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post #1 of 23 Old 12-07-2008, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wnc/nga 12/14/08

Ok folks . I am longing for a ride in what is probably my 2nd most favorite place in the US to ride . Next Sunday , 12/14 is ' looking ' to be some good weather so I say I am tentitive on riding from the Highlands/Cashiers area to north Georgia and back .

The route is adjustable of course but here is my thought . Hwy 28 out of Highlands on to Warwoman Road to Clayton Ga . 76W out of Clayton towards Lake Burton on hwy 197 . On to Helen via SR356 , then hwy 348 ( The Richard B. Russell Hwy " woohoo " ) . Hit hwy 129 and shoot south to Turners Corner . Double back up hwy 129 to Blairsville ( You gotta run on down to Turners to get the full effect of that section of 129 ) . Lunch can usually be had at the Turners Corner Cafe . I'll call ahead and see if they are still open for the season .

From Blairsville we can take the short cut northern route back to make some quicker time getting back home . You folks in SC can pick out a southern route to shoot you back hom on from Blairsville if you so choose . The qucik and dirty , but really nice northern route back would be taking 76 all the way back to Clayton then up 243/106 into Highlands .

Hey , this ain't a rock solid route for us , but this is an AWESOME ride if you have never done it . Enough twisties to scramble your brains and tons and tons of long fast sweepers . All mountain backroads . You dirt dobbers can pick out some routes if you like on the way home . There are surely plenty of them . If you want dirt road on the way back east and have never done Burrells Ford Road , you might like that dirt road ride along the river getting home .


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p.s. If you wanna see the route on a map , lmk and I'll post one up so you can see the route I am thinking on . This will be roughly 200 mile round trip from Lake Toxaway as a rough on how far some will get to ride .


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post #2 of 23 Old 12-07-2008, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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For those of you who have never ridden these roads mentioned , I'll post up a vid or two .

Now look here ... I ain't no stinkin' speed demon so if yer expectin' knee draggin in the vids , you'll be bored a bit . BUT... the speeds in the vids are much faster then they apear . These vids are actually from my Versys .

YOutube deleted every single one of my vids , so I am having to re-upload them one at a time . So here is the 1st one until I get time to upload a couple more .

This is a short vid of Warwoman Road going the downhill direction . There is someon in the forum that can attest to the fact that this road can ger EXTREMELY exciting . I'll let him chime in and tell the story . LOL . Glad you're not hurt though .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoSGE2iN8Wg

As soon as it uploads , this is a vid of a short section of 129 headed south to Turnere Corner Cafe .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgO7vJkhLMk


This a vid of one of my fav roads , Richard B. Russell Scenic Hwy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshVenIORZ4

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Hey folks ......... We can do this Saturday instead of Sunday if it works better for folks . Doesn't matter to me for sure . I'll work on mapping it out so people can print a topo map and get a better look at it .




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Reservations are filling up fast on this one , better hurry and reserve yourself a slot !!!!! Yeah right , LOL . Looking like another fine opportuntiy for a solo ride to NGA .






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Go to Blue Ridge and then make your way to Morganton and Suches and on into Helen.
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Turners Corner is closed until Febuary. TWO is not far and has pretty decent food.

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Thanks Shep and ga-surveyor for the input . I was afraid Turners Corner Cafe would be closed . The last time I was there was dead in the middle of the gas crisis . Kind of funny too . They were closed that day and I am assuming that they were assuming business would be off due to gas shortages . The funny part ...... Me and my riding bud were there right at noon and we stood under the apron of the cafe with ( I kid you not ) about 20 riders who had ridden there just to eat in rebellion of the gas crunch . We ended up eating at some place popular with the locals in Blairsville . Can't remember the name of it but a little country kitchen sort of place . The food was mediocre at best but din't go hungry which was the good news . the better news was that we found gas . LOL


I really like the ride over to Suches but with the time limits it is just a bit to far over the edge , I think . LOL You guys should meet up with us . Looks like there might be one other taker at this point . He just hasn't posted up yet . Gotta get kitchen pass points between now and then I am sure . LOL
We won't be blistering the roads . Just be in tour and see the sights mode is all .

I gotta tell ya , you north Ga guys make me pretty jealous of your riding territory . Folks say we have some of the best in the country here , but I like the NGA area second best in the US to the Southwestern states . .



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PO -- Please post the route. It sounds like a winner. Doubtful I can make it this weekend, but as new wee owner, this kind of ride is just what I'm looking for. THANKS!
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Hey Poke,
I'm here freezing in Asheville, wondering when my next ride will be...

Sounds like you have a good plan, although I don't trust the weather until I read the forecast the day before. At any rate, Sat or Sun will be good for me, the warmer the day the better.

If you're coming to the Adv dinner Thursday, then we can chat there.
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I am still in a sling from shoulder surgery so I am no able to ride for a while. Can't do much with it at the moment.
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