Going out with Sue, and Katy, and...

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by trespalacios, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Today was my first chance to take Sue off the pavement. The first time I took it out I hit some twisties since I wanted to see how it compared to my recently gone v-strom.

    Took a gravel road that quickly became dirt :s_smile

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    Soon the trail was all covered by leaves

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    And it kept going

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    Coming downhill it looked like an ATV highway

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    Took a left going uphill on what seemed like a wall to me. No pics though it did happen. The short hill brought me to a higher elevation:

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    The view was worth the effort

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    My exploring came to a halt though

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    Turned around and headed to the Horse Pasture Rd. Here's one of many pics of Sue at an overlook

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    Interesting tree

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    Jocassee Gorges

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    Pedestrian bridge

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    Better cross the small creek

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    Went up to Jumping Off Rock

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    Saw an interesting trail but after negotiating a set of deep ruts it just ended abruptly as it was an access route to a transmission tower

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    Saw a hunting camp on my way out. Nice guys and well set up.

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    The flags and my accent are a story for another time
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  3. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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  4. Honkylicious

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    Nice to see that you are doing rides like that on your own. For me, once I got comfortable on gravel, I had the confidence to use those skills dirt. :freaky
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  5. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Well, doing gravel and dirt in the v-strom was barely bearable given my skills. A better rider would make it look like a KTM I'm sure but that rider isn't me. The DR is a lot more forgiving and makes the process a lot more fun.

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  6. advtenn

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    Nice bike!

    Can't wait to hear the hunting camp story.:huh
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  7. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    You will. Maybe we can set up camp and swap some lies.
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  8. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Went for a ride today with my friend Mark on his twin 650GS. The idea was to enter through Bad Creek in SC and come out on the NC Gorges side. Well, the monsoon didn't cooperate with us so we ended up riding some gravel and pavement with one short but fun leaf-covered trail.

    Just a couple of pics today. Everything was wet!!

    Here's Mark

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    Short lived fun

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  9. scbob

    scbob Been here awhile

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    We were there on Saturday. went in through the Duke Power gate on 281 then pavement down to visitor center / parking. Gate to the right there was open, for hunters apparently (we hunt good roads so guess we were OK).
    Started on a nice gravel road, that deteriorated, or maybe improved into a jeep trail. Just a great ride with my son (35xj) and his buddy on big KTM's.
    We rode in for about an hour, past about 5 hunting camps, and then to a locked gate; turn round and blasted out. What a great ride !!
    I didn't realize there's a through trail - maybe you could show us next weekend ?
    Thanks Bob
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  10. Jocassee

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    I am far from expert but I don't believe there is a through trail. I'd be curious to know as well. If there is it may be closed for the winter. As far as I know the only way to get through is the Foothills Trail (walking).
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  11. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    There is a through-way between Bad Creek and NC Gorges, the Gorges side being a bit more technical IMO but I did it a few times in my V-strom (though in all fairness not always with the same success).

    If sunday's weather is a bit better we can plan a ride.
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  12. scbob

    scbob Been here awhile

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    Hi guys.
    A couple of rides planned this weekend, if anybody interested.

    Saturday - we have "permission" for a quick ride midday. Planning on leaving area of intersection hwy 11 & hwy 14 about noon. Heading up the Greenville watershed past Poinsett Bridge, then crossing hwy 25 at Tuxedo and on to Green River road. Then turning right by the church and up to Pinnacle Mountain on fire / logging roads, then back home mid to late afternoon. Right now I'm on my Husky TE610 with my buddy on his DR400. If anybody would like to join us that would be great - meet somewhere on hwy 11.

    Sunday - my son and I will leave same area of hwy 11 & 14 and head north. Him on his KTM 990 & me on the Husky. He's riding home to Asheville on as many dirt roads as he can find, and I'll be doing a loop back to my place. Probably leave about 10:00 and close to a full day of riding.. We are open to route suggestions, but really want dualsport type of ride. If anybody wants to joins us, please let us know where you'd like to meet.

    Thanks and have a great weekend .
    Bob
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  13. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Last Sunday I met with Adam, a fellow inmate, for a Bad Creek/ NC Gorges ride. The near freezing temperatures made me miss my old v-strom while on highway 11. Adam was having issues on his own, or as he put it, his KLX-300 doesn't like cold starts.

    Here's Adam:

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    As we entered the Bad Creek area I deflated my tires a few PSI and went on. After couple miles I felt that my rear wheel was all over the place. The tire was completely flat. I tried pumping it to no avail. Adam said he thought the stem valve had come off the tub. A few days before the ride I had gotten a heavy duty 21" spare tube so we put that one on.

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    After fixing the tire I tried to keep up with Adam but it was a bit sketchy on the muddy sections. We took a little break at the end of Bad Creek.

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    On our way back we took the trail to the NC Gorges. That area seems to me a lot more fun though pretty soon my feet started to get cold with the splashing of the mild water crossings and the puddles. At some point going downhill the road was blocked by some branches. I was barely able to get my phone (no easy task with winter gloves) and take a couple blurry pics of Adam moving those branches out of the way:

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    When we got to the Horse Pasture River Adam was slowly negotiating his way onto the steel bridge dabbing his feet on the rocks. I though I saw a somewhat clear line and went for it with some momentum. The rock under my front tire slid out and I had a high side. It happened very fast but as I saw the possibility of going to the creek I refused to let go off the handlebars and ended up hanging from them and dragging the bike with me almost off the bridge :eek1

    Scary moment for sure. I went into the creek to make sure the bike wasn't going to fall as the front tire was off the bridge and I didn't have a good grip standing on the rocks where I was. Adam said one moment he saw me making my way into the bridge and when he crossed and turned his head back I was standing up in the creek. He helped me pull the bike back and stopped there for a moment to work out the rush. Here's the pic with Sue back on terra firma:

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    No damage to the bike and no injuries to the rider. I still can't quite work out the mechanics of the incident but I'm glad it turned out OK. I'll run with that.

    After getting my feet inside the creek and the adrenaline wearing off, the rest of the way up to pavement was uneventful, except for the growing pain in my feet. We stopped at the gas station on 64 and 281. I wrung my wool socks but my Joe Rocket Big Bang boots were just soaking wet. With the evening as cold as it was, the ride home was a character building adventure.

    I did make one stop as I was starting to descend into SC down 178 to take a soul-lifting picture, the kind that tells you all will be well. It was a good riding day and I was grateful that Sue and I were in riding condition.

    Here's the pic:

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    As I got home my lovely wife took care of my cold feet. Next day I got a half-off deal on a pair of waterproof Gaerne G-Midland boots :norton
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  14. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Hey Bob,

    Not sure about my riding schedule this week but I might end up meeting you guys. Thanks for the invite

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  15. trespalacios

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    I went riding yesterday with SCBob and Bob. SCBob sold his DRZ400 to his friend and neighbor Bob and he picked up a nice Husqvarna 610. That Terra is a sweet looking bike and the DRZ was incredibly clean.

    We went on a short ride around the watershed and took a couple dirt roads around Tuxedo, NC. There was some snow on the side of the road but the Bobs wanted to ride so I only took these two pics on a little break at the top of Pinnacle Mountain Rd.

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    We went climbing the hill where all the trees had been cut down. It was harder than I initially thought but still a lot of fun. It's hard to overcome so many logs and stubs when you can't even see them.

    We had a good ride and were able to manage a little road-side repair. We went back to SCBob's place and his son 35xj was there on his 990 Adv waiting for him.

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    SCBob has pretty much secured a anytime-is-good-riding-time status so they were having a party to which he graciously invited me to attend with my family. While I couldn't make it, it was greatly appreciated.

    Till the next ride
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  16. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Went riding today again... I know, lucky me. This time to the best kept secret in Spartanburg. Here's some of the action as the place was happening:

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    There were ATVs, side by sides, frankentrucks, etc. Even Mercedes Benz sent a All-Terrain minivan over:

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    Although the side of it revealed its southern customization

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    As for the bikes, there were a couple of no-gear adventurers around:

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    Our corner with geared riders:

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    GI_JO_NATHAN on the XT225:

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    Lethal Dose on the DR350:

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    Localmoto on his KLX300

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    Yours truly skipping the harder stuff in order to document the skills of these riders. I like that take on the story better.

    My Mefo explorers were definitely no match for these conditions:

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    Though sometimes all you need is a little willingness:

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    This mud pit pretty much swallowed Localmoto's Kawi

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    I couldn't take a picture but GI_JO_NATHAN took me on my largest water-crossing ever. Going upstream on a creek passing ATVs...that was nuts.

    We were not the only ones having fun though

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    Minivans not recommended for this terrain. Not even Mercedes Benz

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    Trying to follow these guys with motocross and racing backgrounds was hard given my skills (or lack thereof). Once again, the shortcomings to be attributed to the rider, not Sue.

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    Nice riding with you guys. Thanks for you patience as well. Can't wait to do it again.
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  17. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    Nice ride report!
    Can't wait to ride again.
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  18. localmoto

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    hell ya pretty fun today..
    think could go thro that mud hole if really tried,, just didn't go fast enought:deal...
    least those quads got a laugh --saying -hay yal watch this guy !!!:rofl
    hell would do it again = a little different ,next time...

    always good to get out n ride with ya.. for sure not as cold as are last ride..
    hows your new boots work??

    thanks for takeing the time to take an post pic. one thing i never seem to do..

    speaking of that,, have to ever seen these,, posted by/or know -cuttle-a chic over near mars hills..http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=692271&goto=newpost. --- or aarrffs---http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792001&goto=newpost both you would like =the people and there post,, lots of pics ..
    maybe we can ride that way- meet in ashville or ?????


    till next time..
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  19. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Yeah, Cutle's thread is pretty cool, I follow it. Same as knybanjo's. I'm not sure if they just carry a camera on a jacket pocket or what. I take pics with my phone so i can upload them as soon as I get home... don't want to drop an expensive smartphone while riding.

    I'm not a brand advocate. Actually I can hardly bring myself to spend the kind of money most people spend on gear, but these boots are well worth it, especially since I got them half off. And we were actually inside the water for a bit going upstream on that creek.

    No doubt about the mud hole crossing. As far as I'm concerned I might as well call you LOCOmoto... you just go for it!

    That place is cool to ride on, but like I said, I do enjoy dualsport rides with a healthy mix of twisties and WNC is the place to go for that.

    My only complaint about that place is the garbage that people leave behind. We should volunteer and have a clean-up. Need some KLRs to put a garbage can as top box :rofl

    Let's try to get a ride to Worryhut before it closes this year. Nice riding with you again




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  20. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Went for a ride today to Carver Mill. I was supossed to meet there fellow inmates Albie and LethalDose.

    My day started as an adventure alright. I discovered another dead battery and finally realized my phone charger was pushed in. I called Albie to tell him I may be late and he told me to jump start it and it got going right away.

    I took out my top box and put some of the contents in my backpack. Unfortunately I didn't do a thorough check. I headed out and when I was going through Lyman something felt wrong. I pulled over to an empty parking lot only to find this:

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    No problem, I come prepared, I thought. Went through my backpack and I didn't find a tube, Dang it, I instantly remembered where I put them when I took them out of my top box.

    I talked to Albie and Kyle to let them know and started to take down the wheel. I used the "enduro stand" Stretch showed me once

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    Again? This seems all too familiar

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    A friend was going to get me a tube and run it to me but he was on the other side of town. Then Albie, who was at Carver Mill already called me and headed my way. He stopped by his house and came in his truck with top of the line tools that I didn't even know how to use :rofl

    By the time he got there here's what my setup looked like:

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    We met Kyle at the place. He pulled an insane shift of 24 hours, took a short nap and was ready to ride

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    I'm thankful to Albie. Here he is cool, calm and collected

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    He's not afraid of and adventure

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    The way he got into that puddle... it's amazing he didn't drop the bike

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    The power rangers :D at the slaughter house

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    We were not the only ones getting stuck

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    This is too much for my Mefo Explorers

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    Lethal Dose runs MT21s. He ain't skeered

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    Though he tried to get out on his own,

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    He ended up using some help

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    Somebody needed to document the riding effort :evil

    We got to this mud hole that offered lots of sweat and slips

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    Even climbing out of it proved difficult

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    Riding through it wasn't any easier

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    That DR350 had reverse :rofl

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    But once again Albie came to the rescue

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    Albie, thanks a ton man!! I owe you more than a tube
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