More bad Carolina riding.....

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by knybanjo, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Everybody knows North Carolina is the "Bad" one......

    A friend of mine (SALUDA) recently learned of this place so we went to check it out.

    http://lakehouseradv.com/index.html

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    There's a honor box for $10 and a waiver to sign at the gate.
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    They have a large parking area with a bath house and campsites along the river. The bath house was in a state of vandalized disrepair....but it did work.
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    The rumors were that there was over 500 acres to ride on and that it was pretty much a free for all....don't worry too much about staying on marked trails.

    The google map below shows the area marked for riding....the powerline is a roller coaster. The Broad River makes up the south boundary and the trails along it varied from hard pack to sandy to clay mud holes.....it would be real tough on 2 wheels after a lot of rain.
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    I was first to find out just how slick that clay was.

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    This guy then proceeds to show me how it's done.
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    The mud holes were rare though......on this day anyhow.[​IMG]
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    There are also a number of places where you can ride down to the river.
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    The thing about these trails though is that none are simply hard or easy or intermediate...they all have it all interspersed throughout it seems but the powerline would probably be the easiest...but it too had a few steep climbs.
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    We ran into some confusion with these "one way" signs being posted on both ends of a trail.[​IMG]
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    What looked like an easy trail soon cranked up the "fun meter"[​IMG]
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    as soon as you get through that you go up this...without a run at it....[​IMG]
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    Overall this place isn't too rocky...but...there's a few tossed in to keep ya honest.
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    Then soon you find yourself down by a creek.
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    Then you get a chance to laugh at your riding buddy.[​IMG]
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    The best....or rather...worst is yet to come......:evil
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  2. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Here's where those "misplaced" one way signs test our metal.
    ...yep that's the trail...and the one we came down earlier was no easier looking.....the signs say this is the "only"way out from the creek bottom.
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    I was unable to get the old DR650 all the way up through those roots without stalling it.[​IMG] but once restarted I somehow managed to make it up.[​IMG]

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    Impressed and skeered my partner in crime asks me to try it on his DR350....with it being much lighter, I think no problem...the "heavy" bike is out allready.

    1st attempt I wheelie right off the trail...no harm no foul, try again. 2nd attempt I stall out his bike too.[​IMG] The 350 is "magic button" only and the battery is weak and won't restart it anymore.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Well we literally hauled it the rest of the way up that steep hill....I even went for help, but all I found was some rope and a ratchet thingy.....after getting it up close enough to the top I tied onto it and tried my luck at the tractor pull.
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    At the top here's the exact same sign that was also at the bottom!![​IMG]
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    Once on the powerline we got it bump started and tested our headlights out on the ride home.

    For an ATV park it was pretty cool....especially since we went on a weekday and were the ONLY ones there. But for the $10 admission fee.....it may be a "did it, done it" sort of place....although that's double the National Forest fee....other private parks in this area charge more than double that(25+).....but that's still cheaper than a tresspassing ticket.[​IMG]
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  3. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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  4. Jamie

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    Looks like fun, sort of.:D

    I'll have to check it out since it's in my back yard.
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  5. GB

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    Looks like a tough day... but you were still havin' fun!! :thumb
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  6. Frankko

    Frankko Midnight Rambler

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    Nice report bro. It is nice to see/hear? from you. There is no tiding here in Iraq cept bicycle. Today it is raining and I will ride just for fun:clap

    See ya soon.:D
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  7. Willy-B

    Willy-B onebudwiser

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    Kevin, you never cease to amaze me.:clap

    What a jacked up ride.:D :freaky

    Hopefully I'll get to see you soon, buddy.:thumb
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  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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  9. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Hey Nutzky!!
    Good to hear from YOU!!
    Keep that low profile:zilla....will you be back in time for the next edition of the scrub?:ear


    Hey Willy-B!!
    All your neighbors are switching over to the "evil orange" when do you get a ninefiddy too...... gotta keep up with the DOGs ya know.:evil
    :dealIf'n you do get one......I aint helping carry none of them things up any hills!:lol3
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  10. Groomez

    Groomez Been here awhile

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    Hmmm... thats right up the road. Where did all that wetness come from? I thought we were in a drought?! :huh

    Looks prrrdy slick to me. I'll have to check it out someday.
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  11. Python423

    Python423 TnAdvRiders.com

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    Cool Pics! Thanks for Sharing! :D
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  12. JKL

    JKL Rider

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    Nice trails!

    Ride once a week - get in shape - a dirtbike with good knobbies!
    It will be easy after a few month!:ricky
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  13. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :scratchSo, just what are you trying to say?

    That we're FAT, and need SMALLER bikes with BETTER tires?:fitz



    :dealThe RIDING was EASY:gdog...it was the PUSHING a DEAD bike UP a HILL that was hard!!:knary

    :nono(the hooligan that switched the signs at the bottom of that hill didn't help us much either):lol3
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  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Good stuff Kevin. A question. Do those cab driver beads make it easier to ride the gnarly stuff? If so, I'll need to get some of those.:evil
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  15. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :dealThey guarantee to make any bike into a go anywhere adventure machine!!

    I'm sure if he would have some on his 350 we would not have had to drag it up that hill....after all the 650 made it up.:evil

    ...you do remember the XS11Adventure I rode at Rebel Yell don't ya?:wave
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    Again at NCN'07:evil

    How's that for a lighter bike with nobbies, JKL?
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  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Yes, I remember it well. That confirms my suspicions. Note to self: cab driver beads on Xmas list.:deal
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  17. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    I remember when Dirt Bike tested the XS 11.
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  18. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    Just one question Kevin. Why not bump start the 350 going back down the hill? :huh
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  19. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    We considered that and it may have been the thing to do....but we were too skeered...

    1) that it might not start
    a) cause it wasn't a straight shot
    b) there wasn't good traction, lots of roots and leaves
    2) it was already 1/2 way up and my bike was already out
    3) it was already past the worst of the roots
    4) that was marked as the only way out (I think now that the signs were switched with another trail at the bottom)

    We let it sit for a while thinking the battery would recover some and if the plug was fouled it would dry....no luck and my plug wrench for the 650 was too big for the 350.

    :dealHad we tried to bump it down that gnarly hill and failed.....we would have had to leave the bike overnight. Did NOT want to do that.

    So we played it safe and did it the HARD way....hoping we would get it out before dark...just barely did!
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  20. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    All good point's, but I like to take my chance's. You could not back track? :huh
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