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Old 07-16-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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More Daniel Boone and Sheltowee Trace...

I went back to the Daniel Boone National Forest and finished the section of the Sheltowee Trace Trail that Chad and I had missed the week before. I wanted to continue connect as many sections as I could and explore further south.

This is the first Ride Report to fill in the story...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150717


Well I finished the trail from Greeley down to Hwy 52. Jeff Stoess pointed me in the right direction...





Right past here there is an uphill turn that I didn't see before as I was watching Chad's rear tire...Jeff said this is where we went wrong so I went back to finish. What Jeff didn't say was there would be a ledge step section not for the timid ...I tried to carry speed but slipped and stalled it. Damn now what...got off and tried to push with throttle but no traction, so I hopped back on and proceeded to get to know my clutch . I made it up what I saw as my most challenging obstical yet . I will go back again and get a pic I promise.


Once past the steps it was easy sailing running up on the ridge and was quite nice riding. Once on 52 I went south on 399 to 587 and crossed the bridge. This is where the next section started.






I caught a Great Blue Heron landing...





They gather...





The bridge was such a stiking blue color it was kind of mesmerizing...




This Chevy truck with the American Flag in the rear window, the Blue Bridge, and me on my Husky ready to hit another Sheltowee Trail section...life is good here in the Kentucky, and I am thankful.




The bike know's where to go...




I didn't get any trail shots as I was so happy to be riding I just get into the ride, there is an old bridge not far in; a sign the trail was once a road...



This is a pic on the Turkey Foot section of the Sheltowee Trail. It is 20 miles to Mckee and that turns out to be 19 miles too many. I have been riding a while and decide to turn back. I am glad I found my way here and will return soon to notch my belt, 20 more clicks and a whole lot more fun.





The Mckee section I have done and from what I have seen of Turkey Foot I am going to like it better. It is smoother but has more rocks overall but seems to be better kept or less abused by ATV's...

Link to Mckee RR...http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139678


Here you get a good idea of the trail conditions at Turkey Foot...






Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail

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Travel the Sheltowee Trace, a 269-mile multiple-use national recreation trail that traverses the length of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The trail is named in honor of Daniel Boone. Sheltowee (meaning Big Turtle) was the name given Boone when he was adopted into the Shawnee tribe as the son of the great war chief Blackfish. Boone made several explorations through the area that is now the Daniel Boone National Forest, in search of a route from Virginia to Kentucky. Today many of the creeks, streams and landmarks bear the names given to them by "Sheltowee."
The Cumberland Plateau, with its magnificent forests, lush cane breaks, and varied flora, was home to many important game species such as wild turkey, deer, and bear. The characteristics that made it a fertile hunting ground and home for prehistoric populations also attracted Boone and other explorers more than 200 years ago.
Portions of the Sheltowee Trace meanders along high, narrow ridges and cliffs, and into deep gorges along small, clear streams and whitewater rivers. The Trace also travels on roads or rights-of-way through private land.
These diverse landforms give rise to a great variety of trees, wildflowers, birds, and animals, including threatened and endangered species such as the Virginia big-eared bat, freshwater mussels, running buffalo clover, and white-haired goldenrod.
As a visitor to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, feel free to explore and discover the natural attractions along the trail. Because of the mixed land ownership, the trail travels along roads as well as in the woods. It touches significant historic trails like the Wilderness Road and Warrior's Path, often following them for a short distance.


Description from here:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/recrea...heltowee.shtml



This is on the way back and I had turned around b/c I hoped you readers would appreciate the scenery. The Sheltowee Trail runs the length of Kentucky and there are only a few portions you can Ride, the only way to do the entire section is on foot as Mtbikers and Horses don't get to have all the fun either...







This ones for Chad, wish you could have made it so you could have showed me how to climb those steps .









This is the Kentucky River at Heidleburg. I live on the Kentucky river in Frankfort at the 58 mile mark and appreciate this setting, as it really feels familiar...





My bike fits in here don't ya think ...





I had one of those moments here... shapes, structure, design, creativity, I felt very alive and inspired...
I am a builder by trade and have an affinity for great Architecture and a fondness for bridges. I especially like Calatrava whose bridges and structures are inspired by nature or morphology...


From here I would take 399 back to 52 and over to 11. On the way back I looked for Bald Rock Fork Road but missed it vowing to come again to do another section...


Dan

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Old 07-17-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-2006, 08:13 PM   #3
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Pics I missed...

Here are a few of the pics I didn't take first time down this route, but since I am continuing to return I will keep updating...

Driving in to the area the fog became very heavy. This foretold of a spectacular day that was absolutly clear...




I passed this house the first time and knew I would return to take these pics.
My first sighting of a sandstone chimney, very nice.

The front door seemed to be below grade but I couldn't tell from this vantage point how much so...




The roofing and wood in there distressed state made this the most charming structure I think I have ever seen.




I can't get over how nice the sandstone looks used for a chimney. I think if I ever see anyone outside I will definately stop and ask them how old it is...





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Old 08-05-2006, 05:31 AM   #5
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:50 AM   #6
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Thanks guys,
I forgot to mention on this last trip I was able to ride the all the sections of the Trace to Turkey Foot and actually rode 7 miles of the Turkey Foot Trail until I came upon a down tree that I couldn't navigate around. The slope was too steep; I thought of making a ramp but new that would end in disaster . So tomorrow I go back to finish Turkey Foot and perhaps ride all of McKee as well.

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Great wrightup Buffallodan, I'm putting another bike together and will be doing more riding this fall and winter. If you want to go, I'll show you some more offroad stuff to keep you off the BT.
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Great pix & looks like a fun ride,,, More please
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:22 PM   #9
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Jeff that sounds great. I am in need of some advice on how to approach some technical stuff that I would be willing to try if I had a riding partner. Last time out I didn't take a camera but found some very knarly stuff I wouldn't even walk much less attempt but would have loved to see someone try it . That is my new rule if I can't walk it I don't dare ride it . Please PM me Jeff when you are heading down and I will definately meet you. I am going down again this week and will be taking a camera. Ruffus I will post some stuff you wouldn't believe and maybe Jeff can tell me if it's ridable...


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sweet, can't wait, I remember when I was in Moab, first time I looked at Lions Back in person,,, all I could say was No F&%k@n way, even walking up that thing looked scary, but the tire tracks were there,,, I still wouldn't try it untill I see a similar Jeep do it first, so I know where you're coming from..& Jeff if you are reading my post,,, teach this grasshopper well I may have to mozy on down there next year & Dan may have to train me LOL,,, well I still plan on riding the TAT
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sweet, can't wait, I remember when I was in Moab, first time I looked at Lions Back in person,,, all I could say was No F&%k@n way, even walking up that thing looked scary, but the tire tracks were there,,, I still wouldn't try it untill I see a similar Jeep do it first, so I know where you're coming from..& Jeff if you are reading my post,,, teach this grasshopper well I may have to mozy on down there next year & Dan may have to train me LOL,,, well I still plan on riding the TAT
LOL, you got it!

Actually Lions Back is a piece of cake. My NX250 went up it like it was flat ground. Its just the fear factor that gets ya when you look at it.
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yeah Ummmmm that first 100 or so feet thats almost vertical, was not an optical illusion,,, but then again when I used to ride dirt every day way back when I woulda hit it on my bike without a second thought
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Nice Ride Dan

Look fwd to more. Keep em coming.

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I found this report while reading through a Husky thread in the Thumpers section. Well done. All my family is from Pikeville, KY...not too far from there. We go straight through the Daniel Boone Pkwy.

Nice scenery and nice bike = nice report.
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