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Old 01-26-2014, 08:01 PM   #11926
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Sorry I missed the ride today, looks like you guys had a great time.

Should have skipped Wildflower- despite what the guy told me over the phone before we headed-out, the place was a muddy nightmare. A real quagmire in the back and my son's CRF80 gained what seemed like 30 pounds of mud by the time we were done. And I went down in a mud hole which i was none too happy about.

Spent about two and a half hours cleaning the bikes afterwards. Think I'm done with that place.

I took this picture @ Wildflower 2 weeks ago & yes it was very difficult muddy past the moto tracks.



Sorry your ride wasn't that great @ Wildflower. I did get the following update from them yesterday so I would have gone as well if I did not ride Hickman:

"Wildflower Motorsports Update! All tracks and trails are in good to great shape. Tell your buddies and bring a friend. Gate opens 9am"

I'm on a message loop that sends texts of track conditions.

Honestly I'm kinda excited about Wildflower. It's only 25 mile travel time of really good back roads (Arno, Pulltight, Cross Keys, Flat Creek to Joe Peay) from my Cool Springs start area.

It's not single track, but I can get my dirt fix in for $10 close to home. Also they told me you can camp on the 85 acre property. So it will be a decent dual sport option for riders from Franklin. I'm usually not too picky about riding locations - hell, I'm happy just cruising along a flat open field.

Hopefully Wildflower will be better when it thaws & dries out. I'm hoping to do some quick camp & rides there.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:44 PM   #11927
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Sorry I missed the ride today, looks like you guys had a great time.

Should have skipped Wildflower- despite what the guy told me over the phone before we headed-out, the place was a muddy nightmare. A real quagmire in the back and my son's CRF80 gained what seemed like 30 pounds of mud by the time we were done. And I went down in a mud hole which i was none too happy about.

Spent about two and a half hours cleaning the bikes afterwards. Think I'm done with that place.
I rode there this past Monday. I started out on the trails and turned around at the first mud hole. Slid around on the ATV track for awhile, then went and did endless laps on the "mx" track because it was the only dry spot around.
It definitely ain't much, but its all we got that's close. I hear your frustration. I wish the owners would invest in some dirt and diesel.

But I have helped manage a ride facility/track before and it is a thankless task that requires lots of money and time, so I have some empathy.

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Old 01-26-2014, 08:50 PM   #11928
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We all split up after the rides end at the Leipers Fork Grocery. I'll let edm11 put together a ride report. I think we all were in agreement that it was a great day and an even better ride Five inmates showed up and they will probably be posting their pics. Here's a few I took.







I was very pleased with the performance of my sportster. Can't wait to get the new springs on the front; should make it even better.

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Looks like a fun ride. Sure wish I could have made it. Any time you have that much diversity in bikes, it pretty much guaranties a good time.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:31 PM   #11929
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Just saw your TDM from the ride today and IIRC, we crossed-paths in Hickman on the day I was riding with my buddy and shot the video I posted earlier. I think you were riding with a guy on a KTM Adventure. We were stopped along the road and you guys came along and we had a brief chat before heading on.

Loved my '93 TDM and did a lot of great rides on it.

Hope to join you on a ride soon.
That wasn't me, I haven't ridden with anyone local riding a KTM.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:06 AM   #11930
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Looks like a fun ride. Sure wish I could have made it. Any time you have that much diversity in bikes, it pretty much guaranties a good time.
Same here, does look like fun. I also agree, riding with a big mixture of bikes always makes it fun. Add a Ural to the mix, and it just gets better!
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:45 AM   #11931
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Same here, does look like fun. I also agree, riding with a big mixture of bikes always makes it fun. Add a Ural to the mix, and it just gets better!
It was a motley crew of bikes yesterday for sure. TDM, GasGas, Sporty, Versys, 800GS. BTW thanks to David and his 800GS; he was so gracious and that bike, bar none, was the toast at Puckets. It got a lot of talk and looks. Very eclectic feel at Pucket's yesterday; sort of a Mod's and Rockers atmosphere. While I was waiting for the inmates, almost talked a guy riding a Bonneville(Rocker) into going along, that would have been kinda cool as well
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:37 AM   #11932
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Hey guys! Here are the photos I took ! I had a blast and truly enjoyed meeting you guys! Great group and very good riders !
fun roads and 5 water crossings!! !Never seen a Harley doing that before !! :)
Next time I also would to spend more time visiting with you guys! We should have lunch or so before or after the ride. Im so glad we went because the weather will suck for a while now !!
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:36 AM   #11933
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wish I could have enjoyed the weather yesterday and rode with yall...
was stuck driving home most the day...
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:02 PM   #11934
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:05 AM   #11935
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Well if no one else will say so, I will.............

I find it totally cool when stuff like this shows up for more than bar hopping!

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:17 AM   #11936
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Well if no one else will say so, I will.............

I find it totally cool when stuff like this shows up for more than bar hopping!

Cool is not the word I was thinkin of . . . .
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #11937
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Well if no one else will say so, I will.............

I find it totally cool when stuff like this shows up for more than bar hopping!
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:39 AM   #11938
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Well if no one else will say so, I will.............

I find it totally cool when stuff like this shows up for more than bar hopping!


I was 3rd of 5 riders. & Rod on his custom Sportster was behind me. I think this picture was the 1st creek crossing we came to. Only about 10-20 mins in to the ride.



I crossed the creek, stopped beside a beautiful blue F800GS, turned around & watched with wide eyes & jaw open as Rod gassed it without hesitation like he was on a ktm200exc.

Picture a Sherman Tank over a daisy field.

This rider fitted in Army jacket & jeans on a two-wheeled beauty were rock solid across the water crossing.

With cold water covering all the way to the knees over his Levi's & military boots I seriously said to myself, "he's either one very tough mofo or not too bright."

It truly was nothing more than a tough mofo being proud of his build & having truckloads of confidence knowing his hard labor had paid off & it was time to enjoy motorcycling!

It was a back to basics moment that made me remember it ain't the gear & the bike ... It's the rider & it was a beautiful thing.

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Old 01-28-2014, 10:19 AM   #11939
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It truly was nothing more than a tough mofo being proud of his build & having truckloads of confidence knowing his hard labor had paid off & it was time to enjoy motorcycling!

It was a back to basics moment that made me remember it ain't the gear & the bike ... It's the rider & it was a beautiful thing.
Nicely said! +1
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:25 AM   #11940
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I knew when this guy told me he had designed a doomsday backpack called "The Hellcat" it was going to be an interesting day.

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