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post #1 of 15 Old 10-09-2016, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tatham Gap/Gravel Dragon - Oct 11

I plan to ride Tatham Gap Tuesday morning if anyone wishes to join me in Robbinsville, NC.

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-10-2016, 09:38 PM
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I'd love to, but I'm working...You ever free on weekends? PM me if you like. I wanna ride in that area before it gets too cold.
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Yep, am often free on wknds. Definitely a good riding location. Don't go on the Tail of the Dragon on wknds though...no fun and too many crazies.
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Just south of Robbinsville on 1113/114 is a circular structure that looks like a meteor strike or a volcanoe vent.
When looking at the google image of the road, seems like Darrel and his other brother Darrell live there. I swear i could hear banjo music. Y'all be careful in the woods.
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Notacop, is OK...I like banjo music! :-) I'll look for that structure.
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OK, travelled the road North to South (Robbinsville to Andrews) this morning. Fairly well maintained gravel road in the National Forest that goes up and over over a ridge. Is about 9 miles. Highest point (in the gap) is about 3600 feet. Robbinsville is at about 2000 feet so it is a decent climb. Steep in places but I think it would be a walk in the park for dual sport riders with experience.

Did almost all the gravel trip in 2d gear, taking it at about 15-20 mph. I'm a novice gravel rider and have about a year and 8000 miles on the DL650. Went too slowly on an uphill turn, killed the engine, dumped the bike. Drug it around perpendicular to the slope to right it, then pressed on up the ridge. Another scratch or two on the beast.

Am glad I did the trip. Weather was unpleasantly cold (40 degrees F) on the ride out, but very nice after 9:00am. Colors are changing in the mountains and it was absolutely gorgeous in the sunlight! US 74 by the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers is a nice pavement ride.
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Mandatory photo of my 2014 DL650 on the road. Yep, I know I should not have parked it on a slight downhill without a chock in place! The road has a lot of quarter-sized gravel on most of it, not thick, but enough to make it very uncomfortable for some folks. There is almost nothing on the road. I assume it is maintained for its historical significance and to provide fire fighting access to the ridge.
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Is this an annual (or monthly) event? I should be around there next spring or fall.
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OK, travelled the road North to South (Robbinsville to Andrews) this morning. Fairly well maintained gravel road in the National Forest that goes up and over over a ridge. Is about 9 miles. Highest point (in the gap) is about 3600 feet. Robbinsville is at about 2000 feet so it is a decent climb. Steep in places but I think it would be a walk in the park for dual sport riders with experience.

Did almost all the gravel trip in 2d gear, taking it at about 15-20 mph. I'm a novice gravel rider and have about a year and 8000 miles on the DL650. Went too slowly on an uphill turn, killed the engine, dumped the bike. Drug it around perpendicular to the slope to right it, then pressed on up the ridge. Another scratch or two on the beast.

Am glad I did the trip. Weather was unpleasantly cold (40 degrees F) on the ride out, but very nice after 9:00am. Colors are changing in the mountains and it was absolutely gorgeous in the sunlight! US 74 by the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers is a nice pavement ride.
Go on the Cherohala Skyway and look for a waterfall - Bear something or another. The road going in forks - I think the left fork goes to a recreational riding area - you can go practice your offroad woodsy skillz there.
Indian Boundary lake has some nice little roads that go all around and very little traffic.
Joyce Kilmer National Forest is by there - they have some of the old growth there. We measured around an oak there and it took 9 or 10 of us touching fingertips to encircle it. Impressive big ass trees. You can go via Robbinsville over to NC and take back roads to Occoee which has some nice roads and scenery - maybe even go down to Chattanooga and head out the back roads off Lookout Mtn.
So many nice rides there. You can take I-24 to Monteagle and head off the back road to Tracey City- more than a few waterfalls worth seeing, notably Fall Creek Falls which is some nice scenic riding.
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"without a chock in place!"

That's why lots of folks but a pricey wide foot on the side stand or a DIY bit of plastic or metal.
Much less worry about where you park.
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