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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    Our next destination was the Hiwassee dam which has a nice visitor area. It was a great ride there but I didn't get many pics.

    Got one while waiting to re group.

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    Got the next one on the Hiwassee dam access road while riding.

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    I discovered this road back in the 90s while riding my EX500. Its an awesome sportbike road and has very little traffic. I guess I had a flashback to those old days because I pinned the throttle and let er rip. For the first time on this ride I left Rich in the dust:ricky:ricky:ricky
    While the KLX doesn't have the power my EX did it still makes a great sportbike on twisty paved roads and can fly around the curves:ricky:ricky:ricky

    When I got to the dam I found the visitors parking lot gate closed.

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    No problem, we found a place to park and checked out the view.

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    Its a long way down!

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  2. klaviator

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    We headed back in the direction we came from. As we were riding along I noticed a dirt road off to the left. I had never ridden it before. I had no idea where it went but it looked interesting so I pulled U turn and we rode it.

    What a fantastic road:happay Super twisty and beautiful. I was having too much fun ripping along to get any pics until I stopped at the end.

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    Then it was back on the pavement again but still a fantastic ride:ricky

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    We got back on dirt and I found the bike squirming around. Did I have a flat tire? I stopped and checked. It was just the road. Rich thought he might have a flat too but then he saw my bike was moving around too.

    We stopped at the same spot Steve and I stopped a couple of days earlier.

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  3. B10Dave

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    Win; now I'm even more envious. What a great area to ride!!
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  4. klaviator

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    Come on down sometime and I'll show you around although I can't promise to duplicate the stunning colors we had on this trip.
  5. klaviator

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    When Steve and I were here on Thursday we had limited time so we took the Joe Brown Higway back to 68 and then back to Tellico for an early dinner. This time we had time so we went up Burrel mtn Rd.

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    We came to an intersection.

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    We went straight and followed the road way up the mountain until it started getting gnarly. Jown was all for going on because he loves riding through mud holes. I didn't feel like it so we turned around and headed back down the mountain.

    While riding I glanced in my mirror and saw Rich and his bike go down.

    Oh Oh!

    I pulled quick U turn.

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    Thankfully Rich was already back on his feet.

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    The bike looked fine as well. Despite being a "cheap China bike" with a carb it fired up immediately!

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    We continued on and took a left at the intersection we rode past on the way up.
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  6. klaviator

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    So why did Rich crash? He was trying to avoid a pothole, turned right slightly and ended up lined up for that downed tree. He didn't think he could turn back in time to miss it and locked up the rear brake and "Layed er down".

    There must be something about this road. Even though it was straight at this point. Here's a pic I took on the same road 10 years earlier:

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    I had ridden the area back in 2010 and there was some really cool riding off of this road. My ride report from 2010 is here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/unexpected-time-off-what-should-i-do.630570/
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    Glad that he's OK, were the wet leaves a factor? just wondering'....
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    Glad you’re ok Rich! Sorry Win, I know he’s lurking :-)
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  9. klaviator

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    I think the main reason he crashed was the same as the reason I crashed the day before, he had a brain fart!

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    I’m glad Rich and the Broze made it out without a scratch. I’m a little confused though. In the post ride camp fire debrief I was under the impression the tree was the size of a California Redwood. This one looks a bit smaller. It’s probably just the camera angle.
  11. klaviator

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    We continued on until we got back to the Joe Brown Highway. I know its called a highway but its a twisty as hell, two lane paved road in NC and a twisty as hell gravel road in TN. I guess back in the days of horse drawn wagons it would have been considered a highway.

    My original plan was to take Joe Brown to 68 and back to Tellico. We still had plenty of time so why not follow it towards Murphy and then cut back over the mountain to River Road? We decided to do that. We rode towrds Murphy and soon rode into a rain shower. It didn't last too long. We hung a left on Hanging Dog Road. I didn't remember if we needed to follow Hanging Dog or take a right somewhere so I pulled into a gas station to find out.

    BTW, this was the only time in 5 days of riding that I got mare than 20 miles away from Tellico Plains. I think that we were around 23 miles away at the intersection of Joe Brown and Hanging Dog.



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    We got directions, took a break and enjoyed the view.

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    Then we took off. We took a ride on Davis Creek and the road soon turned to gravel as it went over the mountain. This was another great ride:ricky:ricky:ricky

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    There were a number of 4wd vehicles up here. This used to go through the Tellico OHV area which was very popular with the 4 x 4 crowd before they shut it down years ago.

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  12. klaviator

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    It's just the camera angle, just like that huge sinkhole I almost hit looked smaller in the pic as well.

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  13. klaviator

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    Gravel gave way to pavement but the fun factor was still there.

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    I stopped to regroup and to enjoy one of my favorite views.

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    No that isn't the view.

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    I tried to get my bike in the pic but It just wasn't as good.

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  14. klaviator

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    We continued towards Tellico on River road.

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    This road crosses the river several times so sometimes its on the right, sometimes the left.

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    I pulled off on this bridge to re group and discuss plans. Terry and Chris were headed back to the campground to pack up and head back to Birmingham.

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    The rest of us were heading to the Tellicafe for dinner.

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    What a fantastic day of riding:wings

    I consider myself lucky to have such great people to ride with.
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    I've ridden that area for over 25 years, even before they closed down the off road trails. Always fun and beautiful.
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    I first rode through that area in the early 90s, so nearly 30 years. I didn't realize how much there is there until that last couple of years. I still have a lot of exploring to do.
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  17. klaviator

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    We had a good evening hanging out at the campground. There were a few of us planning on riding for a half day on Sunday. We were just hoping for some good weather.

    Sunday morning was really gloomy......and then it started raining again:(

    Actually, it wasn't that bad. I was pretty tired from four days of riding and it was fun just hanging out. I have to agree with Rich when he said that this wasn't just about riding. The camaraderie and hanging out with like minded people was a big part of the experience.

    Eventually it started looking better and the forecast called for no more rain. We suited up and got on the road around 10:30. We started by heading south on 315.

    Even the gloomy weather couldn't hide the beauty of the countryside.

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    And 315 is a fun road!

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  18. klaviator

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    Just before the Hiwassee River we turned left on to Childers Creek Road. Then right on powerhouse road which led us to this scenic overlook of the Hiwassee River.

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    And then we rode along the river.

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    At the end we stopped. I rode ahead on the way back to get some action pics.

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    We backtracked on Powerhouse road.

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    The road was wet but didn't have a bunch of leaves on it.

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    Then we went right on Childers Creek road and eventually another right. That road turned to dirt but I knew where we were going................until I didn't:scratch
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    The road started fairly smooth then got much rougher and narrower. I had never been on this road. Where were we? We came to another dirt road. This was a wider more travelled road. We took a right and it looked familiar.

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    I thought this might be the road Steve and I rode last year but were stopped by a tree blocking the road. We followed it downhill for a while to a sort of cul-de-sac and took the biggest trail off of that. After crossing a big mud puddle we came to this:

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    Looking at Google Maps afterwards I'm pretty sure this was Wildcat creek. It was a cool spot and we spend some time there.

    There was a bridge there.

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    The view from the bridge looking back towards our bikes.

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    If you look real hard you can see bits of our bikes behind the foliage.

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    Another view of the bridge.

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