Nightstalker wants to ride with YOU!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, May 12, 2007.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I was working my way down to Dover, TN on some back roads and came across another cemetery.

    [​IMG]

    I'm on a cool dirt road...

    [​IMG]

    When I found what turned out to be more of the Linton OHV area!!

    [​IMG]

    This side was full of uphills and downhills and was FAST!

    [​IMG]

    Just when I'm having too much fun, tragedy strikes. A stump and my foot, a punishing blow. Ouch, that really, really hurt. It hurts enough to be broken, this will be a tough one to walk off. Thank god I was wearing MX boots.

    [​IMG]

    That damn stump is in the bottom of this picture.

    [​IMG]

    In an attempt to distract myself from the pain, and to convince myself I didn't have a serious injury, only one hour into my day long ride, I staged a happy self portrait.

    [​IMG]
    #61
  2. BearII

    BearII No, it's not complicated

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    225
    Location:
    Here, there and everywhere
    Hey NS - We are planning to be out in West Yellowstone at the end of July, should get there about 7/28. We are also planning on riding up to Glacier NP the week of Aug 6th. Any chance that we could connect then in either Yellowstone or Glacier??

    We live near Reading, PA so when you get in that area send me a PM and we'll hook up for a ride!

    Have a great trip!!
    #62
  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I passed another cemetery on the way to Dover, but my mind was on anti-inflamatories. I stopped at a convenience store and bought some Gatoraid and Advil and sat on the bench outside with some oldtimer local guy. I asked him if he minded if I pulled my stinky foot from my stinky boot to inspect it for damage, his reply was in a foreign (to me) mumbled tounge, but I think it was, do what you want. I could wiggle my toes and all so it should be OK. I let my bare foot bask in the warm sunshine while I finished my Gatoraid at a leisurely pace while watching large breasted females pump gas with my new buddy. The best part of this little scene is when we were busted by a young woman watching us watch the women at the pump. I could hardly contain myself.

    I was riding back toward camp, some many miles away when the Advil started taking effect and away I went. I saw this cemetery on my GPS and crossed a farmers field and actually found a sign pointing me in the right direction.

    [​IMG]

    This road gradually deteriorated into nothingness. I turned around, without finding my destination, bummed.

    [​IMG]

    Back on the paved road to Kentucky Lake, I passed a spur that was just aching to be explored. Away I went! I got to this little stream crossing.

    [​IMG]

    I had a tough decision to make. Continue on into what looked like, for sure, an area meant for non-motorized travel, on a nearly broken foot, or to turn back and continue adventure elsewhere. I'm sorry to disappoint you all, but I was alone, blah, blah, blah, turned around, and I was off.
    #63
  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    My foot was feeling better and I was much happier. Saw a sign that read, Confederate Cemetery, and down another dirt road I went.

    The cemetery.

    [​IMG]

    Grave marker.

    [​IMG]

    The Cumberland and Tenneessee rivers were vital for the Union to control in order to defeat the Confederate army during the Civil War. I would find many more grave sites like this one on this day.
    #64
  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I stopped to make a new friend. He didn't say much either.

    [​IMG]

    Another cemetery and a good example of the many infant graves.

    [​IMG]

    I found some more great roads.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #65
  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    More great roads and interesting cemeteries.

    [​IMG]

    A guy actually drug a camper trailer through this muck to set up at a campsite down by the lake. Oh my!!

    [​IMG]

    Gravesite, infant son.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #66
  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    My day was coming to a close and I was heading back, until I took another spur. I was expecting it to be a short road to another dead end like so many of the other spurs I had been on today. However, this one just kept going and going and going and going...

    [​IMG]

    This road was really muddy. I was getting a little concerned, I was not in any condition to be pulling my nearly 500 pound bike from this Kentucky suction mud, but I pressed on. When in doubt, twist and shout. It's saved me in the past and I planned to use it again if I had too.

    [​IMG]

    This road actually came out somewhere, somewhere not far from the Turkey Bay OHV park in LBL. I swung by to check it out, and check out the hottie park ranger in the fee booth.

    [​IMG]

    The nice park ranger hooked me up with a map of the roads in LBL. It had three classifications of roads in the park, paved, gravel, and may be impassible! How cool is that! Inspecting the map, I had found that some of my favorite haunts of the day were of that later classification!

    My day was done, my foot was thumping, the Advil had worn off. I finished the day with about 140 miles and 28 cemeteries. A great day of adventure and discovery.

    My foot at the end of the day.

    [​IMG]

    It didn't look too bad. When I told my wife what had happened, she immediately suggested we run the bike back to PA for the rest of the trip. She came around, after a few days of convincing her I was ok, and everything would be ok.

    Most of my foot was black and blue after a few days. I kept hiking and mountain biking. I haven't had the opportuny to get back on the KTM yet. I'm sure I'll be on it by the end of next week at Grand Marias, MN.

    tz
    #67
  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Buddypal!! Looks like I'll be about 2 weeks ahead of you guys. Bummer for sure. If you're plans change, let me know, we'll hook up for sure!

    tz

    #68
  9. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    11,296
    Location:
    Andover, N.J.
    Hows the ole Austrian submarine running anywho ?
    #69
  10. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,298
    Location:
    Jim Thorpe, PA
    Nice stuff TZ. See you soon buddypal!
    #70
  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Bike is running GREAT!! I couldn't hope for any better.

    #71
  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Hey everyone! I'm in Grand Marais, MN until Monday. Anyone want to hook up to do some riding, shoot me a PM.
    #72
  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I picked up a map from the nice ranger at the Grand Marais National Forest station that showed all the roads in Superior NF and which roads were open to ATV's. With this and some other maps in hand, I was on the Gunflint Trail by 7AM.

    [​IMG]

    The Grand Marais overlook.

    [​IMG]

    Long morning shadows.

    [​IMG]
    #73
  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    It wasn't long before I was on my first gravel road. And it wasn't but two minutes until I saw a moose. Just standing there saying, go ahead, take my picture, I dare you!

    [​IMG]

    I started moving forward, closer to the moose to get a better shot. As I approached the moose started running along the road at my pace. As I increased speed, the moose increased speed, until it ran down a trail off the road.

    [​IMG]

    I took a run up to Ball Club Lake. There was one boater out on the water, but I don't think that you can see him in these pictures.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #74
  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Then I headed down "The Grade". That's a pretty cool name for a road.

    [​IMG]

    The Grade is an ultrafast well graded gravel road. I was easily going way faster than I should be.

    [​IMG]

    I had to slow things down and was very happy to see this.

    [​IMG]

    It started out nice enough.

    [​IMG]

    Then it got a little tight.

    [​IMG]

    And then it just grew shut. A sign of things to come for sure.

    [​IMG]
    #75
  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I just had to go down this road.

    [​IMG]

    I didn't get too far. This was a definite show stopper. Not only was it a big deep puddle, it was full of wet greasy logs!

    [​IMG]

    Then I found some great ATV/Snowmobile trails that were on both my NF map and my GPS! These trails were awesome and went on for miles!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #76
  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Then I took this shortcut called Jabbo Road. It too was on both my NF map and GPS.

    [​IMG]

    It wasn't long before this came to an end. Damn.

    [​IMG]

    Then I got stuck in the logs laying across the trail. I really had to muscle the bike out of this mess.

    [​IMG]
    #77
  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Sawbill Trail. Another fast graded road.

    [​IMG]

    Perent Lake Road. On my way to what looks like a great ATV trail on the NF map.

    [​IMG]

    I found FR1244, with a little difficulty, since the trail marker was laying flat on the ground covered with bushes. I was so excited! This looks like a great long trail that actually came out somewhere. We'll see about that, maybe.

    This was my first obstacle. Normally [since I was alone] I would have just turned around, but I was really jonesing to do this trail, so I found a stick and checked the depth and checked for sunkin suprises. It passed on both accounts and I was easily across.

    [​IMG]

    It wasn't all that much further down the trail until I hit this.

    [​IMG]

    I was so bummed. I started to check it out and it just went on for ever! There was a stream running through it part way through. I don't know how far this went on for, I didn't find the end.

    [​IMG]
    #78
  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    I was getting hungry so I hopped on FR174, which runs north/south, east of Isabella on Route 1. Figuring I could catch some food there or run east on Route 1 to 61 where I should be able to find food.

    There's a number of roads on the NF map and in my GPS that run west off FR174 that were supposed to connect up with FR373 with runs into Isabella. Guess what, all dead ends. Still fun exploring though.

    First attempt.

    [​IMG]

    And the end, for me. This was actually a road on my GPS. I could have kept on running over pine trees, but things didn't look like they'd be clearing up anytime soon.

    [​IMG]

    I had gone far enough, time to turn around.

    [​IMG]

    Second attempt. This was promising.

    [​IMG]

    This went on for a ways, and again, was on the GPS. I've had enough of this, time to turn back.

    [​IMG]

    It was a real nice trail, too bad.

    [​IMG]
    #79
  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,011
    Location:
    Sunny Phoenix, AZ
    Practically right across route 1 was Stoney River Cafe, SCORE! Food was on the way.

    [​IMG]

    It was my plan to run the RV up route 1 to Babbitt tomorrow to the next campground. It was the state of Minnesota's plan to close route 1, starting tomorrow, mostly to foil my plan [I imagine]. Time to make a new plan. A nice local man suggested another route, which I had concerns about taking the house on wheels on, so I decided to run it on the bike. It's only an extra 150 miles or so...

    Oh, the roads were straight and the wind was a blowing!

    [​IMG]

    I found a nice overlook along the way.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I had a lot of hitch hikers today. I plucked off two at lunch and found this guy between my fingers after I took my glove off back at the campsite.

    [​IMG]

    Great time riding today. 370 miles total, about 120 miles gravel/dirt/ATV. Boy is my ass sore!
    #80