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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jakbrand, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Ah, pay close attention to the wolfman gas tank panniers...I'll tell you how they play into this issue later in the report.

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  2. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    So we get thru this little section and the trail splits........right goes on to the swinging bridge and a deep water crossing that we had no idea if we could even cross and left heads up a steep incline but appears to be a quicker way out. With Bert's venting problem he has blown out a significant amount of gas and is getting low plus this little adventure has taken us about an hour and a half complete. We decide to go left and still have some challenging terrain as we climb out and on up to a little two track road. At the top we stop for a breather and I overhear Jack telling Bert "According to the GPS we're not far from London, you ride on in and get gas and WE (referring to himself and me, Tooly) will go ride this red section backwards down to the swinging bridge and we'll meet you in London."..........To which I reply "We who?"......The toolman was ready for some relief, I had already put in a full day...........Sorry Jack..........
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  3. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    More photos from day 1

    BlueLgthning..You should recognize this section as you had to ride it a number of times bringing emergency vehicles to the aid of your friend with the broken leg.


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  4. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    I overhear Jack telling Bert "According to the GPS we're not far from London, you ride on in and get gas and WE (referring to himself and me, Tooly) will go ride this red section backwards down to the swinging bridge and we'll meet you in London."..........To which I reply "We who?"......The toolman was ready for some relief, I had already put in a full day...........Sorry Jack.........


    Yeah, 10 hours in the saddle is about my limit on a ride like this..ready to rough it in London but where will we stay?
    Some dump I bet. Maybe a campground? Lets's just see what London has to offer us for our first night on the road.
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  5. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Ride for day one...


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  6. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Tooly logging the final miles of singletrack before London.

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    199 miles total with ideal trail conditions and weather on Day 1. :dukegirl Time for dinner.



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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Once you cross that creek by the suspension bridge, you ride to the top of the ridge where there is a blacktop road that takes you to London.
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  8. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Jeff, We never made it to the suspension bridge as we found a little slice of gravel road an took it towards London.
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  9. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Jeff,

    How did you determine which sections of Sheltowee Trace allowed motorized vehicles? :dunno
    Here's a snip from MVUM showing the motorcycle only section near London crossing highway 80. We rode the south side, but the trail seems to end on the north side of 80.


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  10. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    The north side of 80 is a hiking trail only.
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  11. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    JakBrand takes the lead and we follow him to this fleabag motel just outside the city limits of London.
    Needless to say, we slept good this night and ate across the street at Cracker Barrel.
    Staying at the a nice motel would not happen again as most times we were lucky to find a bed..More on those stories as the ride continues.


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  12. RozzyCat

    RozzyCat Bleeds orange Supporter

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    Here is a list of the trail sections that are open to OHV's. http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/dbnf/recreation/ohv/?recid=39314&actid=93

    Great report guys!
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  13. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Big Dog Branch was the only confusing section on Day 1.

    Jeff's suggested route is red line and the actual trail is the cyan line (the dashed line heading south is a dirt road). For some reason the two lines diverge at Big Dog Branch. The cyan line is a muddy overgrown trail along the creek that crosses the creek then climbs back to the red line. The trail is not obvious at Big Dog Branch, but it's well worth the effort to ride this section.
    Caution! Watch out for a ten foot waterfall where the red line cross Big Dog Branch. Tooly almost rode over the falls while he poked around for the red trail.


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  14. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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  15. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    "Tooly almost rode over the falls while he poked around for the red trail." I like to ride to the good stuff..........

    And coming up out of the creek at that point was so much fun that I fell over, backed up and did it again..........WOOT!
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  16. Hog1450

    Hog1450 I use the oil you hate Supporter

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    Nice trails! Looks like a great ride, on the list for sure!
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  17. blrfjr

    blrfjr Been here awhile

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    Not sure why but, the yellow txt is impossible to read on my Android/tapatalk and the videos are not working. It says "unsupported video"?
    Nice report though...subscribed!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
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  18. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    I can't see the videos on my phone (android or apple) but I see them fine on my computer
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  19. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    the yellow txt is impossible to read on my Android/tapatalk

    Yellow text Changed to white
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  20. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    Dee Luxe digs in London and a nice dinner was the perfect reward for a long day in the saddle. The Hampton also treated us to a grand spread for breakfast the next morning and we took full advantage of it. We were all suited up and on the bikes at 7:30, headed for a sweet section of singletrack first thing. Life is good!
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