Today marked the first opportunity for Jim Thorpe Dave and I to ride together since our head on collision back in May. We both purchased used KTM 950's much like we had before abeit with fewer miles. He and I met at Matto's, just like that legendary day a few months back, to start an ultimate adventure ride. Kickstands up at 9AM, a hot day was in store for us today, with highs around 100! Today we would ride trail never before seen by us, with only a start point, no end point, the only way to explore. Our bikes, clean and good to go. JTD on the orange 950, me on the black. The start looked pretty hairy, but it was hardly a challenge for the KTM's. We hit a lot of dead ends and trails too tough or too grown in to continue. I got to this log crossing only to find a dead end, so I got to cross it twice. I'm no Jimmy Lewis! Coal mining in the area leaves numerous dramatic cliffs at the stripping holes. And dramatic views. Did I mention anything about hazy, hot, and humid? Reclaimed stripping hole. This is where the trail was grown in and then just disappeared. We made a B-line straight down the hill to a cart road. We're running up this rocky hill when JTD beeps at me. I find a good place to pull over up the trail a bit, pull out the camera, and wait for a shot of JTD. And wait, and wait, and wait, no JTD. I yell down that I'll coming back, we don't need to be running the same trail in opposite directions. Here he is. A rock popped up and took out his sidestand switch, killing the motor. Trailside repair, come prepared. Tight grown-in trails, getting slapped in the face. What can I say here, they're KTM 950's!! Going down is much easier than going up! You will make it to the bottom, regardless if the rubber side is down. JTD didn't have any problems following me down this little hill. NS WFO. It's like getting slapped in the face with a porcupine! It's hot and I need a break. JTD decides to adjust his stearing stops. Have tools will travel. More reclaimation. When following someone, and they find a way around a hazard, don't go a different way! My 950 taking a nap. Interstate 81 runs from Canada to Tenessee, here's a shot. Rocky pole lines. Big hole in the trail. I made it through on the first try, although it wasn't pretty. JTD got stuck! I was right there with the camera in hand. I'm standing on the top of the hole as JTD works to get out. Back at Matto's, returning under our power and in one piece, 4 hours and 42 miles after our start.