Smokey Mountain 500

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by andy29847, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    I have seen that model fly over a few jumps and slog thru a water pit with no issues. I was impressed.
  2. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    Are you looking to camp or for a room? I'm about 45 mins east of TWoS and have plenty of room for tents/hammocks/trailers and safe parking. For a room Helen (about 15 mins from me) is in their off-season now and is a cool place to visit in itself.
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  3. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    It looks like Dahlonega is only about 11 miles from a point on the track and looks to have a number of hotel and food options. We'll probably start from there and go clockwise up to TP. Saturday afternoon what we're going to be looking for is a place to stay where we'll stop early to catch the SEC Championship game and feast on a pile of wings and pizza. We should be in the vicinity of Robbinsville. Any recommendations there? Good TV, food, and a place that will tolerate 4 guys yelling at the TV for several hours would be preferable.
  4. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    Dahlonega is a great place to stay. You can head up Camp Wahsega Rd and take Black Mountain Rd up to Grassy Gap Rd where it turns to dirt. That’ll be dirt until you get to Old Bucktown Rd near Ellijay. Dunno what size bikes you’ll be on but Nimblewill Gap Rd is pretty rocky from erosion.

    If you like pizza I highly recommend Gustavo’s in downtown Dahlonega. Their calzones are awesome. Smoking Gold BBQ is good too if you like smoked butts and you cannot lie.


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  5. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Johnny B's is a good pizza place in Dahlonega as well.
  6. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the recommendations guys!

    We're on 3 KLR650s and I'm riding my 1200GS. I'll have to go back and look at it but I think I figured we'd intersect with Nimblewill Gap Rd leaving Dahlonega.

    And I love smoked butts and I cannot lie... I've been known to get sprung over a good smoked butt.
  7. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    Might consider http://www.jimssmokinque.com/
    In blairsville. They are often rated one of the top BBQ's in the country
  8. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I just noticed the title of the thread is 'moluntain'. Am I missing something?
  9. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    It was Hillary! It was the DNC! Mueller did it! Possibly, the old guy that started this thread can't see, can't spell, can't type, and failed at proof reading. One other observation.... spelling NAZIs get focused on "Smokey" (as opposed to Smoky) and never notice the "l". :)
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  10. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I've visited this thread plenty and just noticed it. That was a quick fix. I'm glad we can edit our own titles now without a mod.
  11. Kiharaikido

    Kiharaikido Been here awhile

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    I noticed the error but not the correction. Lol. Its been that way for so long I figured it was left our of principal. I used to google search for smokey moluntain 500 before I downloaded tapatalk.


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  12. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    You guys probably all know this, but the mountains are actually called the "Smoky Mountains" not the "Smokey Mountains" not that I care cuz Ima terrible speeler. Any who, we just finished our ride and I'll post up some words somewhere on here when I get a moment. We only did half of it due to a couple of personal problems - one guys father-in-law passed away as we started the ride; and another two of us where on death's door with upper respiratory illnesses - but went riding anyway. We had great weather and two days of some fine and fun riding on the mix of surfaces this track throws at you.
  13. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Did a day ride with Popcorn Creek thrown in:
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  14. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Smokey vs. smoky

    Smokey is a proper noun and first name, whereas smoky is an adjective referring to an object being filled with or smelling of smoke. Until recently smokey was an accepted spelling of smoky in the Oxford English Dictionary. However, it is now thought of as old-fashioned.

    I guess I am old fashioned. :) That sounds better than can't spell, type, or proof read. Sorry to hear about the struggles youse guys had on your trip.
  15. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Thanks Andy. We had a great two days before we had to pull the plug. We rode from Suches around counter clockwise into the section just beyond where it crosses the Cherohala Skyway. We'd ridden the TAT down that way and wanted to be back at our cabin for the SEC Championship game on Saturday afternoon. Overall, we though it was a great mix of nicely groomed forest roads, twisties, and a little bit of rocky/gnarlier riding. We all (KLRs and 1200GS riders) all came away from it thinking it was a pretty easy ride but for perspective, we're all pretty experienced off-road riders on knobby tires riding bikes loaded with our standard self-sufficient kit of tools, spares, gear, clothes, etc. I could see where someone on a more street oriented bike on lessor tires would find it more challenging in just a few spots (deeper water crossings and rock garden slopes). Thank you for a great track!!!
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  16. Tone615

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    If anyone from the NASHVILLE area needs a good/fun route down to Tellico Plains, I can get you a .GPX file. ~250 mile trek southeast with a good Pikeville lunch stop at The Starling cafe. The only boring stretch is around Athens, TN ... but I'm working on that.

    I sped down from Nashville and ran the GREEN route on 4-12-'18, then the RED and 1/2 of the YELLOW before I had to race the storms back to Nashville on 4-13-'18 (dang!). Obviously no time for pix on this trip.

    The only update report: The first 1/3rd or so of the GREEN route has plenty of long stretches of fresh 1" lime stone gravel "repairs". It looks easy enough, but it's like riding on sharpened marbles.

    Oh ... and bug season is back : fullsizeoutput_543.jpeg
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  17. Tone615

    Tone615 Adventurer

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    Andy,

    Thank you for a brilliant route and thread.

    -Tone615.
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    recrazyjax Adventurer Extraordinaire!! haha.

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    My buddy (Mike) and I are headed down this coming weekend to do all of the KAT the following week. I'll put up a ride report here when we are finished! :) T
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    Chiknmunky Been here awhile

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    If you are doing the hard sections of the KAT, take some spare brake pads! Ha!
  20. Josh Leyburn

    Josh Leyburn Shepherd of Cats

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    @Tone615 I think I saw you Friday, I was riding with 2 buddies and we stayed at 2 wheels of Suches Thursday Night.