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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2014, 12:34:10 am »


Bummer.


Ya, kinda... but at least it's a cool job, working with cool folks, and allows me to play with cool bikes... and living in an area where a lot of folks are commuting 1+ hours one way, I'm closes enough to spend most of my hour at home for lunch if I choose/need to. If I have to postpone my TC cert, it'll give me an excuse to go to SoCal for a week when it's cold here, and put some miles on one of Lee's bikes. Could be worse, man.
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« Reply #41 on: January 13, 2014, 12:42:08 pm »


Looking forward to seeing you again Rod.  You sort of dropped off for awhile.  Any route suggestions for eastern TN would be sincerely appreciated.  

Hi Frank,
Tried to quit and sell the bike several times but that selling thing looks good until you realize that means you can't ride it anymore  Lol  

Yes I have lots of routes and will throw some together over the next couple of weeks.  Just have to modify them to come out of Maggie Valley.  For me, Maggie Valley is in the middle of great riding but I normally go east or west of there, not through it.  I normally have to burn an hour to get into serious twisties, but Maggie Valley is dead center.  It will make for a long day but you can even hit N. GA.
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« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2014, 07:00:44 am »

Frank,
These are some of my old routes and I will need to link them back to Maggie Valley.  They are by no means anywhere near all the excellent routes N and NE of Asheville.  Actually they are on the western edge of areas that we ran out of Sparta.  There is some overlap in some of these maps and by National time I'll have better stuff.  I definitely want to add N GA.  That is some of the best riding around.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1140586
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1077630
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1077624
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« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2014, 08:40:37 pm »

Thanks Rod.  Wish I had more time to ride in that area.  From here it looks like all good road.
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« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2014, 06:53:10 am »


Thanks Rod.  Wish I had more time to ride in that area.  From here it looks like all good road.

Those maps just scratch the surface.  Since I have lived in the area for about nine years I have had the time to run most of the best roads, but definitely not all.  For about the first four or five years I ran a swath from N. SC to the Cherohala/Deals Gap area and most of the roads around Sparta.  Then I discovered the ones on those maps.  I keep mentioning N.Ga because there are a bunch of fantastic roads there.  There definitely won't be enough time to ride them all, but my goal is to put together maybe four routes to give people a choice other than just going to Deals Gap.
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« Reply #45 on: January 16, 2014, 11:22:20 am »

I'm hoping to spend three days at Maggie Valley (Tue - Thu), concentrating on roads to the south as I will try to hit the good stuff to the north on the way there/home.
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« Reply #46 on: January 16, 2014, 07:10:00 pm »

Be advised there is a large convention starting at nearby lake on Thursday.  
Traffic will go up and so will hotel rooms.
Our "group" rate is only guaranteed through Wed night.  
You're on your own to work out a deal after that.
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« Reply #47 on: January 16, 2014, 09:29:14 pm »


Be advised there is a large convention starting at nearby lake on Thursday.  
Traffic will go up and so will hotel rooms.
Our "group" rate is only guaranteed through Wed night.  
You're on your own to work out a deal after that.


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« Reply #48 on: January 17, 2014, 03:39:42 pm »




I will definetly be enjoying some local flavor while down there. Would be great to see you again Rod, I'd ride with you any time. Hope you can make it.
Don't forget to hit RT226a on the way down and remember the cafe at the top. Wink
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« Reply #49 on: January 17, 2014, 09:19:07 pm »

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« Reply #50 on: January 18, 2014, 11:15:59 am »


Don't forget to hit RT226a on the way down and remember the cafe at the top. Wink


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« Reply #51 on: January 18, 2014, 11:18:48 am »


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« Reply #52 on: January 18, 2014, 03:56:13 pm »


Don't forget to hit RT226a on the way down and remember the cafe at the top. Wink

There are three really nice roads that run the eastern face of the Blue Ridge in that area.  226a and 80.  Then there is 181 out of Morganton, a bit further North and a different breed of cat.  The surface has always been great and it adds passing lanes, mostly on the way up.  It is what I call a rhythm road because you can set up a series of turns snapping back and forth.  Problem with it is that you can run some pretty high speeds and run right into a series of medium tight twisties.  For me it is just great fun.  A really fun afternoon for me is to run up and down 181, take Fish Hatchery Rd to the bottom of 226a, do it up and back, then slide down to the bottom of NC80 and run it up and back.  Lots of variations on that, but ya better stock up on Dramamine.  LOL  Way too many roads and way too little time.
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« Reply #53 on: January 18, 2014, 06:34:20 pm »

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« Reply #54 on: January 19, 2014, 10:27:48 am »



There are three really nice roads that run the eastern face of the Blue Ridge in that area.  226a and 80.  Then there is 181 out of Morganton, a bit further North and a different breed of cat.  The surface has always been great and it adds passing lanes, mostly on the way up.  It is what I call a rhythm road because you can set up a series of turns snapping back and forth.  Problem with it is that you can run some pretty high speeds and run right into a series of medium tight twisties.  For me it is just great fun.  A really fun afternoon for me is to run up and down 181, take Fish Hatchery Rd to the bottom of 226a, do it up and back, then slide down to the bottom of NC80 and run it up and back.  Lots of variations on that, but ya better stock up on Dramamine.  LOL  Way too many roads and way too little time.
Thanks Rod those are already on my route plan as I have ridden a few of them in the past. To you other folks who are not familiar with the area, pay attention
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« Reply #55 on: January 21, 2014, 01:11:05 pm »

http://192.146.148.33/Freeance/Client/PublicAccess1/index.html?appconfig=mcroutes
The above link is to a real rudimentary site.  It is made off of a GIS project I use to make printed maps of where I am traveling.  What it has are a whole bunch of great cycle roads but you may have to work a bit to figure out how to display them.  What it does have missing is N.Ga.  Not sure if I'll have the time to make it into a better product.
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« Reply #56 on: January 24, 2014, 02:22:43 pm »

Planning.

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« Reply #57 on: January 24, 2014, 05:25:50 pm »

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« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2014, 03:14:48 pm »

Jamie and I are IN for Nationals!  Banana Chili Just made reservations for Mon/Tue/Wed nights. Not sure when we're leaving yet but will post up closer to the event. I'm stoked to ride the whole BRP again on the way down (been several years), as well as ride Western NC/TN again. Woohoo!

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« Reply #59 on: March 16, 2014, 09:32:43 pm »

reservations made for mon, tue, and wed. Starting to plan routes. Looking at coming down through eastern KY for a change of scenery. Really looking forward to this. 3 days down, 2 days in the area and another 3 to get home.  Banana Chili
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