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Old 05-13-2013, 04:55 AM   #31
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Day 3

Day 3 was the day we finally hit the dirt. We picked up the TET about 15 miles south of our hotel in Winchester, VA. This early section had a fair number of paved roads, but they were pretty remote and rural. The unpaved roads were mostly gravel, which is a switch for me. Our dirt roads in New England have very little gravel, unless there is some damage to repair.

After a bit we ended up in the George Washington National Forest and rode through a nice 15 mile section into West Virginia.



More paved roads got us to Squirrel Gap Road. This was another National Forest Service road with a lot of gravel. It was a little out of my comfort zone with all the gravel (like riding on marbles) but we all did fine. We were in here about an hour and only saw one other vehicle.














Can anyone identify this type of snake? It was just sunning itself. Pretty cold day today, in the 60's.

After we got done with Squirrel Gap we had an excellent lunch at the Lost River Grill in Lost River, WV. Nice southern hospitality. It was Mother's Day so everyone was in their Sunday best.



More paved roads followed and we crossed the VA/WV border a few times. We ended up on Criders Road, which is in the George Washington National Forest. The road starts off benign up then starts to seriously climb the 3,000 foot mountain. It was in excellent condition. No gravel, no ruts or washouts.



At the top, in a meadow was a solitary house. The guy was out cutting his grass. Right after that the road deteriorated a bit, but nothing we couldn't handle. Considering the weight we were carrying the bikes did very well.



At the bottom of the hill we ran into a water crossing. The water wasn't too deep but the rocks at the bottom were pretty large. Given that we were 500 miles from home with 500-600 pound bikes we decided to push them across.




By the time we got off this road it was getting late in the day. There were no services in the area so we decided to run to Harrisonburg to get a hotel. We were treated to a tremendous ride on Rt.33 in West Virginia.



I had Jim on my tail so I waved him around and then I lost him. He gave me on a riding lesson today.

Day 4 awaits.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:54 AM   #32
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Looks like you guys are having the best time, the roads up here are going to be so boring when you get back.

I think Dr. Mike won on the scale contest with Jim in second.

Watching the last video it looked like Jim's right side bag was hanging a little low.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:09 AM   #33
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I think...
http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/herp/Snakes/Cornsnake.htm
it's a "good" snake....like Glinda
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #34
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I would agree - pattern, girth and length all suggest corn snake - one of the 'good guys'

If you see a girthy one about 2-3 feet in length with similar markings but a little more beige - stay clear - Eastern Copperheads are very common in the areas you're riding.

Have fun gents & keep the pictures coming!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #35
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #36
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Day 4 Done

200 miles today, nice mix of dirt and blacktop. I call today "Black Friday" because it was the day all the work and planning of the trip paid off. The rest of the trip is just dessert.

We did section 4 of the TET, from around the Douthat State Park down to Covington, VA. It was about 40+ miles of dirt and probably the best we've ever ridden on. We did three sections that were 10-15 miles each. Between the blacktop there was nothing. No people (except a grader crew), no houses, a couple of cars, that's it. We had the roads to ourselves. Gravel was minimal, the surfaces were maintained, good runout, great lines of sight. It was a day to really work on my dual sport techinque. You could ride as fast as you want for as long as you want. Paradise on two wheels.



beautiful valleys and farms were the first part of the day



KLR clothes dryer



amazing valley





Now we're talking



Homemade House. We wondered how it was brought up a 2,000 foot mountain









Appalachian Speedway



We found this cave right off one of the roads (Dolly Ann)





Goes in pretty deep







Nothing like this in Massachusetts



For those prices I may have to take up smoking while I'm here



Jim's fancy bags


Expert mounting system

We're hotelling again, much too cold to camp tonight. We're in Dublin, VA. Not sure what the agenda is for tomorrow. Having a mix of dirt roads and blacktop seems to really work for us. Always something to see out here.

I can't say enough to commend Chip (intothenew) and the contributors of the TET. It's truly amazing. The riding is first class and extremely well planned and thought out. You folks have turned this into an excellent vacation.

Video coming. I finally have access to a machine that works (most hotel "business centers" are very overrated, I'm finding out).
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:46 PM   #37
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Day 4

Keith gave you a great recap of the ride so I'll just add a few photos.



















For some reason both of the KLR's had burned out tail lights.




We need the heated gear today.



Dinner fried chicken , onion straws and ribs. Your basic brown food group !




Great end to day 4.



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Old 05-13-2013, 09:49 PM   #38
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Looks like you guys are having the best time, the roads up here are going to be so boring when you get back.

I think Dr. Mike won on the scale contest with Jim in second.

Watching the last video it looked like Jim's right side bag was hanging a little low.
Your almost right with the weights. You got the heavy one correct.

Jim's Touratech bags are designed to hang a little low and tilted so they drain after they fill up with rain water
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Thanks for taking us along. Looks like a dream.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:52 AM   #40
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #41
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Thumb Day 5

We had a very long day and are just unwinding in our room. We did a lot of the TET in the Burke's Garden, VA area. That place is incredible, like stepping back into time. We had to take an hour's worth of dirt roads to get in and out of there. The dirt riding lived up to the expectations we've had for this area. We also found some amazing hairpins on the paved roads. Her the roads are just built up and over 3,000 foot mountains. We never see that in New England.

The fantastic riding just doesn't end here. We're in awe.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:13 PM   #42
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #43
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Day 6 is done. We are camping at Raccoon Holler Campground, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. We haven't had access to Internet for a few days so no pics or videos.

This trip has had everything: great food, scenery and awesome roads, both paved and otherwise. It's really spoiled me on riding in New England.

Tomorrow I leave the group to head north to try to get home by Saturday. I'll be taking the Blue Ridge Parkway as long as I can.

Plenty of pics and videos to follow.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:36 PM   #44
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Looks like you guys finally got some good weather. Thanks to all of you for posting up and sharing the ride.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #45
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Watch your speed if you're on the Skyline Drive, especially on the weekend. 35mph is difficult to maintain (impossible) The rangers are focused on motorcycles. There is a $270 reason that I know. Beware any vehicles that are white. Just saying...
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