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Old 08-01-2014, 07:39 AM   #586
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looking at that stuff, it had to be Glenn
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:53 AM   #587
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It was a good day on the trails (would'a been great without the rain). We discovered a new section of trails off Sandy Rd. and were even lucky enough to locate a path that connected them with the upper trails along the ridge.

Riding with Phil is great because we didn't have to skip the fun sections. I think he was a Mountain Goat in a past life!
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #588
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It was a good day on the trails (would'a been great without the rain). We discovered a new section of trails off Sandy Rd. and were even lucky enough to locate a path that connected them with the upper trails along the ridge.

Riding with Phil is great because we didn't have to skip the fun sections. I think he was a Mountain Goat in a past life!
I second that. That hill we all got rejected on RDV was tough enough!!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:04 PM   #589
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I met trespalacios while heading west on I 40. The other guys were in the process of loading up. Someone has been doing some trail work.












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Old 08-09-2014, 05:52 PM   #590
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Thanks for the invitation Phil. It was a great ride. Look forward to doing it again
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:20 AM   #591
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Last Saturday, a quest for bicycle parts and maybe a trip to Pisgah Brewery.




Sunday, we rode in the rain, and my partner was taken off his new Versys by a big ass German shepherd. Luckily, he was wearing proper equipment and escaped with some lost knuckle skin.

Jankfest 2014 continues. Suzuki recommends changing wheel bearings sooner than this.




The outer race was still in the wheel. The most awesome service department at Fun Cycles took care of me.


Even though I got the DRZ back in service, it was time for bicycle ride. First a pickynicky on the Parkway. It was freezing.




We need to go back here and do the real tour. We got separated. I didn't realize that we were supposed to be listening to directions. blah blah blah. Still a fun ride, and maybe not finishing was good because we didn't have lights with us.





A tour of Lake James on Thursday




Lucky got back from Maine, and we got his KLX up to speed. I convinced him to get out Friday. We avoided the axe murderers that inhabit this country.































I bonked and was getting a tad dopey when a Subaru rally racer wanna be with the front wheels off the ground came around the corner. I no longer needed a Red Bull.


Beautiful country in Cocke County

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Old 09-02-2014, 06:10 PM   #592
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What is yucca doing out here?










More bearing failures. The consolation is that they were inundated in Germania Creek, Elk River, Mount Sterling Creek, and Joe Young Fork. And, oh yeah, that big nasty mudhole behind Watoga.


























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Old 09-14-2014, 03:29 PM   #593
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The DRZ is back in action. Whew! Putting a swingarm back in is hard n stuff.

I had a hard time getting moving this morning. It was wet and chilly.

For not having any kind of flying mechanism, this guy came cruising in on a breeze.




Last week, Kyle B and I were running around the Roan Mtn area. I spied a possible portal on the way home. A little too rough for the Versys. I did some Google Earth recon this week and had an itch.




So I chased down a ton of dead ends. I have a hunch about some of them. A look at the DeLorme's this afternoon bolsters some of my hunches.

It sucks to turn around here. No hunch.



You could drive a truck to less than 100 yards from here. Hunch.




Someone is running this ridge. There is a clear trail, probably deer, but they must travel it regular.




Take two on entering from Blevins. Entering the Elk River is a bit dicey. These folks might have someone on staff that would retain you until the law arrived.




I did a ride over! Blevins Creek to Curtis Creek.




OK, wiseguy? Can you find that again? Yes I did. I found another track that I hoped would cut out the ride through the equestrian center and spa parking lot. It may, in fact, do that but there is deadfall and new growth. I got off and started walking because I was sure I was within shouting distance of the photo above where you could drive to.

While walking, a vine of greenbrier grabbed my neck. I spun around to disentangle myself from it. It was like pin the tail on the donkey. I had no idea from which direction I had come. It took me 30 minutes to find my motorcycle. Don't laugh, it could happen to any of us.

Second best sight of the day.




I did a third take on Blevins Creek. I thought I was going to come back to Newland, but I ended up at Hickory Nut Gap. Meh. Time to head home.



Cheers! Thanks for looking.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:22 AM   #594
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I got lost while deer hunting once. Right on my own land in my hometown. It's not hard to do, especially if you can't see the sun.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:37 AM   #595
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I got lost while deer hunting once. Right on my own land in my hometown. It's not hard to do, especially if you can't see the sun.
I haven't had that panicky feeling in a long time. The direction I started off with was completely wrong. The lack of sun information and terrain (I was at the top of a little hill.) made it especially difficult. It was not that fun.

My Del Rio buzz continues to intensify.

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Old 09-15-2014, 04:43 AM   #596
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Us, too. The pics Silke posted of the campground look like the tenting will be great. I was not a fan of the roots, gumballs and mud in Hot Springs. They need to cut some trees over there and give the grass a chance.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:03 AM   #597
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:58 PM   #598
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Us, too. The pics Silke posted of the campground look like the tenting will be great. I was not a fan of the roots, gumballs and mud in Hot Springs. They need to cut some trees over there and give the grass a chance.
Brad, Kyle, and I took a ride over there the weekend of Kenny's party. I think it'll work better than Hot Springs.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:01 PM   #599
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Brad, Kyle, and I took a ride over there the weekend of Kenny's party. I think it'll work better than Hot Springs.

But we're going to really miss the train blowing it's horn every couple of hours, all night long.
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Once I fell asleep I never heard that train.
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