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Offline bbroj

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First time in Western North Carolina
« on: April 08, 2012, 03:58:42 pm »
I have been living in the Durham, NC area for a few (3) weeks now. This being Easter weekend and me being away from my family until we sell the house in NY, I wanted to do something, preferably with family. I have a nephew I have not seen in several years who lives in Asheville, NC, about 4 hours to the west. I contacted him and made the arrangements, we were both excited about getting together. I decided to tell my GPS to "avoid highways" and take a longer, more scenic route. If this is an example of the roads in WNC, I will be visiting often! I ended up on NC 64 and NC 9, if anyone is familiar with them. I am not a particularly agressive rider, but I never knew you could get the bike heeled over so far and have so much fun at 35mph! My nephew and his girlfriend are in a band (the Honeycutters, check them out if you like country music at http://www.thehoneycutters.com/ ) and I got to see my nephew play, but not his band. He hires himself out to other bands in need of a lead guitarist when it doesn't interfere with the Honeycutters schedule, he's good! I got to sample just a few of the roads in the area by pure chance, I can't wait to go there for the purpose of exploring more of them! A few pics of the area, many will recognize some landmarks..

http://pix.kg/p/989396144214%3A99848768/sct
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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012, 07:59:39 pm »
Sounds like a kicka$$ Easter. Pretty nice riding up that way, what do ya think.

You should consider joining us in Suches from the 19th/22nd of April. There are already 50 signed up, will prolly get 60-70 showing up. One of the contingents from down here is heading up at 0 dark 30 on the 19th. It's only about 350 miles over for ya. Details:

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,29764.0.html

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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 04:01:42 am »
Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. The waterfall in #5 and 6? Featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans. The old hotel across from the lake? Dirty Dancing.

The road that I find to be best for visitors. That and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

And yep, some of the best slow roads in the world I believe are in the Appalachian mountains.

Need to know some more great roads, give me a holler.

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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 04:41:49 am »
Simply looking at a Google map of the area, there seems to be no shortage of great roads! I hope to be able to visit my nephew often! I'm all ears if you have suggestions...
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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 07:47:54 pm »
Narrow it down: make an X with 40 and 26.  Each has its own set of roads. I am located in the north(ish) 40 and east(ish) of 26 quarter, near The diamondback and NC80.

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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012, 05:05:23 pm »
Looks like you took in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Park. Come back and hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Dragon!
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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 06:10:48 pm »
Passed thruogh more than "took in". I would love, and am really looking forward, to spending more time exploring the area. Having a nephew in the area is a good excuse to visit the area on a repetitive schedule  ::), like I need an excuse!
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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 07:32:44 pm »
You might like this road:

http://www.wayahroad.com/

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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012, 07:51:53 pm »
Nice. When I started looking for work in NC, Franklin was among the towns/areas I was looking at. As much as I would have loved to have landed a job there, the opportunities were less than spectacular for the rest of the family. There were other issues as well, housing costs and medical services in the areas I was looking at were also not great. So I will have to deal with needing to travel a few hours to get there, and maybe crashing on my nephew's couch (well worth it  ;D) for a weekend of exploring NC's finest roads.
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Re: First time in Western North Carolina
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 08:29:47 pm »
You're a heckuva lot closer than I am. Enjoy.
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