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Tellico Adventure Trail & March Moto Madness

Got a group together to run down to Tennessee to get some riding in after a long northern winter. Put on about 750 miles while we were down there. We opted to ride the Tellico Adventure Trail while we were there so I'll share a few pix and some video so others can see what it is like.

We arrived on Wednesday morning on the day before March Motor Madness began.

It was in the 70s that day. A welcome relief from the weather back in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. I should add for those thinking about the Tellico Adventure Trail that many of the USFS roads did not open until that very day so if you are heading down there in March it is best to check on the status of things.

The first day was spent riding the Cherohala Skyway and the Tail of the Dragon. We were on small/medium dual sports, but some of the guys brought supermoto wheels.

Doctor Zed discarded the name "Cherohala" in favor of "Chernobyl". After a few days of cold, wet, windy, limited visibility riding on the Cherohala Skyway we started to refer to it as the Chernobyl Iceway. Sadly a lone motorcyclist was killed in a fatal accident there on Thursday.

Clouds frequently blew up the mountain and across the road. Sometimes they enveloped things in a heavy fog.

It was cold, damp, and windy at elevation.


Craig on his new KLR. Hasn't ridden a bike for over 40 years and he thought this trip would be good for getting him back into it.

So things warmed up as we got off the Chernobyl and got to the Dragon. As usual there was a TN Trooper on the job there.

Video of a KTM 500 EXC on knobbies following a Yamaha WR250 on moto wheels down the length of the Dragon.

You probably want to reset the resolution on the videos to the highest setting once you open them. Seems best watching them on youtube directly.


Someone asked about the mirrors I was using. They are Doubletake Mirrors and I continue to be remarkably pleased with them. Excellent range of adjustment, heavy duty, no vibration issues, and they fold in for tighter trail.

Stopped to look at stuff along the way.

Back over the Chernobyl.

Took a back way off the Chernobyl using scenic and entertaining forest roads. Kind of fun riding.

Back at camp at MMM. Not very crowded . . . yet.

Ben and Terry (BENRON and 4-s-hsky)

Swapping wheels.

Nice weather on Wednesday.


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