Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:16 am

Day Three started almost right off with offroad. We rode part of the Sheltowee Trace. (Sheltowee is Shawnee for "big turtle", apparently its what they called Daniel Boone) It is a long backcountry discovery route that goes from TN way up into Kentucky. The entire thing is a hiking trail, however part of it allows dirtbikes!!!!!
It was some really nice single track. While not really hard, it was hard enough on our big dualsports.

Sorry, I didn't get more pics of the singletrack.
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This area also had a ton of Eastern Box Turtles. I almost hit this guy and stopped to move him off the trail. I tried to get a photo op and he refused to cooperate.
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A very pretty stream w/ the rocks along the Sheltowee.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:27 am

Late morning and on and off through out the afternoon we got a fair amount of rain on Day 3

After lunch we did a really sweet option.

Especially with the rain, there were plenty of slick spots both rocks and clay.
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Now it was my turn to get stuck in a quicksand like mud hole. I would have never made it out of this by myself. You could hardly get off the bike and the mud would just about suck your boots off. Thank you everyone for coming back to rescue me.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:31 am

There was quite a bit of free range animals alongside and wandering around in the roads at times. Horses, cows, and dogs.

Most of the dogs were bigger, but here is a little one that Brent stopped to pet.

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We were all soaked by the end of this day and happy to finally get to the hotel. Our DAMN group pretty much took over the hotel's laundry room that evening. Some of us also changed out brake pads too.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:38 am

This happened to me very early on Day Four.

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The bearing in my cush hub was defeated by the copious amounts of water/mud/grit (and I probably should have changed it out before this trip). During a fragging down pour I was able to zip tie the sprocket directly to the spokes. It was about 200 hundred mile back to Matewan where my van was parked. Maybe it would have worked but I was a little afraid to try and ride it that far.

I ended up riding it about 40+ miles to a LaFollete TN where I could find a car rental place. I then drove back to Williamson to drop off the car, then got a ride over to nearby Matewan. Then drove the van back to get my bike, and then back to Matewan. It was a long day of driving. I got to bed in the JAT on one of Jay's comfy cots a little past midnight.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:46 am

I was able to salvage a pretty good final day on our trip. I had by Beta in the back of the van. I ended up doing a solo Buffalo Mtn trail ride.

The light weight little Xtrainer felt pretty amazing after riding the big Suzuki the past few days. They have a new single track trail since I was there last (171). I felt I had to give it a try.

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This was interesting to squeeze between the gas line and the huge rock. There wasn't enough room for my legs. I put my right knee up on the seat and my left boot slid along the gas line...

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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:51 am

I cant remember all the number but I rode some of the other sweet single track there. I was trying to be extra careful since I was by myself and one hill did give some trouble but compared to riding the Suzuki, the little Beta was amazing.

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Probably would have been easy with a little push from someone, but took some time and energy by myself.
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A cool rocky ridge top
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Bucho » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:55 am

This was such a great trip. We are already talking about maybe doing it again maybe backwards.

Just a few final pics.

Crazy kudzu
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Brent working on the KTM.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Marylander » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:09 am

Very nice guys. I'll have to get the wr set up for one of these...

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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by Rut Row » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:17 am

Nobody wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:17 pm
P.S. how/if can I insert full quality pics? What's the size limit it would allow to drag'n'drop in browser?
you don't. The website host is a cheap bastard and won't pay for the extra storage required. :doh:

Use something like SmugMug and then insert the link.
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Re: Kentucky Adventure Trail (KAT) June 19-25, 2017

Post by rurumonster » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:29 am

Great pictures, looks like you all had an amazing time. That rocky trail you rode on the Beta looks gnarly as hell.
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