Smokey Mountain 500

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by andy29847, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    Yes. Where the road forks and Old CCC Camp goes left there was a road closure sign. But, we went right on Mullberry Gap/Conasauga Rd. past the mountain bike place toward Shakerag Rd. until we hit 52.

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  2. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    We left Cincy on Thursday afternoon and after taking a scenic detour due to an issue on I-75 south of Jellico I think we got to Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground around 9:00 PM. We set up our tents and enjoyed the cool temps under a full moon night.

    Wayne

    We got up Friday morning, unloaded the bikes and went to settle up with Wayne before heading out. Wayne pulled up the route and gave us some tips on the first section (including that power plant which I likely would have questioned if he hadn't mentioned it). With Wayne's tips filed away we bid farewell and headed out.

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  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    beautiful pics.

    does the route go through the power plant footprint?
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  4. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    We tried to follow the route down Old CCC Camp Road but the road was still closed.

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    (Old CCC Camp Rd - Chattahoochee NF)

    We back tracked to USFS 64/Conasauga Lake Rd. and worked our way toward Crandall where we picked up Crandall Ellijay Rd. back to Old CCC Camp Rd. We forked off onto Conasauga Rd. over to 52 into Ellijay.

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    (Chattahoochee NF)

    We grabbed a bite to eat at River Street Tavern in Ellijay - riverstreettavern.com and would recommend it if you're looking for a place in Ellijay. After grabbing a bite to eat we got gas and made stop at Advanced Auto to pick up some oil. I was leaking oil around the counter sprocket and planned on looking into the issue.

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    We were running behind so we decided to take the direct route to Two Wheels of Suches. When we got to TWS it was full of dual sporters. Turns out there was a GA club putting on a dual sport ride that weekend. We signed in, got our tents set up and I set out to address the oil leak.

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    (Two Wheels of Suches)
    I found the nut on the counter shaft had backed off (despite the locking washer). I headed to make nice with the neighbors in search of a socket big enough for the nut (27mm or 1 1/16"). After locating a socket and ratchet I set the nut and made sure the washer was seated against the nut. I topped off the oil and problem solved.
  5. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    We got up Saturday morning and had some coffee and oatmeal before loading up. The dual sport ride was heading out at 8:30 so we left shortly after them, headed in the opposite direction.

    This morning was the only real route issue we had, which I mentioned previously, and Andy has updated the gpx file to address.

    The ride across Duncan Ridge Rd. through Cooper Creek Wildlife area was fun. We stopped by Helton Creek Falls not far past Vogel State Park.

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    (Helton Falls - Chattahoochee-Oconee NF)

    We stopped for lunch at Mountain Man "BBQ" and had some of the worst BBQ I've had. The chopped pork tasted like it was warmed up in last week's grease and my bun had mold on it. Definitely not a place I would recommend.

    Somewhere along the way, I think in the Nantahala National Forest we crossed over the Appalachian Trail (I think we crossed it a few times).

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    (The AT)

    Working our way north/northwest we planned to stop at the Iron Horse Campground.

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    (Iron Horse CG)

    We paid for a place to pitch our tents got a shower and decided to put our name in for a salmon dinner. We again stumbled into another organized event - The Raleigh, NC HOG chapter was hosting a rally out of the campground.
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  6. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    Sunday morning we tried to get an earlier start in hopes of getting back to the truck at a reasonable time. With good stretch of slab to start the day we got a jump on things before hitting the forest roads again.

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    (Stewart Cabin - Nantahala NF)

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    We hopped on the Cherohala Skyway for a bit before returning to gravel & dust.

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    It didn't take long before we were nearing Tellico.

    Several sections along the route had fresh gravel put down and/or had recently been graded.

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    We stopped at Bald River Falls for a bite to eat before pushing on.

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    (Bald River Falls - Cherokee National Forest)

    On Witt Rd. we could smell the truck. Thankfully, a local was clearing a downed tree as we came to it. Over the previous days we could see that several trees had been recently cut along the way.

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    We got back to Wayne's place in time for a quick shower before heading north. Overall, a great trip. We got to see some beautiful areas of TN/GA/NC and no major mechanical issues and no injuries.
  7. BrokenHalo

    BrokenHalo Squid Racer

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    Pretty much. It feels like you're riding into the plant but, the forest road comes in right behind it.
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  8. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Newest version of the SM500 track: SM500v7

    added some waypoints, fixed some tracks, removed "ride arounds". Info about challenging sections will now be provided on separate maps.

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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Aged Beef

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    Smokey Mountain Breakdown

    Four riders met at Tellico Plains, TN. for a lap of the SM500 on 7 June. We stayed overnight at the Farmhouse Inn in Tellico. Parked our trucks and trailers in the field and took off counterclockwise on the morning of the 8th. Pat and Craig on Honda AT’s D.C. on his KTM990 and I brought up the rear on my Suzuki V2. We just came off Starr Mt. on dirt forest roads and I decided to snatch a wheelie over the concert bridge that crosses Bullet creek. Much to my surprise I heard the chain spin and engine rev with no results. I immediately thought countershaft sprocket. I did not have a sprocket with me so we got set up to tow and decided to go back and get the truck and recover the bike. Got the bike back to the Farmhouse Inn and the owner Kyle has the garage opened and tools ready to assist in the repair. His wife Laura hands me a post-it with the number to a bike shop that has my sprocket on hand. Once I open things up I see it’s more then just a new sprocket to fix so it’s off to Townsend, TN. to rent the only bike that is not reserved for the weekend, a 2001 Suzuki DR650. The rest of the group started back on the route again and we decided to meet up at our first night pre-determined motel spot in Helen, GA. I had a two hour asphalt ride on the DR to make the meet up spot. I stopped for fuel and coffee half way and called the crew only to find out that Craig had fallen off a drop off on the side of a forest road. Bike and rider were banged up a bit but they were still functional. (Sorry no photos from them yet) We met up and had a Beer night in Helen.





    Day two we headed north toward Suches, GA. to hit the route once again. After a night in the German tourist town of Helen, GA. We were ready to ride, well maybe Craig stayed out a little late and missed breakfast. Not a good thing to do when you are on a brand new bike with little off road time and just escaped death falling 20ft. off a road the day before. Sure enough we hit the most difficult section and Craig’s bike was trying to climb a dirt wall on the side of a hill. “Crash” bike/rider sore but ok. We got into a section where fresh bluestone had been spread unevenly for about 3 miles. Craig washed the front of his AT out that started as a low slide but hit the ditch on the left and ended up high side into the embankment. Then of course since he was a newb and was having a rough day I decided to drench him with muddy poo water just to make sure he will think twice about staying out all night drinking and dragging ass in the AM.




    Day three we hooked back on the route and headed to Tellico Plains, TN. Crashing Craig decided to take it easy with his black and blue heel and shin and ride a leisurely route back to the Truck’s taking in the Cherohala Skyway. The rest of us completed the route stopping at Tellico where I picked up Craig’s Honda AT and road the rest of the section. Craig and Pat loaded up and drove home to Michigan that night while Dave and I stayed over at the Farmhouse Inn and drove home in the AM dropping the DR650 rental off in Townsend, TN. on the way. We had a great time, even with a breakdown and multiple crashes by Craig. Thanks to Andy 29847 for shearing the route gpx. To Dan, at GSM rental and our friends, Kyle and Laura at the Farmhouse inn in Tellico Plains. I hope the crew provides photos of Craig’s cliff diving. B-Mac out.

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  10. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Great movies. Sometimes I forget just how pretty it is. For anyone that doesn't know, #3 is mostly The Hightower RD-Charlie's Creek Rd-Talualah River crossing.
  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Aged Beef

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    Andy, you are so right. the views are great I think NC had the best on this route. I enjoy the Oct/Nov time period for mountain riding when you can see into the Forrest and realize just how far the drop-offs are. Plus the bug's and heat have tapered off. I can't wait to hit this again in the fall.
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  12. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    I am partial to fall myself.

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  13. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    I stopped for lunch today at Charlie's Creek and these two inmates were heading down the hill. @kalonji and another fella I don't remember his nickname.

    Good seeing y'all. Hope y'all had a good rest of the trip!




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  14. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    We've finished the loop. Thanks for the gps tracks and the video guys. We'll get some pics up after we get home. @jrou111 the other guy was @gjm6syn6.
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  15. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye I'd rather not be online.

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    Looks like your skill set has improved :-)
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    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Shhhhhh. Thx
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    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Da Wookiee IMG_1107.JPG
    The regimented 12 o'clock break
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    Great pictures tell a story according to @gjm6syn6. This is as close as I get. Seated, drinking a beer, oh maybe that would be a good shot... IMG_1119.JPG
    Amicalola Falls State Park (start of the AT) IMG_1131.JPG
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  18. gjm6syn6

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    This pretty much tells the story of the trip lol

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    We got rained on a bunch, still managed to have a total blast. Thanks for an awesome ride!
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    turtlemoye I'd rather not be online.

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    ^^^ Nice pics
  20. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    This may have been answered a time or two, but what is the maximum distance between fuel stations on this loop? I can usually eek out about 100 miles on a full tank at a casual pace. Wondering if I need to plan to carry extra.