Weekly rides near Charleston, SC

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by StolenFant, May 14, 2012.

  1. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    The other bikes will look like a sea of orange! I've ridden it twice, once on my 650 and once on the 350, with the knobbiest of DOT knobbies. Didn't finish the whole route either time. :lol3 A 16-mile section of private-land tight single track did me in last year (just got hot & exhausted & my right hand that I have some plastic joints in felt done for). Definitely take a Camelbak or the like.

    There are some good forest service roads in the Sumter NF nearby. I don't know how forthcoming Me and my Monkee is with his maps, but the AARSES ride to Abbeville all the time from the Augusta area on a big dirty loop. Looks something like this (no, I don't have the GPX):

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    The most adventure-bike-friendly organized DS in SC I've been to was the one at Broxton Bridge about 3 years ago when they had it in May. They had a whole separate route for the bigger bikes. They skipped a year, then this year they held it in January on the day before the Enduro. I didn't go to that one, so I don't know if they did the separate roll chart again for the bigger bikes or not.

    Y'all have fun and be careful!

    Mama L.
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  2. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Fear not. I don 't plan to ride the course on the Wee ! I'm just there gathering info and scoping out different bikes. It's becoming clear that as much add I like the Wee, I'm a dirt bike fanatic first and foremost.
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  3. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    OK! You had me worried there for a bit. :D

    BTW, Long Cane is not one of the AMA National Dual Sport series rides, it's just an AMA sanctioned event. It's still a good 'un, though!
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  4. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Here's some video from last year at Long Cane that TSPKTM posted on ADV to whet your appetite:

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  5. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Wow, I was on the fence about doing this. But I think based on my rider ability and the fact that I have a KLR, I have no business doing it this year. :( I also don't think I have the right safety gear just yet.

    Definitely next year though. I've only been on dirt/gravel a handful of times and never at any speeds like that. Going to have to fix that soon. :) Attempted the Iron Mountain Trail outside Damascus at RDV this year, but only made it 2 miles before turning back cause I was worred about getting stuck on the trail at night. I think I could have handled it, but it would have been slow. :)

    Good luck to everyone going and stay safe!
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  6. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    I wave the fast riders around me, except for my long-suffering husband! He says he'd rather stay behind me than have to come back later looking for pieces and parts of me and the bike to pick up. :D Roots are usually my nemeses. Off-road boots, a chest protector and elbow protection are a must.
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  7. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I have some Alpinestars Boots which I love. Still need to get a chest protector or pressure suit. I'm going to hopefully get some time to head up to Carolina Adventure World this weekend and do some riding before I go to Charlotte for the weekend. I've learned a lot in the past few months, but hate being injured. Thanks for the advice!
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  8. Okeedokee

    Okeedokee Cranky Bastard

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    Hey everyone.
    I am new to the Adv-Riding World, having just gotten myself a Tiger 800-XC. I spent many years doing enduro type riding in the woods until an oak tree to the knee ended that career rather abruptly!
    Anywho, I would love to join up with your crew of riding adventurers and I will be thrilled to join y'all for some fun rides!
    Thanks.
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  9. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Clint,

    I just uploaded a new MEOW GPX file in post #5 of the HO-CAT thread in Laying Down Tracks-East, here. I changed the route from near North up to near Swansea. It now goes through a more rural and scenic area with a good bit more dirt. Saddlecreek Lane and Poole's Mill Road are very nice! I don't know how far up y'all are coming before you turn towards Abbeville, but though I'd mention it in case you want to nab the new file. <!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
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  10. bloodline

    bloodline Been here awhile

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    A few of us are leaving the hess at 17 and Main rd at 0900, tomorrow to ride Marsh Tiger's HO-Cat. I have route sheets I can email via .pdf if you don't want the .gpx.
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  11. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Y'all have fun and make sure that you have downloaded the .gpx in the last few weeks. It's been updated.

    FWIW, it rained pretty hard out here this evening. Should make the HO-CAT interesting. And as always: Post your pictures in the HO-CAT thread, or it didn't happen! :deal
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  12. Lowcountry Thumper

    Lowcountry Thumper Adventurer

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    Anyone riding roday? I get maybe one Sunday off every six weeks, and this is it. I'd love to be able to ride some dirt roads with others. Pretty bored with riding by myself these days.
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  13. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Last minute plans......heading out in 5 min to ride Francis Marion, likely the power line corridors in and around Wambaw Cycle Trail if not too sandy.
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  14. Okeedokee

    Okeedokee Cranky Bastard

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    We had a great ride on the Ho-Cat. Good job on the layout. And yes you sure did get alot of rain! Barracuda Road was pretty sporty! Good old wet, red clay to start the day out in an interesting way!:eek1.
    Thanks for printing-out the route sheets Bloodline.
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  15. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    First off, I DID NOT intend to "ride" the ride on a WeeStrom. I was there to see how "woods bikes" have changes over the last 26 years. However, my "guide" to Long Creek, BigWrench, did ride the entire course on the KLR650 he rode up the day before. After the ride, he rode the KLR back to Charleston. Kudos to the Big Wrenchand and the KLR. I took a good look at the field just before the start, and I'm pretty sure 90% were KTMs. The largest bike was a Tiger 800 that finished all but the fourth section. The ride organizer did not recommend the ride even for KLR's, it was simply too tight, and undulating for large or heavy bikes to "enjoy".

    We did a good bit of exploring on the way to the Long Cane ride, and on the way back. I'd like to organize an overnight trip to one of the state OHV parks. The idea would be leave EARLY Saturday, ride mostly dirt on the way up, camp, and hit the OHV park Sunday morning and return (dirt or highway) after. I can't ride this weekend, so will be asking the email group to organize a ride or rides for those who can get out. We've had a couple new additions recently, so use the "reply all" option on tonight's email to include everyone.

    Have a great week, and thanks again to Laura0107 and Marsh Tiger for getting those first great gpx files uploaded.

    Clint
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  16. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    I’m going this weekend, and hope to have a few join. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    HoCat is what I’m thinking, despite the mud that will definitely prevent any triple digit runs. I just hope my Wee doesn’t decide to take an abrupt nap like the last time I had a large audience. J<o:p></o:p>
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    Bart, any chance of getting a ride on that XR? Hey, I’ll even let you ride the Wee through the slick mud J

    Last minute changes to these rides go out to an email group. If you're interested, just PM me your email or call me.

    Clint
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  17. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    There's a good chance I could ride on Saturday (rain or shine). Sunday is booked...
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  18. BigWrench

    BigWrench Been here awhile

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    Clint and group, count me in for a (preferably) early saturday start. I'll be treking back up to the Abbeville area at some point saturday to camp overnight at Cedar Springs or Parsons Mtn OHV trail for a early sunday ride through both. Then return to Charleston via undecided route. Will try to remember some of the route we took a few weeks ago after branching off the HO CAT. No fixed schedule means no hurry but I'd like to set up camp in the light if possible. Any are welcome to ride along at any point. Please add me to the e-mail list kenmkingataoldotcom

    God bless and best regards, Ken King
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  19. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Darn, I had it all figured out... full day of muddin' Saturday and get home early for a wash off and early start Sunday on the Honey-do list... Unfotunately, Ken's waiving the idea of riding Parsons Mtn OHV trail, and I REALLY want to do that. Camille's even given me a kitchen pass since I drove her dad all up and down Blue Ridge Parkway last weekend. OK, if I can get out of office early enough tomorrow to do some quick packing, I'll go to Parsons Mtn with you Saturday. Marsh Tiger's doing Ho-Cat. Ken, and anyone interested, let's meet MarshTiger along Ho-Cat, ride that and a lot of Meow before breaking off and bee-lining to a camp site? We can work out the details in the Email Group so anyone who wants to join can keep in touch right up to our depart time.
    I'll email the group now. MarshTiger, I'll try to get a gpx of the route we take to HoCat so you can figure best meet up spot.
    Clint

    PM me SAP w/ email if you want to be added to that list.
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  20. twistydave

    twistydave Been here awhile

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    June 23 there is a group doing a mostly pavement ride starting in Saluda NC.
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