Assawoman Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by poolman, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    I have enjoyed boating on the Assawoman Bay for many summers, and have been itching to explore the Assawoman Wildlife Area by land. My newly acquired XT225 (a brand new leftover 2006) would be the perfect little bike for the task.
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    Disclaimer - This is NOT an epic ride report. I did enjoy a true adventure in Peru, riding to Machu Picchu, but that is a different story entirely:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700838

    The little XT was not yet broken in, so I decided to carry the bike to my beach place rather than running on the highway for three hours at WOT.
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    Ready to roll
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    Heading out on Lighthouse Road (didn't see any deer)
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    First view of the bay
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    A nice packed sand road enters the wildlife refuge
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    A small raccoon drinking the brackish water
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    There is a nice mixture of loose and packed sand tracks
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    I decided to check out an old fire tower
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    There is a nice bay view to the south...
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    And tidal wetlands to the north
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    The little XT looks even smaller from up here
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    I've been to this floating dock many times by water
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    Several of the trails had locked gates, but I managed to find a nice track to the beach
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    There was a nice trail following the shoreline
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    And then into a pine forest
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    A little muddy, but no problem for the XT
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    Playing with the self-timer on my little Coolpix (tried, but had trouble getting an action shot)
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    I talked to a sketchy old fisherman who didn't want his picture taken... "only the fish"
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    The single track connects to an unnamed sand road
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    I risked my life to capture another wildlife shot
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    Surprisingly, the sand road spit me out just a mile from Bethany Beach, DE.
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    I followed RT 1 south to Ocean City, MD for a late lunch
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    I know this is a motorcycle forum, so here is the mandatory beverage picture
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    And gratuitous food pic
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    In all, it was a great day on the bike. I doubt the total elevation change was more than 10 feet, but the soft sand and mud sections made for some interesting riding. I would love to have explored some of the gated tracks...
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  2. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    some good pictures in there
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  3. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Nice! :clap Checked out your Peru thread, also. Excellent. :clap :clap :clap
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  4. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Red Bud,

    Thank you, I see from your 2011 thread that you've had some good times this year!
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  5. Roadscum

    Roadscum Long timer

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    Shrimp w/old bay and a beer, life is very good!

    Thanks for the report...

    Regards, Paul
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  6. T

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    Great bike for Assawoman. There's also quite a few nice back roads once you head inland from the beach.

    Good call on hauling the bike over- the beltway and Rt. 50 are no fun on a 200cc bike- or any bike for that matter.
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  7. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Nice pics. Anywhere near here?

    Attached Files:

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  8. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    RedRockRider,

    Thank you for replying, I'm glad you checked out the Peru thread too. I live 12 miles from Obama, so there aren't too many local off-road options.

    Ride Safe,
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  9. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Paul,

    You have clearly spent some time near the Chesapeake to recognize the Old Bay seasoning. Great on shrimp, even better on crabs! Now those Florida Stone Crab claws...

    As you said, life is very good!

    Ride Safe,
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  10. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    CyclingTom,

    I'd like to get your advice on some nice back roads in the area. RT 54 is mostly Harley riders, 2-up, w/o helmets or gear. Also, I couldn't agree more; the DC beltway is downright scary on my little XT225, and not much better on my F800GS.

    Thanks,
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  11. vaish

    vaish Adventurer

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    great bike .. and nice photographs :)
    i loved your bike .. we actually got such a model of bike in our country now but yet to out for sale , the bike is from HERO ..Impulse its a 150cc bike .. but the issue is hard to get spare from HERO .. well KTM is now on the way :D
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  12. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Sport,

    Strange you should ask; believe the two roads converge...
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  13. Bearcat

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    Nice ride report. I live in Bethany Beach and ride the Assawoman area every day. Not too many hills or twisties in Delaware though.
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  14. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Thanks Bearcat. If I recall, you posted some nice pictures of the Assawoman area in the scooter thread. Beautiful area, but flat indeed.
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  15. irvfr

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    Enjoyed the RR very much. I can even smell that spicy power on the shrimp :)
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  16. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    invfr,

    Gllad you enjoyed it. Old Bay seasoning is the best!
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  17. MARTYJK

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    Great Ride Report, enjoyed it very much!!:D
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  18. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Got to admit it, that shrimp got my mouth a watering! What a great little bike for such a perfect day! Thanks for taking us along!
    Lyle
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  19. gnuse

    gnuse Ride to Fly

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    Know the area and love the report. Especially the scent of Old Bay seasoning.
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  20. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    I'm more or less local and never realized that this place existed. Sounds like I may have to get out and explore one of these days.

    I'm curious, what is the legal situation with the trails you rode? I'd be surprised if it was OK to have gone off of the main roads like you did.

    I lived in OC during several summers in the 80s and remember that there were a couple of places around to get some mild off-roading in. I can't remember where, and I'm sure it's all housing developments anyway by now. :cry

    Thanks
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