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Apr 22, 2019 - Horse cove cg

We drove up from N. Georgia into NC and drove into Otto to try to find where we first lived 37 years ago. We didn't find it but at least found the right road. We kept going through the Nantahala forest and came back to Horse cove cg where we've stayed before. The upper loop was closed due to water problems. We stayed on the main road right next to the roaring creek- perfect!

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Sep 4, 2016 - Joyce-Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness

Sunday morning, we headed north on US-129. Almost in Tennessee, we turned left on FSR-62 and drove towards the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. In about 7 miles on this long gravel road, we parked at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead and started hiking down the Big Fat Trail (#41). This trail is excessively steep, following Big Fat Branch downstream – no switchbacks, just straight down. And it would be straight up on the way back, I thought to myself. In about a mile, the trail flattened out as it approached Slickrock Creek. We made a left turn...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Snowbird Backcountry Area

Saturday morning, we woke up early and had breakfast and then headed to the Snowbird Backcountry Area in Nantahala National Forest. A few of the roadside campgrounds along FSR-75 were occupied and there was one other vehicle at the trailhead, but for the most part, we didn’t see any else in the area. After getting our stuff together, we began hiking down Big Snowbird Trail (#64). This trail follows an old road bed and is a very pleasant trail. In about 2.5 miles, we reached the “gangster” car – an old rusty vehicle with numerous bullet...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Joyce Kilmer Wilderness

Sunday morning, we broke camp and headed to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. After parking, we did a quick hike along the lower loop of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Loop Trail (#43). The forest is named for the poet Joyce Kilmer who died in combat during World War I. His famous poem “Trees” seemed so appropriate in this beautiful old-growth forest. The trail crosses Little Santeetlah Creek on a footbridge with great views of the creek. Then we headed up to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial at the point where the two loops meet. We then finished up the loop...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Snowbird Creek

Friday morning, we broke camp, and headed towards the Snowbird Backcountry Area in the Cheoah Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest. From US-129, we turned onto NC-143 passing Santeetlah Lake and turning on Snowbird Road and then Big Snowbird Road. Eventually, this road becomes gravel Forest Service Road 75 and ends at the trailhead. Along the way, we passed an extremely large hunting party - around 15 or so trucks and probably 30 to 50 hunters. They had to move a couple of their trucks so we could get by and while passing, I noticed...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Week 4 update; Touring the south

What fun! Spent some time with my brother in Florida, picked up Ann in Tallahassee on the 16th, then met with our friends, Doug and Barbara (D&B), in Alabama. Everyone is so polite in the south: 'Yes sir', 'no ma'am', 'Yes thanks Miss Ann', etc. God, country, family, neighbors.... are all very much part of the fabric of the bible belt. And they treat strangers like neighbors. You can barely travel a mile without either seeing an American flag or a church. D&B leave their house open and keys in the cars in case a neighbor needs something....

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Jul 13, 2010 - Crossville, TN to Robbinsville North Carolina

Crossville Tennessee to Robbinsville North Carolina 206 miles (total trip miles 6,503) It’s raining when we get up so we bum around and try to figure out what to do. If it’s going to rain all day we’ll find another hotel with a pool and relax for the day. First I want to get an oil change, the last 3,500 miles have been hot and hard on the bike and I would feel better getting the bike serviced. We drive to the Harley shop 30 miles west on Route 40 to Cookeville and get the oil changed, we have a slight drizzle most of the way there, it...

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