KY: Red River Gorge & Daniel Boone Natl Forest

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MeanStreaker, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker KLR > Pee-wee's Bike

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2008
    Oddometer:
    535
    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    We tracked back out Spas Creek and stopped before heading west on 613 W, our first road officially pointed home.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Our plan was to head west, get close to I-75, and then turn north hopefully through Horse country.

    For those that are interested, we ended up meandering from 613 to 974, to 89 into Winchester, KY for lunch.

    [​IMG]

    This place was packed with locals inside, so you know it had to be good. DryFire ordered the third bacon cheeseburger of the weekend and I had the meatloaf special. Good stuff.

    We left Winchester via 60W to 1678N to Paris, KY. Through town, we turned north on Hwy 1940. This was definitely Horse country as we passed mile after mile of black fences partitioning green pastures.

    One very cool sight was a stable of horses galloping together through the field. I'd never seen that before and it reminded me of many western RR's on here when people ride past wild mustangs.

    Somewhere along the way, and I don't remember where, we pulled off to catch some shade here. It was amazing how hot and humid it got right after leaving the Gorge area.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    That last picture filled my memory card and I didn't want to risk the wrath of my pregnant wife for arbitrarily deleting stuff already on there. :1drink

    We continued north 36 to 22 to 25 running parallel to I75 until approaching Florence, KY where you just have to bite the bullet and hit the slab.

    Crossing the Ohio river and heading west through Cincinnati to DryFire's house, the beautiful weather finally ran out and the last 20 minutes gave us a pretty good downpour.

    We pulled into Tim's garage just as the heavens really opened up with a major storm system of serious gusts and heavy rain. I was able to harbor myself there for about two hours until the worst of it passed. Somehow I lucked myself into a delicious home cooked meal (hi Angie! :wave).

    When the cats and dogs turned to a light rain, I geared up anxious to get home to my wife.

    I pulled into home around 9:30PM with a a sore face from slabbing through rain up 75 in an open dirt-style helmet, and a relatively clean ride from nature's bike wash.

    All in all, everything went well, the bikes performed flawlessly, the camping gear worked out just fine, Tim is still talking to me...

    So I guess we're on for MI's Upper Peninsula Adventure Tour at the end of July! :clap

    Both DryFire and I already bought the $16 sticker, so there's no turning back now. :D

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for following along.
    #21
  2. goosecreek

    goosecreek Waiting for spring

    Joined:
    May 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,005
    Location:
    confusion
    Home :cry:clap the ride is good but we all have to go home thanks. I will ride the rrg area someday.
    #22
  3. DryFire

    DryFire n00b

    Joined:
    May 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    9
    Location:
    Land of too little dirt SW Ohio
    MeanStreaker thanks for putting up the RR and taking the pics. You know I am up for going back at any time. :D

    You know putting the bike in that ditch on the side of the road was a classic case of going where you are looking. I had been trying to push my speed up a bit, just to try to find the edge my abilities. I had for a while kept thinking to myself what if I end up going wide end up in one of these mud filled ditches, and so as I was going through the corners I kept finding myself looking at them. Sure enough that one corner brought together my worrying, my looking, and my limits in a muddy mess. But I kept the rubber side down :clap that time, lol.

    AviatorTroy, we actually pulled up to that gate on Sterling Rd. at KY11. I had looked at it and wanted to ride that area but since we came from the KY11 side we decided to turn back and go hit some of the other gravel roads that I knew were not gated. We will have to go back and come on from the other side sometime.

    Thanks to everyone here at ADV, the stories and pics here are truly amazing.

    DryFire
    #23
  4. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,051
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Hope you don't mind but here are some pics of Spas Creek Road from back in the spring. Love that road and the whole area.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    John
    #24
  5. DryFire

    DryFire n00b

    Joined:
    May 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    9
    Location:
    Land of too little dirt SW Ohio
    Sourjon nice pics of the trail. I was really enjoying that trail, but after MeanStreaker put his bike 90 degrees across the trail thanks to a rut we decided it might be smart to turn around. We were a ways from home afterall, lol.

    I came to love that area back in college when I would backpack the RRG all of the time. I am just now starting to realize its potential from the back of a bike. There is no shortage of twisty pavement, or dirt and gravel for those who desire such things :evil

    Once I get some more 2 wheel dirt/gravel experience I will most definately give it another try. It was kind of sad turning around because on my quad I wouldn't have given the rest of that trail a second thought, oh well the more your ride the more you learn, and skills are never a bad thing to have.

    DryFire
    #25
  6. jake28

    jake28 Riding to the horizon.

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    456
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    +1 for the Red River Gorge. I'm really happy you guys stopped at Miguel's. The Red is essentially a Mecca for rock climbers and Miguel's is the epicenter and hang out for most of the climbers in the area.
    #26
  7. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,175
    Location:
    ☼SLC-ish☼
    So, so so many weekends spent in RRG.
    I love every ride report, it's like going home again. I did live there for a few years too. :freaky Not long enough to throw a washing machine off a cliff, but long enough to know I don't belong there. :rofl

    Great job!
    I remember the first creek crossing well, XDBX and I stumbled upon it accidentally one day, and crossed it tentatively, not sure if we were allowed to. Fun stuff back there.
    #27
  8. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,051
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    The first pic I posted was near the start and had been torn up by the four wheel truck and jeepers. After that they tore up the go arounds on either side. Crap like that and throwing Budweiser cans everywhere is what gets areas closed. I did the TAT last year and I swear in the most remote places there are Bud cans or boxes.

    Don't worry about backtracking. It'll be there next time. They say good judgment comes from experience. A lot of my experience has come from bad judgment :D

    John
    #28
  9. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker KLR > Pee-wee's Bike

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2008
    Oddometer:
    535
    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    Thanks for the pics of Spas Creek.

    An inmate PM'd me asking for the names of the gravel roads we took at RRG. I know my MapSource screenshots in here aren't the most user friendly for anyone trying to find them.

    Here's a quick public Google Map where I marked the beginning of the roads we took in case anyone wants it:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...=0&ll=37.8068,-83.663292&spn=0.17957,0.297318

    Rock Bridge Rd
    Chimney Top Rock Rd
    Indian Creek Rd
    Spas Creek Rd
    #29
    sierrastone likes this.