ok, as we proceed toward rally time, i am going to start posting some day rides.
these start and end at the rally site, and while i am not going to go long on route descriptions, each ride will come with a GPS route for you to download.
this is, imo, by far and away the best way to get you to the best local roads without having to write out tons of directions.
so, ride #1... a dual-sport ride *of course!*...
Other rides below:
- Virginia SuperTwisties 1
- Virginia SuperTwisties 2
- Country Roads 1
- The Snake and more
- Quickie Twisties
- Dual Sport Ride over Roan Mountain
- 3 state dual-sport adventure.
- Short Dual Sport
Dual Sport Ride over Roan Mountain - 219 miles that will flat wear you out (or at least the sides of your tires)
You'll find a teeny little road - Little Stony Creek Road - just off US321 on the south shore of Watauga.
up the hill, through the woods, over hill and dale to US19, just a touch east of Roan Mountain State Park.
TN143 south turns into NC261.
West on NC226 at Bakersville (you can bail back to the rally at this point if you've had enough... but it's just started to get good!)
South on NC226A/NC80.
Now *this* is a good road... a little bumpy, sometimes gravel, lawn clippings and other stuff, but wooo... nellie!
Go right on US19E, left on NC197... and you thought *NC80* was good???
It gets better as the road goes over the mountain, turns to gravel and goes down the hill.
In Dillingham turn left, right on NC2178 and go up the mountain on gravel into the parking lot at the Craggy Garden picnic spot.
Follow the access road to the BRP and go south on that for a bit, exit on Town Mountain road and catch I240 west to I26 north and return over Sam's Gap to the rally. Be sure to stop at the top and take in the view.
Trust me, at this point, you're going to love taking the slab back to the rally because you're going to be plum wore out!