Chethro's WV & Nearby Travels

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chethro, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    I missed this one. Look at the log imbedded in the rock.

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  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Maggie Valley is an awesome area to ride. I'll be there in about a week. I can't wait:happay
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  3. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    I can't wait to go back! :clap I know you will have fun.
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  4. JRowland

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    Im so glad you got this one, I never noticed it (I go too fast sometimes) until I passed.

    So back in the day the paper mill in Canton (background behind you) killed the Pigeon River

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    Some folks got the idea to dam the river a little below Buzzard Roost and make a power station.

    Walters Dam
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    There is a pipe that runs through the mountains that goes under that waterfall and feeds a surge tower

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    The surge tower feeds this power plant on the NC/TN border

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    The mollusks captured because of the dam eventually brought the river back to life.

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  5. Chethro

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    Thinking back I really enjoyed the end of the trip. While heading for the barn, we ran part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I would love to have a pic of our DR's hitting those curves. We were at extreme lean angles burning up the side knobs it was really cool :ricky and I do mean extreme!
  6. JRowland

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    It was great meeting you in person Chet. I really really really had a good time and I’m glad you did too. To me it’s not about what bike or farkle or even how hard or fast but that time talking beside the trail and the places we get to see and share. I feel very lucky to have met and ridden with some fine people that I’ve met through this forum in the short time I’ve been here.

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    I saw my first wild hogs

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    Lots of thumbs up and especially smiles over those days.

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    Ruts and roots and rocks and rain :-) This spot claimed all 3 of us.

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    After the roughest part of day 2 all smiles

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    We were all grinning through this stream crossing

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    Solving all the worlds problems :lol3

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    An empty Parkway in my neck of the woods is always a good time.

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  7. red bud

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    so where was the sandwich??
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  8. Chethro

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    Cafe Rel in Franklin I believe. Heck I didn’t know where I was most of the time. Everything on the menu looked great.
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  9. red bud

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    thx, i'll check it out
  10. Chethro

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    Going thru withdrawal today. Such a fantastic weekend filled with great views, roads and people. Meeting Folks you have only “known” electronically and swapping tales in person was something I don’t get to do during my solo rides, so that was the best of it all. :nod
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    Dam borders open up again so I can get back to do some more WV riding!

    Love the pics, keep them coming:bmwrider
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  12. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    Prior to the Maggie trip I spooned on a new Scorpion front tire onto the DR. I started feeling a sway/instability while going straight above 55mph. Not tank slappers, but it felt like it could if you pushed harder.

    Once home, I decided to change the rear D606 since it was pretty worn and check everything I could to see if I could identify the problem. Both wheels were true, steering head bearing seem tight, no cush drive issues and all rear bearings good. I did remove the dog bones and made sure everything was inline and tightened the chain slack one notch on the snails. Spoke are all tight too.

    I took her for a spin and it definitely seems better with just a hint of instability now. I went up to 75 mph and it doesn't get any worse, so I don't think it is a balance issue. Planning now to just run it for a bit to see once the rear wears in if it gets better. If it doesn't go away, I will throw on an old MT21 I have with just a few hundred miles on it.

    Couldn't ride long due to threatening thunder storms.

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  13. Higher Logic

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    Tried a TR 8 front a few years back. One of the worst front tires I have ever ridden !! Totally disconnected on medium firm gravel. Awefull on pavement, and only half ass on soft ground off pavement.

    It was so unstable at 60 and above on gravel, I threw it out with 700 miles on it.

    Switched to a Michelin T 63 back then, problem totally solved. A few years later once Michelins were not available went to the Conti TKC 80. Pretty damn good off pavement, really super on pavement.
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  14. Chethro

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    Some pics of my trip thru Wheels thru time. I kinda liked the beat up stuff best. I thought the flat track older HD's were pretty cool too, but didn't get any pics of those. The last one tho was pretty sweet. :thumb

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  15. Chethro

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    Took the TT out for 222 miles this morning. Headed due North to Rt555, 78, 329 along with a few others that I hadn't traveled. I'm going to run on down 676 it looks like a hoot! I only hit half of it before turning North. I see a great route in the making looping up 555 then across to Woodsfield and back to Elizabeth WV. :D Some nice roller coaster roads. :ricky

    Only one P break today and I never removed any gear. It was get'er done! After the MV trip, it felt like it had been months since I road the TT.

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    On Rt124 Hockingport OH, there sits a nice older home positioned facing the river. Trees blocked getting a good shot of all of it, but think how nice it would be looking out from the chairs in the evening. Not so nice...the river above flood stage! They do have some nice toys to use with their private ramp.

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    Closer to home a couple river pics.

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    DR tomorrow. Going to run my Northern route in its entirety for the first time. There is an "easy" and an "are you kidding me" version for those wanting more excitement. :lol3 I'm doing the easy version tomorrow. :nod
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    Growing up on the Ohio I always like when you show it. That barge pic made me happy :-)
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  17. Chethro

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    140 miles on the DR in 5.5 hours. Whew, I'm worn out. I didn't stop much. This is a nice route, but you have to bring your lunch and have a full tank. It is about a 50/50 split with some bonus loops for the brave. :D Bike is still feeling very squirrely. I even took the wheel weights off the front mid trip, but it made no difference. Changing the front tire this weekend and looking real close at the wheel bearings.

    First stop the Buffalo Church.

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    I like this truss style bridge. Kinda looks like an erector set.

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    Some duplication of pics from previous posts, so sorry for that. It's hard to remember what I have and haven't taken. I do try to get different perspectives.

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    I'm not sure of this is a home or what. :dunno

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    The old school which is now the community center.

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  18. Chethro

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    After this pic was taken, a couple farm hands were shooing a cow off the road and back into the pasture. I shut the bike off about 50 yards away and watched them work.

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  19. JRowland

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    I hope that's it, fingers crossed.
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    The skies seem perpetually -- and somewhat annoyingly -- blue when you ride. :D

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