellow is new to dual sporting, and we went to the nearest tricky stuff. Add his enthusiasm to ours, and the result was a broken clutch perch and radiator. The radiator did not manifest itself right away. Maybe that happened in a subsequent incident.




I was incredulous, but we got the clutch semi-functioning with tape.







However, at the same time, the clutch lever ignition switch was being mauled.




We discovered the hole in the radiator at the VOR on top of Snowbird. He coasted down into Green Corner and motored over the top back to Waterville, where we bid him adieu.

It was starting to get late, so we decided a no nonsense trip up to Sutton Top would get us straight for the day. But NOT before we found some new singletrack. This area is one revelation after another.
















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Del Rio, October. You can totally get a V Strom up in here.
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Last Sunday, a friend and I did a dual Versys swing through the South Mountains. There are some great stretches of pavement out there.




A quick run out to 221 on Tuesday




Thursday I met up with GlennR for a tour of the Stone Mountains. We met in Sugar Grove and headed directly for North Fork. I was freezing my giblets off and very sorry for neglecting to bring enough clothing to Watauga County for the 163rd time.




We went over the top into Tennessee. While the clear cutting gives the area a sort of industrial feel, it does make for some nice views.







Let's not jump to any ATTGATT conclusions here. In the only warm part of the day, I needed a bit of help getting to the top of this connector. I went from cold to soaked with sweat. His helmet was where I was standing.




The clearcutting also leaves large areas of chest high new growth. The whole place is littered with 4x4x4 and 6x6x8 inch blocks of limestone that are difficult to avoid when you can see them.




The locals cruise this area as well. Probably they are after the blackberries that abound in these clearings.




There is some forested riding.




If memory serves me, we made it across to yonder prominence.







We got some gas and snacks at the Rush station in Mountain City. On the way back up to the golf course, we hit a few drops of rain, and by the time we got into the woods, it was full on rain. We took the "easy" climb to the top of the mountain. That shit was hard.

We waited out the rainstorm in the shelter of the tower up top.




I made it up the hill I got rejected on at RDV.

There is legend of a trail that runs the ridge from Locust Gap to the 421 end. We did some reconnaissance but no luck.




"I think this is a trail." What he actually said was, "the trail."







We went back to North Fork and went to a tower with a spectacular 345 degree view of the northern mountains.




Then back into some dark woods.




What a fun day. Thanks Glenn, for the awesome guidance. After a shower and toothbrushing, I could still smell a bit of two stroke smoke.
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