Dirt Roads close to Home

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by SavannahCapt, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Jman955i

    Jman955i Falls Down A Lot

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    Man that sand is bringing some serious DT's my way. Did the Southern DS Loop and thought that I would hate the sand. But after the first 3 hours I was digging the sand. Hated to leave it and head North. Need to get down that way again.
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  2. SavannahCapt

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    Well I'm still learning. It is really smooth about 2 days after a rain. I've learned to go faster and let her have her head, at least until the deep soft ruts. I guess the trade off is going fast you don't fall as much, but when you do, it hurts worse.:lol3 I guess everyone has a best speed for them and their bike. Much of it is fairly hard packed around here. I'm still experimenting on how much I can lean in the curves with my set up. Come on down. Funny, I head North every chance I get.
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  3. SavannahCapt

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    I wonder how many Grandchildren she has now:lol3...

    Abercorn
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    I hear ya:deal I moved here from the North GA Mountains. :huh
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    I haven't seen that part of the country since I left Ft Stew in 2000.
    I sure don't miss the bugs.
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  6. SavannahCapt

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    They are an aquirred taste. :lol3
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  7. SavannahCapt

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    I took another short ride today, focusing on dirt roads, in hind sight I probably should have named this "Backroads close to home, Oh well.

    Left home and soon got onto Millerville Road
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    Which led to Millerville and Miller Store
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    A mile away is Thomaville and its general store
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    Headed south and saw some rolled peanut plants. More about peanuts later.
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    More dirt Ponderosa Road
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    Cotton is getting ready for pickin
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    Lilly pad pond on Ponderosa
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    Sandy roads continue
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    I'm starting to get hungry by this time and plan on stopping in Portal for a cheeseburger. But as I approach I start thinking about this place only about ten more miles on two lane blacktop. Its in Metter near I-16
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    Good BBQ (for Georgia) great fried squash, wonderful Coconut Cream Pie. The smiling pig on the sign obviously doesn't know what is going on in the kitchen.

    Finding more dirt roads heading generally north toward home
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    Old crib or shed in the woods
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    Peanuts being turned over to expose the nuts
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    turned rows
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    close up of the peanuts turned for drying and harvesting. They are harvested with a sort of a combine-like machine, put into wagons and hauled to a central location for processing
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    More fun roads and then finally up ahead through the trees,,,,,home sweet home.
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  9. SavannahCapt

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  10. Pantah

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    Hey Cap - I struggled recently trying to re-learn sand in Arizona, where I keep a Yamaha WR250R dual sport. There is a 13 mile natural drainage there called Camp Creek Wash. I was asked by an inmate to scout sections of the Great Western Trail with a GPS as the GWT is sort of a work-in-progress. It included this wash as a connector of two big sections and they wanted me to see if it was big bike friendly.

    I tried 3X to ride that wash and failed from both ends of it. After a couple days pondering my struggles I decided to mount a new front tire and try again. Many inmates gave me riding tips too. So I went back with a fresh tire and a mind to improve my technique. I did it in about 60 minutes end to end. :pynd

    I had the OEM Bridgestone Deathwings on it. The new tire was a Michelin T63. It was like night and day in the sand. It was good in the mud too, but the only place to test it there is water crossings.

    So my suggestion is to get one of those T63's for the front of that KLR. Speedwise, I found I had to keep it up above 16mph and generally a bit higher. This stuff was deep! I stopped once, and it was very hard to get going again with the bars waggling and such. I think 30mph would have been best, but I am sensitive to falling off at much speed too. 16 was good for me.

    Yes, it was Abercorn I guess... And don't go ruining my long cherished images with realities like grandkids! :lol3
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  11. SavannahCapt

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    Went out and rode on the sand roads again today, no pics. It is getting looser and deeper as it drys. The roads here go from hard packed to very soft sometimes without much warning. Keeps it exciting. Not as challenging however as driving a car from I-95 to the Harvard Legal Seafoods rest. on Friday night 3 weeks ago.:eek1 Suicidal bicyclists, a warning ticket from a cop, crazy street layouts, and construction. :lol3 She probably never married and still looks the same.:deal
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  12. Jman955i

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    I had the Maxxis IT Desert for the Front and D606 on the rear and did very well. I found that around 60 to 65 mph was about perfect riding in the sand down there. But I was on a XR650L.
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  13. SavannahCapt

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    your bike/tire combination sounds about right for the sand. While my reports here are for the most part about sandy roads, I still do probably 80 per cent pavement so I compromise with a less aggressive tread and the heavier KLR. there isn't a lot of traffic most of the time, but I've met just enough pick ups and farm implements taking up most of the road to keep me below the 60mph range. Anyway its all fun!
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  14. Pantah

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    Hey Cap - Next time you are here give me a ping. Legals's waterfront is but 100 yards away from my little perch. I know a few more good spots for a grog and a bite too. Maybe even able to park your scoot! Not as hard driving around here as you suggest, but I know what you are saying...

    And as for our otherwise:...she may have married, but no doubt is the same hot thing no matter what! :)

    -P
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  15. SavannahCapt

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    Thanks for the offer. Likewise down here, but its several miles to good resturaunt.:deal
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    Looks like he's been robbed.
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  17. SavannahCapt

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    It's a rough neighborhood.
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  18. SavannahCapt

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    Riding the back roads and came across two contrasting cemeteries

    Douglas Branch Baptist Church
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    "Bare Ground" cemetery ( I think it is a regional thing)
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    Lots of Confederate Veteran graves
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    Then I rode over to Di-Lane Plantation (Wildlife Management Area near Waynesboro)

    Driveway to my objective
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    On to a cemetery of a different sort
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    Nicely done entrance
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    Some samples of the headstones
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    This one reminds me of a girl I once knew in.....never mind:lol3
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    Must have been a great cat to be included here
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  19. Mr&MrsErnbo

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    This is an awesome blog and the pics, descriptions, and participation here is wonderful. Now I need to get a dirt worthy steed to join in this fun.:freaky
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  20. SavannahCapt

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    You are very kind. I hope to add to it now that the weather is getting nicer.:clap
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