Blowing Rock

April 25, 2022

Pongo turned 200,000 miles today

I did pull over this time.

Almost stock and JD driving.

JD didn’t leave Pongo stock long and make a couple trips west. Notice ARB front bumper and stock rear bumper.

Then front bumper was replaced with a CBI bumper

Then one day, JD and I were having lunch and he mentioned he was selling Pongo, we ate without talking about it much (we both always talk about what is the perfect vehicle for our hobbies) but as we left, I asked if he was serious and what was he thinking of for a price…. he was and I had a deal within an hour after checking with my CFO.

and I got to finally make my trip west last summer.

Oct. 7, 2019

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A foggy start to my ride.

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The BRP Linn Cove viaduct was even worse. It was an awesome morning on the bike!

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Then it was time to explore… a Forest Service Road I heard about….

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pictures never do it justice and I quit taking photos as my stress raised and the obstacles became tougher… this was no joke; several washouts, ravens and wheel lifting later we were halfway through. Each time I walked a route, I was looking not to make sure I could get through it, could I get back up it if the road was blocked a or a closed gate.

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An awesome camping spot for a lunch break. My truck is the minimum I would have wanted to take, 33 inch tires, 2.5 inch lift, armored with bumpers, sliders and skid plates… anything less would have resulted in damage!

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A good day!

 

Oct. 6, 2019

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A weekend that changes. Instead of elk, we ended up in Boone again, since I hadn’t planned anything, we searched for a waterfall I had not been to, this is Laurel Creek Falls (I think) but we rock hopped up the creek for a long ways looking for more. Either way this is an awesome swimming hole.

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A corn dog and loaded fries with a gose beer at The Cardinal in Boone! Yum!!!

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No sunset tonight, only fog!

June 4, 2019

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Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.

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the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock

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All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)

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after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.

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Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife

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until they got too close.

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good cow!