Ramblin Kentucky and Tennessee

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by RamblinKevin, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Looks great!
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  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    lovin' it! you're in my back yard.
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  3. RamblinKevin

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    Thanks John. I was checkin out your Tellico Report. Great job as usual!

    Will you be able to attend the Tech Day at Redbird next Sunday?
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  4. RamblinKevin

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    That's one nice back yard! Plus it's so close I could do either Trace as a long day trip or overnighter any weekend.

    I need to attend one of the dualsport rides in the area this year to learn the best dirt routes. :ear

    Note to all: This report may take a few days to complete since I am back to work now. :puke1
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  5. scarysharkface

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    I have absolutely no idea. I didn't know I was going to Tellico Plains until last Wednesday. Sounds like fun though. Pinktoad and I have never ridden Redbird, so if it's dry that would be a great opportunity.

    John
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  6. ajones

    ajones Left Blinker is ON

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    Every time I ride over that bridge I feel like I'm on the downwind leg of land a plane....Cool sensation!

    Fun to see someone elses prospective of your local area.

    Thank you,

    AJ
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  7. RamblinKevin

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    While I was having lunch in Leiper Fork, TN last weekend, a rider was telling me about a 60 mile dirt road that runs from the Cherohala Skyway back to Tellico Plains. I actually rode a few miles of it on my Yamaha Tour Deluxe a few years ago before coming to my senses and turning around. I Didn't realize it went all the way to Tellico at the time. I'm gonna have to find time to ride that road this year on the KLR. :ricky

    Tech Day at Redbird Station should be a blast. Hope you can make it!
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  8. RamblinKevin

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    Thanks AJ. That is a very cool bridge. I pulled to the shoulder for a couple of quick pictures on it, and got a slight case of vertigo looking down. Great view from up there, and amazing archetecture in the design.

    What year was that built? Looks very modern, but can't imagine what sort of bridge it replaced. Has it always been a part of the Trace?
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  9. RamblinKevin

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    Let's see, where where we? Ahh yes the waterfall. Just one of hundreds of places along the 450+ miles of Natchez Trace where the traveler can park, stretch the legs, and enjoy a beautiful natural setting, or an interesting historical area.

    My goal for the day was Merriweather Lewis State Park situated right on the Trace.

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    I stopped for gas and a few "oil cans" to enjoy while watching the Butler Final Four game back at the motel later that evening. :D

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    A nice moss covered trail in the ML State Park.

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    The log cabin where Merriwether Lewis lost his life.

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    His final resting place is nearby.

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    The Trace is mile after mile of scenic beauty.

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    You can ride part of the old Trace.

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    Travelers are allowed to pull off the Parkway to park and enjoy the meadows.

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    Saying goodbye to the Trace for now.

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    Sunday morning, I headed north through the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area with a stop at Fort Donnelson, and Turkey Bay OHV area.

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    Fort Donnelson.

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    LBL one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest.

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    This road is also called the Trace.

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    With dozens of chip seal and dirt roads on either side leading to a beautiful spot on Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley, depending on which way you turn. I decided to checked one out. :D

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    Gotta go for now, but will be posting the last of the pics tomorrow, including a brief look at Turkey Bay. Stay tuned!

    RK
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  10. ajones

    ajones Left Blinker is ON

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    The North end of the trace wasn't finished until the late 90's. You can tell by the curves on the north end then you go 15 miles south and the Trace straighten out. If I were to guess, The curves were added to slow people down. If you ever drive it in a car, you are doing 75-80 before you realize how fast you are going.


    AJ
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  11. RamblinKevin

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    Those curves have just the opposite affect on me. I speed up for the corners and slow down to enjoy the scenery on the straightaways. :lol3

    Here are a few more pictures of the LBL area, and I should be able to wrap up the report tomorrow.

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    Kentucky Lake.

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    Turkey Bay OHV, more tomorrow.

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  12. planemanx15

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    incredible pictures! keep em coming.. I especially like that one on the first page of the water fall right behind the house. Must be nice to wake up to that every morning.
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  13. DUALATP

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    Man, I wish i had seen this thread sooner....could have arranged a day off to ride with you.....Your in my back yard....Great Pics and ride report...:clapThe next time you come this way from Indy...be sure and shoot me a message and we can ride the roads at LBL together.,...:freaky
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  14. RamblinKevin

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    Thanks planemanx15. Right across the road from Loretta Lynn's mansion is the river with waterfall, very pretty area. The ranch is open to all for exploration, not including the mansion, which is part of the Tour. Awesome woodland trails (for events only), ton's of dirt roads, and an MX track with AMA events throughout the year, what's not to like about all that? Awesome place to visit. Highly recommended. The MTDR guys do a first class job on the events they hold there throughout the year. :clap Very family friendly too if you are so inclined.
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  15. RamblinKevin

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    Thanks DUALATP. Thanks for the invite! I may just take you up on it a little later this spring. There are some awesome places to ride/camp at LBL on either lake, as I'm sure you already know. Earlier this year on a shakedown run to LBL, I noticed alot of double and single track trails heading into the woods from some of the dirt roads no doubt leading to some special place or campsite. Some of the dirt roads where rough with elevation changes which is perfect for a dualsporting adventure destination. And then there's Turkey Bay OHV Park... :clap

    I will be posting pictures of my brief tour of that facility later today. The gentleman at the gate was kind enough to offer for me to take a ride down the main road of the facility and back, just to check it out for next time. Great Guy. Awesome facility! :deal
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  16. RamblinKevin

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    Sunday afternoon rolled around and I knew it was time to head back to Indy, but I wanted to check out Turkey Bay for future trips. The guy at the gate offered to let me ride the main road down and back to check it out, and I took him up on it.

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    With miles of trails and camping on the Lake, Turkey Bay will be calling my name all summer long. I'll just have to heed that call. :D

    Thanks for reading my weekend ride report.

    Stay tuned this summer for a 2 week cross country adventure ride to Sunny California!

    Please let me know if you have questions or comments. Thank You! :ear
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