Appalachian Trail Question.

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by EnduroRdr, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Im staying in a cabin between Boone and Blowing Rock. I was scouting for ride routes in my Garmin software and see the Appalachian Trail comes up in in NA Streets map software - it also shows up in my Delorme NC TOPO Gazetteer book.

    Is this dirt? is this open to motorcycle traffic? Looking for good DS routes to ride my KLR on while up here with my son and his XR650L.

    Any suggestions are welcome
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  2. KnucklesGA

    KnucklesGA Adventurer

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    Nothing but foot traffic on the AT. However, there are some great motorcycle routes of mixed back roads and forest service trails that stick pretty close to it. I have ridden most of them, and they would be great for the ride you described and the bikes you are taking. Look for the TET (Trans Eastern Trail): runs from North GA to ME.
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  3. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Are there tracks or a route file for the TET?
    Where can I find that?

    I am heading out in the morning and want to load alt. tracks or a route on our garmins.

    thanks
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    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Unfortunately, the TET is no longer being distributed on ADV.
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  5. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    What is it with all the east coast side people? Nobody over this way willing to share tracks.

    Y'all need to come ride with us over in MS, AR, LA, TX, OK. We welcome visiting DS riders. AND SHARE TRACKS - THE GOOD STUFF TOO!
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  6. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    Around here all the tracks are private land, usually with many different landowners along the way. Some are friendly to dirtbike traffic, some tolerate it, some just aren't around and don't know. Either way, trying to keep a trail intact over literally hundreds of landowner's property is a nightmare, and just a couple entitled A-holes with loud pipes, litter, or no respect for Posted signs can ruin the whole thing.
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  7. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Yup, been riding 50+ years, i know all about how some can ruin access to riding areas. I've seen public lands close because rangers have a few bad encounters.

    Went out riding today and could not find much that was not paved or was not private property.
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  8. snare

    snare sittin and breathin

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    I may be down in LA this winter some.

    PM'd ya.
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  9. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Thanks - back at you.

    I'm located a little north and east of Baton Rouge - usually ride Homochitto NF in LA and Desoto NF in MS but spend a lot of time in AR/OK/TX too.
    When you came over this way - check out these threads - most folks post up ride planning ideas here (some with tracks/routes listed).
    Either way - we got lots of folks down here that need little excuse to go ride with someone.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/louisiana-ride-planning.740190/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/south-mississippi-riders.388756/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/jackson-ms-riders.469671/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/central-arkansas-ride-planning-and-b-s-thread.630003/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ar-slap-trax.660955/
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  10. snare

    snare sittin and breathin

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    Great, thanks !

    I have a friend near New Iberia I hope to visit.

    I will definitely give y'all a holler.
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  11. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    The best way to find the good roads in the East is to go to a rally. You've got to meet the local riders. We can't share the routes on the internet because of the population density problems.

    Gravel roads are all getting paved quickly around here. The only places that will keep the gravel are the National Forests. There's still a lot of miles of gravel between Blowing Rock / Lenoir / Morganton and it's not hard to find on a map. There are a lot of great paved roads around there too.

    If you like a little more altitude, I really like the roads on (and surrounding) Beech Mtn. There's some gravel on Beech, and lot of great twisties. A little farther West there's gravel on the mountain between Watauga Lake & Roan Mtn. Look for Walnut Mtn. Rd, Heaton, White Oak Rd., etc.

    I prefer the trails, but you'd need a smaller bike & somebody to guide you because most as private.
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  12. CloudSplitter

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    It's too late for EnduroRdr's 2015 trip, but some trails available, these days, are:
    On ADVrider\Mapping & Nav\GPS Tracks Northeast Southeast & Florida
    SEAT, this is the southern part of the TET, which superseded the appalachian trail (for motorcycles)
    Appalachian Trail, the thread is there, but maybe not the GPS tracks. This is NOT the "real" AT, which is for walkers, only
    Trans Pennsylvania Trail - vertical (TPAT-vert)
    Trans-Mass Trail
    Northern New England Adventure Trail
    Actually, just look in that GPS Tracks forum, and you'll find lots of good ones.

    In addition, google TAT Long Way Down. In the northeast, that's pretty close to the TET, except on the far eastern end, where it dives south to near the coast.

    If you combine the SEAT with the TAT-LWD, and the Northern New England Adventure Trail, you won't need the TET.
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  13. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    CloudSplitter, I just saw this, thanks for the followup in this thread. Since my son now lives in NC it looks like I may be doing a lot more visiting and exploring the eastern side of the USA in the coming years.
    Im also sorry to read (in a couple other threads) how you got sucked into the controversies over who's tracks are who's and all that BS - seems that some folks just really get quite asshurt and overly sensitive about this nonsense.
    I find its best to just let them win when they want to argue. Most of us just want to ride & have a good time. Personally I don't care who created the tracks, or who gets credit for them or if they make money or not.
    Id be right there with them condemning the reposting of copyrighted stuff (as in maps created by someone) but owning the right to a route across the US on public lands?
    Not so much, but if others feel that way Id be happy to sell them some fresh air next time they go out to ride some public NF roads or BLM land! PM me and I'll provide a paypal account to send your $ to for some air to breath - :augie
    30 years ago I'd get all worked up over stupid shit too, I'm too old for my ego to get in the way now! And it's not about the money either with me. God knows I spend enough $ on this motorcycle disease already - :ricky
    I know Sam, he's a nice guy, he even suggested some areas to ride in north MS when I was up there. (free of charge too - LOL) Never met Kevin but he's probably a nice guy too. Im not gonna throw rocks either way!

    Anyway before I ramble too long (and say something that starts a war - :photog) I just wanted to thank you for trying to help me out (I didn't really feel very loved in this region when I ask for help before) at least not publicly on these forums.

    It's really funny how peer pressure works, a couple of ass-wipes will start to condemn others for sharing intel and soon nobody wants to help or make a suggestion for fear they will be called out.
    I know this first hand because I got several "many" private PM's with suggestions on places to ride while I was visiting NC in 2015. So thanks to you folks! That all I was looking for were some suggestions for good areas with ADV style riding.
    So out of respect for them I won't list them but they know who they are and I do appreciate the help and suggestions when folks are willing to share information.
    Since you guys replied publicly - thanks back publicly!
    I'll be sure to check out your suggestions too next time I'm in those areas.

    BTW also thanks to GlenR for your suggestions - those were some good roads out that way.
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