MidTN@LBL.ride May 3-5, 2013

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by sandalscout, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Cool, glad you made it down that way, it is a great road, and I too think it's even better than 232.

    Hell yeah, I did. I didn't get home until 10:45 last night, was a long day.

    Yeah, we had a good time riding the rest of the weekend. Was good to meet you!
  2. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    sandalscout- "Wallachian Spikes, I hope you didn't have to sit around by yourself for very long!"

    No problem. I had just enough time to pack up the camp site & read two articles in the new Dirt Bike magazine before my wife showed up. I was the last ADVrider out of "B" loop & the place looked great. I'm sure the staff will be glad to have us back again.

    My first video of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIfT86IBXOQ&feature=youtube_gdata

    I've still got video of Loretta Lynn's Spring trail ride to upload but, I should finish that soon & focus on this weekends ride next. Sucks that my wind screen blocks so much of the trail, next time I'll take off the glass piece or find a better place to mount the Gopro.
  3. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Excellent. Chris did a great job of cleaning up the ashes from the fire, couldn't even tell we moved the pit up there! Betty (at the office) seemed to be genuinely glad we came out.... Gotta be the most respectable bunch of drinking bikers ever!
  4. KentuckyKLR

    KentuckyKLR Been here awhile

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    Wish y'all could have hung around for the rest of the weekend. The weather definitely did a 180 from the way it looked when you headed out. The church in Mike's pics is at the end of 415 off 122. The house and barn are toward the end of 135 past the intersection of 136. Let us know when your back up this way, there's always some of us looking to ride.Till next time, :thumb
  5. bwbeck

    bwbeck Been here awhile

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    I will put a post up or something. We may look at something June 1st or so. I would definately like to see the church and the house place.
  6. sandalscout

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    Nope :huh
  9. sandalscout

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    Crud, not sure why the embed is only showing sometimes.... I've linked them, let me know if they still don't work.


    Here's the merged tracks from my GPS from Friday to Sunday:

    <a href="http://s290.photobucket.com/user/sandalscout/media/2013%20MidTNatLBLride/GPSTracksCombined_zps0d5dcc16.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll256/sandalscout/2013%20MidTNatLBLride/GPSTracksCombined_zps0d5dcc16.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo GPSTracksCombined_zps0d5dcc16.jpg"/></a>
  10. 2fast4u

    2fast4u What the hell!

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    Thats cool! we wore the north end out.
  11. sandalscout

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    Yeah we did.... and this doesn't even have Saturday afternoon's ride on it!
  12. TroyJ650

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    I was a Zombie all day today, worried Magic Mike and Wal. Spikes would be hunting me down.

    We really dodged a bullet with the weather, and after seeing the reports, I understand why there were so many that decided to wait it out at home. After a quick ride Friday with the big bike on mostly dry roads, I knew it would be parked if it rained. Thanks to 2fast and his trailer, I had the DRZ to fall back on.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!, to everyone who paid in advance for a site, but was not able to make it. We did cover all the cost of all of the sites. I wish I was able to do a refund if you could not make it, but the Powerball did not hit. If it does, you'll hear from me. :thumb

    I think it's obvious this could be a big thing, and the MidTn @ LBL title would be more accurately named ADV @ LBL. We hit a few roads twice, but never got to the south end. That gives you an idea of how massive the place actually is, and a 3 day weekend there exploring will keep you busy. We avoided many great roads, because the weather made them impassable. Which brings up a great point, Many thanks to KentuckyKLR for the ride to the remote church. I have been exploring LBL's number roads for almost 10 years, and that was the first time there. Having so many different riders there familiar with LBL is huge. Thanks again. Chris.

    Honestly, planning this, we really didn't know what to expect. I was not worried about the "People" aspects of this non-event, Motorcycle riders are the best group of people in the world. I was concerned about not meeting the expectations of the riders attending. Questions like, are the facilities acceptable? are the roads appropriate? will the weather cooperate? My worries disappeared as the weekend progressed. Real riders adapt. We will squeeze the best out of whatever the situation is.

    On behalf of Sandalscout and 2fast4u, a sincere THANK YOU everyone that had anything to do with this weekend, including those not able to make it. A special thank you to Barry Reed (StreetandDirt). Even though he sold his DS bike just before the event, he was in it from the start, talking it up, starting a Facebook page, promoting it by word of mouth. I hate to hear anyone has to make decisions that include selling a motorcycle, but I fully understand the need to make the right decisions. Thanks again, Barry.

    So now, what do we want to see next year!

    Thanks, everyone!
  13. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    Hey, I committed to a campsite. Do I owe anyone any $$ for such silliness?
  14. TroyJ650

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    No worries, Justin stepped in. :thumb

    ....but start planning now for next time, if the weather cooperates, the Big Bikes will rule!
  15. threadkiller

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    I think we should have a "Bike with the highest mileage" award next year.

    I had a great time despite my impressive get-offs. I'm told the second one sent me flying about 15 feet. I don't hurt much at all thanks to good gear and especially an already pathetic short-term memory.

    This camping trip was the first I've done on the DRZ and it did WAY better than I expected. It did experience some oil use so it looks like I'm gonna have to get into the engine and freshen things up. The Shinko 244's were great. They didn't hook up as well as a knobbie, but they broke predictably and didn't slow me down at all.

    SandalScout has gotten fast. I don't know what his secret is, but I think it's the shoes. hehe. 2fast4u on a lowered KLR250 with a stuck carb float is still faster than greased lightning. And Kentucky KLR can ride the snot out of his bike. Plus his accessory headlights also redirect barge traffic when he goes over the Eggners Ferry bridge! Thankfully, mechanical problems were kept to a minimum and none happened while out on the roads.

    I'm really looking forward to getting back out to LBL for some camping this year. I've got the basics of my kit figured out and now I'm gonna see what creature comforts I can bring next time. I think I can get a fishing pole stashed away. Just gotta figure out how I'm gonna hook the boat up to the DRZ. I did say the engine is gonna get refreshed!
  16. Wallachian Spikes

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    Matt, couldn't have said it any better.... you were flying this weekend too... I didn't know you had a second off, where'd that happen?
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    It happened on the road with the solar panels about ten minutes before heading home Sunday. My bike ran well this weekend. I think the engine is about to let go. Racers always say the best motors are the ones that are just about to grenade. I'm exploring options for a rebuild today.
  20. Wallachian Spikes

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    That was one of my favorite roads of the trip. I just barely avoided taking a swim in a foot deep puddle there. Wish one of the guys had caught some video of it. :lol3 Hope to ride that one again soon.