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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Ginger Beard, Sep 12, 2011.
Nice report guys.
Next time, try hauling your bags length ways. I have had far better luck doing like that
Yes, I know my KLR has a rack but when I have loaded it crosswise I had problems like you show in your picture
Day 2 Spot Track
DrZ, Barney and I opted to do part of the Horsestomp loop. Turned out to be one of the most interesting parts of the trip!
KD2K and I took off ahead of the group in an effort keep the dust down. Also at a much slower pace than the evening before
Nice Log there Kelly
The dust wasn't so bad until latter in the morning KD2K and I split to keep the dust down. Come over a ridge and behold "mountains". Looked like a nice view for lunch.
KD2K rolling in.
Rest of the Hoodlums rolling in
Lies were told food was eaten
Yep we're lost
Barney, Dr Z and I split off to ride the horse stomp. Turns out to be very interesting
The horsestomp loop is a bit dusty so I'm following the Dr closely with Barney following close when we exit the forest to an open spot on a hilltop with a curve bending to the left when all of the sudden white out, the Dr has disappeared, I lean over and wack the throttle with a hope that I remember the curve before the dust cloud all the time thinking there is no way Barney is going to make it.
I stop just down just down the road looking for some sign of life from Barney, about to turn around I mean he wasn't 20' off my rear fender when we hit that talc and it's been a coupla minutes.
Relief, I see a dim light emerge from the cloud.
A short time later we arrive in "town"
In front of the building
Guns, pawn, alcohol all in the same place Nice folks, we ask the fine Constable about how far we are from Cheaha SP. He say's about 60 miles.Seems to be a standard answer for this ride when anyone asks how far
How can you sell a gun without a demo. Heck we got houses to shoot why not.
Gettin towards dark and we are about 60 miles from camp, we cut the horsestomp short and head towards Cheaha.
A short time after we arrive, KD2K rolls up with beer and pizza. Thanks Kel that was awesome
Sweet!!!!! Mo' Pweeze.....
As odd as it may sound, things would've gone smoother for you if you'd been going faster. You probably would've gotten completely airborne for a second but landed flat, straight and smooth, not the flying W that you actually did. The old adage is, when in doubt, throttle out.
Will update on Monday when I have access to my pics.
That video kills me every time I watch it!! Only in the friggin' south man!!
You are preaching to the choir man. I know how it works. We all mess up sometimes.
I have been riding motorcycles on and off road for only 5 yrs, but I have a crapload of off-road miles on sugar sand. Momentum is your friend, but you gotta let off at some point.
Day 3 Spot Track
The riding kept getting better as we headed north.
Cheaha was nice cept for the chiggers. A few camped on the ground and a couple hung out in the trees, temps were nice overnight.
The Dr doing chain checkup.
Nice looking XR there Dr
And how about that green machine
Some where near Cheaha
One of the many breaks
PK stirrng up the rocks
nother motel where there previously was a campground
Proally cheaper than a campground at $34.70 and it was labor day weekend.
JayDee caught up with us today after slabbing up from Orlando on his klr. Thats it for day three.
In all honesty, I ride too conservatively more than I should. There's a fine line in there somewhere and I don't always find it myself. The good thing is you didn't get hurt. It's the "oh crap!" moments that make a ride FUN!!
Now back to the regularly scheduled programming....
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Okay, I'm going to rewind here a bit...Not to catch us up but to add a bit more "meat" to this tale.
After waking up to a beautiful morning in Cheaha...
..and scarfing down a couple of Nutrigrain bars and instant coffee ,some of our embattled soldiers needed fuel. We stopped at what seemed like an ordinary gas station ( though the name should have been a clue to what an oasis this place truly is) to get a bit of petrol for our beloved steeds..
After wandering inside and scoping the place out, Philip Kuntz discovered a treasure hiding within this little dust covered gem. The isle of ANYTHING YOU FREAKIN" NEED!!! Take a gander....
Need a sewing kit? GOT THAT!!
Need to blow the back out of some fine country filly? GOT YOU COVERED SON!!
Lips get chapped after that little escapade? NO PROBLEMO!!
Maybe a stain in that blue dress and you don't need to keep the DNA evidence? WE HAVE WIPES!!
After some fuel and a tasty snack shared by Buzztail we were on our way..Officially. We rode a ton of slab this day but it was the good kind (read twisty). We picked our way through Talladega Natl Forest (see previous post ) and onto a bit more slab. As I said though, even the slab was pretty darn good riding especially when you get to ride a little of this in between...
We came to a "Bridge Out" sign but the locals in golf carts seemed to have little issue with crossing it so...
Gratuitous "Scotty loves Jean" bridge pic.
We took this opportunity to rest and eat some lunch.
Today would be more about the ride than the pictures so you get what you get. We rode some amazing blacktop twisties and some fun dirt sections. A big part of today's ride would be an introduction to the GA gravel that the local road management has decided to put down on every single mile of dirt road. This stuff is slick and made for some..."interesting" riding conditions.
But first ...
The best view of the day.
No, not the dude.... the BEER!! It aint the best kind of beer but there's enough of it to make you forget that you are drinking crap.
Here's a pic that shows a bit of that gravel.
and a "Where's Waldo" ADV solute for you to go with it.
Kelly Duke ripping up some of the slick stuff..
Mr Kuntz with Buzz close behind.
I'll add that NONE of that was expired
If they would have delivered this beer to the Mexican restaurant I could have ended my day right there in Elijay.
By the way, nice new sig line.
More RR to come......
Here is the Mexican place in Ellijay, GA. Great food and service. We sure got some strange looks and responses from the locals while we were sitting in town square trying to figure out what to eat.
Buzz was getting the Natty for ANF 2014.
Put it in the attic for a couple years.
The good thing about expired Natty is that, well, it still tastes just like Natty. Not that I'm a beer snob or anything...hell I enjoyed that expired Natty at ANF as much as anybody...
Great pics and ride report fellas!