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WildKAT

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

  1. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    We turn north off 89 onto S Tree Lookout tower rd and it naturally takes us towards the Lookout tower. Before we get to the tower, we find another red trail that drops off the main forest road onto some of the sweetest (and best maintained) single track you will ever find.
    Workers had actually placed concrete pavers in many places along the trail.
    I wish I had stopped and taken a picture of this area, but the truth is we were having too much fun.

    Check out the BaseMap picture below.
    You'll notice the red loop in the lower left corner of the photo..That's the spot.
    If you ride the Kat and are looking for single track then don't miss this section.


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    Zoomed out overview of this area

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  2. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    Hard 2 is where I boiled my rear brake and found out on a downhill section..........what seemed like a very fast downhill section. There's nothing quite like feeling the pedal go all the way down and nothing happening...........it's almost like you hit the throttle.........Lol

    A quick CamelBak cool down and I was back in business.
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  3. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Hey ToolGuy1..Use Hard 2 in a sentence.

    It's "Hard 2" stop when you boil your rear brake going down a rocky steep downhill....HARD 2
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  4. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper Supporter

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    Hard 2 imagine how much fun you are having.
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  5. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    It was Hard 2 get that big pinch mark out of my upholstery but I finally got it smoothed out............Lol

    Motul 600 in da house now and fixing to be in my rear brake reservoir...........:-)
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  6. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Detouring around that drilling project into Sturgeon Creek made for a nice trials section.

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    This rig had repaired a dozen washouts along Todds Road. Some repairs were impossible to ride around. Today we were lucky. :webers

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  7. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    We had ridden some great stuff before noon on Day 2, but Renfro Loop ATV trail was golden.

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    Somebody spent a massive amount of time developing and maintaining this trail. There were no logs, washouts or stinking mud holes just fast flowing hill side trail with numerous creek crossings.



    After S-Tree Campground we connected with Sheltowee Trace then headed to McKee for food and fuel.

    McKee
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  8. phoneman

    phoneman Been here awhile

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    Something tells me that Jakbrand was smiling the whole time. You can just see the wheels going round and round when he gets " that look ".
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  9. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Phoneman,
    One thing is for sure....you'd be riding fast, but I'd be glued to your fender.
    Getting ready for Colorado?


    more Ebar and Tooly on Sheltowee Trace
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  10. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    On to Lunch...
    Now if you happen to be around the McKee area, make sure you stop by Opals Restaurant and local good guy hangout.
    JakBrand or ToolGuy1 might remember the name of the gentleman we met there.
    He was very helpful and knowledgeable about the Sheltowee Trail System.Seems he was one of the members that Volunteered his time to keeping the trail system in shape as well as developing new parts to the trail.
    As a side note, we also got great service to go with some awesome sandwiches.

    :dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl:dukegirl

    Just make sure you pronounce it..."Mack---Key"...
    Don't worry, they'll correct you in short order if you get it wrong..LOL

    :lol3




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  11. phoneman

    phoneman Been here awhile

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    Jakbrand -- I done learned not to try to stay in front of you. Just too tiring. :-)

    But -- I do think a group of us are gonna have to go back and do this ride again. Maybe call it Wild Kat Insanity or something.

    Keep the report rolling. We're waiting.
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  12. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Phoneman..Can I ride your KTM 250 Smoker when we go back?
    I know some sections where that bike would be "The Ticket"
    :wings
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  13. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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  14. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking Bob........but Bud or Bill sound good too............nice guy and full of information about the trails. And I'll second Bert's comment on the food at Opal's, it was really good and they made you feel welcome. Even if you're muddy and dusty from the trails.

    JakBrand.......I see you're up to 100 octane :lol3
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  15. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Tooly...I just one-upped Jack.
    I know I'm faster now :nod
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  16. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    I'm not exactly sure what this is but we rode by a bunch of them so I stopped for a pic. Looks like a small oil well pump to me. Maybe some of you local guys could offer some insight.

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  17. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    Jeff, What type bike do you ride when you're doing this ride?
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  18. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Eventually we crossed the Kentucky River and rolled into Beattyville late in the afternoon for dinner at Billy's Place and lodging at Travelwise Motel.

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    133 miles covered on Day 2 with much of it off-road.




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  19. jakbrand

    jakbrand trialatarian

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    Up early on Day 3 with breakfast at Dairy Queen next to Travelwise Motel.
    The sky was clear and promised another fantastic day of riding through Daniel Boone National Forest.

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    From Beattyville we headed north on gravel roads towards Townsend Cave.
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  20. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    Do you see what's missing on my bike in this photo?

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    While doing a little maintenance on my bike after the days ride, Jack, Mark and I started talking about the difference in our gas tank designs. I noted that I liked the way their tanks vented the heat out from the radiators and my Acerbies tank didn't have those vents...Or did it?

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    Turns out I had covered the air vents with my tank panniers and that led to boiling the gas on day one...

    Repacked some items and the problem was solved..
    We shall overcome !!

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