2011 Fools Run

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

  1. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Hell is coming to breakfast.

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    29,524
    Location:
    From Alabama to Newfoundland, it's all Appalachian
    Looks like a grand time! Thanks.
    I am stoked beyond normal stoke for riding in VA/WV. 5 day countdown has begun. :)
    #21
  2. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Oddometer:
    91,836
    Location:
    here, there, and everywhere
    :D


    look what I got today.....





    PB[​IMG]


    PB
    #22
  3. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    PB-COOL!

    Maybe ride Sunday and get that shine off it???
    #23
  4. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Oddometer:
    91,836
    Location:
    here, there, and everywhere
    Man I wish could ....


    Pork Chop and I are riding to Floyd to have lunch with my mother-in-law .... Mindy's step dad is in Hong Kong for a few weeks so we are trying to keep her busy.


    PB
    #24
  5. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    We continued on NC-T2 ascending elevation up and over a couple ridges and hollows, with snow on the ground and road. Fortunately the temps stayed in the mid 30s and we did not encounter any ice-which was my concern. Navigating through the snow went fine, with slower speeds, but no ice spots- doable and enjoyable! Riding in the snow was quite beautiful!

    Photos from Jeff at a stop for "snow" pictures.

    [​IMG]
    Galen Diehl

    [​IMG]
    Tim Zimmer

    [​IMG]
    Glenn Schmidt

    [​IMG]
    Jeff Hutchinson
    #25
  6. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    Continuing north on Twvt-NC T2, we left the gravel, then some asphalt, then back to gravel, then time for a short break.

    [​IMG]
    Norm Kern and Galen

    [​IMG]
    #26
  7. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    We followed Twvt-NC T2 and came to WV-CR33 and made a left.

    Nice twisty asphalt through sleepy coal communities. Coal industry throughout this part of WV.

    We were just cruising through the twisty's and then as we were exiting Coal City, we were welcomed with a blue light special from the local constable. He pulled in front of me, the lead rider and blocked our lane. Stopped for 37 in 25 mph posted speed. After requesting consideration for a warning, Mr. Constable said he had to charge the lead rider with speeding, and asked for my driver's license, owner's card and insurance card. As I started to unzip my tank bag, I remembered I had a handgun on top of my documents and alerted Mr. Constable to the fact and that I had a concealed weapon permit and requested his permission to retrieve everything. After reviewing the 4 documents and learning all were legitimate, I guess he realized I was not an illegal dirt bike rider, and changed his mind and gave me a verbal warning. I offered for him to look over my emergency bear gun-Taurus Casull 454, and after I removed the loaded cannon from the holster, he sighted it at the ground. I am sure the other riders behind me were wondering "what the hell is going on"?

    Mr. Constable invited us back to WV, but next time to honor the 25 mph speed limit.

    Mr. Constable earned my respect!
    #27
  8. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    Next a left onto Twvt-NC T2-Alt 1 and we were on gravel, and then some super double track. A definite fun DS section of riding!

    This stretch looped us back to NC T2, where we made a right and rode back to T2, and continued on gravel roads.
    #28
  9. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    Our original plan was to ride Twvt T2 until we reached Wolf Pen. Then ride Twvt T2 ALT1 south and loop back toward Princeton. Along our ride we came across active mining activities. Two us were running low on gas, so our plan changed.

    [​IMG]
    Where are going next???

    [​IMG]
    We continued to ponder our next route to gas...

    [​IMG]
    Coal slop-sludge. Better wet than dry and dusty!

    [​IMG]
    We were getting a little muddy and coaly....

    [​IMG]
    Coal truck tonka style!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    This section of T2 travels through a working mine, as well as intersects the Hatfield-McCoy trail system. We saw many ATVs riding the trails, with riders and ATVs wearing a light coat of mud!
    #29
  10. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    After talking with an ATV rider, we decided to take a local side trail to the closest gas location in Maitland, on US52. Our plan was to refuel and then get back on our return loop.

    Well this local stretch was fresh with rain and slipperier than snot! My WR with the original OEM Trailwing (deathwing) front tire, refused to stick, and refused to track! Would have helped if I lowered the pressure and did later... The Michelin T63 also lacked traction, and this section really called for all out dirt tires.

    The other 4 riders seemed to manage the mud better than me. I guess I need to attend mud riding school!

    So we slid our way through the mud and refueled.

    [​IMG]

    Then en-route to connect with our return loop, the KTM lost a bolt, resulting in wearing a hole in the auxillary tank while rubbing on the rear tire.

    [​IMG]

    So with a leaking gas tank, we decided to head for the Microtel and slabbed it back to Princeton.
    #30
  11. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    The Twvt trail is a hoot!

    Our experience is that the regular routes are easy to ride, with great scenery!

    The ALT routes after snow and rains can be great fun! And slippery and challenging!

    Thanks to Chip and his buddies for compiling these routes and sharing them!!! :clap

    Really appreciate all the hard work that went into these routes! :bow

    Thanks to the other "Fools" who joined me for 2 days of riding! :thumb

    Looking forward to riding many more Twvt routes! :wings
    #31
  12. H14

    H14 Live, Laugh, Love.

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,767
    Location:
    Shenandoah Valley
    It looks like you all had as much fun as we did. A few of us will be at BYOB in June. We're going to try that Alt near Watoga, if you're up that way and want to join us you're welcome.
    #32
  13. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    Thanks for the invitation for BYOB ride. I have a full June schedule, but will keep this in mind if something shakes loose.

    See you at Laurel Fork.
    #33
  14. H14

    H14 Live, Laugh, Love.

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,767
    Location:
    Shenandoah Valley

    :thumb
    #34
  15. Delnari

    Delnari Tom

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    271
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    I know it would have been good at times. Darn work got in the way. I did manage to get to Princeton, WV this weekend and did some riding on the Husky. Could find a good track to ride, so I just hit all the CRs with some gravel roads around the area. Looking forward to going the ADV ride next month.

    Tom
    #35
  16. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Oddometer:
    485
    Location:
    Southern VA
    Get the TET files http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=508552 from Chip and ride the ALT and you will be pleased.
    #36
  17. MikeBike4

    MikeBike4 Hacked

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,378
    Location:
    Albemarle N.C.
    :thumb
    #37
  18. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

    Joined:
    May 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,038
    Location:
    Collinsville Va
    Riding in that kind of weather is hard core. Nobody can call you all fair weather.
    #38
  19. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Oddometer:
    91,836
    Location:
    here, there, and everywhere


    eh, we got lucky .... it really was not that bad ... it could have rained :deal


    cold = bad

    rain = bad

    cold and rain = :whip


    PB
    #39