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Old 05-20-2013, 09:19 PM   #31
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When we returned to Clay's house he fired up his Polaris Ranger for us to use to commute from the camp to the shower in his office. Garth was happy to be the driver. We said goodnight and thanks again to Clay and headed back to the tents to grab our stuff. Garth carefully drove the Ranger through the tall grass by following the truck tracks Clay had made earlier.

We crossed the stream and the tents came into view. Going back up to Clay's office was easy as we could see the lights up on the hill. It was great to have a hot shower and we looked forward to a nice cool night sleeping to the sound of the stream.

But then it got interesting...

Piloting the Ranger back to the tents...

GARTH GOT LOST

There we were, the guests of a most gracious host, driving his utility vehicle round and round his fields at ten o'clock at night. It was a great moment in history. Finally, after what could be hundreds of times I've gotten lost with Garth following me, I have something to throw back at him:

You got lost in a guy's friggin' back yard!

Of course I had to rub salt in the wound..."You better not get this thing stuck! If you go off a cliff, Clay is going to be pissed! I wonder what state we're in now?"

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:30 PM   #32
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With no help from me, Garth figured out that a restart was in order and he headed back up to the house. I fully expected Clay to come out and suggest that we quit joy riding around the neighborhood but he didn't.

With the wisdom and experience gained from the first try, Garth got it right on the second.

Here are some pics from the next morning:






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Old 05-20-2013, 09:40 PM   #33
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Wednesday morning came and as we broke camp I realized my tater tots had worn off so we invited Clay to breakfast. He suggested The Rusty Bike (as in bicycle, not moto). The food was good and we enjoyed solving the world's problems over breakfast. Garth looked over and noticed that the couple at the next table was the gentleman and his wife from whom we had asked for directions the day before. It seems like everyone there, at dinner and breakfast, knew each other. There were waves, nods and hellos tossed about freely. I even remembered to take a picture. That's Clay in the middle, Garth on the right and me on the left:


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Old 05-20-2013, 09:41 PM   #34
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Throughout our travels in VA, WV, NC, SC, TN and GA we had become accustomed to what has been described as "southern hospitality". It was a pleasant change from the often impolite interactions that are common in some parts of the country (like our home states). Clay's generosity and pleasant demeanor showed us that one can provide an even higher level of hospitality...

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Old 05-21-2013, 02:11 PM   #35
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Cool country!

Boy, what beautiful country you're riding in! This is such a great joy to follow along on. Thanks for a great RR.....

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Old 05-21-2013, 02:32 PM   #36
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Awesome Ride Report. I think I will try and go to Whitewater Falls this weekend while the spring flow is strong.

Had a great time hosting the two of you.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #37
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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.
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Where's the pics of the RC Cola and Moon Pie?

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #41
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After saying goodbye to Clay we headed north to rejoin the TET. There we found lots of this:



I counted 4 million or so of these switchbacks. If you doubt me, go ride it. You'll be happy you did. We climbed back and forth and then descended into hollows only to do it again and again. I kept thinking, why are these roads here? At the moment the answer was simple...to provide a great ride for Garth and me.

Two hours later we popped out onto pavement:



There was a sign warning us to beware of the broken pavement. Yeah, whatever, we ride dirt roads so no worries. As you can see in the picture, the sign lied. We had very new pavement and more switchbacks. The only concern was the loose stones that were randomly located in the corners. It looked like tractor trailer rigs kicked them up while cutting the turns.

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Old 05-22-2013, 05:06 PM   #42
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We had miles of this:



I was running low on energy and losing my patience with all the gear. It was getting hot so we pulled over to take a break. That's when Garth said...

"I wonder how far we are from Deal's Gap and the Tail of the Dragon?"

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I don't remember how far it was but we arrived there at 4 o'clock.

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Old 05-22-2013, 05:20 PM   #44
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The Dragon was...interesting. There were many big street machines. The majority were Harleys. There were plenty of other fully dressed road bikes complete with loud music systems. Then there were the crotch rockets and sumo's. There was even an old Kawasaki two stroke triple!



But there were only 2 (two) 250cc dual sports.


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Don't encourage him or he'll be insufferable. Now he's off the KLR250, anything could happen.

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