Another option for Adv ride

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Another option for Adv ride

Post by Laoch » Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:51 pm

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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Bucho » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:19 pm

Cool!

More options are always great. Ken and I did the SandBlast Rally way back in 08 (I think?). Lots of neat sand roads thru hilly pine forests, was near Cheraw SC.
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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Twist » Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:13 am

If you're willing to ride that far south for an ADV ride, jump on the TAT in Damascus VA and ride it down through the Smokies, TN, N. GA. From there you can hook on to the Smoky 500 or 1000 track loop and jump off where ever it makes sense to come home. The Smoky 500 is mostly off the pavement with some real water crossings and a few gnarly rocky bits but nothing that isn't big bike friendly. The Smoky 1000 adds more pavement.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/smokey-m ... 00.926507/

I've done most of the 500 on my 1200GS but it would be more fun for most on a smaller bike. Here's a video of one of the stream crossings on the 500 in N. Georgia done in early December a few years ago:



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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Bucho » Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:57 pm

Twist wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:13 am
If you're willing to ride that far south for an ADV ride, .
Absolutely NOT willing to ride that far...

But Id haul my bike that far.
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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Twist » Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:18 am

Bucho wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:57 pm
Twist wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:13 am
If you're willing to ride that far south for an ADV ride, .
Absolutely NOT willing to ride that far...

But Id haul my bike that far.
Truth be told, when we did the Smoky 500, I hauled my bike to N. Georgia. I left my truck at my sister's house and met my buddies in Dillard GA to start the loop.

Another loop I've done in that area of the country is the SouthEast Adventure Trail (SEAT). It's about a week long ride, mostly off the pavement, that loops around the perimeter of the state of Georgia. If you aren't comfortable in soft sand before this ride, you will be after you're done. The Florida panhandle is a lot of sand. I have a ride report on ADVrider for this loop:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/seat-tet ... t.1253115/
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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Firebolter » Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:57 am

I grew up in Columbus Ga., my parents are from the east side of the state, Waynesboro and Millen (south of Augusta). I spent many an hour on my XL175 riding all around Ft. Benning on tank tracks and roads all up and down the west side of the state. Yup, you better be ready for sand and clay in Ga! Red clay is like snotty glass when it gets wet. I have alot of friends that live in Panama City Beach Fl, Columbus Ga., ATL and Phenix City Al., so plenty of places to use for camping and support if a bunch of us ever want to do some of this. Ga is a great place to ride and north Ga is about as pretty as it gets up around Dahlonega and Helen. Have done some killer street bike rides up that way.
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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Laoch » Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:54 am

Yeah, I spent five years at Ft Benning. Loved it. Not so much the humidity.


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Re: Another option for Adv ride

Post by Twist » Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:35 am

Firebolter wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:57 am
I grew up in Columbus Ga., my parents are from the east side of the state, Waynesboro and Millen (south of Augusta). I spent many an hour on my XL175 riding all around Ft. Benning on tank tracks and roads all up and down the west side of the state. Yup, you better be ready for sand and clay in Ga! Red clay is like snotty glass when it gets wet. I have alot of friends that live in Panama City Beach Fl, Columbus Ga., ATL and Phenix City Al., so plenty of places to use for camping and support if a bunch of us ever want to do some of this. Ga is a great place to ride and north Ga is about as pretty as it gets up around Dahlonega and Helen. Have done some killer street bike rides up that way.
I grew up in sport bikes in N Georgia and have left a lot of what we used to call R compound tire rubber up there. It always feels like home when I travel back there. I still have family in N Georgia so I’d be very interested in organizing any kind of ride there.
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