TET plus ADV hospitality!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 8gv, May 19, 2013.

  1. 8gv

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    Back on the route we headed up a road that ran along side the Tallulah River.

    It was excellent riding with a constant flow (get it? FLOW?) of natural beauty.

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  2. 8gv

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    I stopped at a bridge to let Garth take a picture. As he was framing the shot I happened to look down just in time to see a long black critter walking on the rocks below. It looked up at me and then quickly climbed into the water and disappeared. At first I figured it was a mink but it was later suggested to me that it could have been a river otter. That sounds more exotic to me so it's official...I saw a river otter. There is no photographic evidence of this but you're welcome to google up a picture.:deal

    We were enjoying riding up the Tallulah River enough to not take any pics but I did get this one:

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    Why can't that ever happen at the casino?:cry
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  3. Toiretto

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    AWESOME pictures! Thank you for sharing.
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  4. 8gv

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    We came to a spot where the route crossed the river without the benefit of a bridge. We rode over to a gravel bar about a third of the way across and did the math:

    My recently injured back
    +
    It was late in the day
    +
    The river was running high
    =
    NFW!

    We u-turned off the gravel bar and continued north looking for a work around.

    After a few miles we entered North Carolina and could see on the GPS that the road would dead end soon. We turned around and headed back into Georgia.

    We saw a white haired gentleman who was talking to his wife out at the end of their driveway. We stopped and asked for directions across the river. He explained that most GPS units have his driveway as Charles Creek Rd and it's really down the road a bit. Having already dismissed that river crossing and getting no alternatives from the gentleman, we said thanks and continued down to where we started.

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  5. 8gv

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    We popped out onto Persimmon Rd where we had already been. Feeling the need to have a plan, we sat with bikes idling, staring at my GPS.

    Out of the corner of my eye I saw a rider go by. It got my attention because the bike had a hack. That's something you don't see everyday. Even more interesting was the bike, a Camo painted KLR.

    "Hey Garth, did you see that?"
    "Yeah, cool!"

    Back to GPS staring.

    Then I hear something right next to me. The KLR hack rider had done a u-turn and stopped to say hello.

    This is when we met DirtDabber aka Clay.
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  6. 8gv

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    Clay offered us help with directions. We told him we were heading for Back Rock SP, an elusive destination that seemed to always be just out of reach. He told us we were really close to it but suggested a better campsite...his backyard!

    Ok, so it wasn't really a backyard like the one on Leave It To Beaver but more like the back forty.
    Now here is where the cultural differences become evident. Clay offered us the opportunity to camp on his property and use his shower. In New England we would likely have declined out of fear of being bludgeoned to death. But this wasn't New England. It was Clayton GA. Hell yes!

    We followed him back to his house where he led us down to a nice campsite in the back of his property. It had wood chips, a picnic table and a stream. For those counting, this would be our third night going to sleep to the sound of a rushing stream.

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  7. 8gv

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    When i asked him if he was in the habit of collecting strays, Clay told us that he saw two riders looking lost with ADV stickers on their bikes and figured he could help.

    His ADV hospitality was much appreciated! :clap
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  8. 8gv

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    As we set up camp, Clay explained that he and some friends were scheduled to have dinner in town and asked us to join him. Dinner? In town? Yes please!

    Clay trucked us across the field, through the stream and up the hill to his house.

    From there we headed into downtown Clayton to The Universal Joint. It is a half inside, half outside bar with great food.

    A picture from their website:

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  9. 8gv

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    A picture from my plate:

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    We were strongly advised to try their tater tots. Garth was on a diet and had will power. I was not and had tater tots.

    Wow!! These were not your typical grocery store frozen food aisle tater tots! They were heavier and tasted great. If you've ever had a "twice baked potato", imagine that concept put to good use in tater tots. Hell, they should rename the whole restaurant Tater Tots. The burger with pulled pork, cheese and bacon was great too (but not fattening).
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  10. 8gv

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    So there we were, sitting at a table having dinner with five strangers having a great time. As far as we were concerned, this made the trip for us.

    The attendees had diverse professions and there was no lull in the conversation for the two hours we were there. I regret not getting a group picture but I sometimes prefer to be a participant rather than a photographer.
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    When we returned to Clay's house he fired up his Polaris Ranger for us to use to commute from the camp to the shower in his office. Garth was happy to be the driver. We said goodnight and thanks again to Clay and headed back to the tents to grab our stuff. Garth carefully drove the Ranger through the tall grass by following the truck tracks Clay had made earlier.

    We crossed the stream and the tents came into view. Going back up to Clay's office was easy as we could see the lights up on the hill. It was great to have a hot shower and we looked forward to a nice cool night sleeping to the sound of the stream.

    But then it got interesting...

    Piloting the Ranger back to the tents...

    GARTH GOT LOST

    There we were, the guests of a most gracious host, driving his utility vehicle round and round his fields at ten o'clock at night. It was a great moment in history. Finally, after what could be hundreds of times I've gotten lost with Garth following me, I have something to throw back at him:

    You got lost in a guy's friggin' back yard!:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    Of course I had to rub salt in the wound..."You better not get this thing stuck! If you go off a cliff, Clay is going to be pissed! I wonder what state we're in now?"
    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  12. 8gv

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    With no help from me, Garth figured out that a restart was in order and he headed back up to the house. I fully expected Clay to come out and suggest that we quit joy riding around the neighborhood but he didn't.

    With the wisdom and experience gained from the first try, Garth got it right on the second.

    Here are some pics from the next morning:

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    Wednesday morning came and as we broke camp I realized my tater tots had worn off so we invited Clay to breakfast. He suggested The Rusty Bike (as in bicycle, not moto). The food was good and we enjoyed solving the world's problems over breakfast. Garth looked over and noticed that the couple at the next table was the gentleman and his wife from whom we had asked for directions the day before. It seems like everyone there, at dinner and breakfast, knew each other. There were waves, nods and hellos tossed about freely. I even remembered to take a picture. That's Clay in the middle, Garth on the right and me on the left:

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    Throughout our travels in VA, WV, NC, SC, TN and GA we had become accustomed to what has been described as "southern hospitality". It was a pleasant change from the often impolite interactions that are common in some parts of the country (like our home states). Clay's generosity and pleasant demeanor showed us that one can provide an even higher level of hospitality...

    ADV Hospitality
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    Awesome Ride Report. I think I will try and go to Whitewater Falls this weekend while the spring flow is strong.

    Had a great time hosting the two of you.
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    Where's the pics of the RC Cola and Moon Pie?

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    Patience...I bought a new toy and when I'm not setting up autonomous side stand upsets, I'm outfitting it for NFL.:deal
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