Blue Ridge Trail Explored

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Artlocks, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    You can get the GPS tracks for the whole thing from error_cooled. I did not stray from his tracks. I did from Buchanan down to almost Damascus. I stopped at the single track since I was alone.
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  2. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    Lisa, I just did the 7/8" lowering that is built in. Then I added an airhawk seat so after both mods the seat was actually another inch taller than stock. I could barely tippy toe.

    There was a time I actually was stranded on my bike for a moment. Glad I was alone because it was embarrassing. I stopped at the wrong place in front of a big puddle. It was on the high part in the middle of the trail and was downhill on both sides of the bike! It took me over 5 minutes to get out of that predicament.

    I assume you have the Yamalink? Did you have to cut and weld the kickstand to make it shorter? Did you notice any difference in the handling? I like the height when I am riding but I can really get into trouble when I stop in the wrong place. I am thinking of a lowering link before my TAT trip in Sept.
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  3. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    The bag on the tailplate looks intimidating but it is really all in the mind. It only weighed 21 lbs and held the stuff below.:
    Tent
    sleeping bag
    luxury lite cot
    thermorest
    3 pillows
    sleep bag liner
    sandels
    The other yellow bag had clothes and toiletries. I didn't weigh it but am guessing 7-8 lbs.
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  4. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    Enjoyed reading your ride report. I wish I could do as well sharing my experiences but most of my reports are pretty much "I took a ride, here's some pics":cry.

    I noticed you listed a luxury lite cot. Could you give a brief review of it. Seems pricey but my old bones are not liking sleeping on the ground much anymore.
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  5. Artlocks

    Artlocks Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words about my report.

    About the cot, for me it was money well spent. It is too uncomfortable for me to use just a sleeping pad anymore. It packs small and is lightweight. I haven't tried it without my thermorest yet.
    I am 5'9" and my weight fluctuates between 150-160 lbs. I am not sure how well it works with someone much taller or heavier than me.
    I really enjoyed it out in the desert when I did not need the tent. It keeps me a couple inches off the ground. At my weight it will not sag to the ground even when I am sitting on it. When I use a tent I put the cot underneath the tent floor so as not to damage the floor.
    The down side is it consists of a bunch of small pieces to put together. It will take about 8-10 minutes to set up, then again to break down and pack. Also you will need a thermorest if camping in cold weather.

    In my One foot in the grave report I should have some pictures of the cot set up. It was one of the highlights for me to sleep under the stars on it while listening to my mp3 player.
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  6. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Very interesting ride report. And I thought the comments about the 12 yro girl helping you right your bike and the Mayan Ruins were too funny. Another thing I notice from the many RR's, most somehow include a photo of some good looking burger or other meal. I like your "Fine Dining" pic. Shows the "roughing it" side of traveling. Thanks for the RR and humor.
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  7. MarkNC

    MarkNC Just Strom'in Along

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    If I am not mistaken that gate blocks the trail that leads down the mountain and crosses Kimberling Creek several times before ending on Rt 612 Kimberling Creek Road. I used to ride that road regularly back in the day before they put the power lines through. The last time I went through there it was really washed out bad and it is no surprise they are having to repair it. I hope they get it back open soon I always enjoyed the water crossings. Its a real popular area for hunters during deer season as well. It was never the same after they put the lines through though. I cant find my Va topo maps right now or I could give you the fr number the gps has me spoiled I guess. Great report nice to see someone can get out of this place and do some riding.

    Mark
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  8. govoner

    govoner Adventurer

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    nice ride report
    good to see you did it on your own
    sometimes thats the best way.
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  9. Mastros2

    Mastros2 Adventurer

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    Great report! Thanks for the (funny!) share! :rofl
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  10. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    great thread
    loved the pictures and the words behind them
    thanks for sharing with us
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