Excursions pour la Journee avec Gaston

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Gaston Gagne, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    Cherokee, NC, Fire Mountain Trails.

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    That was fun, if a bit cold.
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    That looks like a great day!
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  3. Gaston Gagne

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    It turned out OK.

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    I failed to put fuel in my motorcycle. Good trip cut short. D'oh!


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    I love riding in snow. I sometimes wish I could do it more often.
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    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    When did you get the WR? :beer

    They do run better with gas in the tank.
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  10. Gaston Gagne

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    I bought it in May. I like it a lot. Now I know that reserve works.
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    Gassed up tonight.

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    Fun day today. Nice to see so many people out riding.


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    Another beautiful day in the Appalachian Mountains.

    Hang on, this was New Year's Day. Here's hoping you all have a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2019.

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    OK, now for today. We cruised around Lake James and then up NC 80. No cars on 80.

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    It's a good day when the downside is the "traffic and four lane" through Burnsville. Our regularly scheduled, twisted program resumes at Windy Gap and then Big Laurel.

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    Easter Gap

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    Love me some 80.

    Looks like a nice day for a ride!
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    We rode up Paint Creek to TN 70/NC 208 back to Hurricane and then over the hill to Hot Springs :raabia for some cheeseburgers. Then over Walnut Creek and backup Big Laurel.

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    :drif On to Blue Rock/Halls Chapel/ Seven Mile Ridge to Little Switzerland. No one was trying to run us over on this trip.

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    Just because we pop out .25 miles from our favorite brewery doesn't mean we HAVE to stop and get a beer.

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    265 miles of mad twisties. Thanks for looking!
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    Let's change things up a bit and head for some sunny, southern locales.

    First of all, thanks to @trespalacios for putting this trip together. What a great leader/ambassador/friend/rider he is.

    Some of us met at KCLT on Sunday at 5:30 a.m. in a downpour. The rain let up when it was time for wheels up. First stop Miami, FL and then on to Pereira, Colombia. Pereira is the capital of the coffee axis and is a very picturesque city. Our host was Juan Esteban Sarmiento, a.k.a Chilo. He has finished the Dakar rally multiple times. He rents enduro motorcycles and guides tours in this amazing, mountainous country. His equipment, guide service, and hospitality are first rate.

    We arrived in Pereira in the afternoon and got transported Chilo Dakar Ranch, where we got acquainted and shook off the travel.

    Monday morning was early to get on the road to a town called Toro in the Valle del Cauca region. Our other guide was Kini.

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    The car ride was a long descent into the valley, and things warmed up quite a bit. We unloaded in an enclosed courtyard at what appeared to be a fruit co-op or collective. There were many bananas and plantains around. As you can see, we were provided with some very nice equipment.

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    It was a very short ride to the edge of town and the beginning of some very steep, rutted climbing.

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    It was hot, and there wasn't much shade. Did I mention steep? There are houses (and they're really nice houses) out there where the only way to get to them is to ride these relatively difficult trails. They don't need to go to town much because food is everywhere. We saw a patch of cow patties where someone had sown green beans, and they were bearing beans. Mangos, bananas, and plantains are all over the place.

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    Down steep.

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    Another one of those houses. The Colombians appear to be dedicated to plant cultivation.

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    Is this what you were hoping for?

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    Braap!

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    Last picture from Monday. This is the entrance to "Infierno." Infierno is a hill, and it is quite the gash on the side of the mountain. It is obvious to see from all around these slopes. Our guides had been talking it up all day. They took us down it to see if we would want to go up it the next day. I had a very difficult time getting down it without busting my ass.

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    We were a mess when we got back to town. I have to say that is one of the hardest rides I've ever been on. We might have gone 15 miles that day. Those guys asked us what we thought. We told them that maybe not so hard would be better. Coming right up!
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    Nice way to put it Phil. I had a hard time making it up “La trialera”. That riding was so different to what we usually do. Pivot point turning is a skill to master in order to be successful in that terrain. Here I am drinking what I thought it’d be my last beer ever

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    This looks outstanding! I hate I missed it!
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    Very cool!
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