Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I'm mostly loaded up and ready to go. I'll drive to the Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get there early enough to set up camp and get in a few hours of riding before dark. @Raptorman and another Huntsville rider will be joining me on Thursday with more riders coming to ride Friday and Saturday. The weather is looking good except for a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.

    I may post a few phone pics but the ride report won't get done until after I get back.
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  2. TheSweeper

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    Really hating that I’m missing this! Home bound this weekend. Y’all have fun.
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    Have fun, take lots of pics lol.
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  4. klaviator

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    1021201754.jpg I got here early afternoon, set up camp and then went out and rode 80+ miles. Traffic was light on most of the roads I was on. No sign of hunters. Dinner at the Tellicafe. It was fairly busy when I got there and slammed by the time I left. Tomorrow should be a great day of riding.

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    That'll make ya fat, cut into your power to weight ratio :D
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    Is that the diet Coke and a Snickers combo?
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    Strong cancel factor with that combination.. almost like you're eating healthy food.
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    And drinking Heineken zeros by the campfire?:hide
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    My choice,,,diet mountain dew and large snickers,,,real foooood!!
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    ..that's almost a weight loss plan..
  12. klaviator

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    I think that was the only food pic I took this trip. I won't tell you about the Hot Fudge Sunday I had every night:D

    Anyway, I'm back. It was a fantabulous five days in Tennessee. I took a few hundred pics. It will take some time to go through them and then I'll start the ride report.
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    I had a great time, thanks for organizing.
  14. klaviator

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    Back near the beginning of September I started a thread on the Motorcycle Alabama forum to plan a dual sport ride out of Tellico Plains, TN. I had four potential dates. One by one those dates were eliminated leaving only the last date of 23-25 October. I would have preferred an earlier date because it could be downright cold this late. That turned out to not be a problem. Since the weather was looking really good earlier in the week I decided to head up a couple of days early.

    So here goes the ride report:

    Wednesday 21 October:

    I finished loading my truck and was on the road by around 8. I got to the Tellico Mountain Trails Campground a little after noon. I disregarded the advice to avoid Chattanooga and had no traffic problems. I wanted to get in as early as possible so I could set up camp and still have time to ride.

    Tent up, bike unloaded and ready to ride:happay

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    I got a pic of the campground as I left. There were a fair number of people there for middle of the week.

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    I headed through Tellico and out Rafter road.

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    Very little traffic, scenic and very twisty. This is one of my favorite roads.

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  15. klaviator

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    I turned on to Shaw Mountain Road.

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    Super tight and twisty with pretty rough pavement, this road is best enjoyed on a dual sport or adventure bike:ricky:ricky

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    I took a right at the end and went under the Skyway continuing towards River road. This road had some monster potholes that I wouldn't want to hit even on a dual sport bike. It doesn't see much traffic and was green from algea in spots.

    I pulled off the roiad to get a pic of the creek and bridge.

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    I took a left on River road where the traffic was surprisingly light. Normally there are a bunch of people headed for Bald River Falls. I was able to stop on the side of the road and take pics without getting run over.

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  16. klaviator

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    I have ridden River road countless times, most recently on my Like. There are some dirt roads that branch off of River road that I have been wanting to explore. My plan for the day was to explore one or more of those roads.

    I wasn't disappointed.

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    There was some cool stuff back here.


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    The dirt road leading to these was a blast:ricky:ricky

    Both of these were dead ends so I backtracked and took another fork. This one went a ways.

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  17. klaviator

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    So I had to turn around. I was curious as to the road closure. Maybe I would come back on Saturday and check it out.

    The ride back was great and I saw some things I didn't see on the way in.

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    The river I was riding along was the Bald River which eventually makes its was over Bald River Falls.

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    Another Bald River Falls.

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    Back on River road.

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    I planned on exploring another side road but my low fuel light came on. I forgot that I had started this ride with 30 or so miles already on this tank:dirtdog

    I decided to check out that road anyway. I went in maybe 5 miles and decided the safe thing to do was to turn around. I knew the road went through but I didn't know how far. It was a cool ride anyway.

    Back on the Skyway near Tellico Plains.

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    I stopped at the Telicafe for dinner and then rode back to the campground.

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    I ended up riding around 85 miles. It was a great start to this trip. Four more days to go:wings
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  18. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Wow Win.:loco

    You got me rethinking that I need to see the northeast U.S. for fall.

    Beautiful!
  19. klaviator

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    Northeast? Come to the Southeast. The riding is much better here.
  20. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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    Stunning pictures! Ho, hum, as usual...thank you!