WNC Camp and Ride Rally! Nov 6,7,8th

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Tellico Camper, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. wickedthunder.com

    wickedthunder.com Who's leading?!

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    FRIDAY Nov. 7th...Part II
    So after our late lunch stop we're all gearing up to head to the other end of town to a stroodle shop for some treats. Dave obviously decided on a whim to do a very small burnout on his DR650 in the wet parking lot. It was so quick and unannounced that I didn't even have time to grab my camera. He then proceeds to pull out of the parking space and we noticed his rear tire was now almost flat. :huh Upon further inspection and trying to air it back up we noticed it was leaking all around the spokes. :scratch

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    So after a short discussion we believed he had ripped part of the valve stem apart but couldn't tell how bad and weren't totally positive on that. It was just a hunch since he didn't have a rim lock and figured the tire spun on the rim when he did the burnout. It was decided just to try and Slime it until we got back to camp later and would replace the tube. Dave and Blue seen here airing the tire back up after Slime application...
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    The Slime appeared to have fixed the problem so we're off to get our desserts...
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    We stuffed our faces with some very good delights, had our sugar fix, it was getting late and we're ready to head back to camp. This is where the action really began. A few miles out of town Dave is leading, I'm second in line and it appears his tire is going flat again. He glanced back at it for a split second as if he could feel something wasn't right but don't guess he could really see it as it was getting darker by the minute. I try to pull up closer to him and start pointing at his rear wheel. I thought he looked in his mirror and saw me but not sure because at that exact moment the tube finally let go and BAM...he was in what looked like almost a flat-trackers complete sideways slide where the ass-end was trying to pass the front! Not to mention all of this was happening in the middle of the road with 6 other bikers and cars all behind him! I'm hitting the brakes, trying not to run over him, throwing one arm up for the others behind me to slow down and Dave is fighting to keep control of his bike as the tire was trying to run off the rim for about 75-100 yards or more at about 45-50mph when it all started. Luckily he made it all the way to the grass ditch and never crashed. One of the most spectacular saves I've seen in a long time. :clap I only wish I could've captured it on film because it would've made one hell of a keepsake for our trip.

    So once we're all pulled to the side of the road and the "pucker factor" subsides for everyone a tube change was in order...
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    Blue mentioned at one point that we need to jump in and help because to the passing cars we must've looked like a bunch of state employees. Reason being there were 6 of us just standing around watching (and taking pics...hey, somebody had to do it :D)while poor Dave was doing all the work. :lol3 :rofl :lol3 However, we all agreed that we were impressed with his tube changing skills, and how prepared he was with all the spare necessaties needed to do the job...and even some trick goodies not needed but good to have along to make the job a little easier. Way to go Dave!!! Now if it wasn't for Blue charging him to use his tire irons and hand wipes afterwards Dave would've came out a lot better! :poser

    By the time it was all back together it was pretty much dark. We were on the road again and next stop was for gas. Can't remember exactly what town it was but we stopped, topped off and as we're leaving I hear a guy yelling at us. At first I didn't think much of it and thought he might be yelling at someone else so I didn't even turn around. Then he yelled again :ear so my next thought was one of us accidently rode off and forgot to pay. At that point I turned around and it was another customer pointing to KevinB's tank bag lying on the ground by the pump he just left. What another great save! His digital camera and other valueables were in there. Thanks Mr. Gas Station Yeller Guy! +1 for good sameritans left in the world. After this we had an uneventful ride the rest of the way back to camp...thank goodness! Now let's have a drink. :freaky
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  2. wickedthunder.com

    wickedthunder.com Who's leading?!

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    Saturday Nov. 8th...
    Not much to tell for the morning except it started off like the previous 2 days...nice and sunny, but cool. Dropped 1 but picked up 3 more riders for the day as well...
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    Around 10am everybody starts to gather and soon we're off with our fearless leaders Danny & Blue showing us the way...
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    Here we were debating on a pretty swampy creek crossing with a small, but difficult looking bank to climb out on the other side...
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    It had rained off & on pretty good overnight so according to Danny it was about 8" higher than the last time he crossed it and it was muddier too. Therefore, we all agreed it wasn't the best idea to try it with the high possibility of getting soaked so early in the cool morning, which would lead to being cold the rest of the day. We move onward.

    The whole purpose of debating on the creek crossing above was to take a somewhat untraveled back way into this dam...
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    Watch out...it's alien tractor beams trying to abduct us! :dic :eek1 :lol3
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    From there we took a short run up to the backside of the dam. Yep, plenty of water up here...
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    Danny getting ready to test a new farkle installed on his DRZ...submarine mode...
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    From there it was up the mountain to Buck Bald...
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    Man, what great views!...
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    Seems there was more than one "bald" up there...:rofl Sorry guys, I couldn't resist...
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    From there it was on to Trail 82 back over to Joe Brown Hwy. Jon and KevinB shredding the trail...
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    Don't let Bob fool you with those 90% street Avon's. He'll put that big KLR wherever he wants it to go! Although we did here about a little front end tuck and spill that we missed after we reached the trails end. Don't let these pics fool you either. If you've never ridden Trail 82 it's a lot tighter than this most of the way. This just happened to be one of the few places with enough room I could pull over to take a pic...
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    Danny blazing thru...
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    From there we took Joe Brown a short ride out to a nice lunch stop...
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    Blue was one of the 1st to order and finish eating so he took off to scout out the back way into Witt Rd. I was really looking forward to this and the water crossings I've seen in other reports! Especially since we had every intention of hitting it on our last trip back in May but we never made it. So once Blue returned we were all done stuffing our faces and ready to roll. Unfortunately I didn't get any shots of the 1st creek crossing as everyone was too close together coming thru there I didn't have time to get my camera out. One of the guys had a little problem with his XR not wanting to run after that 1st crossing. So once it appeared to be running again I took off ahead of everyone to try and catch the next water hazzard...
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    The foul running culprit...although it ran fine the rest of the day :scratch :confused :scratch
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    Didn't get any shots of the last crossing either...too bad because it was the biggest and baddest by far. Not to toot my own horn but the 1st 4 guys wussed out :D and took a shorter, more shallow route to the edge as I watched and debated on hitting the middle. The sun was at such an angle you couldn't see how deep it was or what rocks might lie underneath, but you could tell it was a lot deeper than the route they chose. Ah...what the hell... :pynd Somebody's got to be the guinea pig, right? Wish I had a shot of me barreling thru the middle in about 2+ ft. of water! And I did make it across if you were wondering...but got pretty soaked. Anybody that got a shot of that last watering hole post up...because it was pretty gnarly.

    From there we trekked on to Mike's shop in Tellico again...
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    Hey wait, who took that shot of some strange girls butt with my camera?! :evil
    Sorry, did I say we stopped at Mike's again...aaaayyyyyee, more aliens!!! Maybe they were coming to check out all that Olympia gear for their space travels...
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    Busy Saturday afternoon...
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    From there a few split off to head back to camp while the rest of us, led by Blue, headed to Waucheesi tower...
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    More spectacular views...
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    The shadows were getting long and daylight dwindling so off we go to make our way back to Tellico's Trail 1 and back to camp. Saturdays ride to me was probably the best of the 3 days so it was a perfect ending to a great weekend...
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    Aaaahhh...the warmth of a good campfire...not to mention some cold beverages :freaky (Was I the only one wearing "drinking gloves" all 4 nights? :lol3 )
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    The rest of us got back to camp around 5:30 or so. Danny and his wife had some great BBQ and all the fixin's prepared. I'll say it again, what a great host! I'd like to say thanks again to Danny and his wife for having all of us, Danny and Blue for leading us around, Danny, his wife, and one of the other wives (who fixed the beans) which I never got her name for feeding us such a great meal. I know my gang plans on returning for another shot at the 1st "official" Fuzzy Beaver rally in the spring, and I highly recommend anyone else considering it to plan on joining us. It will be well worth your trip!!!

    Would love to see some other pics if any of you guys snapped some...
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  3. Zrexrob

    Zrexrob Fla Mountains...yep!

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    Dammit!! I don't know how I missed this thread??? I need to pay attention more often...oh well Looks like a great time. Maybe i'll catch the next one.
    Bob you get a new truck?
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  4. wickedthunder.com

    wickedthunder.com Who's leading?!

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    Yeah Jag, what happened? I posted a link to this over in the HARDCORE thread weeks in advance. :deal :lol3 Glad to hear you're back out riding again after the long wait...:kurt Really got a kick out of your pic with you riding in the cast and toes hanging out! :rofl
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  5. SalsaBoy

    SalsaBoy Been here awhile

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    Good job fellas. Hopefully I can make the next one.
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  6. bullet370

    bullet370 n00b

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    Hey Jag
    Ya I got that truck about 2 years ago. What have you been up to ?
    Glad to hear you are back riding again:clap

    You missed a great ride.We will do it again next spring so keep it in mind.
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  7. wickedthunder.com

    wickedthunder.com Who's leading?!

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    BTW...forgot to mention...Dave wasn't the only one with a flat rear tire on our trip. My beefy Terraflex was flat when we hit the pavement after Whitt Rd. Saturday afternoon. I guess it's true what they say about the sidewalls being so stiff you can run one flat! I thought it felt just a hair squirrely when we hit the slab but nothing major so I just kept going with the rest of the bunch on to Mike's shop in Tellico...which wasn't but a few miles at most. I felt it when we got there and sure enough it was flat. We pumped it back up to 15 lbs. and it is still holding air today. Not really sure what happened to cause the air to leak though. :scratch :scratch Maybe it's allergic to water crossings:lol3
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  8. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    Great pics and thanks for posting. Company was great.

    See you on the next ride.

    Jon
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  9. CaptD

    CaptD Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the pics Kevin. What a beautiful area we rode in. All the fallen leaves made it tough though. Hard to see those rocks underneath 'em. I got to ride with the 2 guys on KLR 650's (Don and Steve) on Sunday for 80 miles. It got colder as the day went on. Monday morning was heavy frost so I decided to head back to FL. It was great riding with you guys. The best dual sport ride I rode in FL this year was the Black Bear. Its the last weekend of March (2 days). Held in the Osceola National Forest, Lake City, FL. Danny wants to ride it next year and I will also. If you guys can find the time... make the trip. Info and pics over at www.dixiedualsport.com. Hope to be back up in the mountains for the spring event. Take care. Darrell.
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    CaptD Been here awhile

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    CaptD Been here awhile

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    Bump for Good Friday.
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