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Old 03-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #16
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I was thinking it would be cool to travel from Columbia to Walterboro on dirt roads...
I often go up as far as Cayce on a pretty good bit of dirt. I can easily add those roads onto the tail of the MEOW before posting the GPX file.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #17
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No HO for this CAT

Camille and I are headed to Pawleys thus weekend, so I'm headed East of the HO-ME's.
I'll be exploring and trying to document some of the fire roads. Those I've been on before were pretty well graded gravel.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #18
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The MEOW is purring today! It's a glorious day to be playing hooky. My bosses know what I'm up to, though. If I were to call in sick for a ride that's when I'd show up for work the next day with a broken body part & everyone would know the score anyway. I'm eating lunch at a diner in Cottageville & then will ride the HO-CAT, or at least part of it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #19
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Rock on with your bad self! I've never eaten at that restaurant. I'll be curious to know how it went! And don't forget, pictures!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #20
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Marsh Tiger, I didn't get to ride it all, but you've done an outstanding job with the HO-CAT! I thoroughly enjoyed the northern sections of it today.

I feel like I'm hijacking your thread too much, but this is a gateway to the HO-CAT so I guess it's relevant. I went ahead and extended the MEOW up to Cayce. It is 125 miles of dirty goodness. Not all dirt, but a lot. Where the blue and red tracks meet is in the town of Rowesville. The gray route at the bottom of the below pic is of course the HO-CAT. I'll post a GPX file in your GPS thread in Layin' Down Tracks tonight. The Westvaco parcel I wanted to sneak through was buttoned up tight today, so it's not included in the MEOW. Thanks, hunt clubs.




I don't want to talk a whole lot about the MEOW here (would rather inmates get out and explore it for themselves!), but I'll post a few photos from it and the HO-CAT.


I saw a lot of scenes like this today:




Here are a few shots from the Cattle Creek Campground on Cattle Creek Road. I used to work with a lady who'd take me here to eat lunch during camp meeting week. The tables in the "tents" would be laden down with fried chicken, ham, butter beans and lots of other vegetables, desserts and tea. I'd just about have to take a nap when getting back to work after one of those meals. The large old building is where they'd hold church services.








Here's where the MEOW meets the HO-CAT:




Lunch at the little diner in Cottageville was good (cheeseburger and fries). They had a small salad bar and other items on the menu such as sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, wings, and appetizers. The special today was sausage jambalya & cabbage.

A few shots from the HO-CAT:






I went back home on Hwys 15/61/21, and much prefer the way I came down to all that pavement. I did see a sign on Hwy 15 just south of Canadys that made me hit the brakes and turn around, though:




The Big Ass Farm is for sale, too, so if any of you win the lottery tonight and buy it, how about fix up its driveway a little (or not ):



It was a good day!
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #21
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Hijack, Hell!!! I'm happy to see it get some use! Besides, I'm looking forward to the next trip to Columbia now. (Thanks to the MEOW)

I'm thinking big picture here... The Ho-Cat could be but a distraction to the fist real ADV loop in SC!

Thanks for the high praise... and the Great pictures!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:40 PM   #22
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Turkey Season is NOT the time to explore

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Hijack, Hell!!! I'm happy to see it get some use! Besides, I'm looking forward to the next trip to Columbia now. (Thanks to the MEOW)

I'm thinking big picture here... The Ho-Cat could be but a distraction to the fist real ADV loop in SC!

Thanks for the high praise... and the Great pictures!
Kurlee and I tried to work on an Eastern leg of the First Real ADV loop of SC (Fraid-V Cat?).
It was fun but only because the turkey hunters we kept meeting were nice Evidently open gates aren't always an "invitation", something about "bub, I've got a lease on this land" ". The first hunter was nice enough to let us continue on through his lease... right onto someone else's . They were also nice...enough to let us out of the nearest gate onto a highway. I sure wish I'd thought about a camera when we were bouncing a GS and a Wee-strom over pine stumps in the middle of the woods. Anyway, we diverted to asphalt for a while, and picked up the F orest again at Guerins Bridge, and ran a nice stretch of sandy road that I had to run again when we split up around 12:30. I did rerun that sandy road to its end and picked up the morning's dirt into Andrews before heading back to Pawleys. If I can figure out how to get today into TopoUSA I'll work on it when I'm back up here in two weeks.

Are we all just going to Hi-jack Ho-Cat for these ride reports, or should we start a thread for the First Real ADV loop of SC?

Now what's everyone up to next weekend?
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:05 PM   #23
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Turkey season... Deer season...

Hey, I'm all for hunting, but it is public land! Besides, what's the first rule of farming/hunting/land management...?
ALWAYS LOCK THE GATE!!!

Glad Y'all had a good ride though and very sorry I had to miss it. The Frances Marion Forest should definably be Included in any Trans SC route we may come up with! Porbably too early to start a new thread on that yet... Let's use the momentum of the HO-CAT to generate some interest...
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:48 PM   #24
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Momentum, I haz it.

Today, I took the MEOW again (fun, fun), ate at the Olde House Cafe in Walterboro (so-so; their macaroni pie had Velveeta in it but the roast pork was good) and then rode the Southern sections of the HO-CAT this time. I realized today that I only have a fraction of the dirt available in the large area between Rowesville/Branchville and Bowman/Reevesville included in the MEOW, since I tried to keep that route headed more or less in a linear fashion, but there are a lot of dirt roads in that area that need riding.

At one point I crossed over I-95 at the Southern-most part of the HO-CAT and was met with an open gate but it was marked "Private Drive". There was a truck just coming out of the gate towards me, however, so I went and since I felt he was giving me the evil eye, I did a 180 and went back across that deep-assed sand with him following me, and took the next road that crossed the interstate to join back up with the route. What's up with that? That road is marked "SC S-15-66" on both sides of the interstate on maps.

Anyhoo, I'm about HO-ed out for one weekend.

From the MEOW:




From the HO-CAT:

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:38 PM   #25
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Momentum, I haz it.

Today, I took the MEOW again (fun, fun), ate at the Olde House Cafe in Walterboro (so-so; their macaroni pie had Velveeta in it but the roast pork was good)

Their Breakfast is better...

I realized today that I only have a fraction of the dirt available in the large area between Rowesville/Branchville and Bowman/Reevesville included in the MEOW, since I tried to keep that route headed more or less in a linear fashion, but there are a lot of dirt roads in that area that need riding.

Sounds like a challenge?
I'm looking forward to the MEOW

...I crossed over I-95 at the Southern-most part of the HO-CAT and was met with an open gate but it was marked "Private Drive". There was a truck just coming out of the gate towards me, however, so I went and since I felt he was giving me the evil eye, I did a 180 and went back across that deep-assed sand with him following me, and took the next road that crossed the interstate to join back up with the route. What's up with that? That road is marked "SC S-15-66" on both sides of the interstate on maps.

That was an addition that i added after the ride... Sorry! I corrected that and updated the file on the LDT thread. I'm glad that you could get out and ride!!!

NOTE TO ALL: there is an updated HO-CAT file to download!!!

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:03 PM   #26
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I also updated the MEOW GPX file in the HO-CAT's thread in Layin' Down Tracks-East. I took the HO-CAT route out of it so that future tweaks to either one won't necessitate redoing both files. So if anyone has already downloaded the MEOW, kill that one and re-download it. Thanks, Marsh Tiger!
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #27
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Nice work yall!

I did finally get a dual/duel/dool sport.... KLR6fiddy. I'm up in Winnsboro/Cedar Creek area, need to find something similar up in these parts. Cayce to Walterboro via MEOW is my next big ride. I'll take the GoPro and get some yardage. THANKS to you all for a great f'n thread! Really outstanding! In my 30+ yrs of riding, this stuff is really tops!

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:54 AM   #28
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I did finally get a dual/duel/dool sport.... KLR6fiddy. I'm up in Winnsboro/Cedar Creek area, need to find something similar up in these parts. Cayce to Walterboro via MEOW is my next big ride. I'll take the GoPro and get some yardage. THANKS to you all for a great f'n thread! Really outstanding! In my 30+ yrs of riding, this stuff is really tops!

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Congratulations on your new ride, and please do post again after riding the MEOW! I know Marsh Tiger shares my sentiment that it is encouraging to get feedback, and it's nice to know other inmates find the "work" that goes into creating and sharing routes useful.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:01 PM   #29
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I did finally get a dual/duel/dool sport.... KLR6fiddy. I'm up in Winnsboro/Cedar Creek area, need to find something similar up in these parts. Cayce to Walterboro via MEOW is my next big ride. I'll take the GoPro and get some yardage. THANKS to you all for a great f'n thread! Really outstanding! In my 30+ yrs of riding, this stuff is really tops!

GC
Awesome! Hope that you enjoy the ride. I rode a KLR for a while, great bike. I've spent some time in your area, lots of great dirt roads around there, and some decent paved country roads too.

Have I mentioned how cool it would be to have a Duel-Sport loop around SC?
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Here kitty, kitty, kitty...



Your next MEOW...
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