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Old 08-08-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Garth and Rich do some TET riding...

First, a huge thank you goes out to intothenew and the other inmates who helped route and test the TET. We would not have tried this trip without your tracks!

THE RIDERS...

This is Garth:



He likes to climb Mt Washington. He's done it many times. Several climbs were done in the winter, with snow shoes, crampons and an ice climbing axe. Oh yeah, he's done the winter climb SOLO a few times too.
Garth has been riding for about a year.



This is Rich, your narrator:



I like to climb Mt BBQ.
I've been riding for about 100 years but still rely on luck more than skill.

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Old 08-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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The bikes...

Garth has a mighty KLX250s that is nearly stock.

My bike is a KLR250 which is also nearly stock.

Both bikes have been majorly upgraded with the WalMart seat pad.

In addition to that Garth stuffed some extra foam underneath the pad and I sprung for the Dick's Sporting Goods stadium seat pad upgrade. The KLR650 riders seem to be characterized as cheap on this board. I'm just trying to live up to that (at the 250 level).


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Old 08-08-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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The route..

Starting in Duncannon PA, we planned to head southwest tracking TET sections 9, 8 and 7 ending in Atkins VA. That's about 200 miles a day totaling 600 miles down and another 600 back. We were hoping for 50% or more on dirt. We brought enough camping gear for the trip to avoid hotels.

Can you guess which one of us came from backpacking and which came from car camping? If the gear on the bikes doesn't help you, here's another hint:

My tent is green and Garth's tent is orange.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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We trailered our bikes from CT to the Riverfront Campground in Duncannon PA. I'd like to say that the above picture, with its lush pastoral setting, was taken there but that would be a lie. The TET notes clearly state that the Riverfront Campground is "not a manicured park".

It's pretty rough and if you like trains you'll love this place! They come through all night. These weren't wimpy AMTRACK four car jobs mind you, they were engine in one state, caboose in another, huge freight snakes.

But where else can you camp for $10 a night and then park your car and trailer safely for $1 a day??? I asked Jack Daniels (didnt get his name so we gave him one) if he would appreciate an ADV mention and he said "send them on down!"

The most flattering picture I could muster of our tent site at Riverfront:

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:20 PM   #5
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Pictures vs words...

I understand many of you inmates are more accustomed to looking at pictures rather than reading words. It comes from the early days of reading your dad's glossy magazines from the back of his closet. I may disappoint you somewhat in that we really didn't take that many pics.

You see, the trouble is that all those generous inmates who post epic pics of epic rides take time away from their rides to provide other inmates with entertainment. They have spoiled us all.

I realized a few things early in our ride:

1) If I'm going to keep stopping to snap pics, I'll never get there.
2) If I'm always busy framing the shot, it seems too much like work to me and I'm retired now.
3) I can't get my friggin' iPhone to operate wearing a glove so that's an extra step every time I want to capture a memory.

So if this report is light on pics, I apologize and respectfully suggest that you go ride your own ride and take your own pics. Just remember to bring something you can operate with a gloved hand!

Gratuitous pic to keep the numbers up:



He wanted to hitchhike but in spite of his obvious Kawasaki greeness, Garth and I agreed not to pick up any more strays when we go riding.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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We left Duncannon Sunday am and very quickly discovered that my GPS wasn't going to give me turn by turn directions. When asked to follow the road to the beginning of the route it complained about having over 50 waypoints. So I told it to go directly to the route. It gave me a purple line that was comforting until we reached a fork in the road. The purple line said go straight, bisecting the fork. Well we couldn't do that because there was a house in the way so we went here instead:

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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Putting together a Ride Report takes a lot of effort...you did good! I have enjoyed reading it and browsing over your photos too. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
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Nice rr write up. Having been on the tet ur pics were enuff for me. Good bear shots. Agree with u abt taking ur time. Some of the folks that were met on my trips were real characters. Maybe I missed it but how far south did u get?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:49 PM   #9
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Nice rr write up. Having been on the tet ur pics were enuff for me. Good bear shots. Agree with u abt taking ur time. Some of the folks that were met on my trips were real characters. Maybe I missed it but how far south did u get?
We got all of sections 7, 8 and 9 done. We went as far as Hungry Mother State Park which is just north of Marion VA. I could have spent the rest of the season riding the TET, it was that good.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:45 AM   #10
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Are the KLR and KLX rear tires the same size? Could you have swapped your rear tire (or even your whole rear wheel) onto Garth's bike to keep from having to ride without oil?
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:54 PM   #11
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Are the KLR and KLX rear tires the same size? Could you have swapped your rear tire (or even your whole rear wheel) onto Garth's bike to keep from having to ride without oil?
On most bikes that would work but my KLR250 is 17" and his is 18".
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:02 AM   #12
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Dual Sport Ride in Laconia

Hi how are you. I ride in and near Laconia and know a bunch or trails near.
I also have a KLR 250 and would like to hit some trails soon i can go this Sunday. meet up in downtown Laconia at the Landmark. my e mail is shanahan.d@gmail.com I also am trying to get people that like to ride on my Dual Sport facebook page


http://www.facebook.com/nhdualsport.dts

would be cool if you joined it. TY

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