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Old 02-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Tennesee Riding

I wanted to know what type of riding is there to be had in TN.

Coming from SCAL most of the riding I do is desert and mountain.

Rocks, sand and more sand.

What is the riding like in TN and how long is your riding season out there. Both on and off road.

Looking for some input from locals in the state.

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Old 02-09-2013, 04:16 AM   #2
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This link is from Loretta Lynns fall trail ride of 2012. Loretta lynns is around 30 miles from my house.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP8-fr84H0c

This link is shot in my back yard.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2HuN8ttozg

Tennessee is typical east coast tight single track, hills, valleys, rocks, a little sand/mud/clay. You gotta watch out for Sasquatch though, he hates dirt bikes & throws poo at riders.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:02 AM   #3
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Somewhat depends on where you are in Tennessee as well. The western part of the state is much flatter than the eastern part. Central area had a combination of terrain, but favors the eastern elevation changes more so than the western flat lands. Lots of lakes and streams across the state as well. Riding season depends on your reaction to temps. It is possible to ride most of the year, of you don't mind a bit if chill. For example....this past Tuesday it was 66 and sunny, but yesterday it was 44, cloudy and windy, today is going to 55 and sunny.....changes from one day to other. The right gear can really make the difference in a climate like this. Rocks you will find. Mud you will find. Gravel you will find. Sand? Not so much, especially DRY sand, the sand pu find will usually be around a lake or stream and will usually be wet. In the eastern part of the state, the elevation changes will also effect your riding season and can be both good and bad. During the hot humid summers it is nice to get to the higher elevations and enjoy the cooler temps and breezes, but during the winter months you might stay away from those areas because of snow, while still being able to ride in the lower elevations where it is warmer and dryer.

If you like 4 seasons, with mild winters, and tolerable levels of heat and humidity in the summer, it is pretty hard to beat this area of the country IMO. For the riding, especially road riding, it just doesn't get any better than the central- eastern part of Tennessee. Keep in mind that especially in the eastern part of the state, the road riding area one might cover in a day or two will easily get into several states....Ky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama are all very easily reached, and ALL have fantastic places to ride, both on and off road.
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Thanks guys thats the kind of info I was looking cor.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:36 AM   #5
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East Tennessee has about any kind of riding you think of and here's a link to our group that may help you. We welcome anyone to ride with us.
http://www.facebook.com/EastTennesseeAvDriders
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