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Old 11-23-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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Steve McQueen Does Lake Burton

The emails started up a week or so ago. "Who wants to take off a day and go dualsport riding during Thanksgiving Week?" We decided to do the Lake Burton (Ga) area. Haven't been to that part of Ga. in a while. Several sons were coming home from college for the week and wanted to join us.

The Steve McQueen thing? Every ride is remembered by some set of events. This one will remembered by one of our group's Steve McQueen impression. He significantly overcooked a turn, on a twisty dirt road, in a steep sided valley and launched heartily into a field below, almost clearing the bobwire fence in the process. He found himself landing several feet into the field below after having executed an awkward 1 & 1/2 dismount and flight through the air. While in split second of rejoicing that he might be OK as he lay there on his back, he was greeted by a thud! as his WR450 which was trailing his descent, landed on top of him! Thankfully he was OK and rode off below to find the gate to the farmer's field.

The group in the middle of the Oakey Mtn. ORV area:


Michael P with a smile on his face (as always)


We call this guy "KTM Man". We think he might hold the record for breaking stuff on the bikes or riders behind him.


Leaving Oakey Mtn.


Fathers and Sons:







The FS Road headed to Tate (near NC)






Big thanks to our ride leader "The Mayor". Great routes.

Ride leader had a flat:


John G helped him fix it. Looked like he has ISDE experience:


Is that Steve McQueen on the right?
Hat's off to the guy on the left - first ride with our group. Rode a Husky 610 with trials tires and luggage racks. Kept up through all the knarly stuff.
I think he couldn't believe his eyes that Steve McQueen was still standing.


Great climb up to top of a mountain with open views. Best not to follow this guy most of the time :)



The Forest Service was doing a controlled burn in the area. These guys were flown in from Montana to supervise the burn. They were smokejumpers! Cool to talk to and nice folks.



Pics at the top








Thanks to Cherokee Landing Resturant on Lake Burton for letting us park our trucks in your parking lot all day and great food and service after the ride. I give this place a high recommendation.




Thanks for taking these pics John G! And for leading us on the ride Joe!

Very thankful to be able to do this kind of adventure with good friends and family. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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Cool. Enjoy the holidays and thanks for the pictures.

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Old 11-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #3
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I'm jealous. I used to ride up in that area a couple times a year when some buddies from Orlando would come up to their house on lake burton. Good times.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:25 PM   #4
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Looks like some clean fun with a good bunch of guys! thanks for sharing it
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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Hi Mike. What a nice group of dualsporters. I recognized a few of the faces, including Steve McQeen.... But I did not see our buddy Kirk L. in the pics...
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your wife, and son! SR
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:00 PM   #6
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Hi Mike. What a nice group of dualsporters. I recognized a few of the faces, including Steve McQeen.... But I did not see our buddy Kirk L. in the pics...
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your wife, and son! SR
Yeah. I missed this ride Patty (had to be in NYC.) I have HUGE regrets after seeing the photos. My gang! Even Fast Frankie was there.

Matt and I did mange to ride with son, Davis, at Windy Gap Sunday. So, the weekend was salvaged.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:04 AM   #7
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Happy thanksgiving to you also Patty! Hopefull we will get to ride together soon. Kirk, we missed you but several pulled "pop a wheelies" in your honor!

Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope you really get to enjoy friends and family!

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Old 11-25-2010, 12:07 AM   #8
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This was my first dual sport ride and it definitely will not be my last. Had a great time with the guys. We rode approximately 100 miles of all different types of trails. I took a few pics along the way to add to Johns photo album.
Looking forward to the next adventure.

Michael P.


Fast Factory Frankie


Top of Chestnut Mountain at the controlled burn campsite
The folks from Motana-notice the cappuccino maker next to the fire
Mossman in deep thought about using the man made berms below

Herd bull in deep thought
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:59 AM   #9
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Cool pics Michael P!

Found this site about the Missoula Smoke Jumpers we met up there. Tough dudes!:

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/smo...ula/index.html

Sometimes the internet is incredible. Found these pics of one of the Smokejumpers up there. No wonder he was so friendly to our group of riders. He may even be on Advrider:





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Old 11-25-2010, 02:05 PM   #10
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Yes I am and ADV dude. It was great to see you guys down in GA. Now back in Missoula 9 degrees and snow. Yes this is a great sight.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:23 PM   #11
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Yes I am and ADV dude. It was great to see you guys down in GA. Now back in Missoula 9 degrees and snow. Yes this is a great sight.
No way! Unbelievable. I thought someone was messing with me until I saw your profile was started over a year ago. Good to meet you guys - glad you got to be home with your families. If you want to post up some pics of smokejumping etc. Left you a private message. We want to come ride with you out there! :)
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:37 PM   #12
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How did the guy get the WR tagged in Ga?
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:11 AM   #13
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Hey Guys! Great time again and some good pictures too! I am sorry I can't make the Dec 5th ride, but I will be racing in SC in an Hare Scramble. Wish me luck! I really appreciate the invite though. Hope fully my brother and I can ride some over the holidays with ya. Racing will be out until January.

Thanks again for a great day! Sorry I missed you Kirk....

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