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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by One Less Harley, Jun 17, 2012.
Hey Richard, MiniMike didn't have power today. Thought you may want to know. have a great trip!!!
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <woNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> July 7<sup>th</sup>, Bowling Green, KY to Tellico Tn. I left about noon in the heat of the day and went through ¾ of the camel back. Uneventful pavement run. Dropped by to say hi to Mini Mike at Tellico Outfitters and look at his Klim gear. Nice stuff but still out of my price range right now. Asked him about the Witt Road water crossing to get advice on crossing. He said to go at it with speed, which is usually what you here when riding rough stuff. Oh, well guess Ill find out tomorrow. Stopped at Cheraholla Motorcycle Campground and wouldnt you know it I was just in time for yesterdays left overs. BBQ pork and some sort of rice casserole. The pork was good. The new owner takes individual campers and not just groups like mark used to do. The place is still well kept, I look forward to the Old School Fall gathering here
nope sorry not at the Miner (LOL).
Sunday 7th- Now for the teaser- Sundays ride, was full of surprises, let me just say it involves, trees, dogs, buzzards
and then there was this
What is wrong with this picture guys????
well gotta go, as I have a mini TAT I'm working on. I'll post more when I have WiFi, but it's spotting finding a place since I'm camping on the cheap.
"Where is that extra float bowl I packed?!"
About 4 years ago, the ALTproject was a popular TAT story here, a college summer internship for film making from Duquense (sp?) University
It was a blast to ride along with these guys... and I'm looking forward to seeing your G/S in Arkansas.
Hey Richard, let us know if you need one. float bowl that is.
So, this may be a little bit late... but better late than never huh?
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <woNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1026"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> July 8<sup>th</sup>, Sunday. Tellico to TN MM 245 just outside of Elkton. I got out of the campground at about 7am, which is good for me. Headed into town for an omelet biscuit from Hardees then hit the road. I had been dreading the water crossing which has received a lot of press from ADV. I was concerned about it. Didnt take long to get to it as its at mile mark 6.68. It wasnt difficult at all as the creek level was low due to lack of rain. I took the Vd out right side, but wouldnt have had a problem taking it any location. The 1<sup>st</sup> section of TN is nice gravel and easy. The worst part was keeping an eye out for fallen trees. Only one caused a delay of about 15 minutes, but not a problem with the trusty Sven saw I carry. I LOVE THIS THING!!! The new TN still has a lot of pavement but Id guess more gravel and some decent twisties.
I was a little bored with the road today, but there were some exciting moments due to external events. I did see two baby fawns and two does on separate encounters. Plus had a close encounter with a buzzard!!! Stupid bird, flew out from the side of the road parallel with me at a low altitude. I was worried about a collision, hit the brakes slowed to about 30mph and braced for a shoulder impact. Strange what things run through your mind at times like this. Luckily the bark buster caught him, didnt kill him as I saw him flying in the rearview mirror trying to catch me.
Then there were two suicidal dogs one was fast enough to almost take me out, but again I was lucky enough to brake hard and avoid him. Ill have to get coordinates as this dog is gonna take someone out..hes quick.
Another interesting event was when pulling to a stop the bike died. SO restarting the bike and it was missing severely
.well thats odd
I thought. Strange feeling when you look down on the pavement and see gas pouring on your right boot and pavement!!!! So what the heck could that be. Seems the old girl cant hold gas in the carb when the float bowl is missing. Sure would be nice to have float bowl leashes on!!!. Someone aught to do that. (LOL) Another slight issue as I failed to mention that its been threatening rain, in the form of thunder and a few sprinkles, plus its about 5PM and with grey clouds its getting a little dark and will get worse if it rains!!! Many thoughts go through my mind, one if I cant find it, how am I going to get to town??? Two, who do I know that has a float bowl to overnight me? Three how will this bike run on ONE cylinder??? Four walk up the road and HOPE to see the bowl.
First thing to do was to find a piece of wire
.and tie up the float to keep fuel from flowing out the right side. Fired up the bike and it ran ok for a single. I didnt want to pull the plug and deal with the spark, but this worked. Next I road up and down the road once and figured it would be better off walking and looking. I assumed that it happened close to the stop sign, but went up the road about 50 feet and walked back
..NO LOVE. I tried again walking in the ditch slowly and got very lucky and found it in the grass about 15 feet before the stop sign where it died.
Only made it just east of Elkton. It was threatening rain and since I hate putting up a tent in the rain. An abandoned house was my home for the night. The back porch will keep the morning dew off the tent. Ive got enough water for the freeze dried dinner and other cleaning up in general.
OH no, can't detour for this..
Sven Saw to the rescue
.and the potneital show stopper, I think a large branch dislocated the clip....
But after some searching.....a very happy moment in my ride....
Then a little later the back porch for my tent setup...
Monday 9<sup>th</sup>. Tn MM245 to Miss MM115.79- A little cooler today, well maybe I should say not as hot. Camping temps are good after about 12.Good fun today starting about TN MM 300 give or take, more gravel which is turning red which is what one sees in Miss. Made a pretty good pace on the trail and had a good time, way better than the 1<sup>st</sup> part of TN. Nothing to tricky except a creek crossing which distracted me and had me focused on the creek and not what was just beyond..eyes up!!! SAND TRAP
.it was kind of deep and a little rutted, and damp which would have made it easier
but nope not this time, down the old girl went. It was a soft landing though. I could tell you where the sand is, but that would spoil the surprise
..now wouldnt it?? I cut off the trail to make the Trace campgrounds. Tried to find the bathroom, which unfortunately was getting a remodel but only at the primitive camp sites, of course. So I went to the other campsite for RVs and electric/ water to use the shower, but upon arrival the grey clouds and thunder started rolling in. So it was a mad rush back the primative site to pitch the tent. The wind started to blow and clouds getting grayer, but I got it up quickly and guess what??? The rain went around
now isnt that typical!!
tuesday Morning- did some laundry as I'm on my last change of clean clothes, letting it dry in a mesh bag on the bike. Slow start at right now I'm eating breakfast and doing the RR for you guys. Hope it's not too jumbled as it's hard for these old eyes to read the screen.
Thanks for the offers of help, but not needed for now..........gotta hit the Miss trails, Miss is a fun section, or the old section was this should be more of the same.
Richard it would be easier on your old drz but even eaiser on a D9 bulldozer.. you got this..
David, the bulldozer would be too slow, but can they slide int he corners???
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Well you know you had a good ride when you lost two pairs of underwear and don’t realize how you did it!!! Well not exactly true but that’s all I have to say on the subject. Hum one pair of underwear for 11 days……better do something about that. OK back to the RR. A lot of red Mississippi gravel and a little bit of mud thrown in. Just a little to keep me on my toes and not tires. Good decent pace today, I’m not banging the corners since I want to be a little cautious since riding solo. Just running at a pace I’m comfy with. Every now and then the bike will slide or float, so a couple of pucker factors thrown in. managed to hit a little “DRY” mud before a large washed out area, but it was a slow speed wipe out. Nothing to exciting today, just keeping the throttle open making some miles. Miss is more fun than TN.
Called it quits at the Miss line and treated myself to a room at the casino, which is only $39 for a single. This will most likely be the only room for the complete trip. The AC is nice. It’s so sad seeing all the people though…what I mean to say is all the people throwing money away gambling, and not one attractive woman in the whole place. That says a lot from a guy that’s been on the road. Ok it’s only a couple of days now, but still.
This little "dry" spot had my name on it. It was wet underneath.
Doesn't look to bad though, she's a lot dirtier now..
Here's the other side...would like to say I nailed the throttle and road on through but that's not the case..
Kudzu...kudzu..kudzu.....couldn't camp next to a stream even with a machete..
..and of course it wouldn't be Mississippi w/o levees
Looks like its going good for you! Enjoying the report!
Blue- I'm glad somebody is.
Nice report OLH. I have read a few TAT reports but usually lose interest a few days into the report, but yours solo, and on an Airhead you have my undivided attention.
Good report. I guess I need to do the new TN and MS sections. I was planning on going to the rally but my plans got changed.
Have a good trip.
My favorite thread... Have fun!
Lookin' like fun.
I havn't gotten around to tying the bowls on, but I carry an extra bale (spring) just in case.
Lots of us enjoying it. Keep riding and typing.
Wow! I feel like an asshole for never ever thinking I need to carry a spare float bowl and spring.....! Enjoying it, Richard!!! Super jealous.
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just a reminder as to why one should camp more. Crossed the creek creek
i.e. Mississippi. first thing. It looked like beachfront property on both sides. Its that low, sure barge traffic is quite the challenge. Into AR to Helena and checked out Fort Curtis. The new Fort Clayton, not in the original location and not the original size
.should be called the Mini Clayton. Interesting anyway and snapped a few photos.
The roads were not quite what I remembered, they were fast and not to technical at the speeds traveled. No hot-dogging. Of course the day wasnt w/o incident, found a good muddy spot again and so not to disappoint I promptly wiped out, but it was slow. There was also shallow water crossing, which looks good in picts, but was shallow and solid gravel. I did have one slight mishap at speed. In what I remember of AR gravel, which is soft w/ some high center sections. I had just missed a turn and was distracted and went into the soft gravel. The bike got loose in the front then rear, and then almost made it into the ditch, it was a fairly hard hit for me. Once the dust settled, I hesitated getting up as I and felt a jolt in my head. Nothing actually hit my helmet; think it was just the sudden stop. My hipbone took most of the impact, its a little red and sore.
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Found a great camp spot outside of ..somewhere (Scotland)
where some natural gas line equipment is.. Disturbed 6-5 deer while going into the woods. This spot also has clean water to rinse off in. Not swim in though.
Centennial Church at Ft Curtis
Wiped out in the only mud in all of AR this summer....
Not as bad as the 1st impression...
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <woNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> Thursday 12<sup>th</sup>- AR MM 217 to Oark MM 317(?) been on the road since Saturday, six days, dont you just love it when you dont really know what day it is???? Ive has two moments so far which have made me feel completely happy
OH no Im not gonna get mushy or deep here. One was when the float bowl was found. Definitely an extreme feeling of elation. Of course it could have caused a huge delay. Now the other was a warm rock
what the heck am I so happy for a warm rock on a hot days riding for??? Ill get back to that.
Got the tent all set up while watching bats have their evening meal. Once bedded down the coyotes were having a quite interesting conversation between hillsides I suppose. Plus an occasional fox call. Frogs crickets and all other critters making noises, but once the earplugs were in place it was shhhhhhhh, all quiet. For the morning the tent was dried out and the single course breakfast bar was devoured. Too bad Kevin wasnt there to serve me breakfast in bag like on the last TAT (LOL).
Todays ride was without mishap, but once again good easy gravel. I remember it being more difficult last year and that was on a smaller bike. Made it to Oark and loaded up on ice, power aid and a 2L Coke. Power aid went down quick along w/ a good amount of cold water. Explored the area and went by Byrds Adventure center just to check it out as the GS (G/S) Giants will be arriving on Sunday. So Ive got 3 days to explore or do nothing. Probably not do much on Friday as my butt needs a rest.
Oh yeah almost forgot, the warm rock thing. Set up the tent at Wolf pen campground, did laundry in the waist deep stream. There was a lot more water last year. Went for kind of a swim, more like a float, but it felt very good being in the cool water. Once out of the water I was kind of chilled
so after noticing how warm the rocks were from being heated all day, kind of seemed like a good spot to lay down
ah, the heat felt so nice and comforting. So laid there for a little while till my body got warmed up again.
Now typing next to the river watching a snake swim buy and a crow cawing in the background.
Stayed up talking to some neighbors headed to California who were from NJ. Hes going back to school and she is hoping to land a job with her masters in Social Cervices. Stayed up and talked to them for a while. Then headed back to the campground to see 3 pairs of green beady eyes looking at me from a tree. Hum, good thing I saw them as those little critters would have wreaked havoc on my meager food supplies. I listened to them making plans for their soon to be acquired meal, well so they thought. Put the food stuff in the neighbors car for the night. They might be back tomorrow night for another go.
I didn't cross here but remember it from last year, there was water before
Bridge Nea Wolf Pen, not on the TAT..
Shot from Wolf Pen Camp Ground...
Composing this RR in such a terrible location. life is tough..
This reminds me I what Black Dragon was like......PSD....
<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <woNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1026"/> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"/> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> Saturday 14<sup>th</sup>- Ian who is heading the gathering at Byrds came by on his G/S to say hi. I was still in the tent just taking it easy and being lazy. We talked for a little while. After he left I took my morning swim i.e. bath, which was needed. It was very refreshing. Not long after that the rain came in. So a quick retreat to the tent was in order. Stayed in it till about 3:30. The n took off to Byrds to see if anyone else had showed up. Rock crawlers had the place packed. Looks like those guys were gonna have some fun, especially since it had been raining. Spoke with Ian, Rick and a few other GS guys and we decided to go to the Burger Barn which was only about 8 miles down the road. It was my 1<sup>st</sup> real meal of the day. After the meal they headed back to Byrds and I to Wolf Pen. Itll be good to see the other riders tomorrow, should be about 75 riders.
Various shots to the 13-14th rides, To White Rock and Shores Lake. The area West of 23 from Byrd's.
To White Rock..
A trail near white rock..
White Rock Overlook....
The only type of Jack Russell terrier I like...
Brave little guy..
Burger barn with Ian and a couple of guys from Byrd's......this is gonna be a hoot...