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Old 05-26-2013, 08:51 AM   #16
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Leaving on my first long distance ride on the WR250R. In the minimalist tradition, I'm not carrying a lot of electronics, but I'll be making updates with iPhone. The bulk of the trip report and (hopefully) the best pictures will be posted when I get back.

Planned itinerary:

Sunday - Columbus, Ohio to Cumberland Gap
Monday - Cumberland Gap to Deals Gap (includes some TET)
Tuesday - Deals Gap area gravel goof-off day
Wednesday - Deals Gap to Stone Mountain, NC (via BRP)
Thursday - Stone Mountain, NC to Seneca Rocks, WV (via BRP)
Friday - Seneca Rocks, WV to Columbus, OH

Should be about 2000 miles.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #17
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I don't know where "Stone Mountain, NC" is, but I ride a lot on Stone Mtn. that is on the NC/TN state line, between Boone, NC & Mountain City, TN. Holler if you need a guide!

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Old 05-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #18
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Good luck, have a nice ride.
Looking forward to report and pics.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #19
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Arrived safely at Wilderness Road Campground, Cumberland Gap.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #20
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Nice! I will be down in VA and WV next week... Hope to see your pics!
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #21
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Excited to see the pictures. Have a good ride.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #22
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Current position. It's a running battle keeping iPhone charged. Really wishing I bought a USB power supply for my Powerlet socket. Slabbing it south to catch up on time an will access the TET northeast of Smokey Mountains National Park. Hope to have detailed update later tonight.

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Old 05-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #23
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Milk Crate

That milk crate is good to carry stuff in and to set a wheel/tire in when you have to change on the road. A milk crate is useful like duct tape. Don't swap it out for a fancy top case.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:59 PM   #24
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:45 AM   #25
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Perfect ride from Kickstand Lodge to Deals Gap. No vehicles in my lane for the whole 22 miles.

The Dragon has been slain. What do we say to the Tree of Shame? "Not today."

On to the gravel.

ETA: As of the writing, I have 756 miles on the odo.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #26
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Hit a lot if nice gravel yesterday, but came up far short of my goal (only 230 miles of 300+). I assume as I get more experience, I'll get faster on dirt, but for now, 30-35 mph is about my limit.

I'm starting my 3-day ride back home with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today is a short ride to take advantage of touristy stuff. I had planned to stop at Wheels Through Time museum, but found out last night they're closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. I guess that leaves me more time for Grandfather Mountain.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #27
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Onward and upward!

Literally, once you get on the BRP in Cherokee.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #28
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Bedded down for the night at Stone Mountain State Park, NC. The BRP wildlife survey to date is: two squirrels, three turkeys, and three deer (one grazing, two crossing the road in front of me). I've found that sunglasses and long, curving tunnels are not a good mix.

I'm up to 1228 miles, with about 800 to go. Tomorrow will be my longest ride ever on two wheels.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:16 AM   #29
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Milk Crate

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That milk crate is good to carry stuff in and to set a wheel/tire in when you have to change on the road. A milk crate is useful like duct tape. Don't swap it out for a fancy top case.

THIS!!! Keep the KLR topcase. They make a great seat or table for the campsite too.

Love the ride report!
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:40 AM   #30
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Great thread! Your opening post reminded my of my own childhood.

Having owned multiple WRR's, I found that the OEM front tire is somewhat good for true 50/50 use, but I gave me no confidence at all off pavement in anything other than hard-pack roads. I was never able to pick up my speed until I replaced it with something more off road oriented.

Enjoy your continuing adventure and stay safe!
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