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Glitch
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

See, this area is clearly magic.
Truth!
Most of my firsts were in those there mountains!
~Proud Native
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Pwnzor
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 02:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Congratulations Froggy!

Looks like you'll be the king of your own castle soon as well!

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Hughlysses
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, I just had a first about an hour ago. I decided to take NC 80/Buck Creek Road down from the Parkway. I figured I could check out the uphill traffic on my way down, and turn around and go back up if it looked like I could have a clear run. Well, about 2 or 3 miles down the mountain, I met some moron in an 18 wheeler headed up. He had a line of about 8 cars following him as he crawled up the mountain. I doubt it is physically possible to get that rig around some of the steep switchbacks near the top. He may be stuck there right now. At any rate, I was glad I didn't meet him in a wistful section, and I took a different route back to the hotel.
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Glitch
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 04:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I decided to take NC 80/Buck Creek Road down from the Parkway.
That would have been an awesome ride.
I rode that from the lake house on Lake Tahoma up to the top and back many many times,
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 04:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Congrats Frog and Frogette!
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Etennuly
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Congrats Frank! Sorry my time was cut short. I barely got to harass you!

Let's go WV to try again. I would like to properly meet your lady. Good on you!
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86129squids
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 07:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"I met some moron in an 18 wheeler headed up. He had a line of about 8 cars following him as he crawled up the mountain. I doubt it is physically possible to get that rig around some of the steep switchbacks near the top. He may be stuck there right now."

Many times whilst doing Deal's Gap, before the state rightly banned the big rigs, I'd see them doing their best to get through... myself and several of the sportbike regulars got in the habit of escorting them through. Often it'd be a noob who had been told A to B by their dispatcher, and... YEEHAAA!! Past Tabcat bridge, they were doomed.

I remember one guy who just stopped at the NC/TN line going south, eyes big as saucers, he jumped out of the cab and asked me "HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS IS THERE?!?!" I said just get below the next dam, it'll get a lot better. Another guy pulled over at the store and got him a Dragon sticker. Somewhere out there on the interwebz there's a sequence of photos where an 18 wheeler appears to disappear going through Gravity Cavity going north... dang that's spooky.

Glad they're banned now. Just wish we could ban aisshats, 2 or 4 wheel now. I don't go there unless I have to, or to enjoy, winter on a warmer day is nice.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm pretty sure there were two guys in the cab of this truck. They had to ignore a lot of warning signs to go up that road. The big difference in NC-80 ("the Devil's Whip") and the Dragon is grade. 80 climbs 2000 feet in elevation from just outside of Marion to the Blue Ridge Parkway. That truck was probably on its knees at 5 MPH max for the last ~2 miles in first gear with the accelerator on the floor. Many of these sharp curves are completely blind, so if somebody didn't run into them, it was a miracle.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow, I saw the hint last night and had ZERO idea.
Congrats Frank, hope this is the ONE!

Damn... I been married 3 times to find the right one.
Coming up on 12 years, double either of the first 2......

Z
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Froggy
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thank you for the well wishes guys. Currently I am in the middle of VA traveling home after a long but fantastic week in the alps, right now Mrs. Frog is driving. I got confirmation from my real estate agent that the place is ours, well it is a rental home so it isn't really ours but whatever. I'll post more details tonight.

I think Hugh is enjoying retirement too much, I think he isn't leaving the Inn anytime soon.
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Glitch
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Congrats on the house too!
I didn't know about that.
Good starts are the best starts.
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Buellerxt
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Congratulations, Froggy! I wish you and your gal nothing but the absolute best and I hope that new home surpasses your expectations. I hope to meet you someday, Froggy. You were a great help to me when I got my Uly years ago, along with others, and I've enjoyed being part of, and now following (my Uly's gone : ( ), the Badweb group. The very best to you.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2017 - 03:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, we're back in SC and recovering from our longest vacation ever. It was great to see all who made it. Sorry some had to leave early and some had to cancel, but it was still a good meet.

I'll try to get t-shirts in the mail this week. I have a few extra if anyone wants one: $15 each plus shipping.

BTW, did anyone else spot Bigfoot while they were out riding?

http://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national /article165803462.html

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86129squids
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2017 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

One time my GF and her buddy were returning from Tunica on I40 after dark, heading east down from Crossville TN and the plateau- they SWEAR they saw something like Sasquatch cross the highway out there. Scared my GF so bad she had to drive about 40-45 for several miles.

Now, neither my GF or her buddy are prone to stating wacky stuff like that, but hey, they did. I'll say that that particular stretch of I40 is pretty desolate, would make a great skunk-ape habitat.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 01:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

T-shirts mailed out to Sifo and Pwnzor this morning. I still have several extras if anyone's interested (M, L, and XL). $15 each plus postage (no profit to me).


BITA 7
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Got my shirts yesterday... they look great! Thanks again.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You're welcome, Matthew. Sorry you couldn't make it this year.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nobody is more sorry than me... maybe my bike.

The poor girl feels forgotten, gathering dust in the garage.
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Sifo
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 03:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Shirts came in today. Thanks Hugh.
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