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Old 05-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #16
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As we zigzagged down 215 I kept thinking about how low the sun was getting and how far we were from the day's destination, Black Rock Mtn SP in northern GA. We got down to 64 in Rosman and stopped to consider alternatives.

Black Rock was another 60 miles to go, mainly to the west. We had just passed Lazy J's campground (Rosman) a mile back but their sign didn't inspire confidence.

Just for laughs I pulled out my iPhone and discovered we had good service with 3G! I found that Lazy J's has a website which gave us a little more comfort. I called them and found the owner to be quite welcoming. While checking in, we had some great conversation with him and his helper but I honestly had no clue of what they were saying.

We hadn't hit a store and were too tired to do so. It would be a Mountain House dehydrated dinner. Garth got a good fire going but it was viewed through the tent walls. We were beat.

Our campsite as morning broke...right next to a raging stream:


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Old 05-20-2013, 06:56 PM   #17
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We figured out where the breakfast place was and enjoyed it:



After paying, Garth went outside to gear up and I asked for directions. I got lots of directions from several very friendly people. After finally grasping what I was being told, they cancelled it all because they remembered some function was going on down by the school. I'm sure they got a chuckle seeing us ride off the wrong way but I really had no idea what they had told me.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:01 PM   #18
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I punched up Black Rock Mtn SP in my GPS and off we went. We took 281 and 106. 106 is a scenic byway and like most of this area, a fantastic ride! On 106 Garth had his only get off of the trip. It was much like mine, a slow motion timber while parking. No injury and more importantly, no damage to the bike. My son gave me strict instructions to make sure Garth was careful because Garth's bike was to become HIS bike after the trip.

One word I could understand from the Lazy J's guy was "waterfall".

We went looking and found a good one. I believe it's called (appropriately) Whitewater Falls. We were told it's the greatest vertical drop east of the Mississippi. There's more to it but my camera is only so long.


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Old 05-20-2013, 07:13 PM   #19
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The person who told us about the height of the falls was a KLR riding volunteer caretaker at a park nearby. We had some great conversation. He knows he's in a great area to ride and gets the most out of it every day.

We also had some conversation with a Harley rider and his wife. They were just coming up the waterfall staircase as we were headed down. The rider explained that they live only 60 miles west of there but never ventured into the area. He was seriously impressed.

He proudly spoke of his son's attendance at a rain soaked MSF class the previous weekend. So now his son will ride. So will mine. The next generation...I hope they ride safely.


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Old 05-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #20
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Less words, more pics...





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Old 05-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #21
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Back on the route we headed up a road that ran along side the Tallulah River.

It was excellent riding with a constant flow (get it? FLOW?) of natural beauty.




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Old 05-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #22
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I stopped at a bridge to let Garth take a picture. As he was framing the shot I happened to look down just in time to see a long black critter walking on the rocks below. It looked up at me and then quickly climbed into the water and disappeared. At first I figured it was a mink but it was later suggested to me that it could have been a river otter. That sounds more exotic to me so it's official...I saw a river otter. There is no photographic evidence of this but you're welcome to google up a picture.

We were enjoying riding up the Tallulah River enough to not take any pics but I did get this one:




Why can't that ever happen at the casino?

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #23
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AWESOME pictures! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:02 PM   #24
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We came to a spot where the route crossed the river without the benefit of a bridge. We rode over to a gravel bar about a third of the way across and did the math:

My recently injured back
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It was late in the day
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The river was running high
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NFW!

We u-turned off the gravel bar and continued north looking for a work around.

After a few miles we entered North Carolina and could see on the GPS that the road would dead end soon. We turned around and headed back into Georgia.

We saw a white haired gentleman who was talking to his wife out at the end of their driveway. We stopped and asked for directions across the river. He explained that most GPS units have his driveway as Charles Creek Rd and it's really down the road a bit. Having already dismissed that river crossing and getting no alternatives from the gentleman, we said thanks and continued down to where we started.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:16 PM   #25
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We popped out onto Persimmon Rd where we had already been. Feeling the need to have a plan, we sat with bikes idling, staring at my GPS.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw a rider go by. It got my attention because the bike had a hack. That's something you don't see everyday. Even more interesting was the bike, a Camo painted KLR.

"Hey Garth, did you see that?"
"Yeah, cool!"

Back to GPS staring.

Then I hear something right next to me. The KLR hack rider had done a u-turn and stopped to say hello.

This is when we met DirtDabber aka Clay.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:21 PM   #26
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Clay offered us help with directions. We told him we were heading for Back Rock SP, an elusive destination that seemed to always be just out of reach. He told us we were really close to it but suggested a better campsite...his backyard!

Ok, so it wasn't really a backyard like the one on Leave It To Beaver but more like the back forty.
Now here is where the cultural differences become evident. Clay offered us the opportunity to camp on his property and use his shower. In New England we would likely have declined out of fear of being bludgeoned to death. But this wasn't New England. It was Clayton GA. Hell yes!

We followed him back to his house where he led us down to a nice campsite in the back of his property. It had wood chips, a picnic table and a stream. For those counting, this would be our third night going to sleep to the sound of a rushing stream.


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Old 05-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #27
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When i asked him if he was in the habit of collecting strays, Clay told us that he saw two riders looking lost with ADV stickers on their bikes and figured he could help.

His ADV hospitality was much appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:50 PM   #28
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As we set up camp, Clay explained that he and some friends were scheduled to have dinner in town and asked us to join him. Dinner? In town? Yes please!

Clay trucked us across the field, through the stream and up the hill to his house.

From there we headed into downtown Clayton to The Universal Joint. It is a half inside, half outside bar with great food.

A picture from their website:


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Old 05-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #29
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A picture from my plate:



We were strongly advised to try their tater tots. Garth was on a diet and had will power. I was not and had tater tots.

Wow!! These were not your typical grocery store frozen food aisle tater tots! They were heavier and tasted great. If you've ever had a "twice baked potato", imagine that concept put to good use in tater tots. Hell, they should rename the whole restaurant Tater Tots. The burger with pulled pork, cheese and bacon was great too (but not fattening).

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:06 PM   #30
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So there we were, sitting at a table having dinner with five strangers having a great time. As far as we were concerned, this made the trip for us.

The attendees had diverse professions and there was no lull in the conversation for the two hours we were there. I regret not getting a group picture but I sometimes prefer to be a participant rather than a photographer.
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