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Recommendations for NC routes?

#1 Unread post by SportsterKing » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:37 pm

I just moved to Chapel Hill area of NC right as the riding season ended and know NOTHING of the area. I'm looking to map out a few good routes to jump start the new season with and really explore the area. I'm TOTALLY doing the dragon for sure, but other local/backroads scenic stuff would be amazing too. I'm also always interested in meeting up with other riders in the area who are up for rides whenever possible. I have a Garmin Etrex Legend H GPS i just got for Xmas for riding but have no idea how to program it for rides yet so if you have suggestions on how to put routes in there that would be helpful too. Thanks a bunch.

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#2 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:57 pm

SportsterKing wrote: I'm TOTALLY doing the dragon for sure
Becareful on that road, from what I've read and posted about it, it's a really challenging route.

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#3 Unread post by SportsterKing » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:35 pm

Yes, that seems to be the FIRST thing everyone says when I mention doing the dragon lol. I've seen some of the videos, read the reports (and the number of fatalities). I am planning on doing it with some other seasoned riders (the more the merrier, btw) and taking it easy. No need to go blasting through the turns. I'd rather actually enjoy my scenery. I also just read a Backroads magazine article about another trail that's just as good or better called the Cheronala Skyway that also is at the border of NC/TN there very close by. The write up on it sounded AMAZING!!!!!
"...It winds up and over 5,400 feet of mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descends another 21 miles into deeply forested back country of Tennessee. The road crosses Cherokee and Nantahala national forests thus the name "Chero...Hala." (Backroads Magazine, www.backroadsusa.com, July 2010 issue, pg. 21) www.cherohala.com

Since the Dragon and Skyway are both a good 5 hours drive from my I want to take a nice ride out to the dragon, camp/room for the day and just leisurely explore the area and get some good rest and then hit these bad-boys back-to-back since they're soooooo close to each other. The article above was for their "Great All-American Diner Run" section and they recommended a place called the Prospecting Diner Company as a place for good eats that's definitely on the agenda.

Anyone interested in a good 2-day trip or, if you're in the area close enough already, joining us for some wicked riding one-day?

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#4 Unread post by badinfluence63 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:08 am

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#6 Unread post by 1poser » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:31 pm

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#7 Unread post by JamieC » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:59 pm

If you need some suggestions on places to ride in the NC area, I work with Competition Accessories and we actually did a blog post recently that might help. Check it out, the top 20 roads in the Southeast: http://blog.compacc.com/2011/07/top-20- ... -southeast

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#8 Unread post by gerjets » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:49 pm

Sounds like you've got some decent ideas already...I'll put in my two cents :-)

First off, I haven't ridden in NC, but have definitely spent some time there...

I don't believe there are many places in the US prettier than the Blue Ridge Mountains so, if it's me, I would map out a route or two and find my way there sometime in the fall. I'd also be carrying a camera!

For the past 15+ years, my family has spent a week in the Outer Banks every summer for family vacation. I know it's a ways from Chapel Hill but it if you've got the time, I believe it would be a great trip. I wasn't a fan of the ocean until we started going there.

I've also been to Morristown, TN several years running - not too far from you - and there are bound to be great mountain rides in the area. As a matter of fact, I bought my last bike in Morristown (quite a ways from Maryland!).

Good luck!

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#9 Unread post by SportsterKing » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:13 pm

I've been writing up some of my rides this past season around NC so if someone else is looking for suggestions you can read about them here http://sportsterking.wordpress.com

Once I get the scoot fixed I'm hoping to get more rides in before the season completely changes over. Otherwise I'm going to spend the winter season planning a ton of rides for the new spring season.

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Re: Recommendations for NC routes?

#10 Unread post by roady » Thu May 09, 2013 8:34 am

Hi Jude.
There's a couple of good rides in the area.

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