Smokey Moluntain 500

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  1. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    sm500v6 is the new version of this route - available below or at the Smokey Mountains 500 Facebook page. v6 replaced v5 on 5/28. Changes are: deleted waypoint 213, corrected track between waypoints 212 and 214, added a waypoint for Mountain Man BBQ (between waypoints 320 and 321). The 3 main tracks ahve ~4,000 waypoints. If you have an older GPS, you may need to filter the trackpoints before they will load in your device.

    3 days in the Smokeys - backroads and dirt roads - motorcycle camping

    Ironhorse Lodge CG - to Cherohala Mountain Trails CG - Two Wheels of Suches CG - Ironhorse Lodge CG (or start where you want)

    Each leg ~160 miles - route is ~50% dirt

    Gas available intervals: Starting from the Ironhorse - going counterclockwise:

    Ironhorse Gas to US 129 Gas - 18.6 miles
    US 129 Gas to Tellico Gas (0ff route) 81.3 mi (alt gas - ~8 miles from waypoint 314 to Tellico Plains)
    US129 Gas to End of Yellow route - 129 miles
    Tellico Gas to River Gas 28.6 mi
    River Gas to Ducktown 26.8 mi
    Ducktown to Cohutta Gas 54.0 mi
    Cohutta Gas to Ellijay Gas 10.6 mi
    Ellijay Gas to Suches Gas 41.0 mi
    Suches Gas to Hiwassee Gas 52.0 mi
    Hiwassee Gas to Dillard Gas 33.4 mi
    Dillard Gas to Hwy 28 Gas 70.1 mi
    Hwy 28 Gas to Ironhorse 11.6 mi

    Please send me your feedback, pictures, and/or ride reports.

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    Note: Riders are having trouble downloading with internet Explorer 11. The file downloadeds as attachment.php. You can rename the file changing .php to .gpx, and the file will open with mapping software or Google Earth. I used Google Chrome to download and do not have to rename the file. Mozilla Firefox works too.

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  2. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Is this big bike friendly? Are the color of the tracks different days or hardness rating?
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  3. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    big bike friendly = 800s and 1200s = yes with exceptions.

    I put in some alternate tracks (the dark lines). The 3 alternate tracks in GA bypass bumpier sections - you could ride them with big bikes if you have good skills. The other 3 alternate tracks eliminate some miles.

    Color of tracks = 1 days ride.

    I rode most of this last route last month with a group. We took 4 days to do the ride, not necessarily camping along the way. Here is the ride report.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919538
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  4. Nate 2013

    Nate 2013 Adventurer

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    This looks like a great ride. How difficult? Do you need to be really experienced or could a newer rider (on KLR) do this?
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  5. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    The KLR will not be the problem.

    There are 3 sections in GA that are a little bumpier and/or steeper that the rest of the route. The map shows "ride arounds" for those sections.

    Going counter clockwise, the first dirt section out of Ellijay, GA is Old Bucktown Rd. I don't think that this road has seen a grader in 10 years. It is bumpy but not hard to ride. You just have to go slow.

    The first dirt section past Suches, GA included Duncan Ridge Rd. It is bumpy but not hard to ride. The "ride around" for this section is mostly about saving some time.

    The dirt section off of US 76 in northeast GA that includes Hightower Rd, Charlies Creek Rd, Sandy Bottom Rd., and the Tallulah River water crossing, This section is steep in some spots, rocky and rutted in others. The river crossing is easy, but might look intimidating for a new dirt rider. This section will be the most challenging.

    The rest of the route is suitable for big bikes or new riders. Don't ride alone, especially if you are new.
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  6. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    Looks interesting, I may do a section or two next week. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Let me know how it goes.

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  8. Steveo1kinevo

    Steveo1kinevo Adventurer

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    Wow, this route looks really cool. I may try this on my F800GS this next spring after i ride the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route.. Thanks for sharing :)
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  9. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    Looks like a nice long weekend trip too me.
    I'll have to see if. Can get the band back together and do this this spring.
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  10. rsteiger

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    Looks like a Frozen Dead Guys mini-adventure!

    Like the fact it is nearby plus there was some other routes I think I have that we could turn this into a longer ride if we wanted too. But then again 160 miles for each leg maybe stretching it depending on the size of the group.
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  11. rickcj7

    rickcj7 Been here awhile

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    Wonder whats up with the gpx? shows a red x and wont let me download it.
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  12. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    It works for me. It may be a setting in your browser that is blocking download. PM me your email and I will send you the file.
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  13. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Woo-woo! Take lots of pictures!
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  15. Kimball76

    Kimball76 I'll take one of each.

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    Had a similar problem when I tried to use Explorer. Switched to Google Chrome and it worked with no issues. Probably a setting I could adjust ... But I'm lazy! :1drink
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  16. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    For those that have ridden this route, whats the ratio of dirt to pavement?
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  17. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Best guess = 50% dirt & gravel


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  18. brownie2

    brownie2 Been here awhile

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    Last pic looks like Indian Grave Gap.
    can someone tell me how to open the attachment?
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  19. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Do you really mean download the attachment? If so, and you can't get the attachment from Advrider, PM me with email address and I will send you the file.

    If you really mean you want to see the file on a map, you can use Google Earth.
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    Pretty good looking ride there friend. Looks like you got into the cohutta a little bit.
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