Ok I have been trying to find the time to finish my report but as many requests for pictures as I have received, I think I?ll keep the commentary short and just get to posting them.
Cherokee Chuck promised a good level 3 ride on Saturday and even went so far as to caution everyone in advance. This would come to be known as the ?Hooligan Ride?
Hurricane creek is a billygoat trail up the mountain that has more than a half dozen good water crossings and thousands of rocks and roots to hinder the way.
Many locals warned us that after all the recent rain we should stay clear of it.
Just what we needed to spur us on. In a nutshell, IT WAS FREAKIN? AWESOME !!
Now I will preface this by saying I didn?t get many pictures during the ride. I usually have a camera in one hand but for this ride I needed em both.
Hopefully somebody else snapped a few. I did however take many more after the trail and throughout the rest of the day, which incidentally, didn?t end until well after 9:00pm.
Now is that loving the ride or what ?
Everyone choosing their ride for the day.
Thanks to Chuck, Gene, Mike all the ride leaders for making this a great weekend.
Now we started as 14 Hooligans ready including our fearless leader, Cherokee Chuck.
When we left it was still quite foggy and made the ride up 276 just that more scenic
Darren?s brother Brian rode in from Charlotte that morning and still loaded with all his camping gear met us just off I-40
After tearing apart Darren?s KLR in search of a massive power failure, we discovered a dead battery. He resolves himself to push starting the thing for the next few hours and we are lined up and ready to go again.
The start of the trail was nice and easy, we pass numerous bear hunters with snarling looks and big guns but we venture deeper into the forest
We put the older ones out in front (Bikes not riders )
Two riders decided to turn around, a KTM with worn out street tires and Darren because if he stalled on this trail he?d never get it push started. They ride up the mountain another way and meet us at the top.
We were now down to 13 Hooligans
Max gets an earful from Day13
Like I said, I?m just sorry I didn?t get more pics of the trail, hopefully Chuck will post some of the great water crossing pictures he took.
We got to the top, and after performing a much needed Sidestand safety bypass we said goodbye to NCvulcanrider and his buddies who had to get home.
After scoring Darren a new battery and having lunch with a very nice Celestial woman, we set out in search of more scenic roads?.we wouldn?t have to look hard.
If you?ve never ridden with a pack of KLR buddies, then you are certainly missing out on some great comeraderie