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Old 07-16-2013, 04:16 PM   #241
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Looks like drinking will be safer than riding. This is the wettest summer ever recorded around here. I'm surprised our roads aren't washed out like those. The rafting companies are running the Watauga River now. Normally only the kayaks can run it after a good rain.
Yea. I can't believe how wet and high the water is up here.

Ad it seems to keep raining ...

At least today is pretty for my vacation... (Even if I didn't bring a bike up to the mountains like an idiot)
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:24 AM   #242
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:45 AM   #243
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:55 AM   #244
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It may be for one night though... We'll see


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Old 07-17-2013, 01:02 PM   #245
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You sure you and the bike can make it that far? It's an awful long ride for you. I might have trailer space if you need a break...
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #246
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From the looks of it, we might be trailering it too. MrsDonkeys is quickly outgrowing my riding gear. By October, I doubt she'll have anything she can ride in.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:12 PM   #247
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You sure you and the bike can make it that far? It's an awful long ride for you. I might have trailer space if you need a break...
Thanks but no, I don't trailer motorcycles. If it were boating event, I'd think about trailering
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:28 PM   #248
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I have never seen so many Timber Rattlers in the road as I have this year. I wonder if all this rain has anything to do with it. This one is on Crabtree Mountain Road, and appears to have at least 10 rattles and a button. I couldn't find a treebranch long enough to pin him down with, without getting close enough for him to strike.





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Old 07-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #250
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I have never seen so many Timber Rattlers in the road as I have this year. I wonder if all this rain has anything to do with it. This one is on Crabtree Mountain Road, and appears to have at least 10 rattles and a button. I couldn't find a treebranch long enough to pin him down with, without getting close enough for him to strike.
YES .. It's do to all the rain we have been having...
They are wanting to stay dry and warm....
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YES .. It's do to all the rain we have been having...
They are wanting to stay dry and warm....
I much prefer to find them on the road than in the woods.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:55 PM   #252
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Passed 2 of those buggers this morning.

First one was on my way up 276 to the parkway. He was laid out in the center of my lane. Thankfully he was already dead as I was heeled over in a blind right hand corner and he was too close for comfort.

Second one was on the parkway just south (west, technically) of Mt Pisgah. He was still alive and coiled on the center lines but a van of tourists had stopped in the oncoming lane and had his attention.

Both were good size for timber rattlers with very dark markings. I don't mind them as long as I spot them far enough away to avoid them, but coming up on one suddenly is always a pucker event for me
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:12 PM   #253
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I've killed five of them up here in the past 4 years. The largest - a Diamondback - was over 7' long, bigger around than my forearm and his fangs were about 2" apart. Another one larger than that one got away - after he bit the neighbors son (14 days in the hospital). With the exception of those two (both were next to my neighbors house in her flower garden), the others have all been around my house. Two Timber rattlers that I killed last year and the year before were 6' and 6 1/2' long. The 6 1/2 footer was thinner than the 6 footer.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #254
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Ever stepped off your porch and been struck by a rattle snake that was sitting under the steps? This has happened twice at my in-laws place.

Venomous snakes get killed. Non-venomous snakes get more to eat as a result, and they can hang around.

I got hit by a coral snake many years ago shortly after a flood tore up the property. He didn't let go, but luckily they don't have fangs and can't bite through boots. A doc told me that coral snakes have the worst venom imaginable, and that it is much more painful than copperheads or rattlers. I'll take his word on it and thank my lucky stars that I walked away from that one unharmed.

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