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xx PAULRIDES, Oct 21 -- Short Mtn Ride (Plenty around here-this Spur to Ober)
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October 21, 2014, 09:01:27 PM by PAULRIDES
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MTN ROADS and you do not have to go far to find one around here. (some color -- not to great at higher elevation, Ober Area)
 
Amazing thing is - I have never done this one before. Runs between the Spur and Ober in MTNS just north of Gatlinburg. Dan mentioned it the other day as a route to Ober when I was heading there for the Oct Fest with the WI folks. I did not do it then because I was not sure how steep, curvy, etc. it was, had concern to take them and Betty on it as first trip.
 
I have been saying for sometime there should be some good Mtn Roads in that area and NEVER took the TIME to check it out. SO - I left home about 1PM and was just riding, got on the Spur and happen to think about that road.  Roll Eyes Fun Trip.
 
I went higher than Ober, then back down to Ski Mtn Road and up to Ober.  
 
Pictures:
Pulled off in a driveway to take a picture of one switchback. Several on this road.
Go down awhile and then back up.Then a road that goes up above Ober (one view shows the ski slope at Ober).  

Ober Ski Slope below picture with a part of a rail. Not too many places for views from the road. There was a building here (some sort of apartment with a parking area in front) that had a No Trespassing Sign. I pulled up to this rail for a view and took a picture. Guy stuck his head out of a door (couple doors down) as I was leaving.  

Coming back down that same road after I reached a dead end (some decent color) and two view areas (over hosue roofs).

Later, I intersected Ski Mtn Rd and decided to ride up to Ober Parking Lot. No charge for MCs to park (cars are $5).  This picture from Parking Lot shows houses up where I was riding. Several picturwes from there 9one shows the hosues in area I was at before looking down on Ober). Tram on way down just after leaving the station and a two picture panorama.

Final -- Harvest Fest display on Old knoxville Hwy.
 


 


xx PAULRIDES, Oct 19 - Short SUN Morn Ride --- Lake Pictures
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October 20, 2014, 07:56:55 AM by PAULRIDES
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SUN MORN Short Ride (about 80 miles - home before noon).

I left Betty's church at 9AM after a Benefit BKF (benefit for a heart transplant patient) and rode while Betty did Church and Sunday School. Beginning to think Sunday School is a Political School with all the talk about amendments and some other political views that apparently go with it.
 
Mostly Clouds and Lakes caught my attention today.  Rode a short loop basically along north side of Lake Douglas from Kodak Methodist Church to a view spot over I-40 Bridge. Then Hwy 25W to  Newport and back to Sevierville by Bogard Rd to Jones Cove Rd.

First Panorama (picture 4) was made from Pictures 2 & 3 using a FREE Microsoft Program (ICE) that joins pictures. Second Panorama (Picture 5) is a 3 picture Panorama.    

Somehow --- I must have downsized the first picture twice   (using FOTOSIZER Free Program for downsizing file pictures). I was at top of GPS picture looking south at the lake.

Shucks --- Missed including my favorite picture (first attempt). Added as last picture. 

xx PAULRIDES, Oct 18 - Southfork/Blue Heron Area (Arch, Overlook, Two Mines, Road)
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October 19, 2014, 06:53:34 PM by PAULRIDES
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A bit more fall color North of here (Especially in KY and Jellico Mtn - no big deal to jump up and down about). 228 miles and home by 4:45PM from Seymour, TN Krystal back to Seymour Weigel's for gas. Gas was a disappointment - not the price at $2.68 a gallon, but the like 56 mpg (normally in 63 to 65 mpg --WHAT Huh??) 

This and next reply covers the Southfork / Blue Heron Area attractions and includes stops at the Arch, B H Campground, B H Overlook, Barthell Mine Camp (Private property bordered by the Park), and Blue Heron Mine Historic site. The tour train from Stearns was at B H Mine for an hour visit, lot of people in the area.   


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