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    VIDEO:Blue Ridge Pkwy Great Smokies NP

    Poof and I continue training for the Greenbriar and Katy Trials; this time riding form Soco Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Tribal Fish Hatchery near Cherokee,NC.
    Our first 11 miles is climbing up the up the Blue Ridge to the eastern entrance of GSMNP; there we get on the Heintooga Road and Balsam Mtn.Road toward Cherokee.
    We pass Great Smoky Mountains Nat.Park's highest campground-it's closed for winter, then head downhill and find a stealth campsite (illegal in the park), water, and trees that are hammockable.
    The PapaSmurf Dangerbird Hammosk's overcover saves me from a leaking tarp, we play with several stove:
    the el-mini, the newest from Emberlit Stoves
    the ETA Primus-the fastest stove I've ever seen
    the Evernew Ti 0.9 wet baking (worked at home, failed because I forgot the simmer ring and tried to improvise)
    the Evernew alcohol burner with Clikstand-perfect for cooking eggs
    We were lucky the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed in the section we were cycling=no cars...also no rain while biking, only during camping.
    Lots of calories burned and 3000 feet of total climbing with camping kit on the bikes which was great training for the Katy Trail coming up.
    This area of the park is rarely scene because the road is umimproved and only open to cars for the warmer months=great biking conditions.
    Thanks to PapaSmurf for developing the Dangerbird.
    Thanks to CaribouBentSpoke for roching me into a Clikstand-great stove setup.
    Thanks to Hangnout for roching me into the Sawyer filter...this is a FAST gravity filter.
    Thanks to the Park Service for all the closed gates
    That made 62 miles this week paid to the Katy:

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    Great video MM. Thanks for taking us along once again!
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    Another great video, MM. Ramps and eggs--yum, yum! There may be many here who do not know what a delicacy those ramps are.

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    Great trip report, really enjoyed all the good cycling content.

    David

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    Looks like another good'un there MM. Good luck on your future biking trip.
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    Great video MM (and Poof of course) thanks for taking us along!
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    Man that looks like a great time, thanks for sharing MM.

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    Great video! Looks like a wonderful adventure, despite the leaky tarp. Thanks for posting it.


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    Last August, I detoured through Heintooga Road and Balsam Mtn Rd to see the sites. My family and I had a blast driving it and I had plans on heading back this spring or summer to do it on bikes. Thanks for the preview. If memory serves correctly, out of the 28 miles, only about .5 miles were up hill. We did not see a single soul until we were almost at the end.

    STinGa (really looking forward to the return trip now)
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    Awesome video,,the wife and I loved it as Basam Mt. is our fav car camp site when at the Park. And we backpack off the Heintooga Road all the time. To us, its the least used part of the park and least known. Glad its still that way as we seldom run into people. Can't wait to get back to that part this coming year at least 2 times. Glad you enjoyed it as I am envious and ready to rock that area with alot of new gear to try out! Going to do a 3 day trip mid April to view the wildflowers from the north side of the Park,,can't wait!

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