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Old 05-07-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Riding the TET from MA to NC

We have been planing this trip for a while. I remember January 10 sending a text to "beemerjim" (Jim) and "hulkedup" (Keith) that we had only 4 months to go before we leave on our trip. This gave us the hope we needed to make it through the rest of the stinking winter !!

We are leaving this Friday May 10 and I am going to try to do a live RR as we travel. There will be lots of photos but the videos may have to wait until I get home to use the big computer.

Here is Keith, developer of the Trans Mass Trail on his trusty KLR.









Here is a video he did about the mods to his bike.



Here is "beemerjim" Jim. If you every want to ride dirt roads in Western MA get a hold of Jim. He can lead you on a all day ride and never hit the same roads twice.



Here is his KLR ready for the adventure.




Here is yours truly , "spinalcracker" , (Mike) sporting the doo rag for when I get to Deals Gap later in the trip.



Some glamor shots of the 800GS








My sidekick



A quick video of me packing the bike. Espresso really makes the packing go faster.





First stop is Mrs Murphy's donuts in Southwick MA Friday morning 8 am.






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Old 05-07-2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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Don't know when you'll be in NC, but if you are here around the 16 th or so, stay at Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah and hang out with a bunch of Nighthawk riders. (Some if us have DS's too)

Good place. Just down the road from the Dragon and near the TET route. Rumors are that a Georgia rider will have some homemade peach "punch"
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Safe Travels Gents!

Wishing you gentlemen a wonderful trip - stay safe out there and have tons of fun. I'll be headed the other way up the Puppy Dog via the TMT while you guys head south. Quiet couple weeks for NDR - crickets . . .

Can't wait to exchange stories about our respective journeys and share our pics & videos.

Safe travels friends!

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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How long do you think it will take you guys to complete? Good luck with the journey and I'll be following along.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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Keith here...we are going to cheat a bit and start our TET adventure near Front Royal. We don't have the time to ride the whole way down from Massachusetts on the dirt. Our plan is to do a two day trip over 2 lane backroads to get us into Virginia. From there it's 600 miles of dirt down to Damascus, NC. Then, Mike has to head east to a graduation and I have to figure out how to get a KLR 1,000 miles home. We should be on the road 9-14 days.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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Keith here...we are going to cheat a bit and start our TET adventure near Front Royal. We don't have the time to ride the whole way down from Massachusetts on the dirt. Our plan is to do a two day trip over 2 lane backroads to get us into Virginia. From there it's 600 miles of dirt down to Damascus, NC. Then, Mike has to head east to a graduation and I have to figure out how to get a KLR 1,000 miles home. We should be on the road 9-14 days.
Thanks for the reply, Keith. Sounds like a good time. Safe travels!
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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Don't know when you'll be in NC, but if you are here around the 16 th or so, stay at Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah and hang out with a bunch of Nighthawk riders. (Some if us have DS's too)

Good place. Just down the road from the Dragon and near the TET route. Rumors are that a Georgia rider will have some homemade peach "punch"
Sounds good ! I put Stecoach in the gps.

I need to be in Salem-Winston for my stepdaughters graduation from Wake Forest PA school on Friday 17th.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:54 AM   #8
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It's 5 something in the morning, the day before we leave, and I can't sleep. Every day that passes I manage to load more crap on the poor KLR. If we hang around much longer, Mike & Keith are going to have a hard time picking it up for me.
I weighed it yesterday and using the bathroom scale, and came up with 518 lbs. Add the 200lbs of lard that goes on the seat, and we're going to have to start paying attention to the load limit signs on the bridges.
One more day, & we're on the road!

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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Don't know when you'll be in NC, but if you are here around the 16 th or so, stay at Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah and hang out with a bunch of Nighthawk riders. (Some if us have DS's too)
My sister graduated from Lenoir-Rhyme University (Hickory NC) last night and she earned Cum Lade honor. I'm so proud of her! I know you are very excited to watch your step-daughter graduate and you will be very proud of her, too! This call for a

And I am in for pics of your trip.. I thought about taking this route from NC to NB (Canada) in couple of year so am interested to see if this route will be worth my time. Thanks for doing this report!
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:58 PM   #10
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Day 2 is done. 263 miles, which is a lot on a KLR with TKC80's.

We started the day with rain in White Haven, Penna. We rode for about an hour to the former Centralia and we had steady rain throughout our day until about 2pm or so.

Centralia was pretty cool. It took us a few minutes to find our bearings but after a bit we located the plumes of smoke coming out of the rocky ground, right where the fire started in 1962. It was cool to see the abandoned roads and driveways leading nowhere. You'd see some signs of the former habitation, like a basketball backboard still nailed to a tree. The smoke was nothing dramatic, but cool nonetheless. You could feel the heat and sometimes find pieces of coal laying around. I went up to where the road had been blocked and walked for a bit but it wasn't a good day for a long walk to find the buckled pavement. I could have spent a couple of hours there exploring (I love urban/rural archeology).

From there we got hit with a nice downpour of rain for a few hours. We pulled in for lunch at the Ric-Mar Restaurant in Northumberland, Penna. The owner/cook saw us pull in and offered to throw our wet gear in their dryer for an hour. Yes! Great food too. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

The rest of the day was spent riding Route 522 through southern Pennsylvania, then into Maryland (2 min.), West Virginia and Virginia. The road rivals anything we have in New England (including Vermont). 20-30 miles at a time with nothing in between, hemmed in by mountains and surrounded by farms. It kept our interest the whole day.

We also visited some more of the depressing towns that dot the area: Weatherly and Hazelton seemed the most noteworthy.

Our goal was to make Front Royal, but given our late start due to the rain and the stop in Centralia it was just a bit too far. We settled for another Holiday Inn Express in Winchester, VA. We are all exhausted.

One more thing...we have been joking around about the weight of the bikes and how much crap we took. To settle the issue we stopped at a truck stop early in the morning and put them on the scale. I think Mike will chime in on that one.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days. I have a lot of video but it's a lot harder to edit and upload with the tools I have available to me.



Yay, spending money!



Checking map in Connecticut



Mike relaxing in NY



We thought we'd ride gravel. The sign lied!



A trail in the Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. We didn't try it.



Abandoned roads in the former Centralia



Open fissure of steam. Mike has a good video of it. The rocks were warm and you could feel the heat coming out of it.



This is Jim at the area where the fire originated in 1962.



This is the closed section of highway that's buckled from the heat further down.

Tomorrow we join up with the Trans-East Trail and head south through VA and WV. None of us has any idea what the roads are like. The adventure begins.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:01 AM   #11
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Keith here (friend of Jim's). Following your progress on SPOT. Very envious!;-)
Looks like you're "Into The Wild" today. When in doubt...GAS IT!
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:16 AM   #12
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Fellows, I know you will enjoy your ride. My buddy Mike and I have ridden TET 7 all the way to the end of TET 1 down in St. George Island, FL. I don't want to give away any of whats in store for you as this is your adventure so I will be breif. If you can spend the night in Hot Springs, NC stay at the Iron Horse Station Inn, http://www.theironhorsestation.com/ Awesome hotel, food, etc. Enjoy the water crossing as you head south out of Hot Springs. Go as far south as you can on TET 5 then onto TET 4. I know you said you are turning around in NC but you are so close to some awesome dirt and gravel mountain roads. It's worth an extra day! Keep the posts coming. We will be reading them!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:37 AM   #13
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Happy Trails!

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:51 AM   #14
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I am very envious. Have a great time!
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #15
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As a Massachusetts expatriate, I am looking forward to following your adventures.
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