Pensacola area riders

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by XT Thumper, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    Astonoshing!
    Yawwl be careful on those big bikes!


    Just got home last night from Morris's Smokey Mountain dualsport ride. Gonna take a while to compile a report/pictures. It was a fantastic trip !
  2. RuckedUp

    RuckedUp Long timer

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    110mph on the highway all last weekend. Just saying!
  3. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    I honestly can't feel the added weight of the Vee offroad, but the power is really apparent on the street. Then again, I'm no rider, just a part timer.
  4. HonMudDog

    HonMudDog "ORIGINAL" LowBudgetRider

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  5. r_bin

    r_bin Been here awhile

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    I'm also up for some riding tomorrow if anyone is going.
  6. tdreyer

    tdreyer KTiM

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    I'd be up for a "beastish" type ride Tomorrow.:ear I don't have a beast but the 625 in SUMO trim can pretend like a beast, if the speeds are below 80 and pit stops can come around 60 to 90 mi.

    The dirt setup is out of action till I get some new rubber and I think I've been sold, by some of you on here, to go tubliss.

    Really looking forward to this if it happens as now planned?

  7. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    Tim and others,
    Yes it's on for second weekend in June if weather permits.

    Nothing special about this ride especially with all the hardwoods being clear cut in so many areas.
    Dirt roads and pavement in the country.
    Targets along the way are riding on the Old Federal Road (http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2999)
    Community of Burnt Corn, maybe the train tunnel, stop at the state lake, see progress at the Haynes Island Ferry, Stop at Clairborn Lock and Dam facility, maybe the caves if the gate is open.

    Bike choices? Can be done entirely on a Gold Wing.
    Jeff done it on his last trip but he's a special rider.

    More as the date gets closer.

    Hope to have pictures and comments on the Smokey Mountain trip Morris R. lead by Tuesday night.

  8. Just_P_Dirty

    Just_P_Dirty Its more fun when Dirty!

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    Sorry for the lare reply... Sunday dual sport ride mostly dirty not very difficult but alot of fun- kickstands up at 1000L at tom thumb on hwy 90 and antioch rd. i ride a 625 sxc with a big gas tank but couple other have 450 excs so usually we ride about 75 miles. riders of all skill are welcome. we make sure everyone gets back and has a good time.
  9. freebornman

    freebornman pointman

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    I,d like to get in a ride tomorrow am from bronson landind if anyone want to join me
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  10. SingleTrackJeff

    SingleTrackJeff Lurker and Hangaround

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    Will this work? That may get you a ride in the back of the popo's car
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  11. SingleTrackJeff

    SingleTrackJeff Lurker and Hangaround

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    This one looks like more fun though. :evil
    Retirement in 73 days:clap
    What will both wheels in the air get you?
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  12. Dirtwoman

    Dirtwoman Plexus Princess

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    Our Chief aka as Kevin did a WONDERFUL job cooking for all of us Floribama Riders shin dig that we had in Suches, GA Saturday night. Eventhough his help BAILED on him, he still managed to feed all of us with the best food you will ever have in the mountains!!

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    I rode street bikes this past weekend with my friends/riders I haven't seen in a looong time, too long! Friday, was a few hundred mile ride in North Carolina lead by an 80 year old that will leave you in the dust on street and dirt! I hope to ride like that when I grow up, lol. Plus I caught up with a couple of fast girls that I haven't seen in a long time too. Saturday I took it a little easier and road locally in north georgia. Went to three sisters winery... I am not a wine drinker, but YUM YUM! I managed to miss the rain, so still good riding for us on Saturday. Then the shin dig put the icing on the cake! :freaky

    It always has amazed me how it can be foggy and crappy looking in one place and sunny and beautiful just down the road in the mountains. Finally for ONCE riding in the mountains, I didnt have to endure pouring rain while riding! :clap

    AND ALL YOU SUCKERS THAT BAILED OUT....... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??? time is priceless! good times are limited! And to get good company there all at one time is down in the books without you!
  13. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Glad you guys had fun. Great time to be in the mountains.

    Gonna be hot hot hot from now on.
  14. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    Morris has been after me for many years to squeeze in a week to go riding with him at his cabin in Morganton, Georgia. At long last time and work allows me to take advantage of his generosity.
    Brad, Melvin and Roy join in and we leave early the monday after Mothers day.

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    He has a beautiful 3 story cabin near the top of a mountain.

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    Also a two car garage with loft.

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    We arrive in time for a little afternoon ride near the Toccoa River.

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    Morris plan was for us to gather enough supplies for two nights away from the cabin. Roughly the route would appear on a map as a triangle first heading toward the northeast into North Carolina then east into Tennessee then back southeast into Georgia to his cabin by way of forest service roads with as little pavement as possible.
    I didnt sleep very well Monday night thinking about the days to come.
    Don't think any of us did.
    Tuesday morning, the temperature is in the highs
    The sun is shining,,,,,the birds are singing and we're riding our scooters in a beautiful place.

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    At one place, we're stopped for a few seconds where the forest service is cutting down trees that have been killed by some kind of beatle. They were felling the trees toward the road so they could be recovered easier.

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    About then, Brad notices that his luggage pack is coming apart at the base and we apply some ties to keep it together.
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    Too bad I don't have a Go Pro camera. Making photos of the challenging places is entirely impossible with my setup simply because you have to keep moving until your out of such places to regroup, laugh and re-hash the blow by blows of the section you just went through.
    That's when I can snap a picture.
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    At one pee stop, we spot a bee hive hanging high in a tree. Guess is was to protect it from the bears and other varmints.

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    Sure could have asked Spertz a bunch of questions about the plant life along the way. Spotted hundreds of these mushrooms in one location and wondered if it was those expensive Morrels I've heard about:

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    One section near Franklin had a Forest Service study place that measured stream flow with a series of Weirs. I thought that was cool because in my line of work we run into that kind of thing. (measuring/controlling flow, temperature,pressure.)
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    A little video of us crossing one of many steams.

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    Sometimes we'd hit clouds of little bugs and I snapped a shot of Morris's useless headlight with baked-on bug goo.
    Melvin commented about a recent world news report regarding the use of bugs as a human food source.
    I cracked up when he said that perhaps General Bug with red sauce would be available at the Chinese buffet one day.

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    Next morning, we're up and at it doing a bit of bike prep. Roy is knocking off a few pounds of mud off his DRZ.

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    Morris route would take us deep into the forest with no signs of anybody anywhere. At just one of these places I spotted this bunch of freshly picked flowers just laying right where we had stopped.

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    Brad had the only flat of the trip and was lucky not to crash because of it. Only took a little while to fix and we're off again.

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    Morris studying his maps.

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    Gosh, this is taking too long.........

    That night we make it to Andrews, North Carolina. Grab some pizza at a sports bar and talk about the ride so far and how much fun its been. Next morning, we continue west through the forest towards Tellico Plains and head south from there. More pictures:

    Ever dream of owning a place in the mountains with a waterfall and a lake? Here you go:

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    This was probably the most challenging day. Morris' route took us to just before the entrance to the Cheraholla Skyway road. Just past where the Last Chance Gas Station is,,,we turn left and begin a climb up a torn up mountain road.
    Then it got bad and soon got worse.
    At the top, Melvin and Roy were estatic!
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    I guess I was smiling too because Morris asked what I thought of it too and I said I hated a challenge.

    He told me from the look of my expression that I was lying. :lol3

    Brad was bringing up the rear and when he arrived on top of the mountain, he asked me for my pistol......
    I asked him what for,,,,,,,, and he told me so he could shoot himself. :rofl
    Seriously though, everybody stayed together and looked after one another.

    This is where I spotted this little fella with its butt sticking out of the ground:

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    I touched it with a swig and his stinger came stickin out. It couldnt back up out of the hole and it could not go in deeper for some reason. I guess its wings acted like a barb and prevented the backing up part so I dug him out and he flew away. It was a big wasp of some kind after whatever was in the hole.

    Saw this nice piece of stump up there too. Wish I could have brought it home:

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    This is where it got real hard. Only picture I got is this one exiting the closed gate at the Cherahola road. We picked our bikes up over those boulders and around the side of the gate.
    No gate going in.
    Gate coming out.
    It was a pitiful trap.

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    Roy showed us how to do it the easy way.

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    Roy is in his mid 60's and what a talented enthusiastic rider he is! I'll be 60 years old in a few months and get increased mental strength and inspiration hanging with Roy, Brad and Melvin.
    A joy to be around these fine men!


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    A couple hours later, we make it to Tellico Plains and eat at the Bakery. A great place and I've been there before and know what to order. The Pecan Chicken salad on sourdough bread.

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    I gobble down my sandwich and go across the street to the Tellico Outfitter shop to check out the neat stuff there. In the meantime, Melvin and Roy are finishing up and about to make their way over when a fella rolls up to the Bakery on a big Harley Trike with a electric wheelchair on the back. This fella hasn't any legs and appears to struggle a bit to get situated from the trike to the electric wheelchair. Melvin needs to be telling you this story,,,,,,,anyway, Melvin ask the fella can he lend him a hand and the fella replies "No,,,but I sure could use a couple legs" and everyone bust out laughing.

    On we go. Butterflies are everywhere up here this week.

    We smush dozens.

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    And Morris captures one on his helmet.
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    Saw plenty of wildlife of all kinds. Some encounters I remember worth mentioning was a hawk flying by me holding a squirrel he had just captured. Morris showed us a mother bear with her cub climbing a tree.


    We were getting close to the end of the ride the last day and following Roy, I noticed only one bolt was holding his tag on. A couple beeps of my horn and we were stopped figuring out the quickest way to make a temporary fix to get home. I offered up a long tie strap and before you know it we're off again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,down some really rough stuff.

    At the end, I look to see how well the strap did and it was gone and spotted it in his spokes along with his left blinker. Cord in one hand, the blinker in the other. Sorry about that Roy!

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    My thanks to Morris for his excellent efforts. Will never ever forget this week till the day I leave this earth.

    We're all very fortunate to have so many quality friends to ride with and I'm forever grateful for you all.
  15. Hatch

    Hatch PAR OG

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  16. Woods Rider

    Woods Rider X-Crazed Racing Fool

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    I will never be able to see the Pickens Nose sign again without thinking of Barney and I arriving there last fall on our trek! And of course the photo of him ......
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  17. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    T. Great ride report, and beautiful pics! Livin the life Sir. One day I'll get to actually put some miles on again. Life happens.

    Hatch, :rofl:lol3 :clap
  18. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    Swallowed that hook!:rofl
  19. waysherr

    waysherr Behind Bars For Life

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    My scroll wheel is hot:eek1 Thanx Hatch:D
  20. Dirtwoman

    Dirtwoman Plexus Princess

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    You are right about that... I left the mountains with warm clothes on and had to peel them off the closer we got to home and it was HOT in my house!!