ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-27-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
skierd OP
Wannabe Far-Rider
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Oddometer: 2,859
How I spent my summer vacation, or 6000 miles on a WR250R

Its been a long time since I had a voluntary vacation from work and school, 10 years this summer to be exact. I had been planning a long road trip off and on for the last few years, but always ended up having to cancel due to lack of job, lack of money, or lack of suitable vehicle. This year, no such excuses. So grab some popcorn, pour yourself a drink, and settle in.

My last summer class ended at 10:30am on August 6th and my first fall class starts on 8/31 at 11am, so I had just over 3 weeks to spend on the road. There was a basic itinerary for at least the first 2 weeks: ride Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Deal's Gap, and the TransAmerica Trail from the beginning in Jellico, TN to Salida, CO. After that, ride home on whatever route looked appealing.

A note on gear... what I wore reflected the trip. Just under half was dirt and just over half was pavement. As such, I wore street gear on my upper body (Shoei RF-1000 helmet, Rev'It Air jacket, Joe Rocket leather gloves) and dirt gear on my lower body (Klim Baja pants, Alpinestars Tech6 boots, EVS knee guards). Everything worked perfectly and was comfortable to the point that I mostly forgot that I was wearing it during the trip, especially the helmet.

Day 1 - Towson, MD to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Loaded up to go, goodbye Towson University!


I got moving around 11am. I wanted to be the hell out of the Baltimore/DC metro area before rush hour even thought about starting, so it was time to slab it. On the Baltimore Beltway...


...and the DC beltway


...to US 29.


Time for the first, but certainly not the last gas and food stop of the trip:



As I was sitting there eating, this guy pulled out and walked into the store. We're not in the city anymore...


Not too much later, it was time to get the trip started for real:

A quick note about the setup: Side bags are Dirtbagz Scouts. Tail bag and tank bag are Wolfman Enduro models. I planned on camping most of the way (more on that later...) and stored my Hennessey Hammock, sleeping bag, stove fuel can, and camp shoes in the left side bag. In the right bag was rain gear and clothes. In the tail bag was everything else (tools, a few spares, food, notebook, first aid kit, toiletries, and some other odds and ends) with the big ass REI camp pad out in front making a nice back rest for the road portions of the trip. The tankbag There is also a 2gallon rotopax gas can on the left side. I had a 1gal water rotopax strapped to the rear rack when I started (in the first pic), but I hated the extra weight and added difficulty of strapped everything down securely so I ditched it at my Mom's house as I went by. More on it all later...


Anywho... Skyline Drive didn't take too long getting to the goods.


First of several tunnels over the next few days


There's not much to be said for these, the pictures speak for themselves.






Motoring


And before you know it, its over.


The road itself was wonderfully curving and twisting, and being a Thursday it was fairly empty. Its hard to say which was more fun, the views or the road. As nice as it was though, the first hundred miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway simply blows it away:



One of my favorite road signs of the whole trip


Another tunnel


And as day faded into night, I made it to Otter Creek Campground, ~60 miles in on the BRP and ~300 miles from home. Cooked up a quick dinner, set up the hammock, and got some much needed sleep with a plan to be up near dawn.
__________________
"We wish your trail a long one" - Darlene "Sid" Dowd ~ Never run out of traction, ideas, and real estate at the same time.
2008 Yamaha WR250X
Eastern TAT 8/2009 ~MD-Key West-Oklahoma 4/2011~Maryland to Alaska 3/2012
skierd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 05:30 PM   #2
Krabill
Beastly Adventurer
 
Krabill's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Tulsa, OK
Oddometer: 4,468
Great start



__________________
Loud Sucks!
www.wrrdualsport.com
www.designatedvaping.com <- for all your electronic cigarette needs
Krabill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
SnowMule
[angry moth noises]
 
SnowMule's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: I LIVE IN A GIANT BUCKET
Oddometer: 17,964


Looking forward to the rest of this RR.
__________________
Spewer of the poignant non sequitur
SnowMule is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
bash3r
I ain't no DingWeed
 
bash3r's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Wentzville, MO
Oddometer: 1,696
rawk awesome!!
bash3r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #5
code
advcurious
 
code's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Sykesville, Md
Oddometer: 664
Been awaiting this for awhile now. Almost called ya to make sure you were still with us and not broken down in the boonies. Ya missed the damn camp out too. We'll do it again next year. Looking forward to the rest! Now get to the good stuff
code is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:14 PM   #6
MoBill
Smiles when says dat
 
MoBill's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: NJ
Oddometer: 13,382
Thumb

Wooooot!!! Ride on!

Or...since yer done...Post on!!
MoBill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:14 PM   #7
Jaynen
Studly Adventurer
 
Jaynen's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Oceanside CA
Oddometer: 618
Welcome back!
Jaynen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:17 PM   #8
Kyler
Confused Hack Nut
 
Kyler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: 51st State - Western MD
Oddometer: 2,581
DAMN - I'm in!
__________________
Ken => I'm a DAMN Rider (No rules, just ride!)
Happiness is a 3-wheel drift!
Member of the Maryland OHV Alliance
Kyler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:26 PM   #9
Dave37
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Dave37's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Statesville, NC
Oddometer: 256
I can't wait to read more, I've been lurking in the WRR thread and wanted to read this report since you left. My next bike has got to be a WR250R!
__________________

'03 Aprilia Caponord
'99 Honda VFR800Fi - Sold
'00 Honda XR650R SM
My Smugmug
Dave37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:27 PM   #10
Kath
2wheelmom
 
Kath's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Sykesville, MD
Oddometer: 322
Awesome! I'm in!
__________________
~*~Kath~*~

Maryland Tag O Rama Thread/MD TOR Map

"The destination is simply an excuse for the ride." ~XC Rider
Kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 06:31 PM   #11
HighFive
Never Tap-Out
 
HighFive's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Okiehoma
Oddometer: 2,632


HF
__________________
'13 Husky TR650 Terra, '11 Husaberg FE390, '10 BMW F800GS, '12 BMW R1200GS
Terra-izing the CDR Bergs Over the Rainbow Texas or Bust!
Rocky Mountain HighFive The Other Side of Nowhere
Athena Big Bore Project WRRDualsport.com
HighFive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 08:33 PM   #12
Hakatan
quality > quantity
 
Hakatan's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Perusing my Colorado Benchmark...
Oddometer: 1,020
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave37
I can't wait to read more, I've been lurking in the WRR thread and wanted to read this report since you left. My next bike has got to be a WR250R!
Yes, yes, and yes.

My older brother and several of my good friends went to Towson -- back when it was still TSU . Boy, I sorta remember a few epic parties there while visiting from UMCP

Keep writing, keep writing, we want more!
__________________
"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood." -- Daniel Burnham
Hakatan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 09:10 PM   #13
Cycletroll
Catastrophe Specialist
 
Cycletroll's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2004
Location: Northern New Mexico
Oddometer: 1,082
I'm in!

Used to live of the BRP (South Toe River Valley off Mt. Mitchell).
I have a WR also and am putting together a fall trip so I'm excited to see how your setup works.
I have the Safari Tank so my fuel range is ~200mi.

Thanks for the photos; they bring back memories of NC. Of course back then I was riding all those roads on my bicycle.

Looking forward to the next installment.
__________________
"The problem with the Common Man is, he's so damn common!"

R1200 GSA
Cycletroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 09:15 PM   #14
skierd OP
Wannabe Far-Rider
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Oddometer: 2,859
Give me a few minutes, I'm working on day two while I enjoy some whiskey.


Aparently this stuff isn't supposed to exist anymore. I've got bottle 84 of 211, distilled 4/29/83, bottled at 23 years old, found it at a little shop on the way home, more on it later...

Best whiskey I've ever had, period. Its damn near perfect, smooth as a baby's butt even at that proof. Two fingers worth, neat, in a rocks glass, it's gonna be a good night 'tater...
__________________
"We wish your trail a long one" - Darlene "Sid" Dowd ~ Never run out of traction, ideas, and real estate at the same time.
2008 Yamaha WR250X
Eastern TAT 8/2009 ~MD-Key West-Oklahoma 4/2011~Maryland to Alaska 3/2012
skierd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2009, 09:22 PM   #15
Cycletroll
Catastrophe Specialist
 
Cycletroll's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2004
Location: Northern New Mexico
Oddometer: 1,082
Hot Damn! Looks tasty!

I'm just sipping some Glenmorangie Sherry cask finish myself. I guess ride reports about the Appalachians require Single Malt.

Forge on Brave Young Man!
__________________
"The problem with the Common Man is, he's so damn common!"

R1200 GSA
Cycletroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 10:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014