Charlottesville Riders...where are ya?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by gasgaseffinfast, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. tpchuckles

    tpchuckles Been here awhile

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    Big Levels, right? it's on my list! :p
  2. SRG

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    Yes, thats it. Like I said Coal Rd. is fine/easy. The Jeep trail up to the Parkway is not. I would not try to take your Husky up or down it. Besides the rocky and steep sections there are some good sized mudholes.
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    hmm. checked out some videos. i see what you mean about the mud holes. of semi-unpredictable depth. i need sonar or something... :lol3
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    CD0198E1-0D41-414C-92A6-75C995694537.jpeg

    This is my D/S bike

    It goes like stink

    But I’m old and slow
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  5. vtamb81

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    Hey Everyone. Cross posting from the Flea Market.

    Selling my 2008 WR250R ADV-lite build I put together for the Trans-America Trail. Located in Charlottesville. Asking $4300 OBO. Hoping I can find a good home for this awesome bike!

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  6. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Did you ride the TAT on it?
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    vtamb81 Aaron

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    yes. Rode to OR and shipped it home. Incredible ride, bike had no issues and performed great.
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  8. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Awesome, great to hear you did it after building the bike for it! Always crappy to see “TAT prepped, never rode” bikes. It’s an incredible trip for sure.
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    vtamb81 Aaron

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    for sure. I’ll be chasing the feeling of that trip for years to come!
  10. tpchuckles

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    went and checked 'em both out!

    agreed on coal road; held a pretty solid 35mph the whole way.

    got a mile and a half up the jeep trail and my thighs were dead (gotta do more squats i guess! it probably also didn't help that I went on a bit of a hike this morning with my dog, 900ft elevation gain in my own neighborhood) and turned around. I then headed up 56 to BLP from there, along BLP until i got to the top of the jeep trail, by which point my thighs felt rested up so i headed down it. snow up there today, so i went maybe a mile and a half down before i lost confidence in my / the bike's / tire's abilities in the mudsnow (I already had to dismount and push my way out of the slick snowy grass at the shoulder of the BLP when i stopped for some photos). took the little jaunt up to the "peak" too. then home along the BLP until it hit the blockade, down near devil's backbone, and back up 151. overall great day. surely i didn't hit the worst of the jeep trail, but the only issue for what I saw wasn't the bike, it was my lazy ass's lack of exercise. ha!

    edit: here are some nice photos

    edit 2: a nifty topo map of the Big Level's area i generated.
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  11. SRG

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    Good job on checking out the Jeep trail (and for having the sense to turn around)

    If you keep going on Coal Rd. past the Jeep trail you can get over to Vesuvius, form there up 56 to Montebello or stay on the right side of the tracks and continue on a few miles to a part gravel road that connects back up to 56 at the top, just past the parkway.
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    thanks. and yup, west then south on Coal Rd to St Mary's to Cold Springs to 56 and then up the mountain is what I did.
    as for staying right of the tracks, is that 608? then is the gravel road that connects back to 56 on google maps?
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    Yes, continue south on 608 past Vesuvius to a left on 603 (starts paved changes to gravel) which will take you back to 56 just above Montebello.

    From there, go past Montebello on 56 to (left on) 687 (gravel) which (with a couple of rights) take you back up to the Parkway a couple of miles south of the (top of) Big Levels Jeep trail.
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  14. Kapponification

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    Hello there, thank you for your reply. I have a BMW F800 ADV and a WR250R. I look forward to the end of this pandemic and start riding again.
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    I'm currently not working so anytime is good for me. I'm glad there are people in C'Ville sharing the DS bug.
  16. SRG

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    Might try to get out for a D/S ride this afternoon - anyone interested?
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    tpchuckles Been here awhile

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    well shucks, wish i saw this earlier. i'm down if you haven't left yet.
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    That’s awesome :lol3. Well done gentleman
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  20. SRG

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    Chuck - u r nutz.

    I told you that jeep trail was rough. Did you go up or down?

    You don't see them so much on the way up, but there are are a couple of "shortcuts" along the way. I accidently took one on the way down once - very steep and boulders the size of VW bugs. Would have been impossible to turn around and go back up. This one rejoins the main trail very near the bottom. My buddy still cringes at the thought of it (squashed his balls against the tank of his KLR).

    When you go back, make sure you don't take any shortcuts. You have been warned.

    I'll look for the pics.