Kentucky Adventure Tour (KAT) June 22-27 2019

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dstutz, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. rd400racer

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    Excellent advice and I appreciate the info. I’ll check out your thread when I get on my office computer.

    By the way, that’s not my past bikes , those are what I have now:D (and picking up the SM Friday)
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  2. dstutz

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    Day 4 - June 25 - Renfro Valley, KY to Stearns, KY

    Try as I did, Mitch wouldn't climb up on there with me in our gear :(:
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    Another shot of our $40 accommodations:
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    At least it was quiet as we were the only tent people there.

    And the kitchen in daylight:
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    So we didn't cover that much ground (on the route) the day before, we lost Penn, bikes were a bit banged up, Mitch was grumbling a little bit about possibly cutting the route short....but we were still feeling good and had actually slept a night in tents. A good bit of today was a bit demoralizing as we just ran into a shitshow of re-routes mostly due to high water. We passed a couple noticeable spots 4 times. I kept offering to stop so Mitch could buy a bike from the yard sale some dude was sitting at. Meanwhile, he was probably wondering WTF our muddy asses were doing driving back and forth in front of him all morning.

    The rats nest at the top represents 5 hours and about 71 miles from leaving the campground at 9am.
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    Based on our experience with water levels so far we decided to not even attempt the "Deep Creek" crossing so we took the bypass. Here's someone else's video of what that looks like normally:


    I was curious what it looked like so when we were on the other side we popped down off the highway to take a look and were greeted with this:
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    To be honest, I couldn't even tell where we were supposed to head to on the other side so neither of us were losing sleep over skipping this one.

    We looped around and back up and did hard 4. We had known there was a big tree down from one of Jeff's videos that he did as part of the Renfro Valley Dual Sport and the go around was to go down the hill and then back up. Mitch and I were somewhat concerned about this part as in Jeff's videos people on enduro bikes were having some issues and again the whole 350lb DS bike with luggage thing was in our heads. We got to the tree and I even saw the go ahead and was like fuuuuuuck, but I dismounted and walked up further and realized some wonderful person had trimmed part of the tree down to make room for bikes to pass so crisis averted and on we went. When we got to the end of the hard where it pops out on a real road we were greeted with this:
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    Thankfully this guy wasn't that serious about keeping people out as it was extremely easy to ride around the gate.

    Pretty soon after we encountered this:
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    Some scale?:
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    This wasn't marked as a potential deep spot...was muddy, flowing fairly well, looked deeper than 2 feet and we had no idea what the bottom was like so we noped the fuck out of this one and backtracked a little and took an alternate path to head back to the main where we promptly ran into another block..and another...then headed back through some roads from earlier to really go around and got back on the main. So it was 2pm and we were *finally* back on the road.

    We got to hard 5 which is more multi-use singletrack but Mitch wasn't feeling it so we skipped and stayed on the main loop. Just a little further (around 3:30) we hit deep section where the trail was in a creek bed for about 150-200 feet or so but it was pretty high. It was running clear and could see the bottom but parts of it looked over 2' deep. I walked a good bit up the side but we just didn't want to take the chance. It probably would have been possible to push them through but there were other roads around so why risk it...backtrack and start going around.

    Here's one of Jeff's videos showing this section in nicer times, we would have been heading the opposite direction. And of course, in hindsight looking at this video now we probably could have hugged the side like he said and made it ok.


    Upstream:
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    Downstream:
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    So I check the GPS and see a potential way around so we start driving for a bit and I hit an intersection take a closer look and I'm like uhh...I don't think any of these actually go through, so Magellan strikes again and we backtrack some more to bigger, non dashed-line roads to get around and back on the main loop.

    It was about 4:30 when we got back on the main loop. So we were 7.5hrs into the riding day and were like half way to where we ended up staying for the night :) At this point things smoothed out and we plodded on, rolling into Stearns, KY around 8:15pm and staying in yet another motel. In this case the Big South Fork Motor Lodge. Turns out the guy running it had just bought the place and was getting into the groove of things. I don't think he was able to rustle up a hair dryer for us to use but I told him why he wanted it and the fact that he was on the "KAT" route (God, I feel strange trying explain stuff like adv routes to normal people...) and he seemed interested and said he might get some boot dryers. He did let me use the hose at the back of the place to wash off my stuff. And hey, the A/C worked...I said F it and cooked up my water in the room for dinner tonight:


    So as I said earlier Mitch had been grumbling a little bit about possibly cutting the trip short and if it would have come to that I would have relented but I was like "just wait...we're in the DB NF, this is the crappiest part of the route, the whole lower leg is more paved and faster gravel". So the second part of the day gave me some vindication as we were able to cover some decent ground.

    Day 4 stats: 214 miles, 11.25 hrs, 7.75 moving, 27.7 moving avg, 71 max speed, elevation 745 ft min, 1603 ft max.
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  3. dstutz

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    Day 5 - June 26 - Stearns, KY to Harlan, KY

    Spirits were lifted slightly at the end of the day yesterday...there wasn't more riding southwest at this point before we'd turn northeast and be heading in the general direction of the truck for the rest of the trip so I was happy. Today would have us dip down into TN for a little bit before returning to KY then bouncing around in between the VA/KY border and through bits of the Jefferson National Forest, and Cumberland Gap. We headed out a little after 8:15 and I think headed into town for a quick McD's breakfast then back onto the route.

    Rock Creek Rd heading out of Stearns and the DBNF and into TN:
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    This is representative of a lot of the day. Things stopped sucking so much (which is good and bad at the same time) it seemed a lot dryer in general so we were making decent progress. We reached hard 6 just before noon and broke off on that. It snaked up into the hills past a lot of natural gas wells (I think) and then worked down into a nice valley and just snaked around the base of the hills. Some nice scenery:

    Up in the hills:
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    Down in the valley:
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    3:30pm we broke off to do Hard 7. This one is primarily a ride along a ridge but the trick is you have to get up to that ridge. It wasn't terribly hard but we definitely didn't do it one go without stopping :). Here's one of Jeff's videos showing just the beginning of the climb:


    It was just over a mile and took us 20 mins to get up (max 21mph for that section :)). Pretty soon after that we ran into this:
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    We tugged/broke some of the smaller stuff and then just helped lean over and pull through the bikes under the bigger part. Was regretting my Badlands jacket a bit at this point, in fact, I think I may have taken it off until we got to the end of the hard as it wasn't super technical but was just a slow plod following the ridge.

    Next up is Cumberland Gap. I had been up there on previous trips but Mitch had never been, I asked if he wanted to stop and he wasn't interested but then when we got there because I was somewhat familiar with it I just started heading up the mountain and then was like shit, missed the turn over the comms (serious mistake) and we just went up anyway, LOL. About 5:30pm at this point.

    This is one of those places where you can fulfill your "two places at the same time" dream:
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    Oh, yeah. Mitch and I walk up to the overlook in our boots and pants, left the jackets and helmets with the bikes and there's this old couple up there sitting on the bench and the woman goes "Doin' much wading up here?" and I'm like "WTF?" and then realize we looks like idiots in our pants/boots and explain it's motorcycle gear.

    Continuing on, we skipped past the Hensley Extreme optional hard section as Jeff says it's tough on an enduro bike with a good rider and we have and are neither.
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  4. dstutz

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    Day 5 continued...

    Mostly uneventful gravel and nice backroads moving along. We were shooting for Harlan and just before town there's what appears to be a fun section on the main loop snaking up into the hills. So we're following along and all of a sudden I look down and track is gone and I'm like woops, missed a turn. Cue about 15 minutes of looking at the GPS, driving back and forth, getting off the bike and scouting some overgrown stuff and I'm just like WTF is the road? So I'm up on the hill walking back and and I hear an engine...I see a 4x4 utility quad with a couple on it and I'm like, maybe I can ask these guys but I get back to the bikes a little late and we just miss them, they're continuing on in the direction I was mistakenly going so we go after them hoping to catch up real quick and talk to them. They're not flying but they're not putting either but I do catch up and then Mitch and I are talking wondering how long until they see us. I think I beeped the horn a couple times but nothing. Finally the woman on the back just casually looks back and you can see her jump a little just not expecting people. I think I waved. Then the guy really takes off. And Mitch and I are just like "now what?" so we just follow them at a pace that is slightly faster than I would normally be comfortable with but at this point we're just kinda like "how is this gonna end?". I mean...it's "Adventure" riding, right? We hit an intersection and I slow down a little cause, remember, we're lost and I ask Mitch which way and he's just "FOLLOW THEM!!!" so off we go. They're both looking back occasionally and I'm like "still here" in my head. After a few miles of this the guy stops and pulls over and we stop and I'm like "Well that was fun" to them and we explain we didn't know where were going and basically just offered to follow them out of the trails as I had zoomed out a bit and was like ok this can work. So instead of coming up into Harlan from the SE we came out of the hills into Yancey then E and South a tiny bit into town where we found yet another motel, the Mount Aire Motel.

    Stepping back a bit, earlier in the day I casually mentioned to Mitch over the comms that I could really go for some Mexican. We had been eating the dehyrdrated meals for dinner each night. Lunches were always just snacking on Cliff bars (Mitch and I were already trading flavors) and jerky and breakfast was usually quick on the road. So I was just daydreaming about some real food.

    We get settled in and set up our boot drying apparatus that we have almost perfected at this point. We've found that if you get too gung ho with the hair dryers they overheat and shut down but we've got this setup to do 3 at a time using the socks to close up some gaps as well as dry them slightly:
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    So we're scoping out some food and I see "El Charrito" across the way. It's a bit of a walk in my flip-flops but whatever, it's Mexican and it was glorious.

    I wanted a margarita...it's been 5 long ass days. I ask the waiter and he says its such and such price. Then he offers a pitcher for like $14 and I ask Mitch if he wants to share. "What? No..." So I just say ok just one for me then. After the waiter leaves I say "You don't want a margarita?" and he says "I don't want to share one with you!". I'm like..."you don't want to share a pitcher??" And then we realize I was having a better time understanding our imported waiter than he was and I run after the guy and change the order to a pitcher. Anyway...it hit the damn spot:
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    I was also enjoying the table behind us where it appeared a guy was taking his mom out to dinner but I'm pretty sure they were actually a couple. After dinner we're walking back and it's dark at this point and this guy is walking our way across the parking lot and he's like "Hey! Can you get liquor over there?" And we're like "Uhh...We just went to the Mexican place and they serve" and he's like "GREAT! 'Cause I just crushed some tall boys, ran out, and I need more."

    We made it back in one piece, didn't get arrested walking right past the State Police barracks and had a restful night.

    Day 5 stats: 221 miles, 11.5 hrs, 8 moving, 27.9 mph avg, 65 max, elevation ft 727 min, 2425 max.
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    Yah, I definitely did want a margarita but all of a sudden they are both trying to talk me into sharing one of those big romantic margarita drinks... Everything on the menu was cheap enough that I decided NO THANKS! I'll go ahead and get my own drink. That way I can just have however much I want at the pace I want. I ended up VERY happy with the decision for the pitcher, as well as the choice to get the one of everything mega meal that was basically 3 plates of food for I think about 10 bucks.
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  6. dstutz

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    As was I cause I know I helped polish off some of your plate...
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    Sorry for the delay...here she comes.
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    Day 6 - June 27 - Harlan, KY to Matewan, WV

    Normally we'd get right into the riding but this morning we had another fun experience and isn't that also what this is about? We woke up and headed to the office which doubles as the continental breakfast location and the same clerk from last night was in the office. There was cricket on the TV as we gathered up some food and took to consuming it. At some point during breakfast a woman walks up to the window and talks to the clerk but we couldn't really tell what was happening and then she walks away. After she leaves the clerk fills us in...We both forget the term he used but he said she was a prostitute that was with one of his guests last night and she was asking to be let into the room. He had asked for the name on the room and she couldn't say so he didn't want to help her. This was apparently not his first encounter with the woman.
    We chatted about that for a few and then we got to talking about cricket where Mitch and I learned way more about cricket than we ever needed to but it was still pretty interesting. Cricket is kinda like soccer in that it's huge in the rest of the world but us 'mericans barely know it exists. This was the ICC Cricket World Cup and we were watching India absolutely dominate West Indies. India ended up winning by 125 runs! (Info on the match here). He even brought up some Youtube vids of really good Indian players. We could have stayed for a while but we had a long day ahead and bid farewell.
    On our walk back to our room the woman was sitting in a chair outside one of the rooms...

    Due to the conversation, we hit the road on the later side at 9:40 and fairly soon hit the Little Shepherd Trail which is a secluded section of twisting and turning blacktop with a few houses at the extreme ends and not much else. It was one of those 1.5 lane, no painted lines type of back-roads. I saw the flash of a black bear around one corner, we didn't stop to investigate. We started talking about WTF are we supposed to do if we come around a corner and there's a bear just chilling in the middle of the road? This road just meanders along the a ridge for about 35-40 miles, we were on it for 25miles. About 7 miles in from the W end is Putney Lookout Tower Rd which takes you up to...........................................Beschman Lookout Tower. To be fair, the USGS does say the alternate names are Putney Fire Tower and Putney Lookout Tower. Anyway the tower looked to be in good shape except there was no way to climb it as the whole bottom section of stairs was missing so we missed that opportunity. I found it interesting there was a horse hitching post there and the remnants of a foundation of the little cabin that the operator of the tower most likely lived in.

    Consolation prize instead of a nice shot from the top of the tower:
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    A little further along we reached Bullock Overlook (elevation 2680 ft), Here's me:
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    And Eastern KY...beautiful shot of the electricity line cuts :(
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    Just after noon we arrived at the sign for Black Mountain which is the highest point in KY:
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    This makes me question every sign like this I've ever passed. Kinda makes you think you're at 4145 but according to the GPS it's 3630. The route just tools on past this spot which where KY-160 turns into VA-160 right on the state line. I've been here before on a previous trip in 2014 and knew about the FAA radar and the *actual* mountain so we trudged on up the road. Side note: The KAT used to go back through the hills here but some locals decided to unilaterally gate the road so the route was changed a while back. You can read about that in the main KAT thread. Side note 2: Always use the latest version of the route!

    Now if you look at maps at this spot, there's Radar Station Road and Black Mountain Ridge Road. If I asked you which one do you take to the radar, you might guess wrong as it's the latter. In the picture above of the sign, you want to go straight ahead and up, not to the right and down.

    Anyway, up the road a little bit is the Lynch FAA Radar Site. "Lynch FAA Radar Site (1963-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long-Range Radar (LRR) site first established in 1963 on Black Mountain near Lynch, Harlan County, Kentucky. The site is used to identify and track military and civilian aircraft movements within a 200-mile radius and to provide air-ground radio communication with those aircraft."
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    I find it interesting that such a critical piece of infrastructure is literally 10 feet off the road with just a chain-link fence guarding it.

    And a glamour shot:
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    But wait, there's more! We're not to the top of the mountain yet. Keep going a little further and you get the survey pin:
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    Oh, and that damn sign down on the road is even more of a lie! It's 4139.247 ft!

    a plaque:
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    another fire tower and what appears to be all of the microwave communications equipment for the whole state (not completely pictured):
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    It was about 12:30 and we had our helmets off so we had some more jerky and traded cliff bar flavors again before continuing on.
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  9. dstutz

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    So yeah, we've only been on the road 3 hours and we still have 200 miles to get to the truck...and then the plan was to drive back to Staunton to sleep at my cousin's house and pick up my wife and daughter that we dropped off on the way down.

    Documentary evidence dropped off a bit as we were trying to get our groove on. As I've said before this whole bottom leg of the KAT is definitely easier than the rest and you can cover some more distance. And it was also way drier so mud wasn't a problem.

    We came down off the mountain into Appalachia, VA, got gas and headed back up into the hills. We got into another area of natural gas wells and got turned around a couple times but were able to find our way. This is up on Black Mountain West and East Rds just tooling along...Nobody up here at all:
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    This runs right along the KY/VA border for a bit.

    Kinda had to stop and take this picture (https://goo.gl/maps/dDhqCHTTQkswzZwu7):
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    3:45 we passed Breaks Interstate Park. Some info:
    "Breaks Interstate Park is a bi-state state park located partly in southeastern Kentucky and mostly in southwestern Virginia, in the Jefferson National Forest, at the northeastern terminus of Pine Mountain. Rather than their respective state park systems, it is instead administered by an interstate compact between the states of Virginia and Kentucky. It is one of several interstate parks in the United States, but only one of two operated jointly under a compact rather than as two separate state park units."

    The Breaks is also referred as the "Grand Canyon of the South", through which the Russell Fork river and Clinchfield Railroad (now the CSX Transportation Kingsport Subdivision) run. It is accessed via highway 80 (Virginia 80 and Kentucky 80), between Haysi, Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and passes through the community of Breaks, Virginia east of the park. American frontiersman Daniel Boone is credited with being the first person of European descent to discover the Breaks, which he first saw in 1767."

    See? We're bringing it all together. We were riding through the Daniel Boone National Forest earlier in the trip...

    This would be a nice place to stay and Mitch and I debated stopping for the day here but it was just a little too early and we didn't want to extend another day. I stopped here for lunch on the trip back in 2014 and they have good fried pickles (what isn't good fried?). There's a nice deck on the back of the lodge with a nice view of The Breaks, this picture is from that older trip:
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    Just past the park is Elkhorn City, KY and I missed on the GPS that Hard 9 was here and we followed the main loop for a bit, then had to go back around. Hard 9 was probably the easiest, going the way we went it was a longish climb up then it kinda flattened out and talking to Jeff after this one is basically a hard because when it's wet it can get tougher but we had enough of that on previous days so didn't mind. There were also grumblings from Mitch about time and such and I told him to shut his whore mouth (just kidding....but probably not) and this one was uneventful for us.

    Not long after we were following "State Route 700" which is gravel and paralleling some railroad tracks across the river from US-460. There was an intersection with many options and it wasn't clear which way to go...I poked around a bit and then was pretty sure I found the road again but it was obviously not seeing much traffic these days. Quickly it turned into this:

    This is the direction we were heading...you can barely make out a tree down in the path ahead:
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    And from whence we came:
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    This is 5:15pm, we still have 80 miles to the truck so it was "Ain't nobody got time for that" and we just backtracked and went around which was super easy anyway when the main loop met back up with the road we were on it looked like an entrance to a coal company so I'm not sure we could have made it all the way if the tree wasn't there anyway *shrug*.

    Trodding along...a couple hours later we pop off a normal road onto a gravel road running *right* next to train tracks. This really seemed like just an access road for the tracks but there were a couple houses on it.
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    So you have train on one side and a good drop to the river on the other. We were greeted by the train a few minutes later.


    Shortly after this we hit the section of the KAT that goes through the property of the owners of the Hatfield McCoy Inn that they have generously allowed Jeff to send us through. We hit some sections with tall grass and just baaaaaaaarely being able to see the two track to follow the trail. I kept expecting to hit some big hidden rock and just plop over which didn't happen at this spot:
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    And back:
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    This is 7:30pm...as you can see we are just starting to lose the sun due to the hills. One of the reasons we actually planned the trip for this time is it's basically the longest days of the year.
    Now if you look at the route at this point, there are marked waypoints for McCoy hill and "low limbs" and then there's another track passing through titled "McCoy Hill Bypass"....yeah so since it wasn't a "hard" I had kinda blocked it out my mind until about the point of the trip that we were bushwacking and sitting on a hill with both our bikes on there sides. I think it was mostly because it was getting towards the end of a long day...of the trip, my fuel light was on, but this section just wasn't fun. We had to completely dismount the bikes and push through the branches a couple times holding things back for each other. And it just kept going on through sections of it. We got to the hill waypoint and I made a run up, the branches didn't give me much room and got to the left side, a branch got the bar, sent me off to the right and dumped it. It was steep and loose enough that I just couldn't get the bike back up. If I tried to pick it up it and me were just kinda sliding backwards and down the hill. I told Mitch to go ahead and send it and just stay more in the middle and he made it about 25ish feet farther up than me and almost to where it started to level off. I said F this and tugged my bike around on its side until it was pointing back downhill, picked it up and tried again, this time I made up without issue. I went back and gave Mitch a little help and we both got up.

    The tracks got a bit easier at this point and the next and final thing of note was the recently added "McCoy Hard Hill". We arrived at that at 8:07pm. Mitch didn't even want to attempt it and I was like fuck it, not gonna do this again anytime soon and it's not like I haven't dropped the bike before. The tricky part of this is that part way up there's a big ass pipe across the trail which just kills your drive right before it starts to get steeper and looser. So without further delay here is my attempt:


    This is after I had tugged it around to face downhill again before picking up:
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    At this point I was really worried about running out of gas as the fuel light had been on for a while but we made it back to the truck and here I am just finishing up getting strapped in at 9:04 pm:
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    We hit the road and stopped at a McDonald's for dinner and we're like WTF as this guy is there with his 2 young boys on a Thursday night at like 9:45. I was very tired driving and probably shouldn't have been, but made it back to Staunton around 2 or 3am and crawled into bed. An uneventful drive back to my place the following day on Friday and we had the weekend to relax and recover. I felt a little bad that Mitch had to ride about 45 mins back to his place and offered to drop him off at his house but he was cool with it.

    Day 6 stats: 249 miles, 11.25 elapsed, 9.5 moving, 26.3 mph avg, 76 max, elevation ft min 627, max 4102 (so much for 4139....).
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  10. dstutz

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    Stats for the whole trip:
    1175 miles over 6 full days (though really day 3 was pretty weak on route mileage, if you don't suck and/or it's not quite as wet, then 5 is probably good)
    68 hrs elapsed, 43.75 hrs moving
    17.3 mph avg, 26.9 mph moving avg
    553 ft to 4102 ft

    First off thanks to @Jeff@TheQuadShop again for creating, and more importantly actively maintaining, this route for us to enjoy. In a time of other routes drying up or being hidden it's a great resource with some amazing riding.

    Sorry Penn couldn't finish the trip with us but probably did the right (safe) thing heading home when he did. I'm already trying to rope him into the UPAT for 2020 as we both have a bunch of sand experience from riding in the Pine Barrens in NJ. Though who knows, we'll see how the NEBDR shapes up. The MABDR didn't seem tough enough to bother and I've ridden some nasty stuff in VT so that might also be an option. Mitch has bowed out like the little bitch he is due to vacation time/family stuff and that's cool.

    Mitch and I picked up a "duo" set of Packtalk Bolds earlier in the summer for some other stuff and it was glorious. I think(?) the batteries lasted all day for us and I (unfortunately for the others) am a bit of a talker so we're super happy with them. Having comms on trips like this is sooooo nice. We didn't play music or anything, just the intercom. Mitch's battery went down faster when Penn was there since he was bridging to the older G9 bluetooth unit.

    Thanks for getting this far through my rambling mess and I highly recommend this route to anyone with full knobbies and some friends/straps :).
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    True that! :rofl
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    Excellent RR! Thanks, I really enjoyed that and plan to do this soon.
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    I bet you're glad your comm unit speakers didn't fit in my old helmet...
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    Awesome write up guys looks like an amazing trip
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    I just picked up the new (out dated) Road Runner magazine and it had an article on the KAT. Looks like an interesting, dynamic route to (try and) follow. Looks like I will need to buy a GPS unit.
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