S.e.t. 2012

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Day13, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    I ride vicariously through these type of reports. I take my smartphone out to the bike, start it up and read and watch the videos.
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  2. j-mac

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    Great report on a very cool ride, gents! It's not often that one of these reports is coming from so close to home (panama city).

    Any chance there is a gps file among the riders? I'd love to get a gaggle together and retrace your steps.

    j-mac
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  3. waybill

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    Well, that's one way to git 'er done : )

    Sounds sorta like, in the movie 'Days of Thunder', when Robert Duvall asks Tom Cruise what makes him think he can drive a stock car. Cruise says "I watched it on ESPN". :rofl

    Turns out, he was right.

    One of these days you oughta ride it with some buds, there's no doubt you'd enjoy it.
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  4. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    Between this and the dual sport loop Buzztail Dr. Z and a few others did, definately give me the desire to do it eventually.
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  5. waybill

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    Thanks j-mac, it's the second year a group of us took the ride, most of it anyway. Seems there's always somebody (:eek1) that has to work a regular job so we end up riding just three consecutive days and allow one to get back home.

    I would like to see more groups riding the route and we do have the gps file. Dave (Day 13) is our gps guru and can slice and dice it about anyway we need. I've done quite a few routes over the years but this is by far my longest and has taken about three years to reach this point, the past year or so fine tuning it.

    I've debated long and hard about how to get it out, but in the end have sadly succumbed to the temptations of capitalism, and decided to charge $45. for it. This is sure to piss off almost everyone from conscientious objectors to couch potatoes but I really don't care. :D Hey, there are plenty of free routes out there for the asking, just check the GPS Sector, almost anywhere you'd want to go (btw Chip and his routemen do some really good work). And, by the time this RR is over there will almost be enough hints that a resourceful chap could duplicate some of it and ad lib what's left, well not exactly but you get the idea. I've yet to put it in the Vendors section as originally intended but still plan to. :1drink

    But wait..... there are several ways one can get it free.

    I'll give it to anyone that is active service, is in school (taking classes of any kind), doesn't have a job (but is trying to get one), or can just come up with a fairly compelling reason why.

    Also, within the next two weeks (end of the month), anyone that'll ride it (at least 3 days of it) and write an RR on any forum in the next two and a half months, can have it. Just PM me or Day13.
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  6. waybill

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    Let's backup on day 1 to about here, just before our regularly scheduled lunch stop...

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    which didn't happen because the only gas station/convenience store (which had served up some decent fried chicken last year) in the only town (Davisboro) on the day's route was closed for remodeling by it's new owner. It's a major source of consternation for anyone mapping routes, especially long distance ones. Stuff changes, roads and trails change, people change, and business's change. Might as well get used to it. We got gas and continued on dirt another 45 minutes but eventually had to bail and ride an hour and a half out of the way for lunch, which weren't gonna fly.

    So a couple weeks later I stop in to check out the place, and it's better than ever. The new owner, Sim, is a great guy and he's got real good Ga. home cooking every day but Sunday when he serves dogs and wings, hallelujah brother.

    And, because it was the shortest mileage day (137) of the route, and since it runs thru one of the more scenic parts of the state, I'd been wanting to substitute some dirt for pavement that afternoon. Which I was able to, about 20 miles worth, making the day at least a 90%er. About the only signs of civilization is stufff like this, and it's few and far between.

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    About half the times I glanced in the mirror Fred (the other Fred) was standing on the pegs, wtf? It turns out he couldn't get comfy on the borrowed 400's seat, having been spoiled rotten from riding his camhead 1200GS up until this trip (some of us had to bring narrow, lightweight bikes for packaging purposes on the trip home). So he stood up a lot, an awful lot. :lol3

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    Nearing day's end the roads opened up and we could stretch the legs a little.

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    Enough that it made traffic on the paralleling Interstate look kinda pokey. :evil

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    I won't dwell much on what happened next when we arrived at camp, other than it involved finding a used tire for the Airstream at closing time in a town 30 miles away. Seems we had this issue last year, several times in fact. :D

    So, the next morning we get a pretty good start for a medium long day. Fred (old Fred) says he wants to drive the bus cause he'd been racing the previous three weekends (AMA hare scrambles) and his derriere needed a break.

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    Heading out of Alexander Stephens State Park on my favorite day of the ride, not to mention one of or maybe the best lunch of the trip, at The Roystonian.

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    No yummy food pics but somehow the pace managed to quicken the closer we got. :wink:

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    Yes, you guessed it, it's mostly about the food...
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  7. Day13

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    Finally!! :clap
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  8. Chicken Helmet

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    Now i'm enthusiastic about this ride report but why do you have to tease by posting the same video 3 times?:norton
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  9. waybill

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    Sorry, technical difficulties, be right back.

    Play it again Sean....
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    :freakymas bueno
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  12. slimy

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    Great roads, great trip, and yes a little adversity. But that is what makes it an adventure. It is how you handle those misfortunes that makes a story……stay tuned……:deal
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  13. waybill

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    Dave's about a half day ahead of me so I'll try to catch up. After this little incident happened (amazingly no one photographed it, well almost)

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    ...there was a lot of standing around going, 'are you ok man?" and stuff like that : )

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    the answer to which was, I can ride but there's somethin' wrong with the left foot, which later kinda turned into a blueish balloon looking thing. When we got into town I found a drugstore for some Advil, a cane, and an Ace bandage. The next morning I decided to sleep in and catch them at the lunch stop. Actually leaving a little sooner than anticipated and making good time on some shortcuts, I thought since it had rained all night and there was one dirt junction, I could tell if they were ahead or behind me by whether I saw their tracks. There was a couple having some car issues at the last paved intersection so I asked the girl if she'd seen five guys on dirtbikes come by here and she goes yeah, about 10 minutes ago. I knew they were going Tusquitee Gap and I could hustle up Tuni and cut them off...was there about 5 minutes.

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    Before they showed up and then stuff like this started happening... Fred goes, hey ya see that hill over there?

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    And Dave (the other Dave) says, aw no Fred don't do it...:D

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    well, guess what.

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    It did end well though.

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    I'm kinda digging this video stuff so will go back and finish off the last part of yesterday's ride with a couple.

    Should be gettin the hang of it now, hit the tune then the vids.

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    We hooked up with Bill and the lunch plan was set. It was a great ride out to Andrews to the now infamous "Burger Basket." We got there just ahead of the lunch rush and quickly came to understand why it soon became so congested. It's a rather smallish place to begin with and the hand patted burgers and fresh cut fries had the locals coming from all directions. Some of the guys even got chicken fingers (at a burger joint?!) and said they were great. No pics. Sorry, but you'll have to check it out for yourself!


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    Just a really neat ride through the Snowbird Mountains on our way to Tellico Plains.


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    We were sailing right along when we came upon an unexpected sight. The road was open on the end we came in on. I swear it! Had to thin the profile on the GSA a little bit and still just barely made it!


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    But we all made it eventually. Fred even did double duty for our wounded comrade. Brother, if that ain't incriminating, I don't know what is!!


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    Our plan was to make it to FS Road 81 and take that westward but the gate was CLOSED!! We called Mini Mike at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters and he said they had been doing controlled burns in there and that was possibly why it was gated off. So... we had to take to the Skyway. Real bummer. :D


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    Notice the dark clouds gathering in the background, Definitely a harbinger of things to come...


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    And then, DEPRESSION SET IN...


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    You can probably tell at a glance that this ain't good. We were about 5 miles into the Skyway past 81 and I began to feel that dreaded wiggle waggle in the rear. I immediately thought flat. I should have been so lucky. Fortunately, Fred and Dave were behind me and had noticed strange goings on with my bike so they dove off with me when I pulled over to check it out. Let me just say, as the picture above attests, that Fred and Dave are not only extremely knowledgeable about all things motorcycle related, but ALWAYS the first to dive in on any problem, perceived or potential. These are the kind of guys you would want to have with you if you found yourself marooned on Gilligan's Island. (If you couldn't have Ginger and Mary Ann!) I mean, they were on it! Fred has a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks that he kept pulling solutions out of and Dave was right there to supply the muscle.

    It turned out to be a wheel bearing. :cry But not to worry! Fred had a miniature mustard bottle full of ATF (doesn't everyone?) that he bathed the bearing in (3 times) enough to get back to Robbinsville.


    Limping toward Robbinsville


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    Luckily, it was unusual the way it went out. It still had enough left to make it to town where we took the wheel off and after strapping it on the back of Rony's GSA, struck out for Wheeler's Cycle shop. Just as the bottom fell out.

    You might say it was the most fortuitous stroke of serendipity ever, depending on your perspective. I like to think it was the providence of God. Not only was Wheeler's open at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon, not only did he have the bearings and seals in stock, but he dropped what he was doing and in 25 minutes had it all buttoned up and we were on our way. The wheel was installed and we pointed the caravan back toward Dillard.


    Stay tuned for the climactic conclusion. OR the merciful end!!
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  16. Chicken Helmet

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    My A.D.D. is being tested on this one.:ear
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    I know what you're say'in. I was asked about this very thing earlier today. I've been out of town for a week and just neglected to follow through. But, enough with the excuses and down the home stretch we go!


    The rain was coming down in buckets by this time and the temps began to drop as well. I was so relieved not to be marooned on the side of the Skyway that I think I was actually humming in my helmet and not even noticing the deteriorating conditions. That was not the case with our ride leader. Bill pulled into the rest area at the north end of Wayah road saying he was freezing and began to put on more clothes and I did suddenly become aware that the temperature had dropped about 15 degrees. This was the most direct route back to Mountain City but I knew it was going to be tricky in the rain and cold temps.

    And then, more depression set in. Bill's bike wouldn't start. On top of that the battery sounded weaker and weaker. If we had much more delay darkness would overtake us and then the going would get dicey for sure. (Not that we hadn't done Wayah before at night, in the rain.) :D But it ain't fun!

    Thankfully, we had Fred MacGyver with us. I had gone to answer the call so I didn't get the first hand take on the fix, but Fred apparently pulled a spare spark plug out of his spares pack and put the plug cap on it and turned the starter over and then put everything back and the bike started. It was something like that anyway. Whatever he did, Bill swore it had no bearing whatsoever on the bike starting. Pure luck, he said. Well, we set off again hoping for the best.

    It eventually stopped raining as we crossed to the other side of the mountain and began to close in on our destination. I think we were starting to zone out as evidenced even by the camera shots!


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    We finally made it back to our campsite and got cleaned up and dried out and set about to find some food. We turned in early in preparation for packing it all up and heading back to FL the next morning. The cool thing about the way this trip was planned was that we could ride home in the comfort of the van in one day. With our narrow window of time this was the best way to do it.

    We had blast riding some great roads and enjoying time with new friends. But, as all great times must end, we said our goodbyes and set off.

    Rony rode the GSA back to Palm Coast:


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    Looking forward to the next one already.
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  18. waybill

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    I was out of town awhile too but thanks Dave, and nice job. :clap

    That Dakar has some recurring issue when it gets wet, the tach goes crazy, it runs erratic, and sometimes won't restart. Fred took one of the plug wires off and stuck his spare in it to see if it had spark. The thing started and ran fine with the extra plug hanging off the side, weird. I told him to leave it that way and I'd just ride it but I think he just wanted his plug back. :D Anyway it was fine the rest of the day.

    One or two more videos w/sound (courtesy of Youtube) oughta do it. Thanks for tagging along.

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    And one more from the previous year.

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