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Old 06-08-2013, 11:13 AM   #61
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Off on a new adventure. Moving to Georgia for four months.

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #62
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UPDATE: I stopped at Tom's house on my way to Virginia. Unfortunately, he's still in the hospital. He had surgery yesterday to take skin from his stomach and graft it to his leg.

After describing the accident scene to his wife, she thanked me for being there and saving his life. At that point, I asked the question I'd been wondering about for a week, "Do we know that the tourniquet was actually needed?"

She said, "Oh, yes," and went on to say that on the helicopter they asked Tom where he got the tourniquet. When he told them what happened, they said, "You're lucky he was there. He saved your life."

As I was leaving his wife gave me a big hug and said, "If you get back this way, you call us. You now have family in West Virginia."
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:46 PM   #63
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Off on a new adventure. Moving to Georgia for four months.

if you find yourself coming down near valdosta, let me know. i'll see if i can manage to get away from life long enough to link up. have a safe trip. and like i said... great job.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:34 AM   #64
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Ft Gordon, Georgia. My base of operations for the next four months.

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #65
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well, you should be pleasantly close to some great riding. Helen, GA (3hrs NW of you) is a nice place to visit. Lots of local roads. Richard B. Russell Highway north of Helen is a nice scenic ride... I walked down to the falls at Dukes Creek Falls. Well maintained path... and roughly a mile hike as I recall.

if you find yourself going down to savannah... if you head towards the beach at tybee island... i recommend The Crab Shack which is just on the island as you drive in from savannah.

that said.
check Ernbo's "dives and diners" thread in the region forum. :)

Welcome to GA.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #66
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Welcome to GA.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #67
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It's rained almost all week, so it's been poor conditions for riding. Today was clear and I got out of class early, so I went exploring. Heading out to the training areas, I turned onto the first dirt road I found (after checking for "do not enter" signs).

The roads were sand and pine needles.



Occasional rutted sections added some challenge



My bike got stuck



and took a nap



But I managed to string together over 8 miles of dirt.



At it's closest point, this track is only a mile from my room, so I'll definitely be back.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:18 AM   #68
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making the most of what the Army has to offer.

wish i had the toys that i have now when i was in the army. back in '93-95 when i was stationed at Ft Hood, so long as there wasn't any official training activity in specific areas... we had LOTS of room to explore.

no idea how it is now. but i wouldn't mind having the freedom to explore out there again. lots of memories there.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:53 PM   #69
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I have about two hours of video from last weekend's Long Cane Dual Sport near Abbeville, South Carolina, but no time to turn it into an edited video.

Here's a short one from this weekend. I took a break from studying my CCNP to work on a off-road route about a mile from my room. I was able to string together 5 miles, but I think I can get it up to 7.5 miles with very little overlap. Hopefully by the time I leave in October, I'll be an expert on sand.

Slightly NSFW due to one muffled F-bomb.

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I have a 4-day weekend, so I'm heading up the southeast leg of the Trans-Eastern Trail - South (TET-S, aka Southern DS Loop). Over the next few days, I'll be riding through Robbinsville, Tellico Plains, and then dipping back down into Georgia to hit the Suches area. I'm not sure how much is gravel vs. pavement, so I'm not sure how far I'll be able to make it each day. As someone that like to plan trips, this is way out of my comfort zone.

It should be an Adventure.

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Aaaaand go!

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:43 PM   #72
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tellico plains is a really nice area. we've been through there twice in our Jeeps. Bald River Falls is a good photo spot. i dont think the road is open all the way through anymore based on what i've read.

they closed the "Tellico ORV Area" several years ago, but last I heard, the road that used to be "trail 1" is still an open gravel road from Murphy, NC area (off of Hanging Dog Rd iirc...)
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #73
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Made it to Robbinsville, NC. That was one long, wet day.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:32 PM   #74
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GTFO 2013, Day 1 - July 4th

I set my alarm for 7 AM, but if it went off, I didn't hear it. I had a long ride planned and this did not bode well. When I woke at 9 AM, I scrambled to get loaded. It was almost 10 by the time I left Fort Gordon. More than once today, I'd scream out at nobody in particular, "I want my two hours back!"

With late start, I chose to bypass the first 60 miles of the route. Instead, I shot straight up Route 28 and would meet the trail just south of Abbeville. It wasn't long before I crossed my first state border of the trip.



A quick side trip to check out the Clarks Hill Lake and Dam.



When I finally regained the TETS, I turned south instead of north. I was in this area two weeks ago for the Long Cane Dual Sport and I wanted to check out the site of an Indian massacre. It wasn't long before I'd hit my first gravel of the trip.



The creeks are running high and dirty.



The Long Cane Massacre burial site. Wow, it just struck me. This happened so long ago, these people were English Colonists.







Most of the morning was a good mix of dirt and asphalt. In addition to weaving back and forth between South Carolina and Georgia, I'd also dodge thunderstorms most of the way. Stopping for lunch in Hartwell, Georgia, I saw this old gas station.



It wasn't long before I reached the mountains, but from here, I rode through almost constant rain.













I was running late and cut out a small portion of trail in order to make it to Kickstand Lodge by 9:30 PM. It was a long day, being on the road almost 12 hours and 311 miles.

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Old 07-05-2013, 06:04 AM   #75
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Have a great trip!.....Keep the pictures. Coming......I have rode it....its a very nice route.....enjoy!......your right in me neck of the woods. I leave TN on Sunday heading to Montana to do the divide road.....cheers!
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