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Old 10-05-05, 11:18 AM   #1
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So NEW to Asheville, NC...

we don't even have a home yet!!!! Actually, we are in the process of moving from the flatness of FL to the beautiful mountains!

We are looking for a place to buy but are in desparate need of some locale advice! I will be wanting to soley commute by bicycle to work (a residential home on Town Mountain very near downtown) and my other half will be working from home...we are very much into mountain biking and do a bit of "roadie" to keep in shape when the mountains are too flat, the air is a too heavy and the mosquito carry you from the trail (not sure what the agenda will be in Asheville since the MTBing is "dreamy")

Anywho...we are looking for some input of some great neighborhoods to look into that is not too far from Town Mountain (10-15 miles at most) and is close to some MTBing from the back door....

I ride a Santa Cruz Juliana (my 1st bike...a surprise from my beloved after dating a month and riding the trail once...I was beyond hooked!!!) my other gem is a Gunnar Roadie (the traffic down here in SoFla is LOADED with crazies so I have been a bit nervous on that...but I loved the century ride in the Amish country in PA so if I could only get away from the heavy traffic I will be more confident!) Looking for a commuter but putting off the purchase till I know what my commute will be like...that will determine alot I think.

My faster-half rides a Trek (forgot the model #, it is carbon if that counts) MTB, he is looking for a full suspension (Turner Flux seems to be this weeks top model...Titus and Yeti are in the running! any advice on that is always appreciated too) his skinny roller is a Calfee Luna (all decked out waiting to ride a hill)

Can't wait to call Asheville home!!! (and sorry, i tend to babble...hehe)
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welcome to the forums and to the GREAT state of NC...

I wish I knew specifics about neighborhoods in Asheville,
- but you're right, the riding is 'dreamy'...
Your Santa Cruz is gonna love Pisgah, and your Gunnar is gonna love the Blue Ridge Parkway...

I'm jealous
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Old 10-05-05, 12:07 PM   #3
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Welcome from a neighbor a little SW of you.
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Well, let me know where a good place is in downtown Asheville - I'll be there tomorrow through the weekend for the JDRF fundraiser ride!

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Welcome to North Carolina, dont know alot about Asheville but can tell you to try the parkway from the Broad River overlook off to the top at the hotel ,a good 12 -14 mile lung buster.
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Thank You All...

I am looking forward to tackling those mountains...slow at first, but OH What a feeling when you get to the top and there is no way out but DOWN!!!!!

...and "diddidit" if you like a good micro-brew without the smoky atmosphere (smoke free bar!!!)..."Jack of the Woods" is a must (good music too), Barleys has a huge selection of nation-wide brews as well (there is smoking allowed there), if you are into pizza "Mellow Mushroom" can't be beat!!!! I actually have eaten at several restaraunts in the area and never had a bad meal!! (I am going to have to ride like a banshee to keep the weight off around there....hehe)

Have fun on the JDRF ride and let me know how it is...I wanted to do it but I am in the midst of moving, planning a wedding, taking classes for my job, and too out of shape cause of it all...am planning on it next year for sure!!!! My little 5 year old cousin had diabetes (diagnosed at 1 year) and he is an incredible kid...wanna do something special for him

Ride Safely and may the wind be at you back...both ways!!!!
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I just got finished working on a house on town mtn. It's on mayflower, if youve seen it tell me how good that red metal roof looks on the bay window. I do see a lot of commuters when I work over that way. Good luck house hunting and If you need some trail advice PM me.
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The Santa Cruz Juliana is begging for Tsali Recreational Area. Take 74 west heading to NOC. Turn right on Hwy 28, like you were going to Fontana Village. After you past the Post Office at Turkey Creek, start looking on the right for the signs.

Major mountain biking area with several loops around Fontana Lake and from what I am told breath taking views at a place called Overlook. Several of our team riders will be up there Halloween weekend staying at the Turkey Creek campground with Ramelle (owner) and riding both days of the weekend if you are interested in hooking up with some crazy mtn bikers.

check out the forums on www.rankriders.com

also here are a few links for Tsali.

http://www.mtbikewnc.com/trailheads/tsali.html

http://ncnatural.com/NCUSFS/Nantahala/tsali.html


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Old 10-07-05, 10:26 AM   #9
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I live in Asheville and know the area pretty well, you can PM me for any specific info. The town mtn area is pretty nice, but you need some $$$$ to buy a house there. Living in the city of Asheville is all around expensive compared to living in Buncombe county or beyond. The town mtn area isn't really within easy/quick biking distance to alot of trails though. OK road riding , but not Mtn. For me living on the southwest side of town is optimal as far as ease of accessing bent creek/pisgah/parkway etc...
Again PM me if you want more in depth details.
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Thank You All...

I am looking forward to tackling those mountains...slow at first, but OH What a feeling when you get to the top and there is no way out but DOWN!!!!!

...and "diddidit" if you like a good micro-brew without the smoky atmosphere (smoke free bar!!!)..."Jack of the Woods" is a must (good music too), Barleys has a huge selection of nation-wide brews as well (there is smoking allowed there), if you are into pizza "Mellow Mushroom" can't be beat!!!! I actually have eaten at several restaraunts in the area and never had a bad meal!! (I am going to have to ride like a banshee to keep the weight off around there....hehe)

Have fun on the JDRF ride and let me know how it is...I wanted to do it but I am in the midst of moving, planning a wedding, taking classes for my job, and too out of shape cause of it all...am planning on it next year for sure!!!! My little 5 year old cousin had diabetes (diagnosed at 1 year) and he is an incredible kid...wanna do something special for him

Ride Safely and may the wind be at you back...both ways!!!!
Thanks - I'm back now, and I can confirm that the Mellow Mushroom is THE place for pizza, and the bar selection is nearly infinite.

The JDRF ride was absolutely amazing. I'll try to post more later - I'm all airlined out right now - but suffice it to say that doing it again is a non-issue. I will most definitely be back for this thing again next year!

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Haywood street.
The Chocolate Fetish.

Then the sofa bar down the hill.
Climbing Craggy Mountain at night, watching the moonset and finding your way back by the moss glowing on the rhododendrons. Sunset in the valley with the horses snickering at you as you ride by.
Go to the little restaurant around the corner from Bonnie's. Little hole in the wall south american place. Great Mojjito's and an awesome plantain mole burrito. Then the Irish bar by the park has some of the best weekly bluegrass in the country.

Climbing New river gorge, hiking the cliff trails in Chimney Rock or making love under cool air and starlight on top of a remote grassy hill... um... well, just say that i had some good times there...

Great town. Poetry slams at the green door, drum circles at the park every weekend, whitewater in the Natahala and you have to ride Deal's Gap sometime... The most turns of any road on the east coast.
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Color me green with envy. I’ve lived in FL for 34 years. I have a real love/hate relationship with the sunshine state. Back in the 90’s the wife and I vacationed around Asheville and really loved it. We went home after one vacation pretty much ready to pack up and move away. Many practical issues came up and it never happened. About midsummer I jokingly asked my wife how much longer she wanted to live in a subtropical hurricane heck hole. We still have the same issues mostly revolving around family. Sigh…one day maybe I’ll escape.
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Old 10-13-05, 07:08 AM   #13
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Color me green with envy. I’ve lived in FL for 34 years. I have a real love/hate relationship with the sunshine state. Back in the 90’s the wife and I vacationed around Asheville and really loved it. We went home after one vacation pretty much ready to pack up and move away. Many practical issues came up and it never happened. About midsummer I jokingly asked my wife how much longer she wanted to live in a subtropical hurricane heck hole. We still have the same issues mostly revolving around family. Sigh…one day maybe I’ll escape.

***Good Luck on your quest!!!

My story is kinda full of fate-ful scenarios...I am originally from NCalifornia and have disliked South Florida since day one...I found a dream job and it was hard to leave (especially knowing my bosses were wanting to leave too) meanwhile I met the man of my dreams (who introed me to cycling - now an obsession) He has been here since childhood but the Natahalah area is his favorite and considered moving to the area...it was kinda ironic my job decided to relocate to where my spousal equivalent has always wanted to live (me? I am a military brat and home is where I hang my hat...besides, CA is too $$$$ anymore!) I am looking forward to bike-commuting, trails galore, riding, riding, riding!!!! and mountains, trees, nature, wildlife, undeveloped land....etc!!!
Now to get the parents to move and all will be perfect!

Now back to home-hunting....
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Old 10-13-05, 01:01 PM   #14
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I rode to Asheville and up the BR Parkway last May for "The Assault On Mt Mitchell". My buddy and I went up a few days early, rode along the river -- an awesome road ride!! Asheville seems to be a very cool place. The ride up the Blue Ridge Parkway to the top of Mt. Mitchell is FANTASTIC. And the ride from Spartanburg to Asheville has some great stuff too. You are going to love Asheville!
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