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Old 05-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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Weekly rides near Charleston, SC

We've got the beginnings of a good group of riders leaving the asphalt at least once per week. This thread is to help us keep in touch.
Most of these rides will be Sunday to accomodate those who work Saturday. HOWEVER, don't let that stop you from posting your Saturday plans. Some of us do "double dip" on the weekends.

This Sunday, 5/20, we'll be following 2BikeBart into Francis Marion National Forest. Most of the trails will be packed gravel and dirt, but he promises to show us the mudhole he spend a half hour extracting himself from yesterday. Woe be unto those who ride alone... he could have had photos!

Look here to get details from 2BikeBart on the start location and time

Send me a PM w/ your email if you want to be added to the email group we're building re: these weekly rides.

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Old 05-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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email sent...

thanks for organizing this.....

wish I could ride this weekend....

keep me posted.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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I've been trying unsuccessfully to find people around here to ride dirt with with for years and years. I can't make it this Sunday, but put me on the contact list for sure. hunkerdownhairydawgs at yahoo dotcom is my email addy.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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Start location will be Blue Water Exxon and BoJangles at 10 or 11 AM Sunday, 5/20.
Email me at clemon3@sotank.com if you are interested, as we're finalizing time tonight and I'll keep all who I have email address for updated.

Click this link for Bluewater  Show on Google Maps
Here’s the street and phone number for Bluewater if the link fails.
2514 Clements Ferry Road
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 849-7254

We'll probably get rained on, and some of the trails will be just over handlebar width so removing panniers would make it easier, but not required. We've got a couple relatively new riders, so it won't be too technical.

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Great ride yesterday, and a few new members to the gang

It was mostly gravel forest trails with some very tight single tracks cut by a CT70. Thankfully everyone had removed their panniers before the ride. Bikes ranged from a KTM 990 to a KLX 250. Weather was sunny and clear.
Didn't take time to shoot any photos, but maybe next time.
Speaking of. Anyone interested in a little longer trip with a country lunch in the middle? I haven't been to Hamiilton Ridge WMA property since this was posted. http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...8#post18191798
Maybe Laura0171 can be persuaded to pass on some of her excellent tracks.

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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Ride for Sunday May 27

Laura0107 is sorting through her extensive list of tracks for any interesting ones between Charleston and the start of Augusta Statecoach Road. Looks like lunch will be somewhere around Estill, SC, and hopefully we'll have time to roost around Hamilton Ridge WMA as well. Riders coming from upper and lower SC, so if you're interested, shoot me an email so I can get you on the updates email list.
We'll start early, but there will be a couple points where we can "pick up" those who need a little extra sleep after Saturday night.

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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Looking forward to some riding. This sOunds like a needed thread. I also have had some challenges getting folks to ride with. Today I did forest service roads inland of Awendaw. I will subscribe to this thread and post up when I plan on doing some riding.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:21 AM   #8
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Laura0107 is sorting through her extensive list of tracks for any interesting ones between Charleston and the start of Augusta Statecoach Road. Looks like lunch will be somewhere around Estill, SC, and hopefully we'll have time to roost around Hamilton Ridge WMA as well. Riders coming from upper and lower SC, so if you're interested, shoot me an email so I can get you on the updates email list.
We'll start early, but there will be a couple points where we can "pick up" those who need a little extra sleep after Saturday night.

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Hi guys,

I really don't have much other than County Line Rd to Parkers Ferry and maybe some of the Southern bits of the HO-CAT. It would be cool if there were a way to cross the Edisto where County Line Rd meets Parkers Ferry; the HO-CAT is right on the other side. I'm sure there's not, though, so if you go that way you'd have to choose whether to go North or South on Parkers Ferry to get across the river. It looks like there ought to be some dirt Northwest of Coosawhatchie but I haven't ridden in that area and haven't found any by just using maps. Slidefighter, Marsh Tiger or Draechon might be of help with that area. Y'all have 80+ miles just to get to Estill on a direct pavement route, so if you add some morning dirt to that, do lunch, then 2 or 3 hours after lunch playing around near the Savannah, then slab it home, that will be a full day!

We could meet y'all in Estill for lunch, then mess around Webb & Hamilton Ridge, then go North to Crab Orchard Rd and then up to the dirt part of Augusta Stagecoach Rd, if that suits everyone. I hope the open gates I encountered on my other ride will be open! If so, we'll pop out on Hwy #3.

I'll copy this to Clint's email list.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:37 AM   #9
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New road to Spring Grove/ Hyde park to County line is a fun loop but then it's Parker's ferry back to 17. Not really worth the distraction, IMHO, if the goal is Estill. I'd head straight there, since that area is really cool and worth the extra time a direct route would afford you. Too bad I can join y'all I'd love to explore there some more.

On my recent trip to Ridge Motorsport I noticed plenty of inviting dirt roads. The next chance I get to hi the dirt, I'm heading that direction. Theres got to be a way to loop most of the State on dirt!
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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hats off to Marsh Tiger

Wonderful blog and pics from the links above. Really a nice job.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:44 AM   #11
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Hi guys,

We could meet y'all in Estill for lunch, then mess around Webb & Hamilton Ridge, then go North to Crab Orchard Rd and then up to the dirt part of Augusta Stagecoach Rd, if that suits everyone. I hope the open gates I encountered on my other ride will be open! If so, we'll pop out on Hwy #3.

I'll copy this to Clint's email list.
If you like Low Country BBQ, try Lester's Bar-B-Que LLC 8500 Savannah Hwy # 601, Estill, SC 29918 (803) 625-2305, $9 all u can eat buffet including tea. Don't know if they are open Sunday but definitely worth a look.

Hope to meet up with you folks soon for a ride...
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #12
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Ride for sunday may 27 may change from posts prior

This morning the weather "folks" at Weather Bug and Weather Channel drastically changed their outlook for Sunday. I haven't heard from anyone looking to spend an entire day riding in the rain. I'll keep a closer eye on it, and keep our group informed via email. Posts here will be less frequent, but I should have something final up Saturday by 8PM Eastern.

Laura0107, thanks for all your efforts planning this, I will keep in touch via email, but if the forcast does not change, the Charleston based gang will be routing ourselves much closer to our dry homes and warm wives.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:03 AM   #13
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No problem! Looking forward to this ride on a nicer day ...
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #14
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this weekend heading up to blue ridge motorcycle campground on highway 276. We are going to do some spirited pavement riding. They are going to be tight twistys on the back roads with some very light dirt connecting routes. I'm not very good with the online posting thing but if you wanna go contact me.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #15
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Wonderful blog and pics from the links above. Really a nice job.
Thanks Dave!


I'm back from my trip and I'll have a few new pics to add. Teaser: 4 days, 931.5 miles...
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