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Chaingolian ride report

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by chain, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    Ok so Im startin this thread so we all have a place to post and collect ride reports and pics of our region and rides taken by the locals of what you all call ( even though Rider gets his panties in a ruffle everytime he hears it), Chaingolia.
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  2. Buzzez

    Buzzez Wind Powered

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    I guess I best get ridin then. :wink:
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  3. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    Since the tow day and two up klr ride home from Savanah, Ive been staying pretty close to home.
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    Ok maybe not that close.
    Im fortunate enough to have a first class riding buddy less than 20 miles from home. we both adhere to the same loose guidelines while out slinging gravel and abusing the mechanical features of a motorcyle, and we both have the freedom to cut out of work on short notice for a ride, be it 2 hours or 10.
    Lately as I said I've been staynig fairly close to home. which isnt all bad as some of you already know.
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    So last Wednesday it was a Mackinaw River Run staying in the Mackinaw valley for 200 miles of gravel, twisty back roads and condemned bridges.

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    nice cabin on the Mackinaw. bridge is closed to through traffic :lol3 whatever

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    Not much riding last weekend but made up for it Tuesday afternoon. I called drymike to see if he could duck out by 3:00 then realized all of my project were on track and if he could make it we'd be on the road by 1:30, precious daylight this time of year.
    So off we went through the sand trails of Sandridge State Forest.

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    over the hills and through the dales to the wetlands of Quiver Creek Region
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    the bridge has only a few years left. It took us through some wooded trails and into a farmers backyard. He didnt seem to mind as we passed through
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    We were hoping to make it to the Spoon River Valley so we had to hit the main road to make some time
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    The Spoon River
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    Some more of those lousy Fulton County roads

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    Lucky Picture with both bikes movin :evil
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    miller break at the Farm
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    Gotta hit Dairy Barn Road

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    A Monet The Ride
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    Gee P. Ess says home is SE 5589 miles. :huh
    whoops wrong hemisphere
    Mike gave coords for this place and I punched in S rather than N. :D
    Big difference :lol3

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    Last rest stop
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    Head for home

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    Thanks for riding along

    cheers
    over and out

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  4. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    Nice!!!!

    I gotta get a thumper!

    kfs


    PS - have you ever considered writing for a living???
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  5. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    writing? That guy could ride for a living :thumb
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  6. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    think Ill seek a profession as a...................













    Motojournalist :lol3
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  7. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    A shot from over the shoulder of drymike while towing the crusty I mean Trusty Dakar on tour through the beautiful Mississippi Palisades area. Great mpg :evil

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    Some where I have a pic of the aftermath of this attempted crossing
    showing the Dakar crammed up into the rail :cry

    Dont look down. I know, but whats the first thing I did :nod
    The eyes truly have it. I looked down and got myself into a nice mess. Grabbed a handful of throttle on the way down and luckily bounced into the side rail avoiding a spill in the drink.

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  8. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Very cool :thumb I'll be out :nod
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  9. Panic

    Panic Anxiety's little friend

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    Got the Ms. Panic hit list :huh
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    The tool of the day. 1980 P200 E Vespa
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    Obligatory Wriggly Field shot
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    Groceries loaded at the local Jewel. Notice Scooter Illegally parked in tow Zone
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    The Ride Home
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    Yours Truly after my monster ride :thumb
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  10. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    Dude, you got a vespa :evil
    I love those things :nod
    Thanks for giving some diversity to this otherwise dirt ridden thread



    hey fist got any of those pics motojoe and I worked so hard for at the Spring Ride?

    Dragoon you carry yourself over here any time.

    found the picture of the Bridge incident

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    By hitting the rail under power I managed to jamb the handlebar and fairing under the diagonal support. It was a real treat to pull out


    The local sand box
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    creekin with motojoe
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    :lol3
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  11. Panic

    Panic Anxiety's little friend

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    That Sand Box Shot is front page material :nod
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  12. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    I think you gotta know somebody to get front paged :deal



    :lol3
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  13. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    The days grew shorter the time had come
    Native were restless and banging their drum
    Gear was all loaded and my chores were all done
    Well almost
    An afternoon meeting was all that remained
    Between me and my comrades and our hunting refrain
    I left for camp well after dark
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    And took the long way through the Sand Park
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    I packed quite precisely
    For this trip you see
    Gotten away without a hitch
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    Guinness stowed safely away in my stitch
    Cross the river on the old windy road
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    Down through the hollers it’s an unwritten code
    I pulled into deer camp all was in order
    It looked like a Russian Outpost on the Chechnyan Border
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    The troops all kicked back and fully aware
    Cold beer and firearms stowed close to their chairs
    The doe deer was hanging by her feet from a tree
    First kill of the weekend won the whiskey
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    I had missed killing Friday but didn’t care
    My interest was not in hunting but just being there
    In camp with the troops who for years now had been
    A part of my life and the overall plan
    These guys are my brothers and over the years
    We’ve been through the thick and spun all the gears
    The night was filled with whiskey and lies
    Poured from a bottle beneath a moonless sky
    The trails soon were calling so off we did ride
    Down through the woods along the creek side
    I was the pilot of this four-wheeled machine
    Blasting through mud, creeks and ravines
    My passenger, a hunter all grizzly and mean
    Was laughing and giggling like a girl of thirteen
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    Now back to camp to test the hardware
    All of the guns we’d need to compare
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    Into the hours we joked and we laughed
    About riding and hunting and girls of our past
    The morning grew close so I chose to retire
    Leaving companions in charge of the fire
    Guard it they did till just before light
    When they rallied the dayshift that slept through the night
    Breakfast prepared without a hitch
    Sausage and eggs from the faithful camp bitch
    Coffee and feeding came to an end
    We left our warm camp to go hunting again
    Out in the woods us men and our guns
    Not hunting for need only for fun
    Our quarry the deer, Id shoot one perhaps
    If it wandered by between morning naps
    I was up in a tree not long before light
    And asleep within minutes of smiting my light
    Awakened by noises I heard from quite near
    The sound of the footsteps of a white tailed deer
    Should I shoot or pass I thought to myself
    What a mess that would cause and Id surely need help
    To drag it and gut it haul it and skin it dress it and pack and package and freeze
    The thought of all this put me to sleep
    I climbed down from the tree as the North wind did blow
    And sat by a stump to wait for a doe
    She arrived none to quick and I started to dream
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    About gravel and twisties on bard my machine
    The deer weren’t moving at the4 Farm in the woods
    But a ride on the gravel would do the mind good
    So that was the call I had only to decide
    What kind of roads I wanted to ride
    Start first with Round Barn then out to the flats
    Down through the cattle and circle back
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    Gas in Ipava then back on my track
    Head back to the camp for farm bunny stew
    The roads were quite muddy it was all I could do
    Keep taking these pictures to show them to you
    I wolfed down a bowel then two and then three
    Ate like a convict who’d just been released
    Said my farewells to my brothers and friends
    I had miles to ride before seasons end
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    I wandered down roads some with no name
    Low or no maintenance their only acclaim
    Out on the levees of old Thompson Lake
    I saw the big buck whos picture I’d take
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    (look close i was moving)
    Then side and then wobble then slide and then fall
    It happened so fast
    And back I did crawl to the trusty Dakar my carry all
    Back on two wheels and on down the levee
    Glad to be ridding and not in the Chevy
    I saw this pump house decrepit and old, windows were missing and so were the doors
    A building for certain I must explore
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    Then on to the sand roads and back to the hood
    I had ridden all day and done my mind good
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    My body was sore from the afternoon fall
    The fork seals had failed but really that’s all
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    The weekend was great, filled with family and friends
    What more can I ask for before my time ends

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  14. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    Looks like I have the honor of being the first to reply!!

    Great Report! Looks like a good time -- I'd like to see a pic of that Dakar with a deer slung across the rack!

    Ride Safe!

    kfs
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  15. mutineer

    mutineer pierpont lives

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    when I grow up I wanna be Todd


    I burned some of your CD's today



    enough love for the Chain - now Fuck off and get back to work dude




















    nice report
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  16. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    That was the idea, I was hoping to shoot a little one. Then ride it into the check station. instead i went riding. I just dont sit well :lol3
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  17. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    I burned some of your CD's today

    :thumb you da man mute
    I was thinking of you at 0300 Sat morn while test firing the Dan Wesson :lol3
    figured youd be right at home in our deer camp :freaky
    enough love for the Chain - now Fuck off and get back to work dude
    :rofl
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  18. The Fist

    The Fist Knulp

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    We don't call it 'chaingolia' fer nuthin'....

    Excellent report -- I wish I had been there.
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  19. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    did you get out this weekend Fist?
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  20. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    Man you have the best roads and trails around there, looks awsome.:thumb
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