RI & Eastern CT Big Bike Drop-o-rama

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by mrt10x, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. SquadraCorse

    SquadraCorse Been here awhile

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    That's a great place to ride. It's small, but there's some tight single track off of it as well as the main road and gas line. We go there quite a bit as it's only about 15 minutes from me. Here's a vid from the very start of the year at the same place:

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  2. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    I got 2 words for you: Wild West
  3. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    I have two words for both of you JO MAMA!! take your political discussions down to the basement please.
  4. jgormley

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    I still want to try to connect Aldrich Trail... looks like a decent section..
    Where is the single track... North of Hanton City Road...
  5. MATPOC

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    Like I said, this is not political, just a friendly warning that any idiot who shops Wall Mart can be out there in the woods armed with a 50cal. looking for things to shoot...
  6. stromper

    stromper Been here awhile

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    I have orange vests and hats for me and my sons

    It is ridiculous to think that hunters will obey rules and laws consistently.

    Orange vests at Walmart are like $4

    I have been shot in the elbow with a 22, I have many worse injuries

    A modern "black powder" is a throughly modern weapon with scopes and breech loading etc.
    However it is reported that deers prefer to be shot with black powder and not modern weapons
  7. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    I agree with Mr T, we should keep it riding related. Orange vest warning noted.
  8. SquadraCorse

    SquadraCorse Been here awhile

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    The singletrack is north of Hanton City Road, south puts you in peoples back yards....you know...so I hear....

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    There are 2 trails that I know of. The one with the start in yellow is a lot of fun, and I believe heads up and connects to rocky hill road. I've only ridden that one once. The start is right where there's a little parking clearing. Shown @ 0:22 on the video I posted, off to the left.

    The one with the start in green loops around and connects with itself. I've done it several times and it's a bit of a slog on a DRZ, but should be good fun on your WR. There is one challenging downhill into a decent uphill. Good fun. If you go in the entrance closest to Reservoir it's easy to follow around. I recall getting a bit mixed up when I went in near Decolis Farm Road as there are some offshoots of the trail that don't really go anywhere.
  9. jgormley

    jgormley Long timer

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    0:22 looks like the start of Aldrich Trail on my map... so it seems like you could use it to go up to rocky hill road and then come back via my so called Hunter's Road where you enter by the Water Tank to make a decent loop...
  10. Gooch

    Gooch Been here awhile

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    Organized by alcontrast, ostensibly to clean up the blowdown in the central CT river valley area, this turned into a really pleasant Sunday ride. We cleared a few trees, and a few ledges.

    The day started cold -- very cold. I kept waiting for the frost to clear off my car before heading out but it didn't. We met at al's; here's the 3, 6, and 4 of CT DUAL-SPORT, me and alcontrast respectively. mrt10x was over by his truck making sweet, sweet love to the husaberg (5).

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    We crossed the river to the west by the Opera House and headed south. After a few twists and turns -- Matt overshot one I've overshot at least twice, but no harm -- we soon found ourselves on the narrow, rocky way:

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    We zigged and zagged down Ruth Hill Road, a really nice way to get the blood flowing. I don't think the sun had gotten up above 40 yet and the blast across the bridge turned us a bit blue. CT DUAL-SPORT had the freezing goddam ride from Killingworth and had probably just started to thaw when we moved out. Ruth warmed us right up. After a few turnings, we came to a spot the "camp'n'ride at Devil's Hopyard" folks might recognize. Here's mrt10x nailing the sandy, loose hillclimb, CT DUAL-SPORT got the video:

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    We messed around there for a bit. There was a bunch of good riding getting there that I didn't snap shots of, including some tight single track, old woods roads and a bit of tarmac. I'm going to stick to narrating the few photos I have. Rest assured, al and CT led us to some really nice spots.

    Here we are in a trench above a local state by-way (to stay general). We paused here and got out the axe. You haven't had a woods ride until you've seen a man jump a DRZ with an axe strapped to his back.

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    Back into the woods on our way to a certain utility ROW, a brief halt for some minor tweaks: L to R: CT DUAL-SPORT, mrt10x and al; 3,5,4.

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    Powerline, baby. This was some sweet stuff. I know I dumped it at the top of the big gnarly climb, having cleared all the tough stuff. Later on, I looped it going the other way. The first one was harder on my body, but neither fazed the KLR -- a little tweak to the handle bars on the second (loosened the bolts and she slid right back); a slightly displaced handguard on the first. In both cases, I got past the tough stuff then slid out on the followthrough. al can tell you what the underside of a KLR looks like in the 12 o'clock position. Anyhoo, the view from the top:

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    That's 4, 3, 5, 6 back-to-front for those of you scoring at home. The power towers on the right are made of wood, I was surprised to see. Anyone who knows why, feel free to chime in.

    This was the first powerline pause, IIRC. We watched four kids in a cherokee come up the way we did -- high-slung and slowly. After the second go-round on the other end of the powerline trail, CT DUAL-SPORT took us on a short, steep bushwhack. A pretty sweet trail with a lot of blowdown, some of which we cleared and some of which we didn't. This shot shows a steep-ish section, with CT trudging up and mrt looking down:

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    That's all I got. Apologies for the crappy iPhone shots, but many thanks to al and CT for finding good routes and to mrt10x for coming along. Anyone who was out on Sunday knows it was a perfect day for a ride in our part of the world. alcontrast and CT D got some vid -- I'm hoping to see it posted when they have an hour or eight to spare in editing the deal. Thanks, guys.
  11. CT DUAL-SPORT

    CT DUAL-SPORT Adventurer

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    Nice recap gooch... I had a great time with you guys! I will post video asap.
  12. alcontrast

    alcontrast at least I'm trying

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    same from me! I think Gooch should be a travel writer; you always have a great recap after a ride.. I started a little video editing last night but I didn't get far.. I just threw a lasagna in the oven and have some free time now so perhaps I'll get something up tonight..

    in the meantime I have these:

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    A dead fall we didn't really need to clear since a good rider could go over it and the rest of us could have found a way around it.. It's a fun fast section of trail though so we decided to get rid of it in order to keep that section fun and fast...
    We (meaning "they") cut through 2/3 of the petrified log before it was decided that matt's saw wasn't getting the job done on this ancient piece of oak and instead we cut down a sapling and rotated the tree out of the way of the trail.



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    Gooch and the KLR. As he stated he got past the rough part and lost it on the follow up! The next photo shows his position from down below..



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    Gooch is on the right there but after all the ledge the trail turns left and he must have slid out on the outside of the turn. It was a cool surface to ride on though, I'm not at the bottom of it when I took the photo. And as always it looks less intense in the photos/videos...





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    The angle of the power lines indicate the incline from the top better than anything else..

    It was a fun ride. We found at least two new trails (to me at least) and we cleared some downed trees as intended. There's still a lot of trail that hasn't been checked though....
  13. MATPOC

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    Be careful on Rocky hill road, there is a douche living in the house across from the chain link fence at the south end of the street, he heard me coming on the bike and walked out in to the road in front of me trying to get me to hit him, typical jack-off with a tribal tattoo, I stopped to ask what his problem was and he kept telling me how he is gonna pound my head in for going too fast on his street, then threatened to call the cops... I told him that I'll be glad to wait for the cops if he needs them to wipe his tears... I get the feeling he might not like the bikes or something, form now on extra careful around that first turn, never know if he is gonna throw nails or whatever...
  14. akarob

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    Typical retard. Threatens you with battery then to call the cops? Go right ahead. He literally just committed a crime.


    I have my own person fucking psycho living near me. In his defense, he does live up the road about 6 - 10 houses from a trail that a lot of dirtbikes and quads go in. This guy is pissed because kids fairly regularly rip past his house WFO.

    Anyway, I'm coming out of this trail one day, and turn left up towards his house. Again, it's a bit up the road. As I literally PUTT up the road and come upon his house, slow as any minivan. He proceeds to stand up, grab some small stones, and throw them as hard as he can directly at me, as hard as he can. I couldn't believe it and just gave my look of WTF. I considered stopping, next time I may call the cops on him. As far as the cops are concerned for me, I wouldn't admit to anything less than legal.
  15. Gooch

    Gooch Been here awhile

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    A wise policy.

    Nice photos, al. Looking forward to the vids.
  16. MATPOC

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    Plenty of psychos around, one asshole on a bike will ruin it for many people, still some are just nut jobs that will find any excuse to mess with you.

    This past summer I loaned my LC4 to a friend, he was commuting to work on it in CT. One day I get a call from Smithfield PD:
    "Do you know So and So?"
    "yes"
    "Does he have your permission to use the bike?"
    "Yes, he takes it to work in CT"
    "I guess he got lost, never mind..."

    Later my friend told me how he took some dirt road on the way home, just exploring, no signs, rolling down the road when some woman comes screaming from the house, so he pulls over thinking there is an emergency, she comes up, yanks the key from the bike and runs away, disappears in the house. Later when the cops came she came out insisting that it's a private road and he should be arrested for trespassing, cops were less than thrilled and told him to go home (after verifying with me that bike was not stolen) while they told the old hag not to do this again... Apparently there is a private road with bunch of crazies living on it, tempted to go back and tear up some lawns!
  17. MATPOC

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    On a positive note, TWICE now in few month I got stranded and got a ride (and tow) home form a perfect stranger.

    First time my NSR ate a crank on I-95 in Warwick and some guy pulled over with a truck and gave me and the bike a ride home, he was not even going in the same direction, brought me back to Pawtucket while he was headed to Newport. This past Sunday guy named George brought me home after I got a flat in Freetown, he was going home to Johnston and gave me and Katoom a lift home, refused to take any money. While there are still people out there who are willing to help others there is still hope...
  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I have gone to the town highway dept and asked about the town "road inventory". If the road is on that inventory, (at least in CT) it receives money from the state and has to be open to registered motor vehicles. NO gates or chains, etc. Might be worth a look.
  19. MATPOC

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    There was no gate or chain, just some crazy woman who yanked the key from the bike and her crazy neighbors who showed up later, only stopped cause she flagged him down, he was pretty happy when cops showed up and he was finally able to leave. My buddy is not easily scared, he spent couple years in Iraq, but he certainly does not want to go back there since they might just open fire next time, he thinks they are either nuts or cooking meth or both...
  20. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    It might be wort asking. A lot of these "private" roads are really open to traffic, but because no one ever uses them and they start to grow in a little, the locals defend them like they own them. If it goes on long enough, unchallenged, it ends up being believed. Do you know if the road has a name? What town? It sometimes can be found with Google. I have checked out several in the Berkshires for my clubs' ADV Ride and verified that they were in fact open.