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Offline KevinB

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« on: August 30, 2017, 11:02:35 AM »
My job allows such luxuries as off days in the middle of the week (they still let me work weekends, though  ;)).

So...with an off day, a forecast just a tad cooler and less humid than usual, and a desire to give the 'Berg it's first "medium range" dual sport test (well, medium range for a dirt bike), I decided to haul the blue machine to the TNF for a ride (I had no desire to test the 'Berg's performance on a 2 hour interstate trip...I already knew that would suck). 

I parked at the Ranger HQ just off US 78 at the Skyway. While unloading and gearing up, I had three different employees (two civvies, one L.E.) make sure that I knew that anything off the main FS roads was verboten..."It's a lot more fun, but...".

This was the route I had mapped out...



I headed north on FS500, and after several miles I realized their warnings weren't so much to protect the forest from me, but probably to protect me from the logging machinery/trucks mowing down the forest. Good thing those dirt bikes aren't out there tearing up the land.  ::)

Coleman Lake



I continued weaving my way northeast, and wound up on County Rd. 224 (Cleberne). It shows up on Google maps and on my Garmin...but it's interesting to find out the differences in "county" roads in different parts of the State. I don't have a pic, but will post some video when I get a chance...Co. Rd. 224 is half a "Jeep trail" at best.

From there I found myself skirting the State line on a few dirt roads that had numerous "off-shoot" trails...some "Posted", some not. On one of the roads I saw this and had to turn around...

Maybe a hand carved Native American, uh..."adult toy"?





Being just a few miles from Highland Park/KTM World and being lunch time, I dropped by. I was anticipating one of their grilled burgers, but while "de-gearitating" I noticed the grill was cold...uh oh. Apparently they only fire it up on the weekends...so I settled for a bag o' Lays chips from the shop and a Slim Jim I had packed.



After lunch I detoured for gas, then stopped in Esom Hill for a pic. There are three buildings in "downtown" Esom Hill, and two are abandoned (and the post office looks suspect)...but they seem pretty adamant about parking.





Terrapin Creek (which I went through on a slippery rock crossing earlier on Co. Rd. 224)






In all, I had 140 miles for the day. The 'Berg did awesome...I averaged 50 mpg, so I should be able to get @120 miles on a tank comfortably...well, "comfortably" after I place an order with Seat Concepts.

There was lots of stuff I didn't get a chance to explore in the area...I'll most likely be headed back on an off day in a week or two.

* I'll post some video once I get a chance to sift through and edit.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 02:12:46 PM »
There is some great riding there. I grew up in Heflin, back before all those forest roads were closed to traffic. And yes, the definition of a county road there is quite different from most places.


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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 08:01:10 PM »
that's a pretty nice ride report Kevin. I'm kind of surprised you didn't have to shoot your way out of your parking spot.... the mentality here is Alabama is so backwards compared to the rest of the country when it comes to enjoying the land around us....

and yes, it's easy to be awestruck when you're reminded over and over again that dirt bikes r bad, damage the world, eat babies and club baby seals if you get them near a forest, but logging trucks every quarter mile are just fine. spooky strange.

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 08:19:36 PM »
I amember a knarly-ass creek crossing on that route, but it seems like we went a gat or two to get to HP?

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 09:03:37 PM »
that's a pretty nice ride report Kevin. I'm kind of surprised you didn't have to shoot your way out of your parking spot....

They were all very nice and cordial, but just wanted to make sure I knew the rules. The older lady that worked the desk in the office was super-sweet, and a couple of the guys from the work shop behind the station chatted me up about my bike when I got back.



From the creek crossing on 224 to Highland Park was maybe @ 30-45 minutes if I recall...much closer than I had anticipated.

Luckily, the creek was pretty tame...



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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 08:28:53 AM »
I have been on FS500 but never really explored the area. Maybe I should plan a weekend trip up there soon!

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 11:16:35 AM »
I forgot to include in the story a humorous (disturbing?) conversation I overheard between two employees at the Heflin McDonald's as I was headed home...

#1 - "It takes me almost an hour to get to work."

#2 - "Where do you live?"

#1 - "Georgia."

#2 - "Where's that?"

#1 - "In Georgia."

#2 - "Is it that way? Or that way?" (pointing East and West)

#1 - "It's that way..." (pointing South)

These weren't "kids"...the lady that had no idea that a Georgia existed a mere 25 miles away looked to be at least mid-20's.  :o
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 11:18:40 AM by KevinB »

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2017, 08:33:40 PM »
Very nice, smooth video.  What camera, please? 

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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 09:54:23 PM »
What is the name of the second song in the video? And who does it?

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 10:32:30 PM »
Carolina Blues by Blues Traveler...



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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2017, 05:23:46 AM »
First time I went down 224 I was on a wee strom, coming in from the uphill side, crossed the creek and got sideways in those ledges, it was hot as blazes and took me forever to get that pig straightened out, had to lay in the creek a while to cool off.

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