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Old 02-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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TETS Florida,Alabama

I've been looking forward to riding the deep south sections of the TETS, Trans Eastern Trail South, for about 18 months. Since I had a couple of days of business to take care of in Southern Alabama this week and the weather looked good, I figured why not get in a couple of days of ridin' also?
The first day, after 2 days work, I started out from Marianna Florida and headed south toward the Gulf, about 100 miles away. The weather started nice and warm with spotty sun. I gladly donned the summer ridin' gear. This was the first real ride I'd taken since last fall, everything was just right, a great route through an area I'd never seen before, no crowds and a happy bike.









Spring is coming!


There was smoke visable for about 15 miles, never saw any flames or firefighters though. Prescribed burning maybe?













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Old 02-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Nice pics and cool videos. How do you like the Heidenau tires so far?
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:45 AM   #4
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Nice pics and cool videos. How do you like the Heidenau tires so far?
Thanks, I'll be postin' some better pics and (wetter) vids today.
The Heidenau tires are amazing, I've put about 2500 miles on 'em so far. They've allowed me to ride gravel, sand and mud with alot more confidence than I ever expected on a Vstrom. As a comparison, my DRZ400 always has 606s' on it. Mud is the Heidis' least favorite, they are predictable, you know when you're about to get sideways! I'm planning on going with the full knobby version after these have worn down some, They should be fun in the mud.

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I'm on it, but I may have to go wash some sand outta the bikes backside today.

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Old 02-26-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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MB4,

I have been looking to do the TET and trails along the AT, on my way back from FL to MA in the Spring. Thanks for the excellent vids and picts, gives a great sense of the trail. Glad you could take the time off for this.

Can you give some detail, maybe post a map, of just where you've been so far... what sectiuons you've run and where you're headed.

Are you running the Heide K60 Scouts?

I think we're gonna say Forget about the job and just keep on truckin out here!

Thanks, dean
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
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About 20 miles from the Gulf my gas level started to worry me a little so I bailed out and hit the fast way to Carrabelle for lunch and fuel. The weather was getting grey and muggy but I hadn't seen any moisture yet so I planned to head north on the route out of town to pick up the missed miles. After sweating my fuel the last couple of miles into town, I could finally smell the saltwater. Within sight of shrimp boats and the water I grabbed a sub sammich and topped off the 650, it was already 3:00.
Carrabelle looked like a nice place to get a really fresh seafood dinner,enjoy the small fishin' town scene and maybe even stay a night during a TETS ride. Just as I crammed the sub into my tankbag,the rain started, a quick check of the radar showed a swathe of green/yellow/red coming off the water, so it was time to roll. That's why I got zero pics from town. From there I rode East out of town about a mile to the spot the TETS touches the Gulfs edge. In a rainy rush I did snap a couple of shots there, a bald eagle waited 'till I was holding the phone instead of the real camera to fly by, still got it,barely. Video I've got though, coming up.






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Old 02-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #7
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MB4,

I have been looking to do the TET and trails along the AT, on my way back from FL to MA in the Spring. Thanks for the excellent vids and picts, gives a great sense of the trail. Glad you could take the time off for this.

Can you give some detail, maybe post a map, of just where you've been so far... what sectiuons you've run and where you're headed.

Are you running the Heide K60 Scouts?

I think we're gonna say Forget about the job and just keep on truckin out here!

Thanks, dean
Thanks Dean.
That should be a great ride for ya' this spring, tons of scenery and awesome riding along the route. We've got tentspace, dinner, shower + on the route when you come through Southern WV, plan on coming by.
While riding these 2 days it was easy to feel how lucky I am to take a Wednesday and Thursday off to be in Florida/Ala. riding.
This time I ran the first section(TETS01) out of Carrabelle to Abbeville Alabama, once in each direction because I had to deal with the truck and trailer. I could have done another section otherwise.
I'm going to haul back to Abbeville in a few weeks and take 3 days, sans truck burden, to ride to just inside NC, This spring I'll finish the Southern leg with 3 more days from the NC line to Pearisburg Va/Camp Creek WV. I've ridden NC and Va mountains but not this route yet, I'm sure it'll show me something new.
I've ridden sections T1, T2, T3, NCT2, NCT3,PCT2, LOC2, LOC3, LOC4,TETS07 in Ky., WV and Va. on what I still call the TWVT, but more correctly is the TET I think. Chip?
Which way am I headed? Next ride after the 2 to finish the TETS? Not sure.
Check these out for some TET trails. TWVT and TWVT
Yep K60 Scouts, great tires.
Job?
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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Cool Mike, ok, so you started right at TETS01, good to know, so I've got my bearings.

Job? Yeah, I think you said you had a few days to ride b4 business, I say forget business/job and just keep going on the TET. So we can see More of some great trails.

Thanks for the kind offer to stop by on the way North, I'll see what I can do when the time comes, and thnx for the additional links(TWVT), I'll definitly check 'em out.

Appreciate the RR and all the efforts of folks to lay down and share routes like the TET. Beautiful country!!!
THANKS, dean
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #9
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After leaving Carrabelle it was about 5 miles to the 1st sand road, by now the rain was coming down steady. Wasn't long before I came to the bridge over the New River.There I put on the rain suit, inhaled the sub and continued on North.





It never did rain hard, it just kept doing it for awhile.













I had been expecting there to be some really muddy, slick and swampy sections but they're not on this route! Good or bad all the roads were in good shape with only about 300 yards of loose sand in the 180 mile 1st section. The rain this day did change some of the packed sand to a consistency that just drags the bikes speed down. Some of the sand had all the drag of mud with very little of the slickness.

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Old 02-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #11
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Last video from the 1st day. Sorry about the fogged lens, I gotta get fix that problem.



The 1st day the ride ended back at the Marriana Inn. If you start at Carrabelle and are doing a section a day, this would be the half way point of the 1st day/section.
Yes I hauled down from North Carolina, I had 2 days of work in Alabama before I could ride. Would I have sold the truck and trailer to the highest bidder at Waffle House at this point? Hell YES. I could have ridden 2 sections without it.
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I do not have a GPS, is that the only way to follow this trail? I plan on going north from St Petersburg, FL to Deals gap in the first week of March. I would be great to have a printed version!
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Shhhh - don't tell anyone about the natural beauty of the Lost Coast.

I love this area of FL, spent many trips fishing out of Carabelle and now a bit west in Apalachicola (noted for its oysters and as the birth place of refrigeration and the ice machine.) This section of the panhandle is vastly underdone and the wilderness gives you a taste of what was. If you fish a Fall Saturday with the 'Noles at home it's likely you have the entire Gulf to yourself (at least until PC.)

Thanks for the write up and pics.
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I do not have a GPS, is that the only way to follow this trail? I plan on going north from St Petersburg, FL to Deals gap in the first week of March. I would be great to have a printed version!
No printed version that I'm aware of, that'd be nice for backup to gps. With Mapsource, the TETS file and Gazetteers or a detailed map for each state, you can transfer the trail to paper. That's what I did for a backup for a couple of rides. I usually copy the pages needed from the Gazetter then draw the routes and select waypoints with pencil then marker.
Enjoy your ride in March, let me know if I can help in any way.


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Shhhh - don't tell anyone about the natural beauty of the Lost Coast.

I love this area of FL, spent many trips fishing out of Carabelle and now a bit west in Apalachicola (noted for its oysters and as the birth place of refrigeration and the ice machine.) This section of the panhandle is vastly underdone and the wilderness gives you a taste of what was. If you fish a Fall Saturday with the 'Noles at home it's likely you have the entire Gulf to yourself (at least until PC.)

Thanks for the write up and pics.

It is surprising how underdeveloped that area is, not what I expected but it's just my speed. I'll be back.
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The 2nd day started out even warmer but no rain forcast 'till later in the day.
After a biscuit and 8 miles of pavement from the motel, the sand started. Not long after the scenery started.








My favorite roadsign. The church is just behind it.








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