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    Hey Everybody!
    Let's talk about good road rides. This is the NC/SC forum not the 'Asheville/Brevard/Pisgah' forum so everyone IS invited to play along. What is your favorite local road ride? Post maps, descriptions, routes, etc. here.

    before the mileage/map/photo edit, here's my current favorite route:

    from Asheville->Town Mountain->Blue Ridge Parkway to Bull Gap->Ox Creek->Reems Creek->Hamburg Mountain to Weaverville->Weaver Blvd->Monticello->River->back to Asheville. Better known as the Ox Creek Plunge.

    alt: from Asheville->Kimberly->Beaverdam->Webb Cove (ooohhh aaahhh gravel) -> BRP....
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    I'd be interested to hear some good ones out of Brevard. I live right by "downtown." I think I have one figured out to go down to Pickens and back, climbing up Walnut Hollow Rd.

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    My favorite route is from Canton up 215 over the parkway to Rosman, left on 64 to Brevard, 276 up and over the parkway back to Canton. About 78 miles and some of the longest climbs around WNC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruso414
    My favorite route is from Canton up 215 over the parkway to Rosman, left on 64 to Brevard, 276 up and over the parkway back to Canton. About 78 miles and some of the longest climbs around WNC.
    Holy crap, you're a beast!

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    How long are you on Reems Creek, and how much traffic? The last time I rode down Ox Creek, I got to the T-interesection, saw 40 trucks fly by, chickened out and rode back up Ox Creek (ouch).

    Here in SC, we like to do a little loop called Marquis De Sade starting at North Greenville College. I'll try to find a link if anyone is interested. It can be modified to limit the sadism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb_daniel
    Holy crap, you're a beast!
    Not really. It's not nearly as hard as you think if you make it an all day ride. The grades are actually pretty tame except for the last 3 1/2 miles of the 276 climb to the parkway. Just past pinkbeds it starts getting a little steeper. One incredible descent all the way until you reach spingdale CC.

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    My son started school @ Western this year. We were coming up from Charlotte this fall to see him so I had my wife drop me off at the Arboretum and I rode the Parkway to Balsam where she picked me up @ Highway 23.That had to be one the best rides I ever had. The views on that part of the parkway are just awesome on both sides. I'll be coming back up there this spring for some more of that, even if I do it as a out and back, I see 276 and 215 on my map. Are those roads worth riding? I could make a nice loop if I used them. Also could I safely go all the way into Cullowee to Western if I went 215 to 281 to 107???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    My son started school @ Western this year. We were coming up from Charlotte this fall to see him so I had my wife drop me off at the Arboretum and I rode the Parkway to Balsam where she picked me up @ Highway 23.That had to be one the best rides I ever had. The views on that part of the parkway are just awesome on both sides. I'll be coming back up there this spring for some more of that, even if I do it as a out and back, I see 276 and 215 on my map. Are those roads worth riding? I could make a nice loop if I used them. Also could I safely go all the way into Cullowee to Western if I went 215 to 281 to 107???

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    215 has almost no traffic once you get past sunburst campground all the way to Rosman. Once you get on 64 towards Brevard you will meet the most traffic of the entire loop but once you turn left on 276, you will see a decrease in traffic unless you are in prime tourist season. If you want to know specifics on the Cullowee route to Western, pm me and I will give the email address of a woman I ride with a lot. She has taken me on that route a few times but don't know if I can remember all the turns and I don't want to get you lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick
    How long are you on Reems Creek, and how much traffic? The last time I rode down Ox Creek, I got to the T-interesection, saw 40 trucks fly by, chickened out and rode back up Ox Creek (ouch).
    You're not on Reems Creek very long if you take the right onto Hamburg Mtn. Maybe 2-3 miles? The truck traffic hasn't been a problem since the new big housing development was finished. It's actually quite pleasant. I've found that on this route River Rd is the part that requires the hardest nerves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by litespeedchick
    Here in SC, we like to do a little loop called Marquis De Sade starting at North Greenville College. I'll try to find a link if anyone is interested. It can be modified to limit the sadism.
    Link http://hubpages.com/hub/Marquis-de-S...elds-Ride-2010

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    Less aggressive all pavement putz in Bent Creek.

    Works best of you know a local or you can start from the Community Park. Basing this route from my house:

    Take a fast downhill on Donnybrook and hit every street in the neighborhood. If feeling frisky and short on time, do the same route backwards/forwards a few times. If conditions are dry - hit the park cycling loop in the dry lake bed.

    Yes, there used to be a lake here. (MB65 point credit for posting an old BC photo)

    If you need more, take an either/or on Bent Creek Ranch Road to access the Parkway and Arboretum. Wander around awhile. End with the big hill that takes you to the back service entrance of the Arboretum and Wesley Branch Rd. Go right.

    (long story)

    Return to to the Bent Creek neighborhood. Ride to the very top of Donnybrook in your big ring. Return to your original starting point, relax, a bit and then go to Papas & Beer.

    Your mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    My son started school @ Western this year. We were coming up from Charlotte this fall to see him so I had my wife drop me off at the Arboretum and I rode the Parkway to Balsam where she picked me up @ Highway 23.That had to be one the best rides I ever had. The views on that part of the parkway are just awesome on both sides. I'll be coming back up there this spring for some more of that, even if I do it as a out and back, I see 276 and 215 on my map. Are those roads worth riding? I could make a nice loop if I used them. Also could I safely go all the way into Cullowee to Western if I went 215 to 281 to 107???

    Here is my route Route Linky, Any Chance of you guys postiing yours? You can use this service. "Bike Route Toaster"

    http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx
    If you can find the cue sheets for the Tour De Tuck full century route, it includes the directions for riding from the Parkway down 215 to Charleys Creek Road to 281 to 107. Charleys Creek Road has the rep. of being a tough ride with numerous steep climbs as it crosses several drainages as it works it way from 215 to 281.

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    Winston-Salem area

    Well, to be the first to chime in from my area, we have some great road riding in Winston-Salem. For lack of quality mountain bike trails within short driving distance, I have been riding the road quite a bit as of late. Most every good ride from our area involves a combination of the three monadnocks (Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, and Sauratown Mountain).
    Pilot Mountain

    View from the top, about 1300 feet above the Piedmont

    Moore's Wall, (Hanging Rock)

    Even the Roads between the three climbs are beautiful with views of the Blue Ridge in Virginia


    Every fall, my crew of riding friends has a casual-ish semi-organized ride around Winston, dubbed the CLM (city loop mafia) 100k. It involves three variations on what we call a, "city loop." It's one of my favorites because there's usually a pretty good crew of about 12-15 of us that show up, there's a great chili cook-off afterwards and it's all about the ride, and having fun:
    Sometimes we have some fans, and even a pro that show up

    The short, but steep, climbs in the West End always hurt

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    My favorite area to ride in is loops of roads around Fairview, Gerton, BatCave, Lake Lure, and Old Fort. There's a ton to do, but here's a relatively simple and hard loop.

    Park at Food Lion in Fairview.
    Right from Food Lion onto 74-A.
    Right onto Old Fort Road.
    Old Fort Road to Flat Creek Road.
    Right onto Flat Creek Road.
    Continue Straight at intersection with Garren Creek , road changes names, Moore Hill?
    Turn right across bridge
    Right onto Hwy 9.
    Right onto Hwy 74 at Bat Cave.
    Climb to Gerton
    Descend to right onto Sugar Hollow or Hill Road, it's gravel. Climb and descend.
    Right onto Hollywood road
    Left onto Garren Creek.
    Right onto Village Road at Stop sign
    Right onto 74-A back to Food Lion.
    You can do this from town using the Parkway and a little more 74-A, it's not bad for a "highway."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruso414
    Not really. It's not nearly as hard as you think if you make it an all day ride. The grades are actually pretty tame except for the last 3 1/2 miles of the 276 climb to the parkway. Just past pinkbeds it starts getting a little steeper. One incredible descent all the way until you reach spingdale CC.
    This is a great ride, but I do it from the south end - Tryon up to Rosman > 215 > cross Parkway > 276 > cross Parkway > stop at The Hub > say "screw riding back to Tryon" > go to D****z's house instead.

    One thing you really need to be careful of, though. You can't get beer on the the north side of the Parkway so you have to stop at the store in Rosman and hump tallboys up and over the Parkway twice. Also, you have to leave Tryon with plenty as well, because there's no convenience stores on Green River Road. Which is gravel if you're the sort of person to whine about that. Green's store on 25 is dry well. So is the pizza stop on 276. It's worth stopping though, so that you can throw up climbing the pitch on East Fork headed to Rosman.

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    Here is a 28 mile loop from my house, 30 if you do the Rich Mtn Tower out and back.
    The orange is road and the red is gravel.
    Cutting through Dupont at Quarry Rd is a shorter version and includes a nice piece of single track that hardly ever gets used, Cannon Creek. Weather permitting, of course.
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    A decent 2-3 hour pave/gravel ride for cross or mtb bike, (or road bike with 32s on)

    Park near the Hub (an early am start = less traffic for the 1st leg).
    Blaze 280 to Mills River
    Turn left onto North Mills River Rd, thru the campground onto Yellow Gap (1206)
    (If you are feeling frogy tack on 5000 to the parkway and back)
    Left onto 276
    Left onto 477
    Left onto 276 back to the Hub and cold beer or good food at "The Gate Keepers Table".

    There are many variable to this, like up 5000 to the parkway and then to 276, or, if the traffic on 191 does not bother you, go all the way to Bent Creek via 191 and take any option to 5000, to Yellow Gap to 276, etc. Heck, I have even thrown in Bennett Gap for a little single track fix to tide me over until the trails dry. It is much different on a cross bike.

    Thanks for the Pilot Mtn. pic froth14. A loop from Pilot to Hanging Rock through Stokes county is a favorite when I go visit family.

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    Pisgahrider, next time you're in the area, send me a PM if you want to tag along on one of our group rides. Always looking for more people to ride with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by froth14
    Well, to be the first to chime in from my area, we have some great road riding in Winston-Salem. For lack of quality mountain bike trails within short driving distance, I have been riding the road quite a bit as of late. Most every good ride from our area involves a combination of the three monadnocks (Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, and Sauratown Mountain).
    Pilot Mountain

    View from the top, about 1300 feet above the Piedmont

    Moore's Wall, (Hanging Rock)

    Even the Roads between the three climbs are beautiful with views of the Blue Ridge in Virginia


    Every fall, my crew of riding friends has a casual-ish semi-organized ride around Winston, dubbed the CLM (city loop mafia) 100k. It involves three variations on what we call a, "city loop." It's one of my favorites because there's usually a pretty good crew of about 12-15 of us that show up, there's a great chili cook-off afterwards and it's all about the ride, and having fun:
    Sometimes we have some fans, and even a pro that show up

    The short, but steep, climbs in the West End always hurt
    You live in the wrong Triad city for mountain biking I'm on singletrack within a 7 minute ride of my door, and can easily do 4 hour rides with minimal pavement between singletrack.

    Most of our road rides go north into Rockingham County (great rolling hilly terrain but no big climbing), but Hanging Rock is only 80 miles round trip from my door, so we head up that way a lot too. My road team is based of Winston-Salem, and we have a great ride we call the Francisco Ride that goes from downtown W-S up past Hanging Rock to Francisco near the parkway, then back down the back (west) side of Hanging Rock through King, Bethania, etc. back to W-S.

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    Tommy, I just can't get excited about the trails in Greensboro. Not much elevation change and craptons of people. Usually if I am looking to do some mtb stuff I head to Pisgah for a weekend or head out to Wilkes on a weekday. What road team are you on here in town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by froth14
    Tommy, I just can't get excited about the trails in Greensboro. Not much elevation change and craptons of people. Usually if I am looking to do some mtb stuff I head to Pisgah for a weekend or head out to Wilkes on a weekday. What road team are you on here in town?
    Yeah, those are all fair criticisms... though Wild Turkey does have more up and down than other local trails. I don't ride here for adventure... but it is extremely nice to ride from my door and hit good XC trails that flow very well and are very well maintained. Not a MTB destination like Wilkesboro... but there are no jobs in Wilkesboro, are there?

    We are building a new trail at the end of Blue Heron beginning this spring... 5 more miles to Doggett Road. It will make for a 40-mile out-and-back with less than one mile of pavement. There is also a new park being planned on Doggett Road, with its own singletrack. Lots to be said for linked trails in a (relatively) large city.

    I ride for Benissimo, a local Cat 3 team. I'd guess we probably know a lot of the same people

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    Marquis de Sade

    I'd like to do the Marquis de Sade. I often end up riding alone so do the routes from N. Greenville to Saluda that I know. Most of the people I ride with don't enjoy riding for that much torture.
    The Caesar's Head Challenge is a really great ride. I did the 100 mile option last year to help get ready for ORAMM
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    Is this in the Grand Tetons?

    I'm just sayin'....


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    Quote Originally Posted by brownieinSC
    I'd like to do the Marquis de Sade. I often end up riding alone so do the routes from N. Greenville to Saluda that I know. Most of the people I ride with don't enjoy riding for that much torture.
    The Caesar's Head Challenge is a really great ride. I did the 100 mile option last year to help get ready for ORAMM
    http://www.caesarsheadchallenge.com/

    Marquis de Sade is March 19th this year:

    Recent email sent to Spartanburg Freewheelers:


    Saturday March 19th "Marquis de Sade" at North Greenville University. Cost $ 10.00
    for Freewheelers and $ 15.00 for non-members. Registration opens at 7:30 ride leaves at 8:30 Food TBA
    82 miles and 8000 ft of climb.
    http://www.mapmyride.com:80/ride/uni...23845384093160

    This is supposed to be a "training ride" for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell (the real one - not the ORAMM), but I think it is just about as hard as the actual assault. Climbing White Oak Mtn. is a real *****. 4 miles of the steepest roads you will find anywhere around here. Then you get to do Green River Cove and go over Camp Old Indian the hard way just for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruso414
    My favorite route is from Canton up 215 over the parkway to Rosman, left on 64 to Brevard, 276 up and over the parkway back to Canton. About 78 miles and some of the longest climbs around WNC.
    This is my favorite as well except I like to do it the other direction so I get to feel the full pain of the 215 climb from Sunburst
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    Seriously? March 19th? They make it earlier every year! I'll still be fat on march 19th.

    Good news, though, last year it was the same weekend as Cooper River Bridge Run. It was a hard decision: hang out at the beach, run a quick and scenic 10k, be finished by 8:47 and then spend the rest of the weekend replenishing the body's stores of carbohydrates and sauvignon blanc VS a cold start and 5 hours of misery.

    Anyhow, the last two years they changed the classic route. They added a trip over Pack's Ridge, which starts with a nasty steep grunt, but by NO MEANS is as hard as the previous route which involved an out-and-back up Howard's Gap. If you 've never climbed up Howards Gap just for the hell of it....you haven't lived.

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    Agreed - Howard Gap is the steepest road I have ever ridden where I can still stay on the bike.

    They took it out for safety reasons. Too dangerous coming back down.

    I whined about MDS being too early this year as well, but was ignored. I may do it and skip White Oak Mtn.
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    Once again, I will butt in to your local discussion.

    I live in Knoxville and have always wanted to ride to Ashville. It would be about 160 mile with three of biggest climbs you could sign up for in the Southeast. Head south out of Ktown to Gatlinburg, up over 441 to Cherokee( 1 huge climb) left on the BRP up to Waterrock Knob(2nd huge climb) continue on BRP over highest point and Mt Pisgah(3rd huge climb). I have never done it but will one of these days. Oh yeah, the finish line would be whatever restaurant has enough food to not run out. I am planning to be very hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natehelms
    I live in Knoxville and have always wanted to ride to Ashville. It would be about 160 mile with three of biggest climbs you could sign up for in the Southeast. Head south out of Ktown to Gatlinburg, up over 441 to Cherokee( 1 huge climb) left on the BRP up to Waterrock Knob(2nd huge climb) continue on BRP over highest point and Mt Pisgah(3rd huge climb). I have never done it but will one of these days. Oh yeah, the finish line would be whatever restaurant has enough food to not run out. I am planning to be very hungry.


    Nate Helms, after calling me out on the kayaking board for not boating anymore I have to call you out here.

    If you want to do a 160 mile road ride from Knoxville to Asheville you need to get back on your bike someday. I haven't ridden with you since Double Dare (one of my favorite weekends of riding last year). You should have ridden with me last Saturday when I did the 70 mile Mt Joppa Loop solo.
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    "Agreed - Howard Gap is the steepest road I have ever ridden where I can still stay on the bike. "

    Yeah, I rode up l'Alpe d'Huez thinking "i'm glad this isn't as steep as Howard's Gap"

    "They took it out for safety reasons. Too dangerous coming back down."

    Seems like splitting hairs to say HG is more dangerous than White Oak, but you DID usually get to see an ambulance.

    "I whined about MDS being too early this year as well, but was ignored. I may do it and skip White Oak Mtn."

    One time I went half way up HG and turned around. Another year I did all of HG, but blew off White Oak. I have only done the whole thing once. BTW, I guess you know if keep going to the left at the top of HG , the gravel portion is very short (for all I know they've paved it by now, it's been a year or two) and you come out at the top of Green River Switchbacks.

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    Does anyone have any good gravel grinder routes in South Carolina or maybe North East Georgia. Would love to drop some miles on the CX bike this weekend.

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    How many miles? what parts of SC?

    Persimmon Ridge has a few miles of nastiness cutting off the corner between 11 and 276 going up Ceasar's Head. There's "oil camp creek" in there too, but that's more rocky double track than gravel road.

    Climbing up to Hogback mtn. out of Tryon, SC is some serious gravel if you don't mind hoping some very large gates w/ no tresspassing signs.

    There is also some wicked gravel around the Rocky Bottom camp on Hwy 178 maybe 5-10 miles north of hwy 11.

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    I'm in the Clemson Seneca area so anything upstate would be fine. Thought about going up to pisgah but not sure how much snow is still on the fireroads. I would like to get in a 30 to 60 mile ride in. Is there any old maps that would show some of the places your talking about? Oh and double single triple it doesn't matter I'll ride it all.

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    Oklahoma Rd. Near Roaring Gap is the nasty! That climb put a dent in my brain.
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    http://trails.firstworks.com/trails/...cuesheet_id=47

    From the TNGA site looks to fit the bill for an out and back.

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    "Oklahoma Rd. Near Roaring Gap is the nasty! That climb put a dent in my brain."

    Agreed Oklahoma is a killer climb, definitely a hard way to start out the Hurt, Pain, and Agony. Tagging on Mahogany Rock after about 55-60ish miles is another rough point.

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    It is my anniversary weekend but I'm sure he'll understand. I would much rather go with a group. It isn't all hammer heads is it? Someone will be suffering within .5 mile of me?

    So, I was going to ride up to Saluda this weekend. Does anyone know if the roads up there are clear now? I don't mind a patch or two of ice but nothing ridiculous.



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    Marquis de Sade is March 19th this year:

    Recent email sent to Spartanburg Freewheelers:


    Saturday March 19th "Marquis de Sade" at North Greenville University. Cost $ 10.00
    for Freewheelers and $ 15.00 for non-members. Registration opens at 7:30 ride leaves at 8:30 Food TBA
    82 miles and 8000 ft of climb.
    http://www.mapmyride.com:80/ride/uni...23845384093160

    This is supposed to be a "training ride" for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell (the real one - not the ORAMM), but I think it is just about as hard as the actual assault. Climbing White Oak Mtn. is a real *****. 4 miles of the steepest roads you will find anywhere around here. Then you get to do Green River Cove and go over Camp Old Indian the hard way just for fun.

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    [QUOTE=Broussard]Is this in the Grand Tetons?

    I'm just sayin'....


    Nah - that's the place where the alien ship landed in Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.
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    Any of guys ever done that White Oak climb on a cross bike and came back down the other side on the gravel? I did that white oak climb a few times back in the day and it was indeed brutal. I live right off Hwy. 11 now and can do that ride from my house if I could be bothered to hop on my ancient road bike. Living here now makes me want a cross bike, because I know there are some ridiculous gravel roads around Tryon I could explore.
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    Cross bike?

    This didn't REALLY happen, because it would be trespassing. It's just a made-up story...

    Members of the Wednesday Night Drinking Club rode up Howard Gap
    and kept going straight instead of turning left back towards Saluda.
    Crossed I-26, then somehow missed seeing the gate on Miller Mt. Rd.
    Rode through that area on gravel of increasing gnarlyness dwindling to
    old doubletrack, found a bit of singletrack, found a bunch of old
    building foundations and what-not, then pushed up an old 4-wheeler
    track to the antennas on Tryon Peak. In road bike shoes with road
    bikes. In the driving rain. It was so epic, even Driftwood was *****ing.

    Is that what you are talking about? Or was the whole loop up and
    down not paved before? I'm new to Tryon - but you can ride up White
    Oak on either White Oak or Skyuka Mountain road on pavement now.
    Yeah, it's strange. But oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard
    Is that what you are talking about? Or was the whole loop up and
    down not paved before? I'm new to Tryon - but you can ride up White
    Oak on either White Oak or Skyuka Mountain road on pavement now.
    Gotcha.
    Skyuka Mountain Rd used to be a gravel road. I rode down it once on a regular road bike which was interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownieinSC
    So, I was going to ride up to Saluda this weekend. Does anyone know if the roads up there are clear now? I don't mind a patch or two of ice but nothing ridiculous.
    It will be clear.

    If you want a gravel grinder in SC check out Jocassee Gorges.

    Also, I found a neat little dead end that needs exploring on the cross bike. Beaver Dam road. . . turns into some nasty climb I have heard but I had the road bike this past weekend and I am not sure what "no trespassing keep out" means when it looks like a road on my gps. . .
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    Two friends took me up just over the NC line to Lambsburg, VA to ride Piper's gap. A heck of a way to start a ride with no warm up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froth14
    "Oklahoma Rd. Near Roaring Gap is the nasty! That climb put a dent in my brain."

    Agreed Oklahoma is a killer climb, definitely a hard way to start out the Hurt, Pain, and Agony. Tagging on Mahogany Rock after about 55-60ish miles is another rough point.
    I've done 25mi of the route and then had to bail on the rest due to a rear hub issue....which I was thanking god for.
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    Polk County Rollers

    Amazing list of routes through the mountains! I just want to give you an option for a rolling route through the warmer lowlands of Polk County. Along this route, if you need a grunt, are numerous opportunities to scoot up the Blue Ridge Escarpment via previously mentioned roads like Saluda Grade, Carolina Drive, Howard Gap, White Oak, Skyuka, Green River Cove, Holbert Cove, and Bill's Creek (from here you can head on up to Mt. Mitchell if you need it). The shorter or longer versions of this route can all be done inside mostly rural (i.e., low traffic) Polk County with a few brushes up to the Spartanburg, Greenville, Rutherford, and Henderson county lines. Be prepared for a few little stretches of gravel, doable on skinnies. Lots of little roads named after old farmers are on this route, so I'll just give you the outline of the long version, skipping the grunts, starting and finishing at the N.C./S.C. state line in Tryon, NC. PM me if you want company.

    Hwy 176>Hunt Country>Peniel>Collinsville>Chesnee Hwy>John Watson>Pea Ridge>Polk County Line>Big Level>Cooper's Gap>Lake Adger>Silver Creek>Hwy 9(gotta stop in the corner store here)>Houston>Old Howard Gap>Hwy 108>finish

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