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Old 01-18-2014, 03:46 PM   #856
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Meetup spot for tomorrow's cabin fever ride is the BP gas station on Signal Mtn blvd up the street from the Komatsu factory at 1:30pm. This will be a short street ride of 2-3 hours and will include a coffee stop or two.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:59 PM   #857
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:02 AM   #858
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Meetup spot for tomorrow's cabin fever ride is the BP gas station on Signal Mtn blvd up the street from the Komatsu factory at 1:30pm. This will be a short street ride of 2-3 hours and will include a coffee stop or two.
Due to 2 rider bailouts this ride has been cancelled/changed. TN3Sport and I are leaving in a few minutes from his place.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:41 AM   #859
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Damnit! I was going to be there. Glad I checked before rolling out.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:55 AM   #860
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Damnit! I was going to be there. Glad I checked before rolling out.
Sure you were-I bet you're still at home sucking down lattes.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:00 AM   #861
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Sure you were-I bet you're still at home sucking down lattes.
Eating lunch and suiting up. I'm <10 minutes from the abandoned rendezvous. Goin solo in just a few.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:00 PM   #862
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Eating lunch and suiting up. I'm <10 minutes from the abandoned rendezvous. Goin solo in just a few.
Sorry man, but by 10 this morning, 2 out of three who expressed interest bailed. So TN3Sport (who lives just up the hill)and I decided to go early instead of riding 20 miles out of our way for a short no show ride. PM me your cell and I'll put you on the rider call/text list for next time.

We ended up doing 242 miles and were gone from 11:30 to 6:30.

Lunch stop at the Tellicafe.


Pulloff on the back side of Fort Mountain before descending into Chatsworth.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:11 AM   #863
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Pulloff on the back side of Fort Mountain before descending into Chatsworth.



You guys were sitting there when we came back across Fort Mountain from the cabin yesterday afternoon.
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:10 AM   #864
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From the Day Trip yesterday romping around in Sequatchie Valley / Grassy Cove


Looks like a Tiger fell ;



Hooligan had a hard time getting over this hump with a tire that had 7k that's street oriented;



Spot where we had to turn around at, the steel cable wasn't very inviting;



Good views of the Plateau all day;



Making sure Hooligan was still back there;





Hooligan upset that he lost a Cheeto behind the fence;















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Old 01-21-2014, 12:00 PM   #865
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That old grave yard looks familiar.

It looks like the one on the side of the jeep road that goes to the top of Hinch Mountain where this FAA facility is located.

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Old 01-21-2014, 03:33 PM   #866
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Too true! It is!

I've never been back there before & the road to the "Road" up to the FAA Tower I've been on once when Hooligan and I did the TN TAT a few years ago.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:05 AM   #867
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See that ridge in the background of this photo?
We are planning to ride it on dual-sport bikes. (RockCreek OHV goes along that ridge, under a forest canopy. Winter is about the only time you can see through the tree canopy.)


The forecast is looking good for Sunday.

Flight Plan:
Sunday January 26, 2014.
Ride will start at 10am from the Hardees in Chattsworth.
Route is about 90% two-track in OHV areas. We'll ride about 7 miles down Old Federal road to the start at RockCreek OHV. Then through it to Tatum Lead. Link up to Windy Gap OHV via Conasuaga rd. Windy Gap OHV has some excellent riding. Then, attempt the climb on Tibbs trail to Lake Conasauga. Then, from there take FS roads to Rocky Flats OHV (an out and back). Finally, follow FS roads out of the Cohutta Wilderness to Crandall (just a few miles from Hardees)


Note: Its all two track and could be traversed on a big bike (1200GS etc), but it depends on how wet it is. Most of these trails were groomed a couple months ago, but its been a wet winter so far.
There is a section of Tibbs Trail in Windy Gap OHV that has not been groomed, in years....
Its about a 2 mile section that connects Windy Gap OHV to Lake Conasuaga rec area. This section is very nasty and technical. I did it once on my XR650L during the summer and it took at least an hour. No real way to bypass this section. So, if you choose not to do it (big bikes), it means you just turn around and go back the way you came. The only other option is to bush-hog the old Windy Gap trail within the Windy Gap OHV. That would get you to the Lake, but it hasn't been used in years. (I've never successfully completed that route. But honestly, have not tried in a couple years.) It could be an option worth exploring.

The ride will be blackhawk down. So, if you flat or breakdown, everyone will stop to help. I'll be on my XR650L. Expect about 3 to 4 hours total.

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:19 AM   #868
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I'd love to take my GS up Rock Creek/Tatum Lead but I guess need to wait on drier conditions since I'm running Tourances front and rear.

Years ago you could go all the way from Tatum Lead at the top of Fort to Hwy 282/76 which is the next main hwy south of 52/2.

I'd also like to try the Hells Hollow loop in the big pig too, but again needs to be drier first.

And one more place, Wolf Pen Gap in Gilmer county, not the one on 180. The one in Gilmer Co. links Flat Branch Rd with Zion Hill Rd which our weekend cabin is on. From what people have told me it is pretty rough in the unmaintained section and there is also a pretty deep creek crossing.

One more thing, I'm guessing all the approach roads to Lake Conasauga are closed until mid-March so if you go all the way up Windy Gap trail there's probably no other choice back down the mountain other than back down the trail. USFS office in Chatsworth should be able to tell you for certain if the roads are gated at this time or not.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:42 AM   #869
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I'd love to take my GS up Rock Creek/Tatum Lead but I guess need to wait on drier conditions since I'm running Tourances front and rear.

Years ago you could go all the way from Tatum Lead at the top of Fort to Hwy 282/76 which is the next main hwy south of 52/2.

I'd also like to try the Hells Hollow loop in the big pig too, but again needs to be drier first.

And one more place, Wolf Pen Gap in Gilmer county, not the one on 180. The one in Gilmer Co. links Flat Branch Rd with Zion Hill Rd which our weekend cabin is on. From what people have told me it is pretty rough in the unmaintained section and there is also a pretty deep creek crossing.

One more thing, I'm guessing all the approach roads to Lake Conasauga are closed until mid-March so if you go all the way up Windy Gap trail there's probably no other choice back down the mountain other than back down the trail. USFS office in Chatsworth should be able to tell you for certain if the roads are gated at this time or not.
You could likely do the Windy Gap/Tatum sections on the GS. I was out there a month ago and there's no water or serious mud issues. Lots of loose rocks, but doable. It was recently resurfaced. However, Windy Gap would be a no go.

I knew the FS closed roads east of Potato Patch Mtn so the turkeys could copulate in peace for three months...

You bring up a good point about that little 1/2 mile approach road to Lake Conasauga being closed. Might have to slide the bikes under that bar... Going back down Tibbs would be tough.
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I may join you guys, but why such a late start?
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