FenceJumper's Jumping Off Point

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by FenceJumper09, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    This is it! I have decided that with my terrible memory I need to keep a better record of where I've been and the memories I have made (and am likely to forget). I know that currently the future of ADVrider is up in the air but hope that this will pan out.

    With the type of riding I do, I feel like this format will be better than writing up individual ride reports for every single day of single track or ride around town.

    I don't plan to go back to the beginning of my riding "career" but I will go back to a couple months ago! Most of these trips don't compare to things that some of the people on this site are achieving but these are my rides and they are all I can get away with at this stage in my life.

    Follow along if you are up for some pictures and videos of riding, wrenching and enjoying life!

    A little intro:

    My name is David and I currently reside in Birmingham, AL. I don't have lots of time to ride but I can usually sneak away for a weekend trip or a day trip.

    Current Stable:

    2013 KTM 690 Enduro/Sumo
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    1985 Honda Goldwing (Under Construction)

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    And so it begins...
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  2. klaviator

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    Looking forward to this. I do have some pics of you from rides and event more than a few months old. I'll be glad to post them here if you want.
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  3. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    August 18-20, 2017 Beat the Heat Go Get High (Western North Carolina Ride)

    @jrou111 invited a group of riders to explore, camp and ride Western NC way up high in elevation to try to beat the heat. With only 2 takers and my dad (not internet capable) the trip was going to be an easy paced, camping off of the bikes and hitting some scenic spots kind of trip.

    I tend to over pack but like to be prepared!
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    Loaded up and waiting for my ride! When you only have a couple of days to ride, it is really nice to load up in a trailer and skip the pavement!

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    The plan was to trailer to N. Georgia then take some scenic back roads up to Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground. This plan should have had us arriving with just enough light to set up camp and eat a hearty dinner! Traffic was a little busy with all of the Eclipse viewers making their way up into the path of totality!

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    Stumbled upon a random Clemson tailgate tent in Highlands, NC (I am a 2009 Graduate)

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    Ended up needing to stop and air up the rear tire on the KLR

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    This led to arrival into camp a good bit after dark. My dad had arrived at the campground during daylight and snagged us a premium spot by the creek! My dad had ridden his KLR all the way from the SC coast! Before hitting the sack we patched the rear tube and all ate some "hearty" freeze dried meals as dinner service had long been completed.
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  4. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    Subscribed. I have a bunch of pics and videos from when I was in Bham and we rode dirt and urban stuff I'll pull up. Also, definitely need to add last year's Father's Day trip to Suches with you and @ohgood
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  5. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Saturday morning we were sure to wake up in time for breakfast and after a chilly night in the hammock I really wanted some hot water for my shower! After some coffee and good but expensive breakfast we packed up to start our trip onto so great gravel!

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    My dad and I have been riding together for over 20 years! He really has always been so supportive of my riding and I don't think I would have the love of two wheels that I have now with out him! (His over packing problem is a little more advanced than mine!)

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    Before heading into the forest we went into town to find a tube as a back up to the patch from the night before. We also made a quick stop at Wal-Mart to fill up on water as our plan to beat the heat didn't seem to be panning out. Not a bad view from the Wal-Mart parking lot!

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    We had a good day with nearly 160 miles of gravel or curvy pavement! Not a bad Saturday at all!

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    We stopped for lunch at the Smoky Mountain Diner in Hot Springs, I had a pretty good burger and I don't think anyone in the group left hungry. At this point I decided it was time to rag on my dad a little bit. He is a very frugal man (not a bad thing). Earlier in the week my step mom sent me a text that my dad was in the garage waterproofing his boots with spray paint. My mind instantly went to that new Rustoleum Never Wet stuff so it didn't really register until talking to him later in the day. He said "I had so many cans of black spray paint that I just put a bunch of layers on, that should work right?" Well no matter how much flack I gave him, the boots apparently worked! I described them as the mullet of work boots, when his pants leg was down they looked like shiny black dress shoes, but, pull that pant leg up and experience the full party!

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    After lunch we would test those boots as we were headed to Hurricane Creek Rd. What a fun road! We ran into two jeeps and two other motorcyclists. We found the limit of the V-Strom's skid plate and realized the positive terminal on the KLR can easily come loose!

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  6. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    After Hurricane Creek Rd we headed up to Buzzard's Roost and WOW what a view and feeling of being up on that cliff! Truly exhilarating or nauseating depending on how you handle your heights!

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    We then headed into Cataloochee to check out the Elk. That was definitely a memorable experience but I can't seem to find the pictures I took or I forgot to take some. The campground there and all that were nearby were all full due to the excitement of the total eclipse. Instead of trying to wild camp we headed into Maggie Valley and got a hotel room. We went to Snappy's Italian Restaurant and had some pretty good pizza. I recommend sharing the calzone!!

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    We went back to the hotel and despite the accommodations being far less than stellar, I slept well and woke rested.
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    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Sunday morning we woke up and discussed the days route and my dad decided that since we were heading to the West that he would hit the pavement and head back east. After a long drawn out tearful farewell (Not really that long or tearful) we went our separate ways!

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    The gravel group headed west to continue our trek to find some amazing scenery! We went up Balsam Mountain Rd and that is when things got interesting!! About 4 miles from the end of Balsam Mtn Rd we came across a guy carrying a screwdriver and what turned out to be an old railroad spike, we asked if everything was alright and he flagged us down to stop. After a quick discussion we realized that he was out walking the road with no water or food and had the screwdriver for protection from wildlife (I guess). He seemed harmless and asked for a ride out as he didn't think he would make it without any water. We rearranged some luggage and he got on the back of the V-Strom. Mike (V-Strom Pilot) filled us in later that the guy had been going through some stuff and had recently taken himself off of his medication. The guy ended up being very nice and really just needed a hand but it was still a weird situation!



    We also saw some bears but the GoPro didn't really catch the awesomeness!



    We found some really fun gravel to get us back to the Mile High Campground and some nice overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway



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    After that we made our way through Cherokee and back down into North Georgia and on to Birmingham! It was a great trip and really look forward to my next time in this area. It really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!
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  8. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, I will let you know if I need some pictures! I am going to slowly build this up, if for nothing else, for my own good!
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    great idea man, love following friend's threads :-)
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  10. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    @ohgood it should be fun since you will be along for most of the rides!
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    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    Mile High Overlook - Select 4K resolution!



    BRAAAPing up at 5280ft!



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  12. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Great memories of this trip for sure! Thanks for posting!
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    Great RR! Thanks!!
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    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    October 6th and 7th 2017 Barber's Vintage Festival

    Most ride reports are about the ride and not the destination. This report is about the destination!! The ride from my house to Barber's is about 45 minutes and if you get lucky to avoid the soccer mom's in their mid-sized suv the roads are actually fun! Still does not matter as it pales in comparison to the fun at Barber's Vintage Fest!

    If you have never been, go at least once!

    I saw member @swamp 's ride but couldn't find him, I really hope to meet you one day and hit some singletrack!!
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    RZV 500 wearing modern Yamaha clothes! What a dream bike!
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    An entrant from the Cannonball Run!
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    As I am currently building a naked GL1200 I was very intrigued by how clean this bike was!
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    Check that pricing! With tropical storm Nate I bet Saturday's price went down!
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    The original Ducati (Per the owner) He had it listed for $27,000!!! He said George Barber offered him $22,500 but that wasn't quite enough!
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    A member of the North Alabama Vintage Motorcycle Club had this cherry Ducati!
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    Mugen ME 125
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    More to come...
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    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Started Saturday off with the Trials Competition! This was the first time I have made it out into the woods to watch this one. It was really interesting to see and really makes me want to pull the trigger on a trials bike!

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    The trophy selection was impressive! You could really tell someone put a lot of time into them!

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    In the Vendor's Area the Rev'it Tent had a pretty unique piece of motorcycle awesomeness! The Rev'it #95 2wd 950 Super Enduro! What a monster!
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    Back in the Swap Meet are I found a couple of other unique items!
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    Toddler sized helmets! My wife was not amused!!
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    It was a great event as usual! I hate that the weather scared everyone off!
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    norton73 drinkin'

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    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for joining in!
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  18. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    So you want a trials bike?

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    I think what you need is a bigger garage:D

    You are right about it being a great event. Good seeing you there.
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  19. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    Damn, the chupacabra was spotted. I retired 4 years ago to ride every day and destroy tires. so call when you're ready :ricky
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    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Well this next one is a little bit of a throwback!

    June 17-19 2016 Father's Day Ride in North Georgia

    @jrou111 agreed to show @ohgood and me around the Suches and Elijay areas for a weekend of awesome views, fun roads and some technical singletrack! We arrived at Two Wheels of Suches Friday evening with enough time to setup camp and get some grub at the on-site restaurant. There really weren't a lot of spots available that were hammock friendly but we made it work!

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    Friday night was an uneventful night! It started with a good dinner of hamburger steak and ended with some nice conversation around a camp fire with the guys staying in the cabin across from our spot. We talked nice roads in the area and where everyone had ridden. It was good conversation and after a few tall tales and some good bourbon we all retired to bed.

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    Saturday morning we woke up early enough to get breakfast and let me tell you, It was a big breakfast! A plate sized omelette with a biscuit and all the coffee I could drink!

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    We sat on the porch finishing up our coffee while James unloaded and got ready! The porch does not have a bad view!

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    The ride started with a trip up Flatlands Road with a little bit of exploring thrown in here and there. We then made our way back to TWOS for a hearty lunch and some gas. We then headed back up Flatlands road and found a pretty cool Civil War cemetery!

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    We hit Mulkey Gap Rd and then Cooper's Creek Rd, we ended up getting a little "lost" and found this bridge!

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    We made our way around to Winding Stair Gap road and what a fun road. We had a couple of coast races down the mountain and the bearings in the KTM proved to be superior than those of the KDX!! Sidenote: 40 MPH on a gravel road without the engine running is a little sketchy!

    We made it back to Suches as the sun was setting. The restaurant was closed so we headed into Dahlonega to reward ourselves for the day with some pizza.

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    Saturday night is when the fun begins! When we return to the campsite we are all worn out and head straight to bed. As I am getting into my hammock, I realize that a couple on a cruiser has pitched a tent 25 feet from hammock, TWOS is wide open and they were right next to me, I think to myself I hope they don't snore!!
    As I settle into the night the unthinkable begins to happen, the middle aged couple, in a tent, 25 feet away from decides that now is "THE TIME" and commence the most graphic and painfully disgusting sounding body orchestra you can ever imagine! It seemed to go on forever (good for him) but finally I was able to fall asleep!

    Just after midnight I wake up to shotgun fire, rev limiters, and burn outs. For a split second I thought I was at Sturgis but soon realize that a bunch of the local kids were at the gas station across the street raising some hell. After an hour or so of this they must have decided to head off into the woods and things quieted down.

    The events of the evening led to a weird and awkward morning, in the restaurant, everyone is talking about the crazy kids from last night and I get to meet the performing from last nights orchestra. I couldn't manage and had to head outside to avoid laughing in their faces.

    We settle our tabs and load up the bikes to head to Elijay. It was a pretty long ride over to Elijay but when we arrive I realize it will be worth it based on the topography views we passed on the way in. We unloaded at the intersection of Wilderness Rd and Old CCC Camp Road and hit the gravel! We hit W Cow Pen Rd to check out the overlook and ran into a group of Jeeps having some radiator trouble. We weren't able to lend a hand but they seemed to have things under control.

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    We backtracked a little and made our way to the Windy Gap Expert Trail for our fill of single track! Here is a video James made from aboard his Pampera (The 690 was a handful)






    After a down and back of some of the most technical riding I have done on the 690 we made our way back to the trucks and packed up for the trip home. N. Georgia is such an amazing area and I really look forward to exploring more! Big thanks to James for showing us around. Hopefully I can find some more of my videos from this weekend and I will update below.
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