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 Post subject: Mt Mitchell Trip.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:02 pm 
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Well, I didn't actually ride to Mt. Mitchell, NC, but I was close. I originally planned a 4 day weekend, but it ended up whittled down to one night. Some high school buddies who I haven't seen in 40 years have an annual camping trip to Briar Bottom Campground which is at the base of Mt. Mitchell. I've been invited, but unable to go. This year the stars aligned and I attempted the trip. A supposedly bad storm front was supposed to go through Friday, so I delayed departure to Saturday. I rode the DR on backroads and some I-40 to Marion, NC, then I found Old Highway 105. Hard to believe this was once a highway. About 13 miles of ruts, washboard, and some pretty steep switch backs for this inexperience rider. Glad I was on the DR. Several times I found myself in the wrong gear on the switch backs and afraid I'd stall and then be on the ground, but the DR just chugged along, accelerating despite my incompetence.

105 runs along the edge of Linville Gorge, which is a wilderness area and quite rough. Hikers die in there from time to time. It is also quite stunning visually. I was able to get a few pics from outcrops.

I camped with my buds and did some catching up. The temps that night really dropped and I thought I was prepared...but jiminy. I didn't sleep much that night. I had thought about doing some exploring, but I was cold and tired and decided to head home via the long way...avoiding the interstate. I was still cold, but not unbearably. Finally started warming up once I was into the piedmont section of the state. Still a good trip and added a little to my minimal off road experience.

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 Post subject: Re: Mt Mitchell Trip.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:36 pm 
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Looks like you had a nice ride.. Now you have a better idea what you need and don't need..

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 Post subject: Re: Mt Mitchell Trip.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:55 pm 
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Acme Zoom wrote:
Looks like you had a nice ride.. Now you have a better idea what you need and don't need..



I need to learn how to ride in the dirt.

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 Post subject: Re: Mt Mitchell Trip.
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drdubb wrote:
Acme Zoom wrote:
Looks like you had a nice ride.. Now you have a better idea what you need and don't need..



I need to learn how to ride in the dirt.

Zip tie the throttle wide open and clutch it in the turns :biggrin:

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 Post subject: Re: Mt Mitchell Trip.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:12 pm 
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I'll try that technique tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Mt Mitchell Trip.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:26 pm 
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I made pretty much the same ride last fall. Fortunately I live in Burke County and Mt Mitchell and the BRP are a short ride away. I have done a lot of exploring on the back gravel roads of Brown Mountain and surrounding areas. If you get back this way, if you haven't already, you need ride Brown Mountain. Edgemont Rd, Pineola Rd, Rosewood Rd, NC 90 are just wonderful rides. Ride Safe!!!!


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