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Smokey Mountain 500

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by andy29847, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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  2. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I’m guessing 350-400lbs. The hitch is rated for 675.

    We’re here!! TWoS and car camping for. Morning departure!

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  3. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    Did you have to do anything to the suspension?
  4. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    It is lifted 1.5-2” with a strut spacer. Other than that stock.
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    Loadtoad101 Been here awhile

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    Hey man, you're in my spot! My son and I arrived one Friday evening and parked in that same spot, soon as the tents and pop ups were up it started raining. A thundercloud developed straight overhead and it started raining. Radar showed one little thunderstorm that was directly overhead and it never moved for over an hour! Not another cell within 100 miles and this one was very small, but solid red. Have fun.
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  6. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    You jinxed us man! Haha. The rain is pouring this morning. My buddy Jeff said he’s never seen TWoS not in rain.
  7. Loadtoad101

    Loadtoad101 Been here awhile

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    Your right, the sm500 in spring will always be raining. I hope it clears and you will have a great time.
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    Loadtoad101 Been here awhile

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    Well how did your day go?
  9. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    The ride was excellent.

    Here are a couple highlights.
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  10. Overanalyze

    Overanalyze because when given the option, I will overthink it

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    Only thing left to say after such a great trip is "War Eagle"!
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  11. XRWilly

    XRWilly Been here awhile

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    I ran the loop June 9-11, 2020 before riding the Hooch over the following weekend. There were lot of trees down and washouts; nothing ultimately impassable, though. Here's a short clip on a big washout out of Suches to watch for on the clockwise route.
  12. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Our group ended up jumping that coming the opposite way. I came up on it pretty fast because we came through quite a few road closed signs so I was pretty numb to it by then. We all made it but sketchy for sure. Thanks for posting I haven’t gone back through the GoPro to see.



  13. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Good info, thanks. What's the "Hooch"
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    XRWilly Been here awhile

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    The Hooch is a super nice annual Dual Sport Ride in the North Georgia Chatta--HOOCH--ee Mountains. It was last weekend (June 13-14). AMA sponsored, organized by GARTRA (Georgia Area Regional Trail Rider Association) and hosted by Two Wheels of Suches. Putting the Hooch and SM500 together is a great way to turn a 2 day or a 3 day ride into a 5 day ride. I had the oldest registered dual sport this year (a 1985 model). The second oldest was a 1994 Honda 250L.

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  15. XRWilly

    XRWilly Been here awhile

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    ^ That was my first "successful" attempt at the SM500. When we tried it last year, the linked vid shows what happened to one of our riders on that same track section as the wash and he needed some medical help so we just beelined up to Telico. In his case, he caught thick layer of gravel on one of the very typical off camber turns and slid off the road.



    There are two other video "parts" in my Youtube Channel of a bunch of us "old guys" having great difficulty getting all of that 325 pounds of WR250 out of there. Started right up, though!
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    Emgo Started on a CT70 almost 50 years ago

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  18. kackilack

    kackilack Adventurer

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    Any dispersed campsites along the route itself? I don’t mind campgrounds but prefer solitude
  19. Overanalyze

    Overanalyze because when given the option, I will overthink it

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    On the SM500? Tons of sites and places to camp. Especially in the yellow section, middle section, there are sites along the river that are very nice. As far as camping with no one around, difficult to say since people are now desperate to get out
  20. kackilack

    kackilack Adventurer

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    Yes, on the SM500 route.
    Thanks, I figured that there might be opportunities along the way.
    I’m pretty desperate to get out myself
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