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Old 04-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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Ramblin Kentucky and Tennessee

Spring has finally sprung here in the Midwest, so I figured it was time for a weekend motorcycle ride to shake off the winter blues.

I headed south from Indy Thursday around noon, and arrived Dickson, TN about 5 hours later. The ride was kinda cold, and I developed the uncontrollable biker shakes north of Nashville, so I stopped and warmed up with the hand blow dryer in the rest area restroom. Took about 12 cycles to finally stopped shivering.

Here's my bike at the Motel.



Next morning I headed to Loretta Lynn's Ranch to check out the MTDR (Middle Tennessee Dirt Riders) Spring Ride 2011.


I got registered and sound checked, and headed for the trails.

The main trail is more for dirt bikes then it is for heavy dualsport bikes, so I did the Novice Trail, being led by one of the great guys from the MTDR. Thanks again, Joe! The trail was a blast at 3.4 miles, with tons of features and obstacles like berms and jumps. Just right for the KLR!



I rode the fire roads to check out portions of the main trail.





The campground.



The Ranch.





The Motocross Track.





Part of the main trail visible ahead.

















Lot's of dirt roads to explore.









I found a nice spot for lunch.









Lot's more to come on this weekend adventure including The Natchez Trace Parkway, and the Land Between the Lakes with a stop at Historic Fort Donnelson. Stay tuned!

Please let me know if you have questions or comments about the ride.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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Some good pics, looked like a good time to be had.

Also looks like very well groomed dirt roads also.

Can't wait to see the LBL pics.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:49 AM   #3
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looks like a great ride
beautiful area... nicely photographed
thanks for sharing
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:06 AM   #4
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really sweet ride,I look forward to the rest of the report because I would like to explore those areas also,by the way,those new klr's look really sweet.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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Some good pics, looked like a good time to be had.

Also looks like very well groomed dirt roads also.

Can't wait to see the LBL pics.
Thanks Kenny, The best is yet to come. Will be posting Natchez Trace pics today and LBL pics tomorrow. LBL includes a brief look at Turkey Bay OHV Park.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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looks like a great ride
beautiful area... nicely photographed
thanks for sharing
Thanks ClearwaterBMW. I will be posting the Natchez Trace pics today, and while I may not have any pics of BMW's on this ride report, I must have seen 2 dozen BMW's while riding the Trace. From old classics to new bikes, street and dualsport models. Always a wave and a nod from passing BMW riders.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:26 AM   #7
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really sweet ride,I look forward to the rest of the report because I would like to explore those areas also,by the way,those new klr's look really sweet.
Thanks imjinscout. That is really why I am doing this ride report. When I was trip planning, I didn't see a lot of information about the area for dualsport riders, so I decided then and there that I would share all I could about what I learned while riding the area.

The new KLR's do look pretty when all shined up. Course mine never stays that way for long!
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Thanks for the pics. It looked like fun.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:17 AM   #9
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More Kentucky and Tennessee

Thank you all for the nice comments, please keep em comin! Questions and comments add greatly to a ride report, and all are appreciated!

Finishing up a great day on the Ranch.

After a tough year of decision making at work, these are the type of decisions that are good for the soul. (I explored them both).



There were no bad decisions.




Lot's more in just a bit. Uploading more photos.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:56 AM   #10
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More Kentucky and Tennessee

And what better place for supper then Loretta's Kitchen?



My home for 3 nights.



Saturday morning I was off to ride the nearby Natchez Trace Parkway. And what a glorious spring day it was to ride!



No trip to the Trace would be complete without a visit to the Loveless Cafe.



Let's do this!





Lot's of bikes and bicycles on the Trace.













Lot's more later today including 100+ miles of the Natchez Trace.

Stay tuned!
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:39 PM   #11
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:43 PM   #12
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Good report Kev. Looking forward to the rest.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:10 PM   #13
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LL, Natchez Trace, Loveless.....that's all my home turf. Cool to see our neighbors riding it and having a good time. Looking forward to the rest of the RR.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:45 PM   #14
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nice pics kevin, but that klr had better get dirty at some point in this report.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:54 AM   #15
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Thanks for the pics. It looked like fun.
Thanks Kodiakman. Glad to share. The whole weekend was a blast. I definately shook off every bit of winter blues on this ride. I am planning on revisiting these areas this summer and again in the fall to see the differences the green and multicolored foliage make.

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