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Old 10-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Smokey Mountain 500

sm500v5 is the new version of this route - available below or at the Smokey Mountains 500 Facebook page.

3 days in the Smokeys - backroads and dirt roads - motorcycle camping

Ironhorse Lodge CG - to Cherohala Mountain Trails CG - Two Wheels Only CG - Ironhorse Lodge CG (or start where you want)

Each leg ~160 miles

Gas available intervals: Starting from the Ironhorse - going counterclockwise:

Ironhorse Gas to US 129 Gas - 18.6 miles
US 129 Gas to Tellico Gas (0ff route) 81.3 mi (alt gas - ~8 miles from waypoint 314 to Tellico Plains)
US129 Gas to End of Yellow route - 129 miles
Tellico Gas to River Gas 28.6 mi
River Gas to Ducktown 26.8 mi
Ducktown to Cohutta Gas 54.0 mi
Cohutta Gas to Ellijay Gas 10.6 mi
Ellijay Gas to Suches Gas 41.0 mi
Suches Gas to Hiwassee Gas 52.0 mi
Hiwassee Gas to Dillard Gas 33.4 mi
Dillard Gas to Hwy 28 Gas 70.1 mi
Hwy 28 Gas to Ironhorse 11.6 mi

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Old 10-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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3 days in the Smokeys - backroads and dirt roads - motorcycle camping

Ironhorse Lodge CG - to Cherohala Mountain Trails CG - Two Wheels Only CG - Ironhorse Lodge CG (or start where you want)

Each leg ~160 miles

Please send me your feedback, pictures, and/or ride reports.

Is this big bike friendly? Are the color of the tracks different days or hardness rating?
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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big bike friendly = 800s and 1200s = yes with exceptions.

I put in some alternate tracks (the dark lines). The 3 alternate tracks in GA bypass bumpier sections - you could ride them with big bikes if you have good skills. The other 3 alternate tracks eliminate some miles.

Color of tracks = 1 days ride.

I rode most of this last route last month with a group. We took 4 days to do the ride, not necessarily camping along the way. Here is the ride report.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919538
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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This looks like a great ride. How difficult? Do you need to be really experienced or could a newer rider (on KLR) do this?
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:19 AM   #5
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how difficult

The KLR will not be the problem.

There are 3 sections in GA that are a little bumpier and/or steeper that the rest of the route. The map shows "ride arounds" for those sections.

Going counter clockwise, the first dirt section out of Ellijay, GA is Old Bucktown Rd. I don't think that this road has seen a grader in 10 years. It is bumpy but not hard to ride. You just have to go slow.

The first dirt section past Suches, GA included Duncan Ridge Rd. It is bumpy but not hard to ride. The "ride around" for this section is mostly about saving some time.

The dirt section off of US 76 in northeast GA that includes Hightower Rd, Charlies Creek Rd, Sandy Bottom Rd., and the Tallulah River water crossing, This section is steep in some spots, rocky and rutted in others. The river crossing is easy, but might look intimidating for a new dirt rider. This section will be the most challenging.

The rest of the route is suitable for big bikes or new riders. Don't ride alone, especially if you are new.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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Looks interesting, I may do a section or two next week. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:33 AM   #7
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ghostryder:I may do a section or two next week.
Let me know how it goes.

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Old 01-12-2014, 11:19 PM   #8
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Wow, this route looks really cool. I may try this on my F800GS this next spring after i ride the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route.. Thanks for sharing :)
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #9
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Looks like a nice long weekend trip too me.
I'll have to see if. Can get the band back together and do this this spring.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:29 AM   #10
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Looks like a Frozen Dead Guys mini-adventure!

Like the fact it is nearby plus there was some other routes I think I have that we could turn this into a longer ride if we wanted too. But then again 160 miles for each leg maybe stretching it depending on the size of the group.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:37 PM   #11
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Wonder whats up with the gpx? shows a red x and wont let me download it.
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It works for me. It may be a setting in your browser that is blocking download. PM me your email and I will send you the file.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:39 AM   #13
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OK.. there's a trip for this being organized for April 25-27.
Start in Suches, GA, and end in Suches 3 days later.
There's a signup on the NGDSR facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/698433756863904
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:48 AM   #14
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OK.. there's a trip for this being organized for April 25-27.

Woo-woo! Take lots of pictures!
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:42 PM   #15
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me too

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Wonder whats up with the gpx? shows a red x and wont let me download it.
Had a similar problem when I tried to use Explorer. Switched to Google Chrome and it worked with no issues. Probably a setting I could adjust ... But I'm lazy!
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