clogan, sorry just seeing this. It was a short trip this year...........
It was great riding in the fall colors again during Hanging Dog! This was to be a short trip for me........ Harvickdaman29, his friend Ron, and I rode to camp Friday morning. When we got there, some of the guys were finishing up some biscuits and they told me Jerry Atrick was having some bike issues............so we went to set up camp, first.......
No view of the tent I set up but never slept in..............but here is Barbie!
Dave's bike had started fine the day before, when he was heading to camp, but this morning was a different story! After trying several avenues, the only way to get it started was to take out the plug and put fuel directly in! It was determined by people much more knowledgable than myself, that it was probably tight valves.
After getting Dave's bike road worthy, 3 of us go out on a pavement only day, while the other 4 go do some trails........maybe they got a few pics they can share soon.......... Here we are getting ready to head out!
The pavement dwellers plan was to take all back roads over to Andrews, take the beautiful Junaluska Rd. over to Wayah Rd. and head over towards Franklin. Check out how much water is let out of Nantahala Lake!!!!
As we head up the mountain, the ride was just Awesome!!! As we passed the southern end of FS 711, I saw that it had fresh black top!!! I had remembered someone talking about the new pavement back at TDP, so we turned around and checked out the new look! I have always been jealous of people that had ridden this road back when it was new and before it's decay........the only thing that kept us from ripping throught the curves was all the leaves on the road............the fresh pavement ended near the overlook, so we turned around and went to finish our ride!
My phone/camera battery went dead about this time..............but the rest of my party has pics of the rest of our ride..........we hit the super twisty Hwy 28 over towards Bryson City, were I took the boys on the Road to Nowhere. They had never been there, and we got to walk throught the abandoned 1300ft tunnel. They got plenty of pics here...........afterward we headed back to camp for some burgers and dogs!!!! Thanks, Crawford's Campground!!!!! Normally I take pics of food, but the phone was a charging.................after supper, the 9 of us (Randall and Jason came in that evening) had a great time around the campfire! I wish I had my camera.......because I missed a great shot of Dave dozing off by the warm fire! Not sure if the boys ran him ragged that day or if the liquid in his cup had something to do with it!
Dave offered one of the twin beds in his cabin to me.......so I slept on a nice bed for the night!!!! The next morning, his bike was still upset with him............
Here is a group shot Sat. morning before heading out! Somehow, Randall snuck out of the shot........ Jason (AdventureFinder) is the newest addition to our group......he brought up the family (wife and 7 month old) in the RV! Great times!!