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Old 12-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Cherohala Skyway condition 12/29/13

I'm considering a ride over Cherohala on either New Years Eve or New Years day...in either case, during daylight hours.

Anyone have any insights to what condition the road surface is in (Ice? Snow?), now that the latest storm has passed through?

Thanks.

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Old 12-29-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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Should have just answered the man's question and saved the smart ass commentary for in-person interaction...

Just saying...


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Old 12-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
I want to hear from a rider who's just been over Cherohala...can you google that for me? Duh.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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I'm considering a ride over Cherohala on either New Years Eve or New Years day...in either case, during daylight hours.

Anyone have any insights to what condition the road surface is in (Ice? Snow?), now that the latest storm has passed through?

Thanks.

Bob

Tuesday's and Wednesday's WNC / Eastern Tennessee forecast is for sunny with a high of about 50 degrees. The roads will be fine, dress warm and enjoy the ride.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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why not ask folks that LIVE there?
http://tailofthedragon.com/weather.html

call them at the number on bottom of page.

amazing what google can do......
ever hear of it?
He IS asking people who live there, you asswipe. There's alot of riders on this forum who live there and some of them may have been down CH more recently than any internet report.
What are you...in 3rd grade?
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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He IS asking people who live there, you asswipe. There's alot of riders on this forum who live there and some of them may have been down CH more recently than any internet report.
What are you...in 3rd grade?
It's OK...soggy's doing the best he can.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:10 PM   #8
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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Depends. If the wet is gravy that is ok!


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Old 12-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #10
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Mmmmm....roast beef poboy with gravy from Ray's PeGe, Monroe, LA...a soggy sammich if I ever had one. Sooooo delicious.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:03 PM   #11
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MiniMike at Tellico Moto is a good resource also.


Of course you could just chance it....

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Old 12-30-2013, 04:56 AM   #12
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MiniMike at Tellico Moto is a good resource also.


Of course you could just chance it....

Good suggestion...your picture is EXACTLY what I am trying to avoid. Cherohala on a clear winter day is my favorite ride. But a scene like you have pictured is a nightmare for me.

As I'm sure you know, the weather in TP or Robbinsville can be very different than what the top of Cherohala is like. The problem can also be "black ice", so we really don't have to have rain or snow for there to be a dangerous situation. Thats why I'm looking for a eye witness report and not some generic Weather Channel drivel.

Thanks for reminding of what it could look like!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:18 AM   #13
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There's not any snow that I'm aware of. North facing slopes and hollers can always have ice this time of year. Be wary of wet spots in the road, there are some areas that get no direct sun this time of year, never dry out completely, and hence become incredibly slippery. Tunnels are the same way. Regardless, it'll be really freakin' cold.

Here's a weather link that'll give you an idea of the temps and such at various elevations... http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/MRX/RTPMRX
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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There's not any snow that I'm aware of. North facing slopes and hollers can always have ice this time of year. Be wary of wet spots in the road, there are some areas that get no direct sun this time of year, never dry out completely, and hence become incredibly slippery. Tunnels are the same way. Regardless, it'll be really freakin' cold.

Here's a weather link that'll give you an idea of the temps and such at various elevations... http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/MRX/RTPMRX
Thanks for your input. I'm less worried about precip than I am ground water freezing on the road surface. As you point out, some of those shaded areas never dry out or worse, never thaw out.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:03 PM   #15
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Update 1/1/14

Rode over Cherohala today and the road was in very good condition...almost completely dry. They have salted the road and there is some evidence of that, but its very light. There's lots of heavy icing on the rock faces but I saw no signs of water running onto the road. I don't think the temps got below freezing even at the highest elevation...I'm estimating it was around 40F...though I never stopped to carefully examine my thermometer.

Anyway, my first ride of the year was a doozy...appreciate your help!
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