Tellico Plains,TN Ultimate DS Ride (by Python)

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by Python423, May 29, 2007.

  1. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Hey YD,

    It's only about 1,000 feet or so of a walk. I do not "hike" due to knee arthritis and I made it OK.

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    It's a magical place. It was foggy/cloudy when we were there and we couldn't see anything really, but it was still beautiful. The below is looking back towards the parking area, taken about 1/4 of the way down from the bald.

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    The Sprint is its usual growlin', bad-a$$ self. I love that bike but just don't ride it much after getting dual sport fever a few years ago. I've lusted after an 800XC but don't NEED one since my DR650 is fairly close to one in function & displacement. We all know how those internal arguments turn out, though, don't we? :lol3

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  2. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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    the thing that will turn you off about the XC for dual sporting is the weight. I just dont want to haul the extra pounds through the woods and mud. I also down want to drop something that pretty in a creek.

    I have been trying to talk myself into the regular 800 as a 2up road bike. I love the weight for that, but I also want more horse power. Cant have everything it would seem. :norton
  3. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    To anyone riding the Citico Creek area, beware that 10 or more large trees are down and blocking Cold Spring Rd not far from its terminus on Citico Rd. We rode Doublecamp Creek Rd today and were doing the loop but had to turn back after completing appx 80% of it. From the weevil activity, it looks like the trees have been down for a good while.
  4. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    Since the tornado. Tom talked to a few folks at the Ranger station and they are in no hurry to get it down. The FS is waiting on subcontractors to clear it.

    I'll post when it's open again. Meanwhile, have you noticed how sweat Trail 82 is? :evil

    We'll be on Trail 81 working this Thursday. Go slow for the guys in the hard hats.

    minimike
  5. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    We so very much appreciate the work you and your crew do on the trails, Minimike! At the 2011 Scream'n Beaver, I was so pumped to get to ride Trail 82 for the first time, made possible by the work you did after a storm earlier that same week. :bow
  6. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    Glad you liked the trail. It means a lot to all of us that work on it. It's also one of my favorite walking trails with our dogs. There's so much more to the trail that you see at a foot pace than you see from the seat of a motorcycle. Kinda helps you pick out lines when you ride.
  7. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister Funky White Boy

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    This looks fun!

    I'm looking forward to my first DS ride in the area, starting this Sunday. We've ridden the area many times on the FJR, but never off road.

    I'd like to really get off-road - have ridden a fair amount of woods in the past - but this may not be the trip for that, since my wife will be riding the XT (intermediate skills).
    It looks like Trail 81 is serious single track - a not really DS material, but 82 should be doable. Any words of wisdom?
  8. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    Trail 82 is easy if the rider is used to slow speed maneuvers. There's a couple "s" curves on slopes & one curb sized rock to climb over. It's been done by an airhead street bike. Just a matter of knowing your bike.
  9. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister Funky White Boy

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    Thanks Mike,

    Is your shop open Monday? It seems I've always ridden by on Sundays in the past, and never had a chance to meet you.
  10. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    We're open 7 days a week during season.

    Monday thru Thursday's 9am to 5pm

    Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm, or when the last customer rides out

    Sunday's 10am to 4pm.

    Unless I have to go to the post office, I'm actually at the shop an hour before my posted times. Like to put a pot of coffee on & get organized.

    minimike
  11. Python423

    Python423 TnAdvRiders.com

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    how's everone doing? any local DS/Street Riders? trying to get back into riding more.. with the g/f just been doing mostly street stuff, but still have all my bikes, and wanting to get her a dualsport..
  12. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    Double Camp / Jakes Best loop is open. The government cleared it for the hunters. :huh I asked them to clear it for the motorcyclists in the Spring. Guess we're second class citizens.

    minimike
  13. ReadySetGo

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    Hey Mike,

    Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that me and hubby were so glad we got to meet you and your wife. Thank you for the wealth of information you provided us with. We will eventually be back in your area some day and we hope your still there toughing through keeping these trails opened for us second class citizens. :D Were saving more money now for gear. :deal Tell Cherie hello for us too!!!

    TTYL,

    Wendy and Richard
  14. maxslack

    maxslack Adventurer

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    Where do I sign up? I'd be up for something like this anytime!:clap
  15. onetrk1

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    Hey there Python. We went up and rode the Ultimate and had a blast. Trailered up our dual sports from Bama. Camped at Hall's Motorcycle Park in Tellico Plains. We really enjoyed the tracks and thanks for the hard work. Talk about some ridge riding. It was a blast. We may do another trip this fall to TN or GA. Any suggestions on where to ride and tracks.:D
  16. onetrk1

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    Hey Minimike. We visited your store while in Tellico Plains. Really nice shop with a great selection and reasonable prices. I will be calling you Guys on a Jacket soon. My Son had a fit over the KTM 990 Duke out front. :D
  17. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    We were just up there last week and camped at Indian Boundry a very nice campground up on the Cherohala.It is a great location where you can ride in any direction DS or street. went by Tellico Outfitters and they always know a good ride that you may not know about and great selection of gear.Bought a Wolman tankbag and some Ram mounts from them.
  18. Simple.

    Simple. I'm Special

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    Hi all, 3 of us are heading down to Tellico from Michigan this Thursday, and plan to ride the area until Monday. These photos and files look great! Is there anything else we need to know, or must see? We will stop in the shop to say hi, and pickup any forgotten gear and local maps. Up here we have to have ORV trail permits, is there anything of the sort in TN? Also, suggestions of good places to eat and hang out will be helpful.

    Thanks! Cant wait to get down there

    Jon
  19. The Toad

    The Toad Let There Be Light

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    Fellow Michigander here (Tellico) now... been here since Monday. Second time down. When it comes to riding in the area one local resident put it best... "those old boys on those harley's dont now what they're missin"....

    Send me a PM with your email and I will send you some additional tracks I have for the area.

    -Brian
  20. DYNOBOB

    DYNOBOB lucky dog

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    I want to thank Python for creating this route and sharing the gpx track!!! What a great service to those of us that don't know the area. Thanks also to Minimike for marking up our Nat Geo map. I was amazed at the selection of Klim gear etc he has at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitter.

    We came down from Cinci and spent the weekend doing about 200 miles of gravel, etc. Put the .gpx track in the Garmin and rode it like we knew where we were going.

    Stayed at the Mountain View Cabins, nice place. http://www.tellicologcabins.com/cabins.htm

    Our pics. http://s1124.photobucket.com/albums/l576/dynobobs/Python Ultimate Dual Sport Loop - Cherokee NF/

    Some vids (more in HD on youtube).

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