Archive for November 2009
Just updated all the copyrights. Yikes, those fees add up! How about some maps for Christmas gifts? http://ping.fm/5bkLo
A motorcycle video teaser of one of NC’s classic rides, NC 209. A work in progress, enjoy, dream, make your plans – http://wp.me/pHevq-Q
There are many well-known classic motorcycle rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They draw millions of riders every year to come enjoy them, and they are well worth the trip. Roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Tail of the Dragon, the Cherohala Skyway, Blood Mountain, The Snake, Roan Mountain, and others are classic rides.
What few visitors realize is these are only a small sample of the wealth of fabulous two lane mountain roads which carve through the scenic hills. There are many, many more which are too often overlooked. I know, I’ve mapped more than 3000 miles of the best of them. One visit can barely scratch the surface.
Through the winter I’m going to try to highlight some of these little known classics, of which NC 209 is one. Winter filming has its challenges. The sun is much lower in the sky and days are short. Not everyone is up to facing the cool temperatures. The roads will soon be littered with salt, sand, and gravel as the snows come and go. I can’t predict just how long this project may take, but I’ll stay on it.
In the mean time I’ve thrown together a short teaser of some of the footage I’ve shot so far to give you an idea of what’s coming and inspire you to come ride it for yourself once spring comes. It’s really just around the bend. This road leads to many others, some even better. There’s enough to fill a season of riding and never see the same road twice. Enjoy, dream, plan. There’s no better riding anywhere.
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Young riders pick a destination and go… Old riders pick a direction and go.
- Author Unknown.
Trust your instincts and feelings when exploring and you’ll often be rewarded. I’d passed by this road earlier in the day yet something drew me to circle back later and investigate it. Despite rain and the failing light near the end of the day, I backtracked and was rewarded with one of the most beautiful rides of the trip. It was worth it.
Roaring Run Road in Virginia is just a short ride, a little more than 4 miles long, but it was so nice I stopped for a photo to share with you. It was probably once just a remote and rugged forest road over a ridge, but it had been recently paved with clean smooth asphalt that maintains the curvy character you see here for its length as it follows the course of a mountain stream. It goes from nowhere to nowhere, but it’s the kind of places I’m always looking for.
This road and many others like it are found on America Rides Map “Great Rides Near the Start of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia“.
ABC News visits one of NC’s classic motorcycle rides – Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap – http://ping.fm/3vnvV
Awesome motorcycle riding this afternoon in the North Carolina mountains. What a beautiful day. Shot video of one of our classic rides.
Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.
Ahh, one of my favorite backwoods twisties, Charlie’s Creek Road. My wife calls it “the most dangerous road we ride” and you can click through the link to read more about it in one of my other blogs. The “Tail of the Dragon” is tame in comparison. It’s predictable. Charlie’s Creek Road throws everyhting at you, tempting you to roll harder on the throttle then throwing it right back in your face if you give in too freely. Can’t get enough of roads like this and it’s not hard to. It’s part of a 100 mile loop I love which keeps you on the edge of your tires the entire time.
You find this road and the others in the loop on America Rides Maps “The Best Roads South of Great Smoky Mountains National Park – EAST“, a.k.a. the waterfall map, and it’s just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the time to check it out when you’re coming this way.