The N00b train consist of Hawkman, ewommack, and Bobby Ginger. We are all relatively experienced on the road, but there is lees than a year of off roading experience between us. The ride started with a joking response about an afternoon ride and turned into a two day bike camping trip. I had never camped off the bike, and Hawkman bought his tent the day before the trip, the N00b trip. I shameless stole the trip from this thread http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632036. The goal was to meet up at the southeast corner of the route, cut out the on road route to ATL and camp at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Hawkman and ewommack were to meet up and burn I-10 together an meet me at the beginning of the route. I had opted to stay at my parents house in Valdosta, to avoid the two hour slab trip before the real adventure began. I received a phone call at 8:30 saying the weather had caught the guys in Lake City and they were going to wait it out. I suggested we meet in Valdosta since the storm was moving southeast. Finally just after 10 AM the guys showed up and we could start our trip. By the time we fueled up and found this trail it was close to 11 AM, not the best start Eddie says let get this train rolling! And we are off. And we are stopped :huh The beginning of the ride was nice, it started near where my late grandfathers farm is. Ah! Canopy roads. And Barns Finally what we came for, the dirt Within 5 minutes of dirt three deer tried to have an up close encounter with me :eek1 ADV begins where the road ends Somewhere between dirt roads I feel a wobble in my back tire. Ut oh this cannot be good. I had recently put a set of TKC's on my GSA. I try to do as much maintenance as possible myself, I figure that if a failure on the trail happens I have a better chance of being able to fix it. Well in this instance my torque wrench failed me. I thought that the pressure was a little light but I blew that thought off. I thought I had torqued the wheel to 44 ftlbs but my POS chinco wrench was out of calibration. All five of my lugs were loose and two were ready to fall out. I am grateful I did not get hurt and that I did not lose any lugs. This could have put a quick end to my trip. In this photo Eddie is happy because his machine is running well, karma is about to come back to bite you bud I should also mention all the gas stops, time for a bigger tank on XR You will have to pardon my poor camera work. I take pics while riding and my settings spin off of auto which result in pics like this. But I had no idea that I had roads like this so near to where I grew up! Rain threatened all day, but for the most part we stayed dry. If you look below the bottom edge of this big oak you can see a small turkey flying away. There was a momma and three babies. Wildlife is usually too quick for me to take pics, but these guys were not in a hurry. This guy was sunning himself on the road like he did not have a care. He was about three and a half feet long. First stop of the day, time to stretch our legs. Everyone is happy so far. Lets go find some more dirt! On these dual sport trips, the small towns are always interesting to me. I love the old adds painted right on the brick. Riding through the country was nostalgic of my youth growing up in Georgia. We saw the gambit of crops: corn, cotton, tobacco, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon, and peanuts. There were probably a few more that I missed. There was a section marked deep sand on the map. I am getting use to sugar sand but fortunately the rain had packed down everything really nicely. I had to find softer spots to spin the tires. No bikes went down the entire trip, and unfortunately we were not challenged much. Most of the day was overcast which kept the temps down. It was humid and we were sweating but not miserable. Taking a photo opportunity at one of our many U turns. I was still learning my new Montana, yea that's what I will blame it on Every time the rain would get close we would head north or east and get away from it. Georgia red clay, we had a few opportunities to splash through some clay/water puddles Along with the building adds I find the random political statements amusing. This was Kelly forest or something like that on the map. It was a really nice riding area. The clay was soft enough to spin the tires in the corners without being soupy. Another deer tired to put me down during this section. More nice adds After the close encounter with the deer, Eddie decide he would give me and the deer some room Cool old stuff So in Plains, GA the rain caught up with us. I suggested we eat and let the rain pass. This was not the dinner I was hoping for, but the timing made since. Pulled the pig up to get out of the rain Remember that karma I was talking about? After Eddie had filled up he noticed his blinkers were not functioning. I had already moved across the street to the restaurant when he tried to fire up the XR. The magic button resulted in no magic, and Alex had to help him push start it to get across the street. Since the bike was running right before the stop the guess was the battery was dead. We looked up the address to the nearest parts store and we were in luck, only ten miles away. Dinner last about and hour and a half including the bike inspection and at this point we know we were not going to make the campground. Fortunately with these guys, when plans change they just go with the flow. So there is a famous guy that is from Plains, GA any guesses Highway to...Parts store One of my better shots on the trip So meanwhile at the parts store while Eddie tries to replace the battery, I caught up on the events of the day. With the XR purring like a kitty we are ready to go! Alex with the selfie At the suggesting of Alex we find the nearest KOA. I was impressed. For $33 bucks we got a camp site, and two bundles of firewood and kindling. Alex shows off his boy scout skills and started the fire in wet conditions. The showers had great water pressure and HOT water for a sore back was nice. Stay tuned for day two, there is a twist on that whole karma thing.