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Old 05-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #1501
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Campground Internet/Cell

Is there Internet (wireless) and or cell service available in the campground?

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #1502
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Is there Internet (wireless) and or cell service available in the campground?

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No and No! Go down to the big city of Hampton and you can get those things. There is an emergency landline available.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #1503
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I have been thinking about it, but I need to do a 2 long days to get there and 2 long days to get home. I do not think I could do a 575 mile day on the 640.

I suspect that it will not matter where I go, I will always look at the cool places I could have gone on a 640. No matter, I will still have a shit ton of fun. Possibly even a metric shit ton.

That is a lot of fun.


You'll have a great time regardless of what bike you ride. The road maps here look like a plate of spaghetti.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:57 PM   #1504
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Had fun, Nice route (goat trail) Kyle.
Not a goat trail! Bear trail!!! We saw one the first 5 minutes on Holston Mountain Road. Big and purdy!
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #1505
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Not a goat trail! Bear trail!!! We saw one the first 5 minutes on Holston Mountain Road. Big and purdy!
So how are these goat/bear trails? I want to jump on this big bike trail ride but I'm still pretty new to this five hundred pound dirt bike thing...
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:17 PM   #1506
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Trails!

This is a sample shot of the trails we rode.

Here's the rest. I did not bring along the GoPro or a proper camera.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=821514
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #1507
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So how are these goat/bear trails? I want to jump on this big bike trail ride but I'm still pretty new to this five hundred pound dirt bike thing...

The best way to learn is to follow a bunch of nuts trying to do it ahead of you!

Just remember that Bears won't attack while you're up on 2 wheels rolling along. They like to jump on the guy who's fallen and a little bloody. It's the Mountain Lions who like to attack the fast moving prey, usually as you are rounding an up hill curve, and especially near water...sometimes cliffs, but usually near water. There aren't really many Mountain Lions and they don't hang out in the lower elevations where the 500 lb bikes ride... They usually hunt the smaller bikes that they find higher up on the ridges and deep dark hollars, they especially like the little orange bikes. My sweeper will be carrying a rifle, just in case somebody gets in a tangle with a big cat. A shot or two usually will get them to leave the carcass behind. Wives appreciate that, helps the insurance claim get paid a lot quicker. We'll drag him back across the state line too, for the same reason....you know how things are in TN.

Seriously, you shouldn't worry about your bike weighing 500 lbs. We'll be in the mountains and have the advantage of gravity. I'm pretty sure Kyle's route is mostly downhill, you just need good brakes. Besides, I think everybody that crashes on their ride gets to be first in the beer line.....so, you really have nothing to lose. (it's somewhere in the fine print )
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:02 PM   #1508
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:53 AM   #1509
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So how are these goat/bear trails? I want to jump on this big bike trail ride but I'm still pretty new to this five hundred pound dirt bike thing...
good thing you listed your bikes in your sig..I wudda thought KLR..
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:44 AM   #1510
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When you have an 800 the KLR is your little bike. My ride is a "stop and help" type of ride. (Gives everyone the photo opp they might miss if they just ride on).
Have you ever driven a tractor? Your big bike is like a tractor. just put it in first gear, use the clutch and brakes and work your way through the tough areas. Slow and steady will get you to the other end. I'll bring a tow strap too!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:18 AM   #1511
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The best way to learn is to follow a bunch of nuts trying to do it ahead of you!
Been doing some of that already, dirt roads mostly.

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Just remember that Bears won't attack while you're up on 2 wheels rolling along.
Bears on this half the country and babies compared to other half...

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There aren't really many Mountain Lions and they don't hang out in the lower elevations where the 500 lb bikes ride... They usually hunt the smaller bikes that they find higher up on the ridges and deep dark hollars, they especially like the little orange bikes. My sweeper will be carrying a rifle, just in case somebody gets in a tangle with a big cat.
Actually if any come down to pick on the slower juicer riders it's the sweeper that's in trouble. They like to get the stragglers.

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Besides, I think everybody that crashes on their ride gets to be first in the beer line.....so, you really have nothing to lose. (it's somewhere in the fine print )
Wait... What? You mean the beer stops flowing at some point and a new line starts? I may have to rethink this thing...
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #1512
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:59 AM   #1513
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #1514
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I know I'm probably beating a dead horse, however,................. Is there anyway to find this place other than setting your GPS for Hampton, and then resetting it for the campground?? Surely someone has been there before and can recall the route they traveled.........


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Old 05-06-2013, 09:05 AM   #1515
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I know I'm probably beating a dead horse, however,................. Is there anyway to find this place other than setting your GPS for Hampton, and then resetting it for the campground?? Surely someone has been there before and can recall the route they traveled.........


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yes - look at the map on post one... just make sure your gps is NOT taking you up the road with the red X. Not sure how much rain they had, and if the gravel roads took a beating (I road all of the gravel roads before - and I am a girl, so you guys have no excuse), but the rain should have washed off the gravel on the paved part too.
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