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#981794 - 03/09/17 05:52 AM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN XVI SPORT TOURING ROUTES

Your "UN-Coordinators" have created a range of Sport Touring (ST) routes that we believe best showcase the region’s best paved roads. Note: Dual Sport (DS) route information will be provided later and in separate thread.

We've created two types of ST routes:

- ST Short Loops ... Single-segment, short mileage routes for those who don’t care to or are unable (due to 2ML or 2LS) to crank out 226-310 miles of non-stop twisties and sweepers.

- ST Day Rides ... Two-segment routes: (1) an initial segment that directs a rider to a recommended breakfast/lunch stop and (2) a choice of three return segments route the rider back to the resort.

As most of these routes traverse a large number of roads with many turns, and numerous points-of-interest (POIs), trying to name them by roads, direction, or POIs seemed cryptic at best, to someone unfamiliar with the area. So, in keeping with the Concert Tour theme, we named the routes for well-known songs of the 1970s – 1980s. We’ve changed a few of the names slightly, to be more applicable to the route.

• Dragon the Line
• Roads to Nowhere
• Roundabout
• Highway to Helen
• Maggie Way
• Rock the Pisgah
• Rockin’ Down the Skyway

When we distribute the actual GPS files, feel free to rename, edit, or modify them however to your heart's content. The GPS files will be made available at a later date and in a separate thread. Throughout the remainder of this thread, we will provide information about the UN XVI routes; the fantastic roads and sights to see while sport touring at the UN.


Feel free to add your experiences and knowledge, of course.

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#981839 - 03/10/17 02:38 AM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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The graphic below is an overview of the three ST SHORT LOOPS:





The graphic below is an overview of the four ST DAY RIDES (each having four segments):


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"The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live." Seneca
#981846 - 03/10/17 03:18 AM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI - Roundabout (129)

[Yes, 1971]


(NOTE: mileage in parentheses)

Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley.” When Jon Anderson of Yes wrote these lyrics, he wasn’t describing riding this route. However, the lyrics work nicely to do just that. This route heads down two thirds of Moonshiner 28 to Franklin NC, where you may want to stop and have a quality bite at Caff-E Rel, a fantastic restaurant in the rear of a gas station. Before heading out of town, you may want to visit the ABC Store so you can imbibe later that evening. After leaving Franklin, the route heads back to Fontana via Wayah Rd, a perennial favorite of the area, followed by US-129 near the Dragon and then HellBender. Throughout this route, you’ll pass several lakes and the mountains really do “come out of the sky and stand there” while you carve between them. Play the MP3 while you ride and let Chris Squire’s seminal galloping bass line set the tempo.



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#982052 - 03/13/17 06:34 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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Here's a pic of Danny (Huzband), Matt (Matts_12GS), and me checking out Fontana Dam during BRR I, back in 2008. Fontana Dam is right near the Fontana Resort, being right at the start of HellBender 28, which basically shares some of the same roadway of Moonshiner 28.



Craig
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#982059 - 03/13/17 08:59 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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Talk about lining up the usual suspects! wave


95% of an RT.

I haven't had too many Beemers, I just don't have enough time.
#982088 - 03/14/17 03:04 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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Originally Posted By: TyTass
Here's a pic of Danny (Huzband), Matt (Matts_12GS), and me checking out Fontana Dam during BRR I, back in 2008. Fontana Dam is right near the Fontana Resort, being right at the start of HellBender 28, which basically shares some of the same roadway of Moonshiner 28.



That was a great day. Danny on the POS Aprillia...
And me in the Ed Boudreaux's Bayou BBQ shirt....


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#982098 - 03/14/17 04:16 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI – Roads to Nowhere (185)
[Talking Heads, 1985] Back when most of us were, well, more svelte!!
whistle dopeslap rofl

Roads to Nowhere? Not Hardly. You’ll ride on a part of Moonshiner 28, US-441 thru the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Foothills Parkway, the Dragon, and finish up with HellBender. However, there are two roads that that drive you into the interior of the US National Park that has more diversity of fauna and flora than all the other US National Parks combined. Fontana Rd. behind Bryson City is affectionately named “The Road to Nowhere” as it ends at a landmark dubbed “The Tunnel to Nowhere.” Bryson City will afford opportunities to stop for breakfast/lunch and/or pick up some ‘packages’ at the ABC Store for an evening cocktail. You can also visit the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad to consider a possible train excursion while at the UN or simply visit the model railway museum. Back to the route, the other road that dives into the park, the Cades Cove loop, really displays the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. No worries as to being bored returning on either of these roads though, as they aren’t long and provide great sightseeing and riding. Besides that, you know what they say; riding a road the opposite direction is to ride a completely different road.



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" ...if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? " --Ronald Reagan
#982189 - 03/15/17 02:52 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: TyTass]  
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UN_XVI - Dragon the Line (139)

[Tommy James, 1971]

This 139-mile loop includes the Cherohala Skyway, the Tail of the Dragon, and HellBender. What more could anyone want in a 139-mile route? Tommy James was writing about “work” when he crafted the tune, “Draggin’ the Line.” While each of these roads requires no small amount of concentration and effort to ride well, no self-respecting rider would call it “work.” And the only draggin’ goin’ on here might be someone’s pegs if they aren’t ‘smart’ about how they ride these roads.




-Mike
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#982193 - 03/15/17 03:44 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: greiffster]  
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Fun Fact: You may notice a series of poles along the Cherohala Skyway. The endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) uses them to launch themselves across the road.





Move through the area quickly. You don’t want to chance an encounter with these beasts. Don’t let the photo fool you, they are terrifying.



-Mike
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K. Greiff
"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."
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#982198 - 03/15/17 03:52 PM Re: UnRally XVI 2017 - Roads to Ride and Routes [Re: greiffster]  
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SQUIRREL! eek


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