Sandflea FFs Hooliganize the South or The Splendiferous Emphysema Tour

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Ginger Beard, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. kelly duke 2000

    kelly duke 2000 Closed, Gone Riding

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    Boy you guys sure do have good memories. I can't even remember day 2.
    I guess I'll have to do the trip again. :evil
    Thank god I didn't take any pics.

    Should change my sig line, You gonna start those bikes or get emphyzema.
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  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Day two of our 60 mile tour (by the end of the trip we would come to realize that DR Z was good at many things. Map legends? NOT one of those things. :lol3).

    It began normal enough. Roll out of bed around nine-ish,load up the bikes,enjoy the tail end of a magnificent continental breakfast and hit the road by noon. We were a very ambitious group. Early to bed and all that. We head across the street from the Hotel to fuel up and are greeted by a very friendly attendant that was pressure cleaning the area where the pumps are situated. Okay, he was kind of a dick. Thankfully I was wearing my helmet and could barely hear his grumpy utterances. :D

    Getting our rides ready to go. You will notice (or not) the absence of a few riders here. Several riders had prior obligations so they couldn't do the whole ride. Both sanjoh and kelly duke 2000 decided to take off a bit early (just after this pic).We would meet up with them later in the day.
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    To our first break of the day. :rofl

    This would become the modus operandi for our trip which was fine by me as my arse was taking a right pummeling from my seat even with it's extra padding (extra padding in the seat, not my ass!)
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    Pretty cool bridge but I wouldn't recommend a dip in the stream that ran underneath it unless you wanted to re-enact the leach scene from Stand By Me.
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  3. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Good stuff! :clap

    Sorry for the delayed reply but I've been a little busy.

    I promise I'll PUI some fuzzy recollection of the 6 day trip tonight. after a short break of course
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  4. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider

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    I think the good Dr. might have been right about his estimate of 60 miles. We just took so many breaks that it lasted for four hours. :D
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  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    A few hours of twisting through some beautiful southern backdrops (which included some beautiful cotton farms) the scenery began to be a bit less....flat.

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    Came across this happy fellow. Seems to be a prominent photo opp for this ride.

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    As I said..The scenery, she was a changin'. That's DR Zs mighty XRR. He brought along an Exxon Valdez size fuel tank just in case the rest of us or all of us needed some gas. :lol3 I laugh partly from jealousy.
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    See those tiny figures down the road a ways? That's sanjoh and kelly duke patiently waiting for us stragglers.

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    Pictures of picture taking. It was important to document our stops in order to preserve a chronological visual journal of their frequency for future travelers to gaze upon and be mesmerized by.

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    That gentleman with the raised thumb is our fearless organizer DR Z in the flesh!! :eek1 Seriously though, without him and Buzztail this ride would not have happened...Thanks guys. :freaky
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    We went on down the road to meet up with sanjoh and kelly duke. After shooting the shit for a while and scarfing down some of our packed food we again said goodbye to the two of them. Good riddance!! :fitz Nah, I'm kidding. We will be meeting up with them later in the day.

    We were treated to some amazing roads throughout this day. The scenery was ever changing lending tiny hints at what we would encounter in the days to come....We weren't in Flatistan anymore Dorothy!!

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    Somewhere between lunch and this mountain view we had parted ways with DR Z ,Barney and sanjoh as they wanted to ride the Horsestomp loop in the Talladega Natl Forest. The rest of us (which now included kelly duke) set off for Mt Cheaha where we would be camping for evening.

    A view from on of the scenic overlooks. This area is beautiful.
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    Buzztail and I decided to give in to our inner tourists and pose for a couple of pics. Mt Cheaha!! :clap
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    From this point we headed into the state park to secure our accommodations for the evening. As usual everything was closed by the time we rolled in :lol3 but we were fortunate enough to come across a ranger that happens to run the little store where you pay for camping. Turns out that he use to race enduros when he was younger and took a shine to us.He set us up with a big site for the whole group and gave us a "group" rate on the site!! AWESOME!!

    We would be joined later that evening by the rest of our rag tag band. At that point some beverages would be consumed ,food eaten and stories of rides past told. We made a late night of it because, well, you don't get to do this everyday.:deal
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  6. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    My day started before sunrise. I stopped to take a quick pic and rode on to Freeport to meet with Barney, Inept, and Mugwest for breakfast and the pull to Blountstown.
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    A few bikes lined up and ready for the ride (after having our nail done of course).
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    I chased the pack on the street and met up with them at several spots..
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    Lunch ? Well it was fun.
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    Another cross roads meeting... nothing open...for the last 20 years it looks like...

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    Here they come click on pic for vid
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    Day two I split off and went to Cheaha - took a long nap and then a long sunset ride
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    Got chigger bits with the lads at camp and enjoyed a lot more BS...

    Wished them well and then split back to FWB on Day Three while the Loop Lads continue on.

    EPIC​
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  7. Barney

    Barney I reckon so

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    Sanjoh and the Doc after we split off to ride Horsestomp.

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    "You only want to load every other chamber to keep er from chain firin".

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    Love small town America.......and the smell of black powder in the evening.

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  8. Buzztail

    Buzztail NMBBMFBK

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    GREAT report so far! almost like I was there:nod :lol3

    What dumbass would ride this thing from Tallahassee to Northern Alabama?
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  9. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Just spent about 1 1/2 hrs doing the day one summary and the chit disappeared. :baldy


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  10. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Wow Vic and Barney, great posts!! :clap

    Buzz, yours would be nice too if not for the goofy looking dude mucking it up. :lol3

    DR Z I had that same thing happen on post 1. Now I type them to my email and copy/paste. I about shit myself when I went to post up and nothing was there! :ruskie
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  11. TreeManG23

    TreeManG23 TreeMan Racing

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    As several of ya'll know, your route went within 3 or 4 miles from my house. I was asked by a friend of mine yesterday that spotted you going north if I was ridding with the group. I replied with No, but sure wish I was!
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  12. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Subcribed! Looks like a lot of fun.:clap
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  13. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumperâ„¢

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  14. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Awwwww CRAP!! Looks like I better get to writing then eh? :lol3
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  15. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    We're waiting...:wink:
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  16. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I'm a slow typer....


    Listen to this in the meantime. :drums


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  17. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    "I know we've only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days. And the fifth day you went to see your mother and that seemed just like a day, and then you came back and later on the sixth day, in the evening, when we saw each other, that started seeming like two days, so in the evening it seemed like two days spilling over into the next day and that started seeming like four days, so at the end of the sixth day on into the seventh day, it seemed like a total of five days. And the sixth day seemed like a week and a half. I have it written down, but I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it."



    We awoke to a beautiful morning in Cheaha. The smell of souring beer bottles was in the air and girls that were not so nice had moved on down the road.Yup, life was good this day for sure. We actually started relatively early this day. Maybe it was the cool nights sleep. Maybe it was because Vic would be leaving us so we were sobered and inspired as it weighed heavy on our hearts. I think it was because we secretly knew that we were now covered in chiggers that would greet us with a bite and a smile each day for the rest of the trip and beyond..God love you, you little itchy bastards!:raabia

    Parting ways with Cheaha Sate Park.
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    First stop of the day..AD MOTHER EFFIN" V solute!!!!

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    Before I get too far into this let me just say that the riding got better and better as each new day progressed. The riding for days 3 and 4 would come to be my favorite of the trip by far. You will notice a distinct lack of pictures from me for the rest of the trip(hopefully the others post up theirs). I got so into the ride that I kind of forgot to take pics as the trip progressed. Good for me, bad for the readers of this RR. :lol3

    After our first stop we entered Talladega Natl forest. The riding in this place was somewhat slow paced but breathtaking.

    Trying to adhere to our GPS route led to riding some less than open roads. We ventured onto a service road that had not likely seen "service" in years which led to one of the more interesting obstacles of the ride. A slightly sketchy water crossing (for lack of a better term). It was a foot bridge across a small but fairly deep stream. I was mesmerized watching 500lb bikes ride over a wobbly 28 inch wide and warped wooden bridge with no sides that had promises of an unplanned bath and drowned bike should you fail.

    The body of water that fed the stream..
    In the background you can see the fellas checking out the situation. You had to go down a hill and around a wall on a fairly narrow trail (when loaded with side bags) hook a right then climb over a 10 inch or so lip made of rocks and wood in order to get onto the bridge...
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    And a couple of pics of sanjoh making it look easy.
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    Everyone crossed without issue which was a bit of a testament to the rider level on this trip. :clap



    More of day 3 to come...


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  18. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider

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    I was the most under-prepared for this trip, without a doubt. I had a 16t front sprocket for the DRZ, but was too lazy and hesitant to grind on the case saver and make it fit. I told myself I didn't need no stinking luggage rack, I have strapped a bunch of crap on my fender before but never did I go off-road with it loaded. This was unwise, but hey I had never ridden this bike anywhere near that far from the truck before. :lol3
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    I would not opt for a bigger bike than the DRZ after having ridden the Western 1/2 of the loop.

    On day three, I think, (and wonder how you keep them straight?) I hit a rock, Dave said it looked like I rolled off throttle and the back tire dug it up out of the road. This tossed the back end up in the air, luckily I was on the pegs and holding on good with my legs. Dave says I rolled a good 15 ft on the front wheel. It came down way off-center, and almost pitched me off, but I held on for dear life. Then the bike swung the other way before it straightened back out. I was trying to ride conservatively, getting hurt would ruin everyone's trip, and I had no ride home.

    I don't know how the guys on the bigger bikes did it, the 650R I can see, but the other 650s and the 950. And that crazy FF on the Ninja? That is nuts. And Barney was the one to watch, just silky smooth all the time when I could see him. Mostly he was just gone though.

    Here's Barney, I will call him the WillyB of FL. :D
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  19. MOTO DUDE

    MOTO DUDE Rydin Dirty

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  20. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    Probably a good thing I was slabbing it up I-75 to meet YFFs I would have dumped the Green Pig into the Water on that one. not mention I missed the ants and chiggers
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