Jim Thorpe Adventure Riders-Skyline & WV Ride Report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Seven of the Jim Thorpe Adventure riders gathered for our first road ride.
    Me - KTM 950
    JT Dave - KTM 950
    Uncle Robert - KTM 950
    Mitch "Rider" - FJR 1300
    Rick "Badbikedog" - Kawasaki XR400 (just kidding)
    Kevin - Goldwing(er)
    Tom - Harley

    We converged near Harrisburg, PA on Saturday to start our trip.
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    Some of us enjoyed a quick breakfast. I think that's a picture of Toxic Kim on the wrapper.
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    We slabbed it to Front Royal. Stopped at the West Virginia Welcome Center just in time to put on our rain gear before the skies opened up.

    Hey, didn't anyone tell these guys that there's a Mens bathroom at the rest area?
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    Fortunately, things cleared up before we got to Front Royal, at least for a while.

    Needless to say, at the peak of the fall foliage season, Skyline Drive was PACKED!
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    Self portrait. Notice the cloudy blue skies behind me and the dark grey clouds looming ahead.
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    Those clouds were coming. When? We would find out soon enough.
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    Caught in slow moving traffic, I decided to whip it out, the camera that is.
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    This one is my favorite!
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    So, we stop 40 some miles in for some food. Our timing couldn't be better. While we were eating, or maybe waiting to be eating, the fog rolled in and the rain and sleet started! HOLY SMOKES!! I'm glad we weren't riding through that crap!

    There wasn't any parking available, so we had to make our own. Here's Jim Thorpe Dave's new KTM 950.
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    This is the parking lot just after the rain and sleet passed.
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    We cut off Skyline Drive early and started West towards Snow Shoe, WV. Rode some pretty cool stuff on the West side of I-81 in Virginia. As the sun set and the elevation increased, the rain returned, but light this time. In the dark, and standing on the pegs and looking through the headlight at the front tire, I could see that the rain had turned to light snow, boy was it getting cold.

    We stopped in Monterey, VA to find out that there was a lot of snow on the mountain between us and Snow Shoe. Deciding to call it quits, we head for the local inn. Doh, it's full!! So, it's either the local motel (rumored to be full at this point in time) or back to I-81. Not only is I-81 in the wrong direction, but it will take forever to fight the twisties in the snow again! JT Dave goes into the motel office, just as another couple is leaving, "FULL"! The manager motions Dave to stay, we all figure that she's telling him the way back to I-81. NO, much to our suprise, she has special accomodations for the JT Adventure riders!

    Our private lounge.
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    Out of the cold and having a bed for the evening, we walk over to the local resturant/tavern. 15 minutes before closing time, but they're happy to serve us worn and weary bikers.
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    Here's Monterey the next morning, 37 degrees in the sun. Our shelter for the evening is the building on the right.
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    We head up on to the mountain. It's not far until we find remnants of the night before. Here's Uncle Robert trying to ski.
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    Color.
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    Hungry and in search of food, we stop at the first place that comes up.
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    Ever have a 2 hour breakfast?? Everyone who normally works at the "diner" was down at the church preparing for a big, special occasion dinner. Service was little slow, but we made the best of it.
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    Candy was the waitress, cook, and cashier. How could you say anything bad about someone that works that hard...
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    And the food wasn't bad either.
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    Destination, Seneca Rocks, pretty cool.
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    From here, we headed back to I-81. Some really nice roads along the way. Can't wait until the next adventure.

    Can't wait to see the pictures from my companions.
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  2. FreeBird

    FreeBird Adventurer

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    Nice report & great pix! Way to go posting those links.

    Sorry I missed you guys - we were really close. I was too damn cold to take pictures of the snow on the mountain but you obviously saw that it did happen. I checked in at Snow Shoe at 10:30pm that night. Got pulled over by a trooper to tell me to get off the mountain while I was runnin up it on 250.

    I'll post a report tomorrow.

    What route did you take on the way home?
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  3. tribeless

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    You all ran into snow? Man, Im glad I didn't go :lol3. Thanks for the report :thumb
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  4. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    As usual Terry great job. Well I hope everyone enjoyed the ride. I sure did. :thumb :nod Even though it rained, then snowed, was cold, then colder in the morning. I got home Sunday evening around 6 parked the bike in the garage sighed and started brewing up some ideas for the next adventure. Not sure when or where yet but the ideas are coming together. Great time fellas :freaky :thumb :nod :lol3 :D

    Can someone please tell me how to get pictures to post here. Got a bunch to show.
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  5. msmetz

    msmetz Been here awhile

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    Cool ride! Maybe a ride through the Adirondaks for the spring?
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  6. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    WTF :ace :hair Starting to get a bit pissed off. Why the fuck can't I post any pics on the "Ride reports, pics,pics,pics" Just change the name to "Ride Reports" Dumped all my old pics from previous posts and still nothing. Am I doing something wrong???? The fucking same thing keeps poping up. ADVrider is having problems blah,blah,blah...... Nightstalker did you post the pics in a different way? Manage your attachments....something else?? Got alot to add to the ride but can't do it.
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  7. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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  8. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Hey MSmetz, You can be the ride leader for this ride, you've done afew of these on different bikes. Send me, DGRS 2 and Nightstalker some ideas of routes.

    On a different note: What a ride fella's , can't say enough for this group of riders. Mitch felt like the elder of the group, keeping the peace, Kevin (aka 6 viagra man) entertained us, Rick (aka smurf boy), Don't know how you did this ride in jeans, Tom, (such a hippy freak) it was fun to watch a Harley rip-it -up, Nightstalker, (mr. photo) always in for a wheele!, Bro, enjoy all the adventures WE go on. As "Spock" say's "live long and prosper". :thumb :1drink :nod
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  9. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    Is that a Ventura Bike Pack on that KTM? Love those. How's it working out?

    MarkF

    P.S. Thanks for the pics.
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  10. FreeBird

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    Man, lookin at that pic, noticed the hot boob action she's showin. Looks like she needs a good tip!
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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I'm posting these here for Jim Thorpe Dave.

    The start at Robs house.
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    The group in Harrisburg meeting place.
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    Gasing up in Front Royal.
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    Nightstalker doing the ADVRider salute in Front Royal.
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    KTMs planning their attack on the Skyline Drive sign. Get those damn cages out of the way or else!!!
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    The perfect shot, sans the man, Jim Thorpe Dave on the camera.
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    Rear view.
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    The view from Skyline Drive. Dark clouds are coming. We stand steadfast!
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    We missed the sleet for this? You betcha we did. Bring it on!!!
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    We saw a bear on our trip. I don't know how he got there though.
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    Over the shoulder. Tom on the Harley cutting it up!
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    Our house for the evening.
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    Ditto.
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    Alcohol is everyone's friend. HEY BUDDYPAL! That's Tom playing Tetris.
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    Self portrait, Jim Thorpe Dave.
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    I'm crushing your head! I'm crushing your head!
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    Seneca Rocks.
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    100 mph?? Is there anybody in there?? "David, please don't disconnect me", Hal 9000.
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  12. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    :rofl :lol2 :poser :oscar Good stuff TZ. Thanks for doing what you did :huh Love the additions.......especially the Kevin hit :lol3
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  13. FreeBird

    FreeBird Adventurer

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    Gotta tell you Dave those are some great shots, right up there with TZ's great shots he's always taking of you animals. Love the action.
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