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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by markdvk, Sep 25, 2012.
I'm looking forward to see what you guys come up with. I'd love a "guided" tour of Kentucky!
Following along JACIIIII thought train, it would seem that the whole of the Daniel Boone would be ripe for the riding. Being new to the 'hood I've not had the time to explore them but looking at Google maps there are some great ones out there.
I'm looking forward to the end result!
I tried riding through Cromer Ridge from the Southwest about two weeks ago and there is a gate across the road about 3-4 miles in from KY 80. It's not a FS gate but a private gate that is padlocked. This is on Falls City road which used to connect Hwy 80 with I-75 at 909. I'm not aware of any other way to connect through there and stay on gravel.
I'm finding that a lot of roads we used to ride 15-20 years ago are now blacktopped or if you find a good dirt/gravel road, it will generally be dead end. There's a lot of good roads around Somerset but they may be too tame for you guys. There's not much in the area I wouldn't take the GS on.
The area around Mt. Vernon continues to attract me whenever I get out for a short ride. There is an area to the south that attracts a lot of ATV's but a friend got a $75 ticket down on the Rockcastle river from the Forest Service. Monticello area is good also but that takes you into Tennessee. I'd still volunteer to check the route to the west of !-75 on the map posted by Jeff if tracks are available to follow.
I'd love to help scout locations/trails too. (My GSA definitely fits in the "pig" category, but I'd love to help however I can.)
We haven't set a location yet for next Wednesday. I need to talk to Jeff but I bet he has a good plan. I suspect somewhere bewteen London, Mt. Vernon, and McKee. I'll be on a DRZ400S and he will be on an XR600 or ATK so it's likely we'll be on some fairly dirty sections. I've ridden some of his routes from the intersection of hwy 909 and Hwy 25 South of Mt Vernon up to McKee and Sand Gap. There's no way you could get a normal sedan through some of the roads that are marked as being secondary roads on the GPS. Stay tuned and we'll see where the plans are.
If for some reason that trip doesn't materialize, I have a new Vstrom 650 that I'd like to ride. I'm taking off that day and plan to ride pretty much all day arriving back in Harrodsburg by about 5pm.
Saw this in Wyoming several weeks back...
Woodly1069, I'm sorry I didn't answer sooner. I thought I had already replied to your post...twice. We are still very loosely organized. All I know for sure is that I plan on riding pretty much all day next Wednesday unless something comes up. I plan on leaving Harrodsburg just after daylight and being back in town about 5pm. Jeff will be coming from Louisville so he may be a little later.
What we need is for riders to record tracks of interesting routes in areas they are familiar with. Photos and descriptions need to be available for the routes and probably submitted to dualsportmaps.com. The most fertile ground is probably in the Eastern part of the state. It's going to be hard for those like me who live 3 hours from Harlan to get much checked out down that way. I might have 5 miles of gravel within my home county and no dirt roads.
It's likely that several major type of sections will be described. You could call them something like 1)semi-paved rough single and two lane roads. 2) Gravel or dirt roads;mild 3) Dirt roads; advanced 4)trails open to motorcycles;mild 5) trails open to motorcycles;advanced. We may need ratings for small bike/big bike too. A section might be "advanced" for a big bike but fairly easy for a small bike. Maybe we need to copy ratings from the snow skiing or whitewater communities.
For riders with abilities and bikes that allow them to cover the more difficult sections, their time will better serve the project if they work on documenting the harder sections. Anyone with a gps can document the easy stuff that hooks it all together and there will probably me more of that than the hard sections. Bypasses will be needed around the difficult sections too so novices can still enjoy the project without fear. There are some really cool places out there that can be driven in a Windstar but are better on a bike so find them and document them. This may start slow but eventually there should be a network of sections to build on.
Cool Mark, no worries, I kinda figured that's how it would go down, I am in the same boat as most living quite a ways from anything you may call good but we do manage to find a gravel road now and then. We always travel with the GPS and can track at most any time so we will all just keep at it recording and uploading anything we find as good! Thanks to everyone who is participating as this will definitely be awesome!
Actually the KAT is pretty much finished as shown on the map that I posted earlier, we just need to check a couple spots on the eastern side that have been changed by mining.
Looks like a great route. What size bike do you recommend ? What is the weather like this time of year? Sorry for asking all these questions, but I am thinking about one more good ride this fall. Three 800xcs and one v-strom. We were set to head north into Canada, but the weather may not cooperate. So I was thinking of heading south. This would be a fun route and maybe you have others as well. Would you be willing to share this or anything else you might have. Thanks
Let me know what I can do to help. I'm from Lex/central KY, but have been on some nice rides down in Land between the Lakes-LBL Some of the members here have some sweet routes down there.
Sideoute adn others: I hope to ride on Thursdays some this fall. Tuesdays would be my next choice, then Wednesday. I'm in Harrodsburg but we could meet somewhere down around London, Mt. Vernon, etc.
Anything happening here?
Sunday I went out and rerouted a section around London. I still need to make it out east for a little bit of work.
Anyone planning on riding this weekend,I would like to come from cinti and tag along?
I'm new to ADVrider and hope you don't mind the rookie questions. Please read below and advise if the KAT would be appropriate for what I'm doing. I'm a 36yr old rider of all sorts, I've owned many bikes, currently a KTM300 harescrambler at a B level, my daily bike is a harley roadking but don't judge me, 56k on it and it's been in the rain, gravel, 20 degree temps, etc. Planning a father/sons ride with my dad and bro. Bro has the same background as me but is a good C-rider on dirt. Dad has ridden his whole life but his dirt experience is nothing more than currently blasting 2 track farm lanes and a little bit of trails 20 yrs ago (He rides frequently around the farm on a KLR250 and has a Harley Electra glide, so he's "current", but he's not hard core experienced and doesn't want to be). He's fit as can be though and rides very well. He'll be buying a KLR650 over the winter that he won't want to crash and I will be buying a DR650 over the winter. We'll find a 3rd similar bike temporarily for my bro. We are going to base ourselves in eastern KY with a motorhome as HQ, and are looking for a 3-4 day adventure ride. My dad would be happy with a gravel road being the extreme, my bro and I will be craving a little more challenge so we'll be searching a compromise.....gravel roads, twisty rough tarmac, twisty nice paved OK too, hard packed water crossings, and offroad nothing more rugged than what you could probably force a car to do if you REALLY had to...scrapping bottom and scraping paint accepted. More narrow than a car is of course fine, but nothing involving risky climbs or rock sections,severe mud, etc. Would this route you are putting together fit the bill or do I need to look elsewhere? I have no GPS or GPS understanding so I think I need to get educated on that and purchase a GPS. Advise appreciated, Thanks.
Have not ridden this route but can say from some experience that you will want to get a GPS and learn how to use it. Most of the little back roads will not be marked. You may be able to do some of it with paper maps but most guys here will just post a .gpx file and that makes it super easy to navigate. I only use paper as a backup and was a hardcore paper guy before learning to use the GPS...my guess is that once you try it you will never go back
The KAT should be great for your dad. There are easy dirt roads and trails on the route but those can get more difficult after some rain so take that into consideration.
What harescramble series do you race in? KCCR, KORHS, IXCR, MSXC?
Check this thread out for GPS info. http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=37
There is also a forum dedicated to Zumo's if you go that route (pun intended).