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Old 12-28-2003, 02:38 PM   #1
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Ride to Reddish Knob 12-28-03

Ok so the short story is that we never made it. Damn FS roads were covered with ice, no snow, ice. Not fun.

It all started fairly sane. A quick ride down back roads to 42 and then out 259 to Little Dry River Rd. and then up FS 87 to Long Run Rd. From there it was to be back down and cut over to 33 and then out to Switzer Dam and up another FS road to Reddish Knob.

The first part went well. Harvey showed up and we cut through Winchester and out the back heading down 623 to 55. From there we continued south to Columbia Furnace. We were having a blast. I was getting used to the GS Adv and seeing how far the TKC's could be pushed. Pretty far.

Ran across some croozer and I had (OK chose) to go around him in a turn. I imagine that he was not very happy with me.

We finally got to where the road started up the mountain and went to FS roads.



Looks innocent enough. Harvey is not impressed.



But he does send his love.

As we cruised up the mountain the disparity between the TKC's and the Tourances for off road riding became glaringly evident. We stopped for a welfare break part way up the mountain.

The GS was just resting and really wanted to keep going.



After we got started again, we got seperated. I turned around and about that time HM was coming up. We passed and I indicated that I would turn around. I went down a ways to find a suitable place to turn around. When I headed back up the mt. our lack of communication became evident as I saw HM heading down. I got a kick out of this. We finally did get it together and started hitting random ice patches in the shade. Here is HM coming out of one.



We got closer to the top and came across this view. Now you know why they are called the Blue Ridge Mountains.



After this we started hitting more ice on the trail. It was at this point that we decided to turn around rather than give BMWRider his wish and me drop my new Adventure.



We tried some other trails, but they also were frozen over and we decided to head back. Here is HM turning around and going through the puddle I had just gotten stuck in.





Of course I had tried the more difficult left side.

We came back on some new roads and had a great time. I learned that 8 gallons of gas makes the GS handle a little differently that it does when it is near empty.

We never made it to Reddish Knob, but we accomplished our mission of enjoying the beautiful day and doing some dirt riding. Yo HM is 600 worth riding or not?? What a blast that was.


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Old 12-28-2003, 02:59 PM   #2
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Great ride! Not all that long, but I haven't that much fun in awhile. Curvy pavement, gravel, dirt, mud, snow , ice , even a low-water bridge and 600 with just enough fine gravel/dirt to make 2nd gear corner exits more entertaining than normal.

Next time, we need to take our pics in different spots . . .

First stop, before the icy madness.


My, what big globes you have!


Excellent view up here. Oh, and Steve says "You're number one!"


Oh, my.


The front brake works surprisingly well when crawling down an icy slope. Everytime I hit the rear brake the thing would just jump sideways.

I need some TKCs.

Thanks, Steve!
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
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I had a blast! Can't wait until spring when we can get up there and really do some exploring. We got the quickl way to get there now.

42 to 613 to 259.

Your pics look familiar.

Thanks to you too Harvey.
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:19 PM   #4
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That looks like a fun ride. Congrats on the new scoot steve. hope she gives you many happy adventure miles.
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:24 PM   #5
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What was the weather up there today? Can't figure out if you guys are dedicated hard core riders, or just nuts.....
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:24 PM   #6
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Re: Ride to Reddish Knob 12-28-03

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2 days old and it's covered in mud Sweet.
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:29 PM   #7
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What was the weather up there today? Can't figure out if you guys are dedicated hard core riders, or just nuts.....
Mid-50s in the flatlands, at least 10 degrees colder where we were. Things were melting, but not fast enough for us to get through today.
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:30 PM   #8
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What was the weather up there today? Can't figure out if you guys are dedicated hard core riders, or just nuts.....
The weather has no bearing on the answer to that question. We are hard core riders and we are nuts.

55 degrees and absolutley beautiful. A bonus day for sure!
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What was the weather up there today? Can't figure out if you guys are dedicated hard core riders, or just nuts.....
I think being identified on this site already classifies you as nuts.
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2 days old and it's covered in mud Sweet.
Yeah but it has 300 miles on it now. It is damn near ancient.

Come on down, we are finding some great GS roads!
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:32 PM   #11
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Oh, and Steve is nuts. Just ask the croozer pilot he passed. Dude didn't know whether to offer a brotherly wave or be pissed off. He had decided on the wave as I pulled alongside and scared him again. Dude, check your mirrors!
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Oh, and Steve is nuts. Just ask the croozer pilot he passed. Dude didn't know whether to offer a brotherly wave or be pissed off. He had decided on the wave as I pulled alongside and scared him again. Dude, check your mirrors!
Croozer riders are kind of lost in a dream with no escape.
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Oh, and Steve is nuts. Just ask the croozer pilot he passed. Dude didn't know whether to offer a brotherly wave or be pissed off. He had decided on the wave as I pulled alongside and scared him again. Dude, check your mirrors!

Awww come on Harv. It was not that crazy, I could see 1/2 mile down the road, he was doing 35 in a 55 mph zone and I went by him at about 65.

Great freaking ride dude! Ready to go again. Except for this damn strep is acting up again......
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Awww come on Harv. It was not that crazy, I could see 1/2 mile down the road, he was doing 35 in a 55 mph zone and I went by him at about 65.
It was a perfectly safe pass. I recall rolling over the crest, looking down into the valley, seeing the croozer dude trundling along up ahead, and thinking, "Oh, man, prepare to get smoked!"

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Great freaking ride dude! Ready to go again. Except for this damn strep is acting up again......
I wondered if you'd pay for today's fun.

It was a great ride, and I'm always ready for the next.
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:50 PM   #15
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Good ride dudes - I got today for about 200 miles of country rodes and battle fields - mostly on my side of the River.
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