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Old 07-03-2014, 07:26 AM   #1441
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I'm planning a ride in the BRP area next week and I would like to hit some of the lighter gravel / dirt roads. I'm a novice off road rider (I mean gravel), on a bike not really made for dirt :) (Caponord 1200) but nonetheless I would appreciate your maps and any sugestions. Thanks !
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:09 AM   #1442
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I believe ec requests that the files not be shared...
I was afraid that might be the case. I read through the first couple of pages of the thread trying to determine if that is the case and didn't see mention there. Thus, my asking for them.

Oh, well. It's looking more and more like I'm going to explore the paved roads between Front Royal, Marion, VA, and Paintsville, KY, anyway.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:14 AM   #1443
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Hopefully, this is not bad etiquette, but can someone send me the GPX files?

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I'm fairly new to VA. I just saw a mention of the BRT yesterday, looked it up, and found this thread. I'm thinking of hitting the road (or trail, as the case may be) tomorrow morning and spending the 3 day weekend exploring. I live not TOO far from front Royal, so I was thinking of exploring some of the northern portion of the BRT. At least, what is doable on a big GS with 60/40 tires.

I PM'ed EC yesterday afternoon to ask for the GPX files, but I have not gotten a response. Thus, I'm posting here in case EC is not online or able to send me the files by tonight. Maybe someone else can/will and I can load them up tonight and hit the trail first thing tomorrow morning.

If not, I guess I will plot out a paved route for the weekend. Back of the Dragon looks promising...

Thanks!
We all made a commitment to EC not to share the files. I know it can be frustrating but that's the way it goes. He also stated earlier that he was thinking about winding down the project and has put a hold of sending the files out.

I can tell you there is some great riding west of Harrisonburg. Check google maps and you should be able to find lots to ride in that area. Dunkel Hollow & Union Springs are a lot of fun but you better bring your A game if you are going to do it on a big GS. If you don't even know if you have an A game offroad or not than look for something a little more tame. Reddish Knob is nice and there are lots of ways to get there.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:24 AM   #1444
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We all made a commitment to EC not to share the files. I know it can be frustrating but that's the way it goes. He also stated earlier that he was thinking about winding down the project and has put a hold of sending the files out.

I can tell you there is some great riding west of Harrisonburg. Check google maps and you should be able to find lots to ride in that area. Dunkel Hollow & Union Springs are a lot of fun but you better bring your A game if you are going to do it on a big GS. If you don't even know if you have an A game offroad or not than look for something a little more tame. Reddish Knob is nice and their are lots of ways to get there.
Thanks, turtle. I'll look that stuff up. I already have the roads from Harrisonburg to Elkins, then to Staunton on my potential plan for the weekend. But that's all pavement. I'll look for Dunkel Hollow, Union Springs, and Reddish Knob on the map.

I have done very little offroad on my GS. But, I have done a fair bit since 2003 on the KTM 525 I just sold and the XR650R I had before that. I'll be riding alone this weekend, so I will be very cautious on the GS. I'll turn around before I tackle anything that has too much chance of getting stuck or ending up with me pinned under the bike!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:26 AM   #1445
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ps. Turtle, it was reading your BRT ride report yesterday that turned me onto this. Thanks for posting that!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:46 AM   #1446
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I'll look for Dunkel Hollow, Union Springs, and Reddish Knob on the map.
You would do well to avoid Dunkle & Union Springs if you're going to be alone. There's a fair potential for F'n up that might leave you in a bad way without someone to help.

The road to up to Redish Knob is paved.

If I have the time, I'll PM you a mixed gravel/pavement route from Harrisonburg to Elkins later today. It will include Redish Knob, Spruce Knob, and will take you through the Laurel Fork Wilderness.

Are you OK with a couple of easy creek fords?
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:08 AM   #1447
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If you're talking about Little Fork there wasn't any water to speak of last weekend same goes for Rough Run. The crossings we're bone dry.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:20 AM   #1448
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I said "easy".
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:37 AM   #1449
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The road to up to Redish Knob is paved.

There is more than one road.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:07 AM   #1450
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You would do well to avoid Dunkle & Union Springs if you're going to be alone. There's a fair potential for F'n up that might leave you in a bad way without someone to help.

The road to up to Redish Knob is paved.

If I have the time, I'll PM you a mixed gravel/pavement route from Harrisonburg to Elkins later today. It will include Redish Knob, Spruce Knob, and will take you through the Laurel Fork Wilderness.

Are you OK with a couple of easy creek fords?
I've done easy creek fords on my GSX-R. I'm definitely fine with them on my GS.

Thanks in advance for the routes, if you do find time.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:59 AM   #1451
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There is more than one road.
The road from Briery Branch/Moyers Gap south to the top of the knob is paved.

Is that better?
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:05 AM   #1452
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The road from Briery Branch/Moyers Gap south to the top of the knob is paved.

Is that better?
It's clearer but not the better road. I suggest coming up FS road 85.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:37 AM   #1453
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It's clearer but not the better road. I suggest coming up FS road 85.
I see these places on the map. Are you talking about coming up 85 to Reddish Knob from the south? Or from the direction of Union Springs?
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:57 AM   #1454
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It's clearer but not the better road. I suggest coming up FS road 85.
sure, go ahead and piss off WayneJ, the guy with 40 years of experience riding those roads...the same man that plans offroad routes and shares gpx files as a courtesy.

i think i know my way around out there pretty well, at least until i ride with Wayne, then i get humble quick.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #1455
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I see these places on the map. Are you talking about coming up 85 to Reddish Knob from the south? Or from the direction of Union Springs?
As stated there are a few ways to come up. If you want to do it on easy dirt come up from the south, there's the paved option CR 25, or the much more difficult route via Dunkel Hollow or Union Springs. US is the harder of those last two options and I can't recall if I've ever been on Briery Branch or not. As someone else pointed out I wouldn't do DH or US on a GS alone. If Wayne sends you a route I would stick to it as it was so eloquently pointed out above that he has more knowledge of that area than I.
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