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Old 08-25-2013, 07:33 AM   #511
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On the road again.

SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2013

Saturday morning I headed for Southern Ohio and ended up at Pike Lake State Park.

I set up camp and dropped my boxes so I could go over to Pike State Forest ATV Offroad trail system.

The last few years I have been using the compact Big Agnes Seed House single man tent.
I picked it up cheap on the Flea Market from another inmate and It has served me well.
It kept me Dry in a downpour last year while camping in Acadia N.P in Maine.
It is barely big enough,but it packs very light and tight.
I don't spend much time in the tent,so generally the tradeoff is worth it when I am continually on the move.
It has one negative though.
To really be set properly it needs to be staked in many places,so its not as versatile as a true freestanding tent.







While enroute on the Loneliest Highway (US50) I made a stop at SIEP MOUND.

This is some wild stuff !! I bet you never heard of these guys ?

Seip Mound is the central mound in a group of geometric earthworks. Farming and erosion have degraded the surrounding earthworks leaving the central mound an outstanding feature. It is 240 feet long, 130 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Excavations have revealed that prehistoric Indian buildings existed near the earthworks. Today, visitors can see the location of some of these buildings as they are outlined by short posts in the ground. The Hopewell Indians (100 BC-AD 500) built Seip Mound for burials. This culture had a highly developed craft industry, as is evidenced by artifacts found with bodies in the burial site. Owned by the Ohio Historical Society.





This is standing on top of the mound and looking back towards the parking area and US50.







In this picture you can see the two small mounds I am getting ready to walk between.



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Old 08-25-2013, 07:41 AM   #512
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Pike State Forest ATV area

PIKE STATE FOREST ATV AREA

The trails here were exciting !!!

I spent a few hours riding most all of them.

They were very hilly with big whoops and rocky sections.

This particular section offered a commanding view of the surrounding Hills and Forest.



Some of these hills were very steep.
The pictures never quite portray the inclines the same as you view them in real time.



The KLR did a magnificent job of tractoring up everything I threw at it.

I'm glad it was dry though, cause I would have been in trouble if it was greasy wet.
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This was one of two steep hills with whoops every 15 feet that makes for a tough climb.

There were signs at the top and bottom marking these hills as a difficult level.



This is from the top looking down.



Before heading back to camp I stopped at Trails End Restaurant @Tanglewood Acres,which is just down the road,for some dinner and coffee.
Tanglewood Acres is a horse camp.



Marie Carter is the new owner and she is a very pleasant lady.Her Husband Rich was still finishing up business back in New England so i didn't get to meet him.Next time.
The food and coffee was very good and priced right.
I found out later that I could have camped there instead of the State Park,even without a Horse.
After much conversation and dinner I rode back to camp and sat up talking with 2 recently retired guys from nearby Chillocothe that were set up right across from my spot.
They had a blazing campfire and were there for the week.
As I lay in my tent about to fall asleep,I think to myself that I haven't talked that much or long since I can remember.
Generally I'm not a big talker but the people down here are so friendly and relaxed that you feel right at home.
Anyway,it is a welcome change from the rat race up North where people are always on defense.
City life can eat you up !!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:01 PM   #514
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Gas Guy - absolutely fantastic thread and adventures!

I have to say I'm really envious of your trips. I grew up in Ohio but never can find anyone to venture down there with me. Let me know if you ever want some company. I live just down the road in Westland.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:05 PM   #515
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Gas Guy - absolutely fantastic thread and adventures!

I have to say I'm really envious of your trips. I grew up in Ohio but never can find anyone to venture down there with me. Let me know if you ever want some company. I live just down the road in Westland.
For sure, I will get in touch with you when I get back.
I have not caught up the thread yet, but I am currently in North Carolina via Kentucky and Tennessee.
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Gas Guy - absolutely fantastic thread and adventures!

I have to say I'm really envious of your trips. I grew up in Ohio but never can find anyone to venture down there with me. Let me know if you ever want some company. I live just down the road in Westland.
BTW,I grew up in Genoa, Ohio.

Also, if you ever want to get involved in Observed Trials we have alot of events in the area.
We have 3 events in September.
You should ride to one and check it out, you might just like it.
Alot of times guys ride out on their road bikes and watch.
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Another trail shot .




SUNDAY 25 AUGUST 2013

This morning after breaking camp and heading for breakfast ,I noticed Pike Lake looked fantastic with fog rolling off its surface and the Southern Ohio hills as a backdrop,so I had to stop and get a picture.

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After having breakfast and heading for points South I passed the Off Road area on the way out.
Trails End had all you can eat breakfast and coffee for $5.00.Real food too.



Shortly after getting back on the road I came across this little guy.He was pretty fresh so must have been hit last night or this morning.Too bad,he was a good looking Coyote.
I have a soft spot for all dogs.

My friend and Coworker Joe is really fanatical though.
One spring morning while riding his KLR in to work he observed a young Coyote get clipped by a car in front of him.
He stopped and found the Coyote was bleeding and in shock so he laid him across his gas tank in front of him and rode
with the Coyote the remaining 10 miles to work !!!!
A phone call and that afternoon he handed the dog off to a Coyote rehab center.
I was there In the morning when he pulled up with him and blood all over the KLR.
TRUE STORY !!!!



Next stop is down a little country road called State Route 73 just outside of Peebles,Ohio.

SERPENT MOUND



Serpent Mound is the world's largest surviving example of an ancient animal effigy mound !!!
It stretches 1,348 feet over the ground, and the preserved ancient earthwork depicts the form of an undulating serpent with an oval shape at the head.





These small roadside attractions are appealing to me.
Not only are they interesting,but they are also peaceful since there is never a crowd and when your ready to leave you can be back on the road in short order.



This picture was taken from the tower.



There is also a very small museum and gift shop on site.



This is looking back towards the observation tower.
From the tower you can view the whole Serpent.



These are more trail shots from Saturday.













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US129 Tail of the Dragon

CALDERWOOD DAM

This is a scenic overlook viewing Calderwood Dam (Little Tennessee River) on the "Dragon" which is in Tennessee.
The "DRAGON" (US129) enters North Carolina just before Deals Gap.



On this map you can see how radical of a road that US129 "The Tail Of The Dragon"actually is !!!

318 curves in 11 miles !!!



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Deals Gap

Heres Deals Gap, North Carolina.



The KLR just slayed the Dragon !!!



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Iron Horse Lodge Motorcycle resort

I am currently in Stecoah, North Carolina at the Iron Horse laying in my tent trying to get all this up to date.

I'm beat, more tommorow, good night.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:01 AM   #522
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Looks like a great ride! those trails look awesome.

have fun.

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #523
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Cherohala Skyway

MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2013

This morning I headed for the Cherohala Skyway.

Here is a pic from one of the many overlooks.



I also rode alot of the gravel roads in this area such as Forest Road 81 and Indian Boundary.





I came across this Bear Scat on 81.

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Old 08-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #524
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Hell of a thread Gasguy. Nice job. Got some great ideas from your KLR build-up.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:29 PM   #525
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... Honda xr650r with a fork transplant....i really believe it is the only bike that could replace the klr for me. same easy maintenance..more suspension..more grunt.

i have a well set up wee...and many buddies have loaned me their gs's...still the klr for me.
I bet the OP's 705cc KLR has about as much grunt as the XRR (stock).

After riding a 1200GS for the last couple years, in my hands it's "off-road" capabilities are dirt roads and rough pavement only (maybe for others it's off-roadable but not for me). I wouldn't dare take that beast on some of the FS roads around here. Heck even a KLR would have a tough time on many of them.

If only Kawaski kept making the KLX650, to me that bike is the where it's at for cheapness and capability, the DRZ400S is great but the torque of 650 would be sweet (XRL and the DR650 are just too cramped and don't have Liquid cooling). The problem I have with the XR650R is that it is Kick start only.

Once I get the GS sold, and a buy a house; I'll probably get myself another Thumper. KLR is definitely on the short list; but so is the WRR and CRFL 250
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