Northwestern VA Tag!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by bwalsh, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    argh! wish i wasn't out of town this weekend... SV+gravel roads and street tires=death trap... but the sauce..
  2. ecubed

    ecubed LFC Cat

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    Now that is funny ! :getiton But a great ride.....my XR is all in pieces :(:
  3. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    Hey TH...Forest road 92 is on the left...not the tag road. Bwalsh is right, get on named road and go til it ends. :clap
  4. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    You CAN do it with street tyres...just a lot slower than you will feel like going.:evil
  5. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    More than a mile....all da way to da end...:deal
  6. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    Take the K bike! :deal
  7. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I got some heated grips installed and had to test em out. I also haven't ridden since my last tag and I needed a moto fix! :huh
    Man, they are NICE!

    Anyway...I had beautiful roads all the way to the road the tag is on. I got up to where the pavement ends and there was still snow on the road but the tire tracks were snow free. Cool!
    Got a little further in and the snow was covering the entire road in places, no tracks to stay in, and out of the snow. OK, I'll have to slow down some. The road is severely crowned and the tracks with snow in them are angled as to make you slide off the road and into the ditch. Hmmm. :huh I better be careful here.
    I got past the open gate and past the only road off this one(to the left). There is an incline past this intersection for about 150-200 yards. At this point I started using my feet as outriggers as all the snow was packed down and was basically partially melted ice. The bike started slipping out from underneath me so I had to stop. Great. I'll never get going from here.
    So I backed up until I got to the center of the road where the snow had not been touched, thinking I may get a better purchase with my tire. Made it about ten feet but I could see this wasn't going to cut it.
    So then I got off and took these pics. Looking towards the prize...
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    You can see my tracks in the tire tracks(on the right) and in the center in the previous photo.
    Looking back...
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    Notice the rear tire. It was spinning the whole time. Of course it also looks like this...
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    :huh Yeah, maybe a fresh knobby would help.

    But I'm so close! Then I decided to move to the low spot on the left side of the road. It wasn't a ditch and it was nice and smooth. That worked(somewhat) for about 75 yards but it was a never ending spin/slide fest. :bluduh
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    I then decided to bag it as I knew there was at least one more hill like this one I would have to tackle.

    So I turned around and gently made it back to the intersection and took a break. The hill that got me...
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    Looking at the way out...
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    and the other road...
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    Nothing but wet packed snow/ice in all directions.

    So that's strike two! Who's next?
  8. LXDDLE

    LXDDLE ROBBXR

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    Nice try!
  9. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    You should be renamed "B-cojones" . :jose

    Great effort. Bring one of those old bottles by and we'll get you a refill!
  10. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    :clap

    I havent been riding much either. I did do this short ride yesterday just to test my new go pro helmet cam

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Jm630ULm-RI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  11. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    wanna borrow this Bob?:deal

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  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    :nah

    I'll ski in to get the tag...
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    :lol3
  13. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    Grab... end of Johnstown Rd. Columbia furnace. Its still ice and snow. I used the ditch.

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    Bwalsh tire tracks still visible.

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    I actually made a gopro video on the way in. I will post it when i get back to base.

    Sent from my SPH-L300 using Tapatalk 2
  14. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    well...you gave the lurkers a chance... :clap

    Great Grab!
  15. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    Nice to see the tag on the move.
  16. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    trust me guys........I had to work hard for this sauce. I have street treds on the drz.......I saw where bob spun out on the way in, but couldn't stop to take a pic til I came back down. My bike needs a bath............new tag pics & video coming soon.:deal

    oh ya,,,,,,,,,,,and thanks for the sauce!

    I left a little token of thanks for the next grabber as well.
  17. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    yeah... no way was i gonna try to snatch that with my continentals..
  18. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    I am sure Joe had a lot of fun getting it and getting back! Can't wait for the movie!
  19. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I'm waiting for the book...:evil
  20. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    you might have to wait for the book........i gotta figure out why these gopro files are SO HUGE. A 12 minute video should not take 4hrs to upload to the net. I am still uploading to youtube right now and plan to post the video within the next 2hrs.

    I am going to try some different settings on the camera to make the file sizes smaller. If that doesnt work I have a helmet cam for sale.:deal