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Offline sas mayhem

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Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« on: May 28, 2011, 04:19:19 pm »
and all day Saturday my girlfriend and I will be in the mountains.  Anything in the area that is a MUST see?  Hickory in about 3 hoursish from Deals gap (Tail of the Dragon). I hope to make it there on our outing.  Any advise or things to bring?  We will be driving in from Raleigh NC about 3 Hours due east of Hickory.

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Ron
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Offline gpzrocker

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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 10:34:40 pm »
Depends on how you roll and what you know. 321 will take you up to Boone, the Parkway will take you to 226A, 80, 181 is in there too. I can PM you the route that I did this weekend, all curves from 80. You can roll out to Hot Springs (motorcycle town) at the end of the route, 62 from there to Leisester (spelling). To put it simply, you can never make it to Deals and still have a good time, if you are all about riding.  Warning: some of these routes will wear you out, and are very very curve intensive.  You don't see Deals Gaps store on these routes.

Sightseeing is a different story. More sightseeing, lets look at 74A, 9, I have a great route on this, works better for a heavier bike. BRP is just fantastic for me, and can work a loop for you. But 74a/9 is lowland, heat can be a factor.

That Sunday is Thunder Sunday at Mountain Groove Baptist between of Hickory and Morganton. I will have a cool route out from there for all riders. PM me for details. Hundreds of bikes show up, very interesting church service.

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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2011, 10:39:47 pm »
But if you have never been to Deals, the Store is something to see, and good to eat at. Plus you can get official stickers/shirts there.

For pics on the bike 80 has Blind Kenny alot closer than the gap and they are shooting better pics than they did last year. For example two weeks ago:


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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2011, 10:42:01 pm »
Oh, and pack water. Never know when you need it. And keep 100 miles of gas in the tank for being careful.

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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 08:55:58 am »
I plan on heading out to Deals Gap and the surrounding area June 15 (mid week less traffic hopefully) and a friend sent me some links to some good day rides around deals gap.  I can send you the links if you want them.
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 02:02:51 pm »
Dang guys, that would be great.   :chugbeer:
Anything would be appreciated.

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Ron
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 02:38:26 pm »
Sightseeing is a different story. More sightseeing, lets look at 74A, 9, I have a great route on this, works better for a heavier bike. BRP is just fantastic for me, and can work a loop for you. But 74a/9 is lowland, heat can be a factor.

Well my g/f said if it's real hot she might like to sight see.  She does not know where we are going it's kinda of a surprise. 
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 03:39:23 pm »
http://www.openroadjourney.com/loadroute.asp?rid=4630

http://www.openroadjourney.com/loadroute.asp?rid=4629

Apprently you have to log in to get step by step directions but you can zoom in to get the roads. 
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 03:14:12 am »
A couple of good rides for sure, altbeit on the far side for Hickory.

You have PM, I know which way to go depending on weather. It's gonna be a loooooooong day though, start early!

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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 01:19:49 pm »
You have PM, I know which way to go depending on weather. It's gonna be a loooooooong day though, start early!

We plan on it,  we might stay an extra day and leave early Monday morning.
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 07:47:11 pm »
I'm heading down from Boston that week as well. Booking it to Chapel Hill for Sat, 6/11, but then on to the Dragon and then up the BRP.

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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 02:30:10 pm »
I'm heading down from Boston that week as well. Booking it to Chapel Hill for Sat, 6/11, but then on to the Dragon and then up the BRP.

We just might bump into each other... well soughtof.  ;)
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 05:08:24 pm »
Depending on my travel plans I'll see you if your still in the area around the 15th, my son graduates on the 11th or I'd make plans to tray and meet up and say howdy while you're in Chapel Hill.
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 08:16:22 pm »
Hey Jet....are you in the Fuquay Varina/Holly Springs area?  I met a Connie on the new loop/bypass around behind the Home Depot/Walmart area yesterday I think it was.  Just wondering if that was you?
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Re: Heading to Hickory NC on June 03......
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2011, 09:00:31 pm »
I'm betting it was, right around 11:30 or so.   
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