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Old 04-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #4306
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Any more photos from the trip, Roy or Capt?
Damn DQ, I thought you were gonna post up about you being back on the bike... What's the ETA on that?
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:31 AM   #4307
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Any more photos from the trip, Roy or Capt?
I might have a few more on my phone but didn't take many as usual. I will throw up what I have left. Capt'n may have a lot more.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:56 AM   #4308
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Nice cold river, Pigeon Forge tributary. Nice place to hang out in heat of summer but at almost 4000' elevation it's quite cold this time of year.


A Sportbike trip wouldn't be complete without at least one crash. A low side going up Blood Mountain US129 in GA resulted in a bruised ego, rashed leaking stator cover and a broke shifter lever. It was rideable even with the oil leak (GSXR's are so tough) so we limped to Blairsville to the Autozone for repairs. Borrowed a cordless drill and bits in the parking lot from a really nice fellow who had a lawn business. Drilled out the shifter and installed a bolt. Cleaned up the oil leak with brake cleaner and liquid steel did the rest. About an hour for repairs. The rider was unhurt, gear saves you regardless of what a Harley rider tells you.


The Gix ran fine the rest of the weekend.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:30 AM   #4309
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from the morning commute
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #4310
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from the morning commute
I think I was on that road about 2 hours ago. Skinner Road?
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #4311
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I think I was on that road about 2 hours ago. Skinner Road?
Nah, Penn Station Rd off Crawford road's gravel portion. I've ridden Skinner before though, but that's a little south of my house.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:12 PM   #4312
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Nice cold river, Pigeon Forge tributary. Nice place to hang out in heat of summer but at almost 4000' elevation it's quite cold this time of year.


A Sportbike trip wouldn't be complete without at least one crash. A low side going up Blood Mountain US129 in GA resulted in a bruised ego, rashed leaking stator cover and a broke shifter lever. It was rideable even with the oil leak (GSXR's are so tough) so we limped to Blairsville to the Autozone for repairs. Borrowed a cordless drill and bits in the parking lot from a really nice fellow who had a lawn business. Drilled out the shifter and installed a bolt. Cleaned up the oil leak with brake cleaner and liquid steel did the rest. About an hour for repairs. The rider was unhurt, gear saves you regardless of what a Harley rider tells you.


The Gix ran fine the rest of the weekend.


Nice job!!! Glad he's OK.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #4313
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Damn DQ, I thought you were gonna post up about you being back on the bike... What's the ETA on that?

I think it will be a while before you see a report from me.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #4314
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Hey folks! I've been lurking for around a year, but finally getting around to making a post or two. I did the MHC trail about two weeks ago. It was my second overnighter, and a great trip overall. I'll go ahead and apologize ahead of time for my lack of photography skills.

I started out near Forrest following some nice twisty pavement into Brandon.



Stopped at a park in Brandon to get my bearings to the start of the MHC. My worthy steed:



The weather at the reservoir, and for the whole trip, was superb.



I stopped at this pull-in where I jumped on the MHC to get my maps set up. The map holder/para-cord thing worked ok. Anything longer than a two-day trip would be worth splurging on the roll chart holder. Of course, I had to affix my MHC sticker.




The first 40-50 miles of the MHC were enjoyable paved backroads. The first paved road showed evidence of the rainy spring we've had. Though dry, the road was quite rutted. So began my desire to have something besides 80/20 tired.



Some nice [rare] fast gravel.



I'm sure any of you who have ridden the MHC are surprised to hear my say there wasn't much fast gravel. Here's why.



Around 1/3 of the roads before Grenada, and all but two miles of the MHC north of Grenada had been graded within the last 24 hours. I kid you not. In most cases I was the 2nd or 3rd vehicle to pass these roads since the grading. If I had found a grader, I would have stuck rotting sardines in the air vents. Just sayin.

Which fork to take?



This is a county road.



I camped at Grenada Lake that night. Not too bad for $6.



They even provide all-natural permit holders



Most of the Kudzu was west of I-55. I can see how it would creep out the foreigners, and even some of us native Mississippians.



Hills of the MHC.



Whoever said Kansas is flat has never been to the Delta.



This was my last pic before I hit Batesville. I took a spin by Enid Lake, then slabbed it to Bruce for a burger at Sonic, then on to Webster Co. No pics because my butt was on fire. 560 miles in two days. It was a great ride, and I definitely plan to do it again sometime.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #4315
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Hey folks! I've been lurking for around a year, but finally getting around to making a post or two. I did the MHC trail about two weeks ago. It was my second overnighter, and a great trip overall. I'll go ahead and apologize ahead of time for my lack of photography skills.

560 miles in two days. It was a great ride, and I definitely plan to do it again sometime.

Thanks for posting. It looks like you caught the weather just about perfect. Do you live in central MS?
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #4316
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Thanks for posting. It looks like you caught the weather just about perfect. Do you live in central MS?
I live in Webster County. I have family in Smith Co., which is why I started from Forrest. I'm in that part of the state fairly often though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #4317
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Took a quick ride up the back roads in Rankin yesterday on the ol girl. Not a bad ride.

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #4318
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Took a quick ride up the back roads in Rankin yesterday on the ol girl. Not a bad ride.




That's a good looking bike!!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #4319
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Yes it is. Looks even better than the pics.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:16 PM   #4320
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I live in Webster County. I have family in Smith Co., which is why I started from Forrest. I'm in that part of the state fairly often though.
Looks like a good ride! I'm in Columbus, but ride over your way pretty often. We'll have to meet up some time.

You know Unclejimmy? He's in Mantee, taught in the Webster County schools for years (decades?).

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Took a quick ride up the back roads in Rankin yesterday on the ol girl. Not a bad ride.

I have to quote that bike again. Damn, it's a thing of beauty!
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