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xx PAULRIDES, Oct 30 - Sharps Chapel, 1%'ers Neighborhood and Best Fall Color
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Yesterday at 08:43:53 PM by PAULRIDES
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Randy and Jackie expressed interest in a THU ride from my first E Mail. I finally set a plan (WED after return from Betty's Church Dinner) and sent E Mail to Randy & Jackson about 8:30PM.
 
Randy got the E Mail and agreed to meet at McD (Exit 407). Jackie did not get the E Mail - I called him about 9:30AM and he was going to ride up the MTN with his BIG CAMERA to stop and take pictures. He switched plans and met us at MCD for 11AM depart.
 
The ride destination was Sharps Chapel to do a few favorite roads and stop at lakeside grill for a late lunch. Our FIRST BREAK stop was on a favorite RIDGE (about 1 1/2 HR into the trip) for pictures.
 
Jackie got to use his BIG CAMERA (Anyone that has a big Bike & Camera also needs a little Bike & Camera  -- once said by a famous philosopher   Evil )  Good stop for my camera also as I found out my Memory Card was set on lock (so, no pictures up to that point - just as well because plenty of good places for pictures after).
 
I do think we lucked into the best Fall Color I have seen this year (lucked because this was an unplanned ride to an extent). Anyway, when we did the 1%'ers Neighborhood, I decided to do the other side of it ( a loop that I have only done once before as I thought the road was not that great). Glad we did it as road is a fun ride and we saw the more Fall Color.
 
I did make one wrong turn (soon realized the road was not going to take us out, but it was a fun ride with  more color and I went on). Ended up at a 'Y" with a road to the left and one to the right that both said Dead End (As Randy Pointed Out) HA!
 
Anyway, we did two other stops (one at the little store for Ice Cream Sandwich and look around, then a short run latter at Lakeside Grill (All ended up with Omelettes for lunch - me too and took my snacks back home).

First Stop on the Ridge (Panorama View) and then part of the road down from the ridge to Leatherwood Church.
Then the store for Icve Cream and teh store for late lunch.
Then the 1%'ers and the Fall Color Road.
Couple more road loops and headed home. 

xx PAULRIDES, Oct 26,27,28 - Camp (Van) & Haul/Ride Scooter Harrison Bay SP
PAULRIDES
Yesterday at 06:00:30 PM by PAULRIDES
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Harrison Bay State Park is located about 10 miles just NW of Downtown Chattanooga (CHAT'). One problem with that is the routes to West, SW, NW all require a bit (say 15 miles roughly) of local traffic and major roads getting around outskirts of Chat'. Not a big problem, but you can't just jump on some good backroads and ride.    Anyway, I had three good rides (about 751 miles total in TN, AL, GA). One full day (Monday) of 340 miles that had a lot of valley fog getting around Chat'. But, clear in the MTNs and Ridges.

Did some new roads, saw some some new things and of course some old roads and things I had seen before. I had been camped near BARBER for 4 nights (did races one day and rdies the rest), so the second day ride (MONDAY) tok me into AL where I had been before (Little River Canyon, that is worth riding again anytime). I skipped the usual Chat' attractions (Lookout Mtn, Ruby Falls, RR, etc.).

First Day -- Drive to Camp and Ride Afternoon (SUNDAY).
 
I made it to Harrison Bay SP at about 10:15AM, got camp site established enough that I could leave on a ride at about 12:15PM. I finished camp set up when I got back from ride at 7PM.
 
Nice surprise was -- SR Discount camping down to $15 a night (plus tax - something like $49.xx for the three nights) and nice campsite with apparently decent WIFI.
 
The main destination for SUN Ride was Rock Island State Park (See Twin Falls). By the way -- The water for Twin Falls comes from a nearby river (travels underground from the river and dumps out of the side of a cliff). So, even though it has been dry, the falls had plenty of water.
 
A bonus was Greeter Falls, I saw a sign for it off of Hwy 56 (I think it was Hwy 56) and decided to turn around and go back to see if it was easily accessible (time problem).

It was a beautiful day about mid 70s most of the day, EXCEPT ONE STRANGE VALLEY. I saw valley fog from distance on a wide four lane, and thought this may be a problem. Visibility was not a problem, but there was fog and the temperature dropped from about 75F to 64F by the time I got to valley floor. I stopped and put my wind breaker on under the Mesh Summer Jacket, then came out of the valley and was soon back to mid 70s and no fog.  
 
Varying road types - mostly faster cruising two and four lane and just a few good backroads (Paul Roads), but a good deal of Mtn Roads (up, up, up and then down, down, down). I think most were when crossing the range that is part of signal mountain or while going up to the Cumberland plateau. Anyway, there were a couple of dandies (Hwy 27 / 108 come to mind, and I think 56 also had some good areas). One dandy was not a major Hwy (forget the name of it).
 
Anyway, all is well so far - no crashes or breakdowns.

        

xx whats for lunch?
gl1dinorider
October 30, 2014, 11:18:09 AM by gl1dinorider
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Mmmmmm, eggs and peppers...

 

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