Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well dang.. I did not know the story and didn't pay attention to the written word.. meant no disrespect. To be fair, I like anything that includes a picture as anyone that goes to the trouble of uploading a file deserves a thumps up.
  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    What did you do? :shog
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  3. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Don I like just about every post someone puts a picture they took themselves in, I don’t think it was disrespectful. It’s a nice picture :-) I couldn’t like the last time part figuring something bad happened, but I like the picture. It was 50/50 :lol3

    Nothing this time, that I know of :D
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    BuckeyeDoug Not a Pirate

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    No disrespect taken. She was a fun ride. Sightseeing, looked right drifted right, right off the road. End of my 2000 mile road trip. Resulted in 9 broken ribs, collarbone, shoulder blade, punctured lung. Remember first painful ambulance ride, woke up 5 days later intubated in Asheville ICU. Used up 8 of my 9 lives.
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    Hang in there!
  6. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Holy crow! ..glad you only used 8, be careful with that last one!
  7. klaviator

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    My next out of town trip will be in about a week. I'm planning on camping at CMTC and doing some dual sport riding around Tellico from Wednesday 9/29 through Sunday 10/3. There will be at least a few other riders there for this camp & ride. The weather forecast is calling for highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s and no rain.

    I'll probably do a local dual sport ride this Saturday. I'm leaning towards Bankhead but maybe Limestone County and TN. I'll be posting the details in the regional forum and the MA forum as soon as I come up with a plan.

    @Thinwater has posted a video from our Maggie valley DS ride back in July. You can view it here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/thinwater-escapades.1502022/page-2#post-43032618
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  8. klaviator

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    It was a perfectly clear sky this evening so I knew the sunset wouldn't be anything spectacular but I hadn't ridden the Versys for a while and I hadn't been down to the Tennessee River for a while so.......off I went.

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    A large barge and tug came by.

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    I did take a bunch of sunset pics.

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    But none were all that spectacular. That's OK, I wasn't expecting anything more and I got to go out and ride a bit on a nice, cool and clear evening.

    I think that to get some really interesting shots it would help to go somewhere more interesting.:hmmmmm Well until I do I'll just look at some great pics taken by another really good motographer on this site. How about some great Alaska pics: https://advrider.com/f/threads/adventure-monkey’s-2021-alaskan-holiday-homer-spit.1520368/
  10. klaviator

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    The weather forecast was great and it was Saturday so the only question was what kind of ride to set up and where. I decided on a dual sport ride in Bankhead and set up a couple of meeting spots. The first was the Danville gas station. We ended up with 5 riders there.

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    We headed off to the second meeting place. That ride was a mix of pavement and dirt.

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    There were five more riders waiting for us at the McDougal Hunting camp.

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    We socialized a while and Stephen added some air to his tires.

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    Soon we had 10 riders getting ready to go ride!
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    We had a real mix of bikes: DR200, XT225, KLX250, CRF300L, CRF450, 2 RE Himalayans, Tiger 850, DL1000, and Super Tenere 1200.

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    Hulee on her DR200.

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    Stephen adjusting his Go Pro on his Himalayan.

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    And we headed off getting into the dirt pretty quickly.

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  12. klaviator

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    We did a pretty long loop of all dirt roads. I wasn't sure where we were much of the time and I changed my plan on the go but it worked out well and got us back to the pavement at the spot where we started. I didn't have a real clear plan when the ride started but now I had one. We would ride down a couple of dead end trails and then do one down to the Sipsey River. I had done all of these trails in the Spring but conditions can change. The first trail had not been graveled in a long time and was pretty rutted and a little muddy. The ST1200 took a dirt nap on that one but I didn't get any pics. The second trail was much more overgrown than it was last time so we didn't even follow it to the end.

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    Where's the trail?

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    Back to a recognizable road.

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    Next up was the ride to the Sipsey River. This trail started as a paved road with a few housed on it. Then it becomes an easy gravel road before turning into a rutted trail. Just before getting to the river the ruts end and their is a fairly flat area of deep whale snot. Then there is a climb to a small area of very deep sand.

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    The only way to park a bike here is to use something like a stick to keep your kickstand from just sinking into the sand or lean it against something.

    Here comes @mojo1 through the whale snot.

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    The stuff just stuck to our tires and turned them into slicks.

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    This was my second time to this spot on the Sipsey River. Its a beautiful spot and I took a lot of pics trying to capture that but like the first time, my pics failed to capture it. Many of my pics turned out blurry.

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    It was time to head back up the trail. The short distance across the whale snot turned out to be quite a challenge. Why do I call it whale snot? Because its a lot slicker than any mud I have ridden through before. It was here in the Spring but all the rain we had recently made it deeper than it was then. I made it through after a lot of tire spinning and several tries and then parked my bike and went back to get some pics.

    Johnny was the only one I saw that easily made it through. He picked a good line and kept his momentum going. Having the nobbiest tires probably didn't hurt either.

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    David on his XT225.

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    The ground doesn't look that slick but...........

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    Stephen took a spill just walking on it.

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    I would have helped pick up the bike but I was occupied with more important things:lol3

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    Greg made it through without his bike taking a nap.

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    Stephen was the last one out.

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    He had his line all planned out........until he got stuck early in his run.

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    His rear tire dug in so deep he could just walk away without using his side or center stand.

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    After the whale snot we still had to ride up the rutted trail.

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    Not everyone rode down this trail but David did it on his V-Strom 1000.

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    Ludicrous Speed!

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    It was well past lunch time so we headed for Chef Troy's. The route there was all paved including a road I don't think I had ridden before.

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    Getting ready to go after lunch.

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    Four riders peeled off after lunch and the remaining six of us rode a bit more.

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    Eventually we split up and headed for home. I ended up with 218 miles on the Odo for the day.
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