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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by flux_capacitor, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    WHAT: North GA dual sport ride.

    WHERE: Departure will be from THUNDER ROAD, which is some overly-elaborate shrine to NASCAR that Awesome Bill from Dawsonville built. It went under (who saw THAT coming?) and is now Dawsonville City Hall. It has a big enough parking lot that those who need to trailer can park there no problem. There is gas and food just around the corner. This is on Hwy 53 just east of town. I will post up more elaborate directions in a bit.

    WHEN: Saturday, November 18th. I hope this works for at least most of you. I tried to give enough notice since some people have mentioned taking time off work to ride up here. Also, I know it is the weekend before Thanksgiving but that's how it goes.

    TIME: It gets light out early, so I say kickstands up at 9am.

    TERRAIN: I will be staying offroad for the most part. I am talking 85% wide open forest roads, singletrack, and some gnarly rocky stuff. My opinion is that any bike can make the journey, depending on the rider. I have seen some Dl1000's do some shit I didn't think was possible. Realistically, things like DRZ's and XR's are gonna be a lot more fun. There will be some creek/river crossings (nothing TOO crazy). There will be some slab work as well, I just try to keep it limited. You're gonna want knobby-esque rubber.




    I am still working out the route details, but I will show some good scenery. We will pass and stop at the now-infamous SWINGING BRIDGE. You will have to leave your bike and walk for maybe a 1/4 mile or so to get to the bridge. We will ride around Suches, and head towards Hiawassee to some trails that GADUALSPORT showed me. This will be an all day ride.





    WARNING: I am no professional dual sport event organizer. If the group is large ( I am sure it will be ) then I'll get some other local route leaders. (PAGING MIKE!). Last time turned into a fiasco. There were a lot of lurkers that showed up with no notice. We quickly had 20 riders at my house, which was cool, but I was drastically underprepared for it. So PLEASE, if you intend to ride PLEASE let me know beforehand so I can make arrangements. I am just a dude that can show you some good trails.





    MORE TO COME. STAY TUNED.
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  2. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    A few pics from the area to whet your appetite:



    Swinging Bridge is one of my favorite 'chill spots.'
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    Some of the first trails we'll encounter: (heh, it JUST rained in the first one, don't worry!)
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    Some pics from the last ride:
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  3. lucky_strike

    lucky_strike whose flux?

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    im in. do you plan on camping or not? also, should we prepare to eat luch on the trails or are we stopping to eat? that bridge looks fun.
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  4. Willy-B

    Willy-B onebudwiser

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    This sounds like fun!!

    Thanks for getting all of this together, Flux
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  5. Dags

    Dags I'm not British

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    I'm in - sounds great :clap
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  6. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    If at all possible, Im in.:clap I stoped by yesterday but you guys were still riding.
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  7. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    I am not planning on camping.

    I think eating lunch on the trails is the way to go. We will have to make some gas stops, so there is always that option. I'd prefer not to wait 2 hours at TWO for lunch, although their onion rings are the shit.
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  8. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Sorry I missed you man! I hope you can make it! I think I'm gonna need someone to lead the "fast" group! :lol3 Plus, you know those Hiawassee trails WAY better than I do. :D
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  9. PowerT

    PowerT Long timer

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    Hey do you think if I spooned some Scorpions on the R1100S I could make it...it blows not having a DS at times like this.
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  10. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Honestly Troy I wouldn't personally want to do that if it were my bike. I will say a Vstrom 1000 made it through last year. I am planning on running some pretty crazy singeltrack at times on this trip though.
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  11. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    I sure wish I had a duallie.
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  12. Mossy_Crk

    Mossy_Crk Fallen over

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    I'm out for this one. I've got to work this weekend now. Sorry folks...take lots of pics for me, though.
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  13. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Just trade to a DR and quit yer bitchin!
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  14. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    And then I'd wish I had a strom.
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  15. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    So then, after the ride trade back to a Strom, silly man!




    See ya next time Gabe!
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  16. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    hey flux that single track you are talking about is that out at canada creek let me know and maybe i will lead a group around that single track and meet back up with ya i know my way around in suches fairly good that is where i moved t o dahlonega from and i have spent about 30 years running around up there so let me know if that would help cause i will be honest my klr 650 kicks my ass out there bad and until i come across a 200-400 ds i am not gonna get back in canda creek.
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  17. Bluetickk

    Bluetickk Sand Crab

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    Total Est. Time: 13 hours, 16 minutes

    Total Est. Distance: 791.19 miles

    Each way :cry

    It could be worth it. Looks like you guy are going to have a good time Good luck!!!

    BTW I think we need some sort of rider exchange program. :lol3
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  18. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    Canada creek is mild compared to what he is talking about between Hiwasse sp? and Dillard. Canada creek will be in the tough route though.
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  19. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Yeah, that shit in Hiawassee is INSANE. It about killed me when you showed me last time. If it downpours the day before, we might have to find an alternate! :eek1 :lol3 Canada Creek is nothing.


    "Rider Exchange!" I love it! Somebody out West PICK ME! PICK ME! I promise I won't pee on your carpet. :huh
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  20. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    Come on down we would love to show you around.
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