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Old 03-09-2009, 03:30 PM   #1
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SC- Sandhills to Swamp ride and info on Sandhills State Forest*Now with more RIVER!

So this morning I headed out from Blenheim to Sandhills State Forest to get some riding in and visit the Forestry office for a permit. Sandhills is in Patrick, SC. It's a nice area and they host the SandBlast Rally They don't call it Sandhills for nothin' though and I had a pretty good mix of semi-hardpack dirt roads, deep/soft/squirley/wash out your front tire type of sand, and a few mud holes thrown in for good measure. Anyone can traverse the forest on the main dirt roads but there are also many dirt roads signed as "Authorized Vehicles Only". I previously called the office and was told you could get a permit to travel those roads but would need to come into the office during business hours to obtain it. Business hours are 8-12noon & 1-4:30 M-F.

So after lunch, I stopped by the office. Got flagged down by an Officer that was leaving the parkinglot. He wanted to let me know to not be assin' around, donuting, and using excessive speed. I assured him that I was just there to ride and didn't plan on getting on their sh*tlist. I went into the office and talked with the nice lady about the permit. They needed to copy my registration and insurance card. It was then that she noticed I was wanting a permit for a Motorcycle. "We don't allow dirt bikes on the forest roads." I showed her it was a licensed vehicle with insurance, which is what the permit requires, and that it should be thought of the same as a 4X4 truck. She gets the boss and he gets on the phone to someone else to make sure, "Ok, no problem." Woohoo!

So I turn the GPS on and head out. Hit a few duck ponds and ran into some folks training some real pretty Black Labs in duck recovery.

So after a great time in the sand, I headed back toward Blenheim and thought, with all this dry sand, I should stop by some of the less dry areas close to the house. The first is a nice pond stuck back in the woods that links into the Great Pee Dee River. Second pic is of the river just a few miles away from the first pic. It's just now dropping below flood stage since all of the rain we and NC got last week.

So I put a hundred miles on the odometer and got some sun. It was a real pretty day with temps in the mid 80's and I had a great time. Would be nice to have some other folks to ride with. Wes

BTW: Here's a pic from SandBlast'09

I went down this road today and yeah, it is real slick!

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