Local Dirt and Occasional Barbeque

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Marsh Tiger, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    So here's the premise of this thread. Like many of us, between work and family, I don't have a lot of time for extended trips. I do however live in a particularly beautiful area of the USA, Low Country SC. And I do spend a great deal of time commuting. Many of you may already be familiar, but if not, you'll likely want to be. Something about coastal SC lends itself to romantic thoughts. It's hard to pin down what exactly, possibly the expansive pastel marsh scenes, abundant wildlife, or maybe the oppressive summer heat. So in this thread, It's all me and my motorcycle, my commuting diversions, rural dirt roads and occasionally a jaunt off for Barbeque. Feel free to comment or ask questions!
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  2. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    More on track with the premise of the thread, ADV fully set in, here's some more dirt oriented shots. Here's a little trip I took after work.


    With much of SC rural and undeveloped, there are plenty of dirt roads to explore. Maybe 5 miles out of town, I came across this.

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    Across the road from this...

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    Off I went!

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    The light is getting nice for photography now.

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    Woah there Red Dragon, what's this?

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    Why, it's a beautiful dirt road to explore!

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    Back on the blacktop.

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    and finally, back in town

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    That's it for my first edition. I've got a few more rides in since, but still processing the images. I'll have more soon!:beer
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  3. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I guess most of us have a local photo tag game here on ADV. We have one here in the low country. Just what the doctor ordered for my commuting blues. If you haven't played yet, and a tag game is available to you, I recommend it. I'm native to SC, and have learned much about my state from the travels of others. There's some really weird shit out there!

    Here's a 'ride along' on one of my recent grabs.

    Leaving work...

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    short hop on the expressway

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    Lots of bridges here in the Low Country!

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    There's lots of dirt roads too. I jumped on this on...

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    It's short, maybe 1.5 miles total. It wasn't long before I was back on black top.

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    A few more bridges

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    and this...:huh

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    ...to finally get to the tag location. A local WMA with a mile long dirt road entrance. The origional tag was actually a motorcycle glamor shot of a really fine machine on the entrance road. I tried my best to emulate the image. That rash on the cowl never went away.

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  4. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    leaving town for the last time

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    It's not as bad as it seems

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    I'm headed out to pick up this!

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    Dig my new ride!

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  5. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I'm headed out of town

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    Let's go find some dirt! First tracks...

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    next stop... not as bad as it looks. (but I didn't bother to take pictures after this point. It was boreing really, you wouldn't have enjoyed it.)

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    Headed further out of town. I love early morning sun.

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    After a few mile down a quiet country road I find this road

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    Didn't see any of these guys

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    The road was hard packed and pretty smooth

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    She wasn't expecting company!

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    Ever seen cotton growing in the field? We've got miles of it here.

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    There's always something in bloom here. I'm guessing cosmos don't drink bud light though. My vote for "Most Defenestrated Beer"

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    Time to head back to the house. I'm loving my new ride!

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  6. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I haven't had much time to post lately. I've been scouting new roads, but mostly I've been home with my newborn. Family life is great!

    I did sneak out to claim a tag but only took a couple of pictures...

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    my new tag photo was fairly uninspired, but what a beautiful property.

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    I spent nearly two hours riding around this WMA. I only stopped to take one picture as I was really enjoying the ride.

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    More photography soon Y'all, I promise.
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  7. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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    NIce pictures! I enjoyed the one with flowers and a beer can with the hazy background. I'll bet that tiger's a sweet ride! I had a 955i Tiger and while I don't have a Triumph anymore, that bike and many test rides of other Trumpets have made me fall in love with those triple engines! Safe riding broseph!
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  8. Catalyst

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    I like the new ride! A late congrats for you. Enjoy your pictures as I pass through the low country often while visiting my GF's family in Beaufort.
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  9. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the encouragement guys. The Tiger is an excellent ride indeed.




    Here's a few from today's ride...





    I stopped here to ensure there was adequate soil nitrogen for this logging deck to decompose.


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    we had a little rain a day or so ago and the roads were perfect.

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    a nice pastoral scene to close with...

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  10. WHITEHOUSE

    WHITEHOUSE Adventurer

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    Nice! You don't have to have tall mountains to have a good ride. I keep telling myself that. Your nice sandy roads look inviting - here in Louisiana they're more often dust or mud, depending on the rain. GSs don't like mud. Come to think of it, they don't like dust either, if it's too deep. But, that's why they call it adventure riding. Good post!
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  11. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    ... but you have to make the most with what you've got. I took a tour around some farm areas this weekend.


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    That's where you find the best dirt.





    ... nothing smells like a farm yard. And nothing triggers a memory like smell.

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    This farmyard had a very distinctive smell. I grew up on a farm with a farmyard almost exactly like this one.


    Funny, smelled like this one too.





    I stopped here for a while and thought about the good 'ol days.




    I used to climb the grain bins.










    across the road from the farm yard, my adult favorite "green". When I was a kid, I hated Collards.

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    It was a fun trip down memory lane.

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  12. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Recognize quite a few places, but must say I haven't hit any of them on the bike yet. Yes, plotting Hamilton Ridge was a blast. I was the last person on the property the night it becase State property, June 30, 2006, and leaving was tough. The previous two years I'd averaged 7 days per month hunting and just walking through those 14,000 acres. I've only been back three times, as I understood the state kept the gate closed except during the draw hunts or other state organized events. Hopefully that's not the case any more, As long as there are two of us, and some rope, we should be able to get to and FROM almost all of the property. If you want to see some Gators, you can usually count a dozen or more floating around Fowl Crawl and Jordan Lakes. .
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  13. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    A "Low Country Hill"

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    Powerlines and native grasses

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    Sparrows and sand

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    The Mighty Edisto

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  14. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Had a good ride from PI to Andrews through Francic Marion Forest to Awendaw and back. Most of it with Kurlee and his as yet un-christened GS. We saw a little of that slick stuff this morning, but the sun dried it out by time I made it back. I'll bet parts of Ho-Cat were downright frightening this morning.

    Glad you enjoyed the commute.

    Clint
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  15. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I stopped at this old store for a meal after a long morning ride. Great food.

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    Here's the meal:
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    I was about an hour from home and stuffed... so the ride home turned into a stroll. I had been wanting to visit the near by wildlife refuge. They had just completed a sort-of renovation and I hadn't seen the new digs.

    Here's the entrance. A little bland...
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    ...with some nice interpretive signs.

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    The parking area was fairly clean. Complements to the NWF employee who looks after the place. After ensuring there was adequate free nitrogen in the soil in the corner of the parking lot, I headed in to the park.

    And was greeted by this expansive vista...
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    ...beautifully managed succession habitat, also known as a field.



    This place is lovely
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    a nice pond and fresh water marsh
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    I noticed this sign behind me

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    and shortly down the road I saw this:
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    this could be interesting.
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  16. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I proceeded down alligator alley with caution only to be greeted by another huge field...

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    No alligators here, so I'll keep going. This field is about 50 acres or so. (That's big in South Carolina) When I reached the far corner...

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    I saw water, but no gator... The beautiful Lake Marion.

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    More driving...

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    OH, what's this? Nope, no gator.

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    After more driving and I ran into this sign!

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    And this fella!!!!!

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    He is about 12 feet long and not at all worried about me taking his picture...

    Huh, what this car stopped for?

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    Just a little guy, you have to look hard to see. Disappointing after the first one!

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    I stopped here for one more look at a gator but not luck. Beautiful pond though.

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    This is a beautiful property and I enjoyed my trip through it a great deal. I'll definitely come back. Besides this NWF, there are plenty of cool dirt roads to explore.

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  17. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    I enjoyed this installment! I placed a tag a year or so ago in the SC Midlands TOR at the Indian Mound on Fort Watson Rd, which also has a Santee National Wildlife Refuge sign at its entrance, but that's way the heck from where you were. Isn't it great to find these little gems so close to home?! I'm looking forward to going here.
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  18. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Thanks! It's a Gem indeed. Nice to know someone's enjoying my pictures. To be honest, It's been many years since I've accessed this part of the Refuge from land. I grew up around here and mostly I remember visiting from the lake side. (There's good bream fishing in these parts.) I'll definitely go back though, and highly recommend it to anyone passing by. Including the J&E Supperette, just maybe not a huge lunch like I had.
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  19. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    Nice shots and nice tiger !!
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  20. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Thanks! :beer
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