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On a beautiful fall day, I left my home near Etowah, NC this morning at 9:45 a.m. The temperature was about 55°F. The fog in our community was pretty thick. Here is a view across the road onto our golf course and you can see the fog. Morning Fog at 9-45 a.m..jpg Here is my bike ready to roll out. Ready to roll out.jpg

I took US64 west to US276 up to the BRP where I stopped briefly for a picture. Here are pictures from the BRP of the lowlands I had just come from. Lowland Fog back home from BRP.jpg Lowland Fog from BRP.jpg You can see the fog in some of the valleys. From the start of US276 to the end of the day, it was bright sunshine all day. Here is a picture from the BRP showing that the color is just beginning to form in the trees. We are still weeks away from peak color. Slight color in trees.jpg

I got back on US276 north and took it down to Canton. From there I took Crabtree Mt. Road north. This is a virtually unknown but great road. Lots of steep twisties with plenty of first gear turns. Here is a picture looking back at Canton, NC. Canton from Crabtree Mt. Road.jpg The large paper mill is the source of all the steam from the stacks. My only companion on this ride is shown at the top of the next picture also from Crabtree Mt. Rd. Crabtree Mt. Road with Moon.jpg The moon stayed with me the whole day. Here is a sign on Crabtree Mt. Road showing how twisty it is Sign on Crabtree Mt. Road.jpg and another pic from this road. Crabtree Mt. Road.jpg At the end of Crabtree Mt. Road, I got on NC209 north (known as the Rattler) but only took this to Trust, NC. Here is the little store and popular bike stop in Trust. Trust Gen Store.jpg

To be continued in next post.
 

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From Trust, NC I took NC63 E/SE to 1107/1600/Sandy Mush Rd. and then NE to the tiny town of Marshall. Here is a cool little barn on Sandy Mush Rd. as well as another pic from that road. Roadside barn.jpg Sandy Mush Rd..jpg Here is a picture of the French Broad River as I entered Marshall and another picture showing the county seat building in Marshall. French Broad in Marshall, NC.jpg Marshall, NC.jpg

From there it was US25 NW to NC208 which is another twisty road. Here is the sign showing that at the start of NC208. NC208 Sign in Hurricane, NC.jpg I then took NC212 which becomes TN352 at the border. TN State Line Sign.jpg From there I went under I26 and got on US19W. Here is the sign at the entrance to US19W. Entrance to 19W.jpg Certainly this suggested a good road lay ahead. I had never been on this road but highly recommend it. Beautiful ride along a creek/river most of the way with plenty of twisties and elevation change also. On this road I went back into NC. NC State Line Sign on US19W.jpg I then went west on US19 to I26 south and headed back home via US280 into the SE edge of Brevard and then east on US64. I stopped at a nice little bar in Brevard for a snack and a cold brew (Elysian Space Dust IPA – very tasty and a chicken flat bread with Indian spices - also very tasty). Sorry no pics.

Overall, I rode for 235 miles. I was gone for about 6.5 hrs and was in the saddle for 5 hrs-23 minutes. According the trip odometer info, my average speed while riding was 46.1 mph and my average fuel economy was 43.9 mpg (I do not believe this as my hand calculations are more like 39 mpg). The temperature when I left home was 53 F and I was in chaps, sweatshirt, a lightweight but insulated jacket, and full finger gloves. About 1:00 it was up to 73 F and I switched to my warm weather gear of t-shirt, vest, half-finger gloves, and removed the chaps.

It was a great ride and probably my last long ride of the season in NC. We head to Florida for the ~6 months of winter in about a week.
 

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Vinish, I may have passed you if you rode yesterday. I was on some of those same roads!
 

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I rode on Wednesday but am certain that I did not pass a Victory Cross Country. I would have recognized the fairing coming at me. Is that what you ride? I cannot see the front of your bike in your avatar picture. If it was a victory Cross bike without a fairing, could have missed seeing that.
 

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Sig says it all, Cross Roads. Wouldn't have mattered, I was in my work truck.
 

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Ahh, ok. I was on my red XCT but did not have the trunk on it.
 

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Look like you had a beautiful ride
 

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We were scheduled to leave for the Cashiers area Saturday 10/10/20. Our eyes have been on the weather for about a week, with that hurricane and fronts. Thursday we had to make the call, had to cage it. Dang it, but 2 days travel in rain and rain also 50% or better most of the week it just made sense. I'll be danged SAturday we hit maybe 40 min of rain. Sunday was rainy most of day, but the rest of the week is looking great. Booo and no bike.
But around here driving today the colors are out nicely.
 
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