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Old 12-01-2007, 09:05 AM   #1
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More bad Carolina riding.....

Everybody knows North Carolina is the "Bad" one......

A friend of mine (SALUDA) recently learned of this place so we went to check it out.

http://lakehouseradv.com/index.html



There's a honor box for $10 and a waiver to sign at the gate.




They have a large parking area with a bath house and campsites along the river. The bath house was in a state of vandalized disrepair....but it did work.


The rumors were that there was over 500 acres to ride on and that it was pretty much a free for all....don't worry too much about staying on marked trails.

The google map below shows the area marked for riding....the powerline is a roller coaster. The Broad River makes up the south boundary and the trails along it varied from hard pack to sandy to clay mud holes.....it would be real tough on 2 wheels after a lot of rain.


topo of same area


I was first to find out just how slick that clay was.







This guy then proceeds to show me how it's done.







The mud holes were rare though......on this day anyhow.






There are also a number of places where you can ride down to the river.




The thing about these trails though is that none are simply hard or easy or intermediate...they all have it all interspersed throughout it seems but the powerline would probably be the easiest...but it too had a few steep climbs.








We ran into some confusion with these "one way" signs being posted on both ends of a trail.


What looked like an easy trail soon cranked up the "fun meter"


as soon as you get through that you go up this...without a run at it....




Overall this place isn't too rocky...but...there's a few tossed in to keep ya honest.


Then soon you find yourself down by a creek.


Then you get a chance to laugh at your riding buddy.





The best....or rather...worst is yet to come......
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:08 AM   #2
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The Adventure begins....

Here's where those "misplaced" one way signs test our metal.
...yep that's the trail...and the one we came down earlier was no easier looking.....the signs say this is the "only"way out from the creek bottom.




I was unable to get the old DR650 all the way up through those roots without stalling it. but once restarted I somehow managed to make it up.

topo map, red line= trail

Impressed and skeered my partner in crime asks me to try it on his DR350....with it being much lighter, I think no problem...the "heavy" bike is out allready.

1st attempt I wheelie right off the trail...no harm no foul, try again. 2nd attempt I stall out his bike too. The 350 is "magic button" only and the battery is weak and won't restart it anymore.

Well we literally hauled it the rest of the way up that steep hill....I even went for help, but all I found was some rope and a ratchet thingy.....after getting it up close enough to the top I tied onto it and tried my luck at the tractor pull.


At the top here's the exact same sign that was also at the bottom!!


Once on the powerline we got it bump started and tested our headlights out on the ride home.

For an ATV park it was pretty cool....especially since we went on a weekday and were the ONLY ones there. But for the $10 admission fee.....it may be a "did it, done it" sort of place....although that's double the National Forest fee....other private parks in this area charge more than double that(25+).....but that's still cheaper than a tresspassing ticket.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:23 PM   #3
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:38 PM   #4
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Looks like fun, sort of.

I'll have to check it out since it's in my back yard.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:54 PM   #5
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Looks like a tough day... but you were still havin' fun!!
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:47 PM   #6
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Nice report bro. It is nice to see/hear? from you. There is no tiding here in Iraq cept bicycle. Today it is raining and I will ride just for fun

See ya soon.
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Old 12-01-2007, 06:09 PM   #7
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Kevin, you never cease to amaze me.

What a jacked up ride.

Hopefully I'll get to see you soon, buddy.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:47 PM   #8
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:55 PM   #9
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Hey Nutzky!!
Good to hear from YOU!!
Keep that low profile....will you be back in time for the next edition of the scrub?


Hey Willy-B!!
All your neighbors are switching over to the "evil orange" when do you get a ninefiddy too...... gotta keep up with the DOGs ya know.
If'n you do get one......I aint helping carry none of them things up any hills!
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:57 PM   #10
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Hmmm... thats right up the road. Where did all that wetness come from? I thought we were in a drought?!

Looks prrrdy slick to me. I'll have to check it out someday.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:59 AM   #11
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Cool Pics! Thanks for Sharing!
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:17 AM   #12
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Nice trails!

Ride once a week - get in shape - a dirtbike with good knobbies!
It will be easy after a few month!
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:35 PM   #13
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Nice trails!

Ride once a week - get in shape - a dirtbike with good knobbies!
It will be easy after a few month!
So, just what are you trying to say?

That we're FAT, and need SMALLER bikes with BETTER tires?



The RIDING was EASY...it was the PUSHING a DEAD bike UP a HILL that was hard!!

(the hooligan that switched the signs at the bottom of that hill didn't help us much either)
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Good stuff Kevin. A question. Do those cab driver beads make it easier to ride the gnarly stuff? If so, I'll need to get some of those.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:50 AM   #15
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Good stuff Kevin. A question. Do those cab driver beads make it easier to ride the gnarly stuff? If so, I'll need to get some of those.
They guarantee to make any bike into a go anywhere adventure machine!!

I'm sure if he would have some on his 350 we would not have had to drag it up that hill....after all the 650 made it up.

...you do remember the XS11Adventure I rode at Rebel Yell don't ya?

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Again at NCN'07

How's that for a lighter bike with nobbies, JKL?
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