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Old 05-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #31
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A little bonus video taken just north of Asheville NC...

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #32
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I enjoyed that. Loose planning and enough adventure to make it tough. Makes me want to take off for ten days.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:13 AM   #33
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I enjoyed that. Loose planning and enough adventure to make it tough. Makes me want to take off for ten days.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:14 AM   #34
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Nice RR. I like seeing new places but it's also nice to see someone's perspective of a place you have been. I have rode in many of those places.

Hiked around there too, but I have not done Chimney. I like hiking but not climbing. ;-)
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #35
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Very nice. I was in a lot of the same places last summer. What camera are you using?
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:27 AM   #36
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NICE JOB,I can't get enough of the Mountains.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #37
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Very nice thread, thanks DD.
I was just in many of the same places this week. I had the surreal experience of emerging from the tranquil deep woods and wilderness feel of Parson's Branch road onto US129 to encounter dozens and dozens of mini coopers and 2-strokes tearing it up. Both groups were having multiday Tail of the Dragon rallies this past week. What a circus!
BTW, the granite dome in Pisgah NF is called looking glass rock. When it's wet the cliff faces are reflective like glass.
Thanks again for the excellent pics.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #38
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A good read with fantastic scenery and commentary. Thanks for letting me tag along!
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:23 PM   #39
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Thanks guys.

Yeah, it's always interesting to see the familiar through someone else's eyes.

smartin...for video I'm using a little Kodak Mini I picked up for around 35 bucks. Not much bigger than a credit card. It's not great by any stretch but it's hard to beat for the money. Kinda like the KLR...

I just put a couple of velcro patches in my chin bar and stick it on. It does ok for the kind of riding I do.


longslow...Yeah, I was planning to head over to Deals Gap but when I woke up that morning there were dozens and dozens of Harleys chugging around and I knew it was gonna be a zoo over there. Decided to take a pass.

Cheers.

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:36 PM   #40
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #41
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Very nice! I felt like I was right there with ya, except I was nice and warm. I live just north of Asheville, it's nice to be reminded of what a great area I live in by someone who hasn't come to take the area for granted. Thanks for taking the time. PS How do you like those saddle bags? I need some for my DR 650, a bit worried about the heat from the pipes...Enjoyed!
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #42
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Very nice! I felt like I was right there with ya, except I was nice and warm. I live just north of Asheville, it's nice to be reminded of what a great area I live in by someone who hasn't come to take the area for granted. Thanks for taking the time. PS How do you like those saddle bags? I need some for my DR 650, a bit worried about the heat from the pipes...Enjoyed!
Love the bags...they're Nelson Rigg CL850 bags and if I remember right, I paid less than 100.00 delivered to my door. That was a couple of years ago so I assume they've gone up some since then. Never had an issue with heat from the pipe. There is a heat shield included. The shield has warped some from the heat but it's still doing its job. I lost one of the rain covers somewhere along the way and have never gotten around to replacing it. One thing I found out on this trip though...if the bike sits in the rain all night, the bottom of the rain cover actually catches and fills up with water. That was a bit of a suprise.

One of my riding buddies has the Giant Loop bags and loves them.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:22 AM   #43
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I loved that trip report. Great job.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #44
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Thanks for the ride-a-long report. I enjoyed your trip!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:15 PM   #45
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Cool ride DD.
Thanks for taking us along . . . . .
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