2011 Fools Run

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by PYG RYDR, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    2011 FOOLS RUN launched from Princeton, WV this year. We lodged at the Microtel and did two days of riding utilizing routes from Chip's TWVT routes.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384536

    The plan Friday, April 1, was to have kickstands up by 9:30 am, but with the temps being in the cool-20s and 30s overnight, we were slow to launch.

    We left ~ 10:30 am and hit the asphalt twisties in less than a mile. I turned my Gerbing Jacket up to high and felt toasty except tips of fingers.

    We paralleled US 460 for awhile until we reached The New River and then connected with a section of the TetS T3 and rode the River Road for several miles.

    The New River was at full load and I was glad we did not have to ford it anywhere...

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  2. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    We continued TetS T3 on gravel mostly until we reached River Ridge Road- TetS T3 alt1, which was double track, muddy and slippery as "snott". Three of four us reviewed the laws of gravity and kissed mother earth! But this was true DS riding and we loved it!

    After refueling at the local Exxon in Hinton, we continued on T3 alt2, arising up out of Hinton on asphalt and reaching higher elevations with snow flurries and trees and structures lathered with wind swept snow on western sides.

    Continuing on T3 alt2, we connected more gravel and THEN, more double track slippery mud! Super! More great fun!

    The recent snow and rains prepped the double track for some slippery riding and these sections would not be fun for novice riders!!!

    Should note that we had few stops from our riding, so only a few pictures this day.

    Our day was getting late so we decided to leave a loop off our return route and connected T3, then T2 out of Hinton and headed back toward Princeton following T2 toward I-77, and then paralleling on CR 44. Much of this section is gravel and asphalt and meanders through countrysides, and up some mountain ridges-but no double track surface. Quite enjoyable riding and beautiful mountain scenery and easily ridden on a large Adventure bike.

    We did reach one high altitude section where everything was white with snow, including our gravel road. This lasted for a couple miles until we dropped to lower elevation.

    As we approached Princeton, the coolness was setting in again. Throughout our day it flurried frequently, but never disturbed our riding plans. Temps never got above 45 according to my on bike thermometer.

    Tomorrow, much more SNOW and MUD!

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  3. H14

    H14 Live, Laugh, Love.

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    :clap Been waiting for this. We're going to hit it next weekend.

    Looking forward to more!
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  4. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    I remember you had an interest in our ride.

    What sections are you riding?

    Let me know if you have any questions...
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    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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  6. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Early Saturday morning...

    BTW, our photos today are compliments of Jeff, who was very "quick" with his camera when we did stop riding.

    I laid out a second day route on Mapsource, thinking that making it into a track before riding would be simple, and I guess it is for some, but for me it took Norm's tutoring and patience to craft tracks from my route, which was shared with all riders to load onto their gps. BTW, I learned the hard way that my Garmin 60CSx only handles 500 points or less for each track, THEN it is over-no more routing!

    So with full gas tanks, water and food, we left Princeton on US 19 north until we intersected T2, then west toward the snow covered mountains...

    After leaving US 19, some asphalt, then lots of gravel, and with the rain and snow and logging truck impact, soft, slippery mud!

    We followed T2 until intersecting NC T2, which we took north for a loop ride.

    Here is a picture as we start NC T2.

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  7. H14

    H14 Live, Laugh, Love.

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    T3 including Alts(hopefully), TetS T3, and TeT north through Virginia. Really wish this wet weather pattern would quit.
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  8. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    How did you guys carry your gear?? Bikes look barren.
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  9. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    hey G-Man ... thanks for posting the RR. It was good to get out and ride with you again.


    keep it coming :deal



    PB
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  10. Delnari

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    Sorry I missed all the fun. The new job has a lot of demands on my time. Wasn't a total loss as I took the Husky out for an hour on Sunday near the house in Durham. Found a jeep trail off the power lines that had a few trees blocking the way; at least for the jeeps :D

    It was near 80 degrees and trail had tons of mud and wash outs to get some learning in on the new bike. Best parts was when I went off trail and straight into the woods. Really find the Husky does much better in that rding then the DRZ did. Heading to Pipestem Easter weekend if anyone wants to give these routes another try in hopefully warmer weather.
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  11. nkern

    nkern retired enduro rider

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  12. nkern

    nkern retired enduro rider

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    We just rode day rides, coming back to the Princeton Microtel at night. Galen and Jeff had bags of gear on the back of their bikes, but the rest of us just had small tank bags, tool bags & camelbaks.

    This old enduro rider doesn't want the bike to be too heavily laden...
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  13. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Our experience is that the "Blue" alternate routes were the most fun with riding more in line with DS and the regular routes in line with adventure riding.

    Looking forward to your RR!
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  14. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Yes little gear for some, and for me, a little extra with several clothing/glove options, tire/tube repair tools, water, food, emergency bivy sack for unexpected situations where extra warmth may be needed for an injured rider, etc.

    But no tents, sleeping bags or cooking gear this time.
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  15. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Back at you Pork Butt!

    Your on-board video and photos turned out great! Thanks for allowing us to share them!
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  16. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Tom,

    You missed some great muddy double-track! That new husky would have been "squealling" with delight!
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  17. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Norm,

    Thanks for editing and compiling the video! Looks great, except for that guy talking....

    Galen
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  18. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    That coal mine was really interesting ......


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  19. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    and what exakery is going on here ??? :lol3


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    that was on G-Mans laptop screen in the video :evil


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  20. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Norm,

    For some reason the updated Video was not running, so here is the Revised Video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4dqdY2vEL0
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