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Old 01-23-2011, 03:30 PM   #76
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:00 PM   #77
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Trucked it over to Brushy Mountain this morning.







KayaKTM and fancyindigo got there, and I ate my lunch.






We convened at the motocross track.







J airs out his Husaberg.





KayaKTM gets some air.









Fun stuff! I can't wait to go back.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:58 PM   #78
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Looks like fun, Bromine! I settled for riding on crappy wind hammered snow today in the hills.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:07 PM   #79
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Good evening, Otto. This is agent Rogers. I am going to ask you a few questions. Since time is short and you may lie, I'm going to have to torture you.
























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Old 03-26-2011, 06:48 PM   #80
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We did a big bicycle ride yesterday. Got up this morning for a bit of Maple Sally Drifting. Conditions were really nice, but beware: the gravely stuff at the Maple Grove end has some DEEP and not obvious ruts. Also, someone beat us to the punch today.



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Lucky was beginning to get his groove on. Unfortunately we were in a race with the weather. We got hit with some rain when we got back to town. My hands were FREEZING.




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Old 03-31-2011, 07:29 PM   #81
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Too crappy for a real ride, so let's take a trip down Schultz Court.










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Old 04-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #82
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Headed over to Wilkes County on Saturday afternoon. They take their NASCAR heritage seriously over there. Banked turns everywhere you go.

But first,




Yadkin environs






I was a block of ice when I got home. The kitty wanted no part of my lap.
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Sunday I did chores and went into the salt mine for a while. Then I headed out to Brown Mountain.




That front tire is TOAST.








They have done much work to the trails in the off season. 1A is in nice shape.




At the overlook, I got tangled up with a guy with a dead Husaberg 450. It ran when he stopped but nothing now. The rear brake light wire had been cut through. That had blown a fuse, but replacing it didn't make the starter work. The Rekluse clutch makes it so he can't bump start it. He also had broken wires behind his triple clamp. Sheesh.


After 1B, I went across the top of the mountain and did 7 and 5 back to the west. Then down 4 to 3. 3,5, and 7 all have nice sections of freshy fresh. Back across the top and down 1,9, and 10.









Then back to Rally HQ.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:18 PM   #84
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I had everything clear to go to Willville. I was kind of psyched to get back to that area. My dad and I ran around there a bunch back in the day. I left the schoolhouse at 3:15:01. I had one small errand to run and then finish strapping the bags down and git it.




Since I live at the base of the Bleu Ridge, I have grown fond of the roads that parallel the foot of the ridge. I had scouted out a run that followed the base: Fish Hatchery, Brown Mtn Beach/Adako, NC 90, Setzer Creek, NC 268, Champion (!), Vannoy, Buckwheat, Old NC 16, Long Bottom, Traphill--and that gets you to Stone Mountain State Park.

Some of the scenery along the way







Stone Mountain General store serves up a righteous cheeseburger. Haystack brought me into Mount Airy, where I gassed up and hit it for the Blue Ridge. Not so fast, Bucko.

Nice day in Surry County, but up at the top of the ridge, it's looking Mordoresque.




That cell provided amazing fireworks the whole way up to Meadows of Dan. I arrived at Willville about 30 seconds behind a downpour. Will directed me into the shelter there and then around back to the porch, where I was handed a beer before I had my helmet off. I met some people for the first time and saw people I hadn't seen in quite some time. I guess that's what these things are for.

The rain stopped and I set up my tent. Shortly after...




Plenty to look at in the morning.












There were still hail pellets on the ground in the morning. We didn't get going until 10:30, and Dugspur Road had areas where rain had piled it up a few inches deep in spots.





Noonish at the top of Big Walker. Still looking good, might as well head into Burke's Garden.




623 is gravel bliss







This gives new meaning to the term "Rickroll." That 900 Supersport is saweet.




Rut Roh Reorge




We burned the gravel out of Burke's Garden and Grapefield Road. At Bastian we hit real rain. We rolled out through Hollybrook.

Big Walker Mountain at 4:30ish. How do you like me now?




That's it for Saturday's photos. I put my camera in a bag in a bag in a bag. I don't how far it is from there back to camp, but we did it in heavy rain. Bluejean boy was hypothermic, but Will's amazingly hot shower set him straight.
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Sunday morning at Willville. Looking good!










Camp is breaking up. Dlrides has roads to shred and people to roost. He's out.








In spite of this view, we decided to do a run to the bottom of the ridge. It's VA 8 we're talking about.





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Tough light to shoot in.




We found ourselves back in Meadows of Dan, and it was time to head cross country.


First period. Time to go. Thanks for looking.
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Nice day in Surry County, but up at the top of the ridge, it's looking Mordoresque.




That cell provided amazing fireworks the whole way up to Meadows of Dan.
I love that shot!!


It was great riding with you again....seems like it had been a while.

Here's a few pics I was able to capture of you in action this past weekend.











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Thanks. That was fun and has put a point on the need to make more ADV functions.
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Take care, little buddy. I'll be back in a few days.





Sunday we rolled out to Staunton, VA for some dual sport adventure. The drive in the cars was adventurous. The storm on Friday-Saturday had every stream in major flood on the way up. En route we decided to camp at Sherando Lake. I recall that you can get there by a dirt road and not have to drive so far north. We got all the way across the dirt road only to find the last 100 yards of the road destroyed by a flood. This involved unhooking Lucky's trailer and late night map navigation, but we made it.




Sherando Lake is a good place to base camp. The campground hosts and forest service workers that staff the place take their job seriously. It's a safe place to leave your stuff.

This scene made me wonder about the stream crossings that we would encounter later in the day. Everything was still in flood Monday morning. The campground host said they got 6.5 inches of rain at the campground.




Let's get started:




We warmed up by running across Big Levels. Super fun road, and the puddles were not as bad as I expected.









After Big Levels, we did a transfer section across the valley to Staunton, where we gassed up for our objective for the day-- Shenandoah Mountain.

FR 85 is one of the great motoring roads anywhere.




It takes you to Radish Knob.






These guys really had it going on with the European languages and lycra.




Back on 85.




This time I did not miss the Skidmore turn. Time to find out about the water crossings.









US 33 over Shenandoah Mountain is also one of the great motoring routes out there.










The weather was starting to look a little iffy. We gassed up in Brandywine and headed up Swedlin Valley.









What can you say about the VEPCO road?





Our intent was to run down Dictum Ridge to 33 and back over 85, but Dictum Ridge is now gated! I like a run of this road as much as the next guy, but doubling back was not that fun at that point of the day.






In addition to the doubling back, Long Run is just that, so no final run up 85.

Finally, we made it back to the start of the transfer section across the valley. How would you describe your feelings after a day on Shenandoah?




Getting closer to the cooler....




We did about 260 for the day. No trouble sleeping tonight.
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loved the report and all the pics. Willville is my favorite place :)
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