The Blue Ridge Trail....... a work in progress

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by error cooled, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Reborn Rider 1

    Reborn Rider 1 n00b

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    Got the Blue Ridge Trail files. Thanks for your work on these and for sharing. Now for some warmer weather so I can try them out.
  2. JcbKarl

    JcbKarl Been here awhile

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    Got the files. Going to take a look at them now. Thank you very much.

    Karl
  3. CrownTownHooligan

    CrownTownHooligan Adventurer

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    Thank you for the files!
  4. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Just wondering if anyone is out there riding the BRT lately?

    And a friend inquired if he could get the route files?

    TIA
  5. Bykemeister

    Bykemeister Been here awhile

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    pyg rydr,
    if you have any interest in doing this sometime in the spring,
    I would probably be up for a ride.
    maybe we can get some of the other tvr folks to join in.
  6. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Bykemeister,
    Yeah, I ride sections of the BRT throughout the year. This year-the single Iron Mtn Single Track Trail/Mt Roger sections, Walker Mtn/Hogback Ridge/sections, Mtn Lake/Tub Run/Potts Mtn and other sections north.
    When you return from Florida, we can hit some sections....
  7. fjrnorm

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    error cooled - Nice work with mapping out a route!!! Is is possible to get a copy of the gpx file
  8. maquette

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    PYG,

    I want to ride those sections next year. How much time do you suggest ?

    Thanks,

    Tom
  9. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    I usually ride just sections that are part of the Blue Ridge Trail. My best estimate on a ride from Damascus to say paint bank or Newcastle will be probably 3 days. There are some very challenging sections for dual-sport riding. Lots of fun riding for these sections.

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  10. maquette

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    Thanks for the reply. I want to base out of Wytheville and ride to Damascus and back on one day and then do Walker Mountain Rd, 738, Hogback Mountain and Round Mountain then back to Wytheville on the second day. I was up there on my streetbike a couple of months ago and rode the perimeter of the whole thing and it looked do-able. Most of what I want to do is part of the BRT except for the part that connects me from Carnot to Hogback Mountain on the second day. I hope to get up early in the spring and ride it, then map it out for a few friends of mine to ride later in the year. Looks like fun!

    Thanks,

    Tom
  11. Forrest6775

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    Forgive me if this has already been asked but how gnarly is this? Could it be done on a tiger 800xc?
  12. thump!

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    Like other dual sport adventures it depends a great deal on how wet it is. Lots of rain makes the mud bogs (particularly on Hogback!) a factor. A physically strong rider can do most of this area on a big bike. I know some have done Iron Mtn Trail on big beemers but personally I wouldn't advise a big bike there.
  13. drdubb

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    got a DR 650 and and was thinking about the sections from Demascus up to about BlacksburgÂ…..time for those sections? I am unexperienced for this type of riding.
  14. maquette

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    OFWG,

    Here's a link to a rather long, but interesting video of the Iron Mountain portion out of Damascus. Don't know if you've seen it, or not. Scroll about halfway down and you'll see the video insert.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=915248

    Tom
  15. sieg

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    Don't know your level of ability but you better be good to do it all on that bike. We had a 990, a V-strom, a WRR, a XT250, and 2 PD GS's, all old but experienced riders. We skipped very little, we could have done it all but for the big bikes there were places that it was not fun. It is a great ride and you can have a good time on moct of it with that bike.

    The way we did it the whole thing was a 1000 mile loop, we figured 7 days, we didn't get it done, but close. We where not in a hurry, eating, camping, drinking and having a good time. On a mission we could have got it done.
  16. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    I ride a 800XC and have ridden many sections of the BRT on my 800, 650 and 250. I would not ride some BRT sections on my 800XC. I suggest a smaller bike. And you will have more fun!
  17. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    "drdubb <sup></sup>
    got a DR 650 and and was thinking about the sections from Demascus up to about BlacksburgÂ…..time for those
    sections? I am unexperienced for this type of riding"


    Are you camping or hoteling?

    Best guess 3/4 days...
  18. Exos

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    PM sent.
  19. drdubb

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    Cool vid...way over my head. I don't think I could walk that trail, much less ride it.
  20. maquette

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    If you change your mind and decide you might want to give it a go, . . .shoot me a PM and maybe we could check it out together. I trailer/truck my 250 up to the local area and day ride from there. I'd guess it's do-able on a DR if you aren't at race pace and it's not pouring rain. I got rid of my DR because I got tired of picking it up. :D

    Tom