Daniel Boone National Forest

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by buffallodan, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. buffallodan

    buffallodan Long timer

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    This is part 1 of my RR of the Daniel Boone Forest. I had hoped to ride all of a section of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail but turned back fearing flats, getting lost, or any of the other things that happen when you really are unprepared.
    Part 2 will include me completing that section and exploring more of the DBNF.
    These are some of the pictures I took, and I will add more tomorrow. Captions too will follow...

    Dan

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/recreation/shel_trl.shtml

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/index.shtml


    This is what you see as you approach the Red River Gorge Area going west on the Mountain Parkway.

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    Here I have pulled off to get a few shots of the Nada Tunnel. I must say going through the Tunnel with the Husky's Poor Lighting was a bit unnerving, luckily there was a vehicle behind me cause I could barely see...

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    This is after I have gone through as I didn't think to stop on the other side; somehow saving some things for the reader to discover is appealing if the RR inspires a trip...I consciously didn't take certain pics.

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    Can you see my amatuer photoshop skills? :lol3

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    I like how the focus turned out on this one, the clarity lies beyond, at the end...

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    The Gorge is a Beautiful area as 12Bridn points out later but I would suggest going on a weekday if possible and please don't take your Harley :puke1...

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    Had to act quick to get this one...

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    This curve was a real challenge and be ready for it comes right after going through the tunnel, I had to do it twice :wink:...

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    The Bridge. That road beyond to the left is gravel and I would tell you a story about it but I could go to Jail...what is the Statute of Limitations again? :evil

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    Boogered this one but I think I got most of it...

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    I am a builder by trade and have done some restoration. I now build Custom Modern Homes. I will reserve my soapbox time and just say I am Nostalgic for another time...

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    I took two camperas, a 2meg digital and my Nikon, well I think some of these pics are a bit outa order :huh, sorry for that. Next time it's either better film for the Nikon or a better Digital Camera...

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    This is Skybridge from the Observation Trail. You can drive part of the way back and there is a Handicap space. I took the space marked For Husky's Only :lol3...

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    Notice the Scale of the People? :ear

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    There are I think around 140 Arches in the Gorge. I didn't get any pics so you will have to come see for yourself :wink: :D...

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    I basically drove the scenic loop and took a few diversions. You can hike out to Chimney Top Rock and I think Half Moon Arch from this Route. They are both worth seeing. Natural Bridge is impressive and you can take a tram up to it or hike...there really is a lot to see here and you should give yourself a few days at the least. The Lodge serves some good food as well as Miquels if you are in the mood for Pizza...

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    This is the start of the offroad portion of the Sheltowee Trail. I didn't have a good map and it looked like the road followed the trail so I figured why not...it wasn't marked very well.

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    This is as far as I got, I didn't have armor, patches or levers, phone reception, or a good map, so I did the wise thing and turned around. I heard some ATV's behind me and they never came my way so I figured I was either lost or soon to be :rofl...

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    Heading back to Miguels where I had parked my Tacoma, I love the formations here, the scale of things...back in the 70's I think there was talk of daming the area and making a lake, needless to say people freaked and were up in arms, Thankgoodness for those people.

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    I ate Lunch here before I rode...

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    If you eat here don't slam the door please :D...

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    I ate dinner here when I got back, the Pizza was so good, oh, and the Women weren't bad to look at either...:D
    I even got them to make mine special, the nice Lady said "thats a first" :clap

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    Can't wait to go back and will learn every nook and crany of the place now that I have my very own Husky and I hope to see some of you out there...
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    Dan
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  2. Sanam

    Sanam Dare to Win Well

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    There's more? I hope?
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  3. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Buffalodan-----I'm watching with enthusiasm as we get to see another TE610 rider out there---even tho I've heard they are very unreliable :D :D

    . I've never heard of the trail you are riding---can't wait to see what it's like. :D :D
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  4. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    Nice, I recognize alot of those pics. I believe this is off Tunnel Ridge rd? If so I hiked to those "shelters" worn in the rock in the central right of the pic.

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    Beautiful place, too bad I always have to pack out shitloads of beer cans and trash.

    I know of a few small deadends that are fun to ride, and Jeff@thequadshop knows quite a few good trails in the gorge area. If you go again soon, feel free to PM me.
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  5. buffallodan

    buffallodan Long timer

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    Here is more, 12Bridn, will do on the PM, would like to go again this weekend as I got my body armor and other gear in today, color me happy,:D...
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