You Only Live Twice

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. klaviator

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    My son and his GF visited for Christmas so I didn't do much riding as I'd rather spend time with them. His GF recently got her MC learners permit and her Christmas wish was for some riding gear. We got her a jacket and gloves as she already had a helmet. Then I let her take my Super 8 out for her first scooter (or mc) ride.

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    I think she may have been having fun:-)

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    Informative, wonderful photos, great narrative, epic as only you can do. Thanks for sharing and we need a fresh adventure on the Smax! ;)

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  3. klaviator

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    Thanks!

    As for adventure on the Smax, check my other thread after labor Day.
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    We are lucky to have year round riding weather in Northern Alabama but it does get cold enough to put a damper on longer rides for all but the most die hard riders......or maybe just those with a lot of electric riding gear:D Short rides of course are no problem. There is always something to ride to. One Sunday morning I joined some of the other local riders attending a Euro Sunday car gathering. It's supposed to be for European cars but other cars, motorcycles and scooter usually show up as well.

    The bikes.

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    Some of the local scooter trash:lol3

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    Oh yeah, there were some cars there as well.

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    I'm not sure what European country made the Mustang:scratch

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    Spring normally hits northern Alabama in March. Some pics from a local ride around town.

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    I set up a ride in late March and 4 other riders showed up. Three were bamarides regulars and there was one new guy who is also an inmate here. That new guy was Buckeye Doug riding his Harley bagger.

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    So 4 sporty bikes and one Harley hit the twisty roads. I didn't lead at warp speed but I wasn't going slow either:ricky:ricky:ricky
    Doug stayed right with us:thumb

    We stopped to check out the rock zoo.

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    Because you ain't seen it all until you've seen the rock zoo:lol3

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    We continued on some more twisty roads. Unfortunately one of the riders had a moment of inattention and went down.

    We eventually made it to our lunch stop.

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    I made it to another Euro Sunday.

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    Debbi and I planned a trip to visit our son in Columbus, Ga way in advance and even set up a dog sitter. Then something came up and it wouldn't work for him so we didn't want to waste having a dog sitter. We went on a road trip back to the Atlanta area. We drove to Cartersville where we got a motel for two nights. We brought the scooter along so we could retrace one of my old favorite routes up to Suches.

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    As we were on 60 north of Suches we came up behind a couple of motorcycles. The one in the pic was a Versys.

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    I wonder what they thought when we passed them riding two up on a scooter:hmmmmm

    They had made some changes to TWoS since my last time here including the parking lot.

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    Debbi and I both had a really fantastic salad for lunch.

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    My old friend Mike showed up with his new to him Buell so I got a pic of his bike.

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    So Debbi said I always get pics of people's bike but how about pics of them?

    So she took this pic.

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    Then we hung out some inside.

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    Then we rode back to Cartersville. Sunday we visited our old church. Then we went to lunch at our old favorite restaurant.....or we tried to. It was no longer there:(
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    Every spring, Agoodwin, an inmate here and also Bamarides member puts on a weekend dual sport event called "dualsporting the Free State". I have wanted to go for years but something always got in the way. Finally in May 0f 2016 I was able to make. Not only could I make it but the weather forecast was just about perfect. It rained Thursday night which would hopefully keep the dust down and the forecast was highs in the 70s and lows around 50 with lots of sunshine.

    This event which takes place in the Bankhead National Forest is a mostly boring ride from my house so I decided to put my bike and camping gear in my truck and drive. I'm glad I did because it was nice having my bigger tent and full size air mattress.

    The campground:

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    When I got there Friday afternoon Al and one other rider where already there with their tents set up. I set up my tent, unloaded my bike then joined them while we waited for others to show up. Eventually a few did and it was time to start the sausage fest.

    Al brought a large grill. Here he and his wife Melony are preparing the feast:

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    The next morning the grill was used again to cook 10 pounds of bacon, pancakes and biscuits.

    More riders showed up. There must have been a good story being told here:

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    Then it was time to ride:ricky:ricky:ricky

    Someone caught me warming up a bit in the campground:

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    We headed off with 11 bikes. It was a few miles of curvy roads before getting off the pavement.

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    The first trail led us down to the Sipsey river where we took a break.

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    After the break I took off before everyone else to try to get some action shots:

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    I picked a spot by a large mud hole and set up far enough away so I figured I wouldn't get splashed. Of course I didn't pay any attention to the big puddle right beside me so the first rider shown above on a KTM690 splashed me pretty good:doh

    A few more bikes came through then I saw a bike go off the trail and heard a loud crash with the unmistakable sounds of stuff breaking:eekers

    A few seconds later the bike backed up and continued on:eek7

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    It was Tony on his KLR650. As he came by and stopped I asked if he was OK and he said "I am but the bike isn't" and took off:dunno

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    A few more action pics:

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    Everyone was impressed by the guy who rode a Wee Strom through all this.

    I caught up to everyone as they had all stopped. Tony finally decided to stop since his radiator was just hanging loose. Everyone knows that a KLR can almost always be repaired using Duct tape and Zip ties. In this case it was just Zip Ties:

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    Tony admiring the brilliant craftsmanship:D

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    And off we went. I was amazed that not only was Tony OK but the bike could continue the ride. I think he was too.

    It wasn't too long before everyone was stopped again. This time it was our fearless leader who had a flat.

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    We rode a mix of dirt/gravel forest roads and twisty little paved roads before having a long stretch of pavement to get to our lunch stop, Chef Troy's talk of the town. I have never eaten there before but everyone who had said the food was great.

    After lunch it was time to ride some more. I'd tell you where we rode but most of the time I had no idea where we were. I just followed the guy in front of me who may have been just as lost as I was. At least Al knew where we were. Eventually we stopped by a nice little hill climb. Actually I'm not sure hill climb is the right description. It was a nearly vertical rock wall that I'd expect to see in a trials event. We did have one brave young guy willing to try it.

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    Not the best pic I have ever taken but he did make it to the top where he promptly:muutt

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    It was impressive to watch. I wish I had the skills to do it but I'd probably hurt myself and my bike.

    Next up was an old guy on a KLR with over 80,000 miles on it:eekers:eek7

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    Never underestimate an old guy on a KLR:super

    Of course the old guy in this case was Al who has numerous road race and off road racing wins as well as winning the first time he tried a trials competition.
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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Ahh! The awesome hill climb. It takes me back to the glory days of my youth. I toppled some serious hills growing up in the mountains of Western Maryland. Now, I am sure I would :muutt.
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  12. klaviator

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    After some more riding we stopped in downtown Winston.

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    A little history.

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    I asked Al what the story was behind this building across the street and he said: "It's little, it's old and it's made of rock.":hmmmmm

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    Then more riding. I was pretty worn out by the time we got back to camp. My odo read 173 miles.

    Then it was another night of camping, telling lies and solving all the worlds problems while hanging out around a campfire.

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    It was another chilly night for this time of year in Alabama with temps in the 40s. Next morning we managed to get a fire going with leftover scraps of wood. Al heated up the leftover bacon and pancakes and we had another good breakfast.

    Construction crew? One person gathering wood and 5 supervisors:lol3

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    It was a great weekend. I was really glad that I decided to camp rather than just riding over for the day. It's a big part of the experience and really gives you a chance to get to know the other riders that just doesn't happen on the ride itself. I also got to do some Dual sport riding which I hadn't done much of the last few years.
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    Debbi's birthday is in May so son decided to ride up from Columbus, Ga and visit. This would be his first ever long street ride and he still had his MC learners permit so he would have to avoid Highways. I don't think he realized how tiring a long ride would be, at least for someone not used to it. It is around a 250 mile trip and since he came up 431 there where a lot of towns with traffic and traffic lights. I met him at the McD's in Owens Crossroads and lead him to our house on the other side of town. I didn't get any pics of this ride.

    I decided that I would ride part of the way back with him on Sunday. We left after Church where Debbi took a pic of us before we left.

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    Since he wasn't thrilled with the idea of going through Albertsville/Boaz and Gadsden we took an alternate, more interesting but longer route. We went through town and then over Green mountain Rd to 431. I let him lead part of the time so I could get some pics.

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    Since it was only a short detour we stopped at high falls. In the past I had been there during the colder months when there was a lot of water flowing and not that many people. This time it was the opposite.

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    Unlike most modern parks with guard rails, this one had none and you could jump off the falls if you wanted to.

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    Scott wanted to jump but had no swim trunks.

    Then we rode a ways towards Columbus before I turned around and headed back home.

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    I have been riding a lot less this year than the last couple of years. I guess my motivation was been down and life had just been happening. I had no big plans for memorial Day weekend despite it being a 4 day weekend for me.:waysad Then Debbi asked if it would bother me if she went out of town to visit her sister for the weekend. I had to think real long and hard on that:hmmmmm What could I possibly do on a long weekend:dunno. Being a good husband I told her it was OK with me. I would sacrifice and go for a ride or something:ricky:ricky:ricky

    So, where to go? I was a little concerned about all the traffic and LEOs on all the popular roads. So I decided to head up to Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground (BRMC) on Saturday. Ride some of my favorite and mostly unknown roads to the North of there on Sunday then home on Monday. I considered Iron Horse or Two Wheels of Suches but I can do those places on a regular weekend since they are over 100 miles closer.

    I got on the road around 7 on Sat and took mostly boring 4 or more lane roads until north of Chattanooga. Traffic wasn't bad and it was pretty painless. Then I hit 64, 30 to Reliance and 315 north. I was having a good time in the curves:ricky:ricky and soon saw two KLR riders coming the other way. I recognized them as Lazeebum and kdtrull from Bamarides so I pulled a U turn and chased them down.

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    Ken even made a video of our meeting.



    They were doing some dual sport riding in the area based out of the Cherohala Trails Campground just down the road. We talked a bit and then went on our separate ways. We were all surprised that the timing worked out that we met on the road. While talking there I got a text from Duanew1 who was up at Iron Horse. He wanted to know if he could tag along with me. I was surprised I got the text since I had no reception there.

    I stopped in Tellico Plains for lunch. I got a hold of Duane and we agreed to meet at BRMC. Then I headed over the Skyway. I didn't take many pics because I had ridden all these roads many time and there wasn't anything new to take pics of. Eventually I got to another of my favorite scenic spots and took a few more pics. They put in a sand beach here last year.

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    A closer view of the beach:evil

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    After some of my favorite twisty roads which had almost no traffic on them I ended up on the BRP.

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    Then it was fun ride down 276 to BRMC. I was surprised that I beat Duane there but he showed up about 30 minutes later.

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    I have always liked spending time at the motorcycle campgrounds. There are several to choose from around here. They all have a different atmosphere. BRMC is not the most fancy or luxurious of the MC campgrounds but It's become one of my favorites. One of the nice things here is that they serve dinner and breakfast, at least they do on weekends. On this night they had BBQ. Mine was pretty good.

    Another nice thing about these campgrounds is you have the chance to meet other motorcycle enthusiasts. I hung out for a while at the fire.

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    If I had gone to Iron Horse, which is much fancier, I couldn't have done this since they had a band Sat night. I will never stay at Iron horse on a holiday weekend again since they tend to get bands. I was there last year for Labor Day and they had a band. The band was OK but that is not why I come to these places. it was so loud you really couldn't carry on a conversation while they were playing.

    Another nice thing about these campgrounds is they don't have designated tent spots so you won't go there and find a "campground full" sign.
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    The next morning we got up and had breakfast. We noticed most others were packing up and had rain gear on. We checked the forecast and found that the tropical storm on the east coast had moved inland and was headed for us:(: We discussed the options and decided to pack up and head west. It started raining before we did that and we rode out in the rain. We soon rode out of the rain but occasionally got rained on for the rest of the ride.

    So how was the ride? There is only one good road in the wholoe area and that is the "Dragon" All the other roads are straight, flat and boring. However, since most of the traffic is on the Dragon, they are mostly deserted except for a few "settlers" who are willing to settle for boring roads. I got a pic of one family of settlers:

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    We got to our home for the night after about 200 miles of boring, straight roads.:wink:

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    This is Cherohala Mountain trails Campground. It used to be a motorcycle campground but is now open to all. Motorcycle riders still make up a high percentage of the campers. It's very inexpensive and surrounded by nice riding, on and off pavement. They didn't serve dinner or breakfast so we rode into Tellico Plains and had a good dinner at the tellicafe. For breakfast we rode about a mile down the road to a place recommended by the campground owner.

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    This place was your classic hole in the wall that I would never have thought to stop and it was nothing fancy on the inside but the food was fantastic and inexpensive too.

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    Then we headed for home. We managed to find some nice scenery.

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    I got out with a friend to do some riding, pic taking and shoot some video. We met at Huddle House in Guntersville and had a good breakfast. Hard to believe but I don't think I had eaten at a Huddle house before.

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    Then we headed down some scenic roads. Instead of riding together one of us would go ahead and set up for photo or video. The the other would ride by, continue down the road until finding another good spot to set up. We did this on 227 and 67 trying to get scenic shots. Here's a few of the pics we got.

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    A taken while riding.

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    Then we headed to Crow Mountain for some action shots. There are a couple of roads on Crow Mountain that are very steep and twisty. Deal's Gap is an easy relaxing ride in comparison.

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    A short video.



    And another. The road was wet so I was taking it easy.

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    A week later I took a few pics while exploring the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. Although I rode it regularly, every so often I would find a new trail. This one led to a nice picture spot.

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    It really wasn't much of a trail.

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    June 18th was a good day as I went on three different rides. First, I needed some groceries so I rode the Super 8 to Wally World and back for a quick 15 miles to start the day. Then it was off to meet a group at Orbix Hot Glass near Little River Canyon. I headed over Green Mtn Rd then picked up 431 to Guntersville then 227 to Geraldine where a church sign caught my eye.

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    If the Ten Commandments had been written recently.......:lol3. I have noticed this church on previous rides because the architecture just looks out of place in rural Alabama. The sign gave me an excuse to stop and take a pic.

    As always when I go for a ride, I picked a route with some curves. :ricky:ricky

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    I got pretty lost and wandered around fore a while before I finally found the group just before they were done a Orbix and headed for CR275 and Little River Canyon.

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    The next two pics were taken by Nice Goat.

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    I rode ahead to get some pics.

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    Lunch was in FT Payne.

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    On the way home:

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    Total for this ride was 272 miles. Add the 15 miles from the morning ride and I was up to 287 miles. I still had plans for one more ride. There was a bike night at a nearby Sonic so I jumped on the Super 8 and headed over.

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    You don't see one of these every day.

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    That brought my total mileage to over 300 and made for a good day of riding.
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    I thought it would be interesting to take the Super 8 to the same spot I rode the KLR to earlier.

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    June 24, 2016.

    It was on this day that I set a new record for hauling groceries on my Super 8.

    I went to Wally World and bought $87.21 worth of groceries.

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