North Carolina

Oct. 15, 2016 (The rest of the day)


The day started before dawn for the drive to Lenoir and the first race of the 2016-17 North Carolina Cyclocross Series. Turns out tennis does not help one bit for cycling – I finished about 5 from dead last, but this picture from Sam captures the moment… this is the last lap and coming out of the last turn, the lap before I had caught this guy but took a beer hand-up (illegal, but it’s ‘cross) and had to work to catch him again, as I started my sprint, the chain slipped (why I am about to go over the bars) so no fun sprint to the line for us.

Then Sam and I visited Henry River Mill Village (it’s own post) and headed for a hike a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the Upper and Lower Gragg Prong Waterfalls and Hunt-Fish Falls. We got a late start, and I decided to turn around before it got dark, as it was it was after 5:30 when we got back to the truck.

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Cruising along dirt roads in the mountains


Finally we got on the foggy Blue Ridge Parkway and headed for a campground for the night.

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Dinner, a small fire, a quick card game and off to bed!


Oct. 15, 2016 (Henry River Mill Village)


Henry River Mill Village was the site of District 12 in the movie Hunger Games. The village was laid out in 1904 around a yarn mill, it closed in the 1960s, but 21 of the worker homes remain.


The property in private, but can be driven through…..


anything after that is at your own risk…. (plus they say it’s haunted)

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The Village is located at
35°41’45.6″N 81°25’44.4″W
35.696000, -81.429000


Oct. 15, 2011 Part 1

We decided to head to the mountains for the day and enjoy some fall foliage. Our first stop was Blowing Rock, the nation’s oldest road side attraction. After throwing some leaves over the edge we hit the road. Unfortunately most of the rest of North Carolina was visiting the Boone area too, so we went right and took the first dirt road we could find. For the next 2 hours we had trails, forest service roads and moon shine gravel routes to ourselves. It was great! After a quick jog to Grandfather Mountain (too crowed) we…. continued below.