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Old 05-10-2013, 03:17 AM   #16
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Some music to accompany you gents as you embark upon your TET Adventure! Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8

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Old 05-10-2013, 03:38 AM   #17
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Thanks Vic, I'll be following your own adventure.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #18
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Day 1 is in the books. The three of us are sitting in a hotel in White Haven, Penna. to ride out an overnight storm. We did almost 300 miles today, all on 2 lane blacktop. We're trying to get down to Front Royal in a reasonably quick time without relying on the interstate highway system.

Highs and lows for the day would be riding through the Delaware Water Gap and getting stuck in miles of stop and go traffic on Route 209 in PA.

We're trying to figure out a theme for this trip and hoping that one becomes obvious as we ride. The closest thing to that today was "The Walking Dead" tour. We passed so many towns that were in decline, with their industries gone, their busineses shuttered and the people that were left walking around, looking lost.

I only have a couple of pictures so far as the hotel's computer is extremely slow to upload.




We started the day at Mrs. Murphy's Donuts in Southwick, Mass.



A random stop on the road. Hot day today! It only gets better from here.

The plan tomorrow is to visit Centralia, PA (the town abandoned due to an underground coal fire still burning) and get to Front Royal.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #19
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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We got a great start today. It was a little foggy when I left Springfield and by the time I got to Southwick the sun was out !!

Our first stop Mrs. Murphy's Dounuts



The best chocolate glazed donuts!!!




Jim and Keith getting ready to feed.







Feeding time over and it's time to ride.



Great back roads.



Making good time.




Nice stop near the Delaware Water Gap.







When we got to Hickory Run State Park in PA it was starting to rain a little and the radar and weather forecast didn't look good for camping so we decided to rough it at the Holiday Inn in White Haven.

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:49 PM   #21
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We are in Winchester VA tonight. Long day with rain. The weather started to clear around 4pm so we rode till 8 and are staying in a hotel.

We stopped for a while in Centrailia PA to check it out. Yikes Heat and smoke coming out of the ground.

I will have more pictures later too tired now.

Tomorrow we start on the DIRT !!!!
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #22
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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   #23
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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   #24
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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   #25
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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 05-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #26
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I'm a couple of days late to the party. Ride safe, and enjoy.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:23 PM   #27
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Day 3 Gravel, Mountain roads, Route 33

We had a great day of riding today. Sunny skies but very windy and a little on the cold side. On a couple of the high passes the temp got to 48. It is predicted to be in the 30's tonight so another night of roughing it in a motel with a HOT TUB after a day of riding.


Guess who's bike weighs almost as much as a dinosaur ?




Yesterday when we left the motel we stopped by the truck stop and weight the bikes.



One bike weighed 660 lbs. one was 540 lbs and one was 520 lbs. A prize to the one who guesses correctly.


These are your choices.








Off to the hot tub. More pictures later.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:29 PM   #28
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Nice and relaxed after the hot tub.

We started on the dirt today and had amazing roads. Everything from 2 lane to gravel to water crossings to Route 33 with it fast banked turns.




This is where we started.










On the forest service road in George Washington Forest it looks like a fire went through there maybe last year.




We are not in New England anymore.







The KLR doods







After a short paved connection we were back to the forest.







Then out of the woods to find food. We stopped at the Lost River Grill. Great food and service. It was Mother's Day the place was almost full. Nothing else around for miles.

Then we rode in a valley by Lost River West Virginia.











Back in to the woods and we started to climb up to 3000 feet and the temperature dropped to about 48 degrees.










We came down off the mountain and came to a water crossing. It didn't seem that big but it had slippery uneven rocks so we helped each other through. We thought we were all set then 100 yards the stream hooked around and we had to cross it again.




It was getting late and we decided to head to Harrisonburg VA. We took route 33 up and over the mountain. That was a blast to ride.




Keith took lots of video and will post them in a while.

More tomorrow.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #29
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I'm excited, I want to do this ride.

Anyway I can get your KMZ files.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:00 PM   #30
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I'm excited, I want to do this ride.

Anyway I can get your KMZ files.
go to gps tracks "laying down tracks" forum

then " Northeast, Southeast"

you will see a sticky for the "TeT"

Follow the directions and intothenew will send you what you need.

A lot of work went into this route and it is amazing and we only covered a short part so far.
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