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Old 04-05-2011, 10:07 AM   #16
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Thanks Kenny. As you know, the wear indicators on my rear tire started to show on the ride back to Indy. Not good on a Sunday evening with 300 miles to ride, but made it home fine. Thanks for ordering the set of Shinko 705's for me. Looking forward to the Tech Day next week to mount them up at Redbird Station, and then take em for a test ride at Redbird SRA!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:18 AM   #17
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Good report Kev. Looking forward to the rest.
Thanks MBABC. I have been amazed this year at how good the dualsport riding is in your neck of the woods. I checked out Mammoth Caves National Park (above ground) and Land Between the Lakes earlier this year in the car as a shakedown run , and started making plans right away for a weekend motorcycle getaway adventure. So close, and yet so awesome!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:29 AM   #18
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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.
Thanks ihatefalling. IMHO the Land Between the Lakes, including Turkey Bay OHV park is the one of the best kept secrets in the midwest. An easy 5 hour ride from Indy to arrive in a dualsport paradise? That's a no brainer for me. I will visit many more times through the coming years.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:44 AM   #19
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nice pics kevin, but that klr had better get dirty at some point in this report.
Thanks Tim. I had actually planned on riding the main trail at Loretta Lynn's Ranch the whole weekend. When I arrived at the trailhead, Joe with the MTDR advised against it because the trail was pretty greasy in spots. They said it wasn't from rain per se, more like permafrost melting up from the ground. Even the lighter dirtbikes where having trouble on some of the long hillclimbs. So I did a few laps on the novice trail, which was more then a handful for the KLR with a bald Dunlop 750 on the back. I did get some mud on the bike there, but the rest of the ride was dry dirt roads and asphalt. Sorry

See ya at the tech day, Tim! I'm gonna clean Powerline Hill this time with my new Shinko 705's.

You don't want to miss the possible carnage there!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:21 AM   #20
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The weather for this weekend edventure was absolutely gorgeous, and motorcycle riders where everywhere!



I stopped for lunch and socializing at Leiper's Fork.







And met a great guy, Don. It was a blast chatting with you and the other riders Don. The food was downhome southern and the conversation was even better!







My spot on the bench awaiting my return.



Continuing down the Trace, there was a waterfall to check out.



It's not Niagra Falls by any stretch, but a great place to stretch the legs and digest some of that southern home cookin!



A natural waterslide?




I like trees with character.



Time to head back to the bike.





Lot's more later, need to upload more photos.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:24 PM   #21
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:26 PM   #22
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:44 PM   #23
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Looks great!
Thanks John. I was checkin out your Tellico Report. Great job as usual!

Will you be able to attend the Tech Day at Redbird next Sunday?
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:52 PM   #24
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lovin' it! you're in my back yard.
That's one nice back yard! Plus it's so close I could do either Trace as a long day trip or overnighter any weekend.

I need to attend one of the dualsport rides in the area this year to learn the best dirt routes.

Note to all: This report may take a few days to complete since I am back to work now.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:38 AM   #25
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Thanks John. I was checkin out your Tellico Report. Great job as usual!

Will you be able to attend the Tech Day at Redbird next Sunday?
I have absolutely no idea. I didn't know I was going to Tellico Plains until last Wednesday. Sounds like fun though. Pinktoad and I have never ridden Redbird, so if it's dry that would be a great opportunity.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:00 AM   #26
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Natchez Trace Bridge

Every time I ride over that bridge I feel like I'm on the downwind leg of land a plane....Cool sensation!

Fun to see someone elses prospective of your local area.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:09 PM   #27
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I have absolutely no idea. I didn't know I was going to Tellico Plains until last Wednesday. Sounds like fun though. Pinktoad and I have never ridden Redbird, so if it's dry that would be a great opportunity.

John
While I was having lunch in Leiper Fork, TN last weekend, a rider was telling me about a 60 mile dirt road that runs from the Cherohala Skyway back to Tellico Plains. I actually rode a few miles of it on my Yamaha Tour Deluxe a few years ago before coming to my senses and turning around. I Didn't realize it went all the way to Tellico at the time. I'm gonna have to find time to ride that road this year on the KLR.

Tech Day at Redbird Station should be a blast. Hope you can make it!
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:16 PM   #28
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Every time I ride over that bridge I feel like I'm on the downwind leg of land a plane....Cool sensation!

Fun to see someone elses prospective of your local area.

Thank you,

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Thanks AJ. That is a very cool bridge. I pulled to the shoulder for a couple of quick pictures on it, and got a slight case of vertigo looking down. Great view from up there, and amazing archetecture in the design.

What year was that built? Looks very modern, but can't imagine what sort of bridge it replaced. Has it always been a part of the Trace?
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Let's see, where where we? Ahh yes the waterfall. Just one of hundreds of places along the 450+ miles of Natchez Trace where the traveler can park, stretch the legs, and enjoy a beautiful natural setting, or an interesting historical area.

My goal for the day was Merriweather Lewis State Park situated right on the Trace.



I stopped for gas and a few "oil cans" to enjoy while watching the Butler Final Four game back at the motel later that evening.



A nice moss covered trail in the ML State Park.



The log cabin where Merriwether Lewis lost his life.



His final resting place is nearby.





The Trace is mile after mile of scenic beauty.





You can ride part of the old Trace.



Travelers are allowed to pull off the Parkway to park and enjoy the meadows.





Saying goodbye to the Trace for now.



Sunday morning, I headed north through the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area with a stop at Fort Donnelson, and Turkey Bay OHV area.



Fort Donnelson.











LBL one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest.





This road is also called the Trace.



With dozens of chip seal and dirt roads on either side leading to a beautiful spot on Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley, depending on which way you turn. I decided to checked one out.







Gotta go for now, but will be posting the last of the pics tomorrow, including a brief look at Turkey Bay. Stay tuned!

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Old 04-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #30
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What year was that built? Looks very modern, but can't imagine what sort of bridge it replaced. Has it always been a part of the Trace?

The North end of the trace wasn't finished until the late 90's. You can tell by the curves on the north end then you go 15 miles south and the Trace straighten out. If I were to guess, The curves were added to slow people down. If you ever drive it in a car, you are doing 75-80 before you realize how fast you are going.


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