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I meant to take a picture of the roll charts that were thrown into the fire. Would have made for a good post on ADV.  


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Come on Swampy the suspense is KILLING me!! I am dying to see those pics.!


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Here are our clean bikes waiting for Rich and Robert to pick us up in the 'Burg.


After some very interesting short cuts, we had to stop to check the bikes.  Only a few bent tags, but otherwise AOK.  Never follow Steve F's short cuts!! 


Here is our fearless driver Rich D. following the crazy short cuts someone put us through.  It was so bad a local told us we couldn't make it down that road.


Here is the view from our hotel room.  When we arrived there were 100 mph winds and the rain was blowing in.  It was like a hurricane out there on Thursday night.  We were worried!


Saturday morning riders meeting.

Steve Frontauria


Steve F., Rich D. Robert H. and Steve L.


Steve F., Robert, Me and hubby.


Here is THE SWAMPMEISTER our chief!!    He's locked and loaded and ready to shoot anyone who thinks about giving up roll charts!


Riders meeting.


Some of our group.


Kim and me at gas stop.


Hubby  taking my bike for a spin after the bridge.




Rich & Kim. 




Lunch stop.



Kim.


Steve F. & Rich D.


GIRL POWER!!! 


Gas stop.


Rich helping Kim get around the mud hole #1.  What a superb job they did and didn't even get a drop of mud on either of them.





Things really change drastically in just a few minutes at mud hole #2.  Here is Kim looking for her scuba gear.   



Robert on his new KTM.

Me and Hubby injoying the beautiful view!


Steve Frontauria.




OomPa LoomPa




Our favorite couple!!!


We're on top of the world!! 


Rich D. feeling tall!


Kim feeling tall!


We just couldn't get that smile off Robert's face. 


Steve F.


The whole group, but Rich D. is taking the picture.  This is almost the end of Saturday before it got dark on our return trip back to camp.  Do we look happy or what?!?!? 


Peter and Vicki almost missed the beautiful sunset Sunday night.  It was fantastic!  We almost yanked them off the bike to show them.  Sorry Peter!


Sunday Rich and Kim couldn't join us, so it was just the 5 of us and the first 1/2 of the day was over very rocky terrain.  We passed a fella with a broken case we later found out at the end of the road.  This prompted Steve to look down at his bike and he saw oil pouring out and he broke his case to.  Here we are at the end of the 10 mile boulder section!  We were trying to figure out where we were and where the closest town would be.  Thanks to all the riders that pointed in the right direction! 


Here is Steve's broken bike on a rock that Charlie Manson had decorated.  Weird thing is we didn't even notice the art work until we saw our pictures.  Seems like the Bamians like rock decorating in those parts.


We managed to limp back to a gas station thanks to Robert flagging down a local old timer.  He escorted us all the way into town 11 miles down the road.  We were happy to find out it was only two blocks from lunch!    We joined our friends for lunch and headed back 60 miles to our hotel, stopping every 20 minutes to refill the oil that was leaking out of Steve's bike.


We made it back only 45 minutes before the guys and then we got to enjoy a spectacular sunset!  Here is the view from the restraurant.


This is actually the view from our hotel room.  It was awesome!


We enjoyed the sunset and shared beer with new friends.  It was priceless!!  When can we do it again!?!?!? 

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  Swampy you sure know how to keep us tuning in with your promise of the mud hole pics. You should have heard the ride report at the club meeting Wednesday night!!!! Maybe I should start riding sweep so I can catch all this action. I had the best ride I've ever had at Alabama and I've only missed one. Loved the hill climb and the mud hole section. No one has mentioned that they are messing up the section to the over look. It was changing rapidly on Sunday thanks to a front end loader.I guess someone complained about that rock in the trail. Only one thing to say:Swampy and     
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Thanks carolyn and Steve. Good to see you guys up in 'Bama! And Rich and Kim. And Rich, and Robert, and Steve.....

Glad ya'll had a great time!

And I'm glad I got to share a part of my favorite state with ya'll too! Now.... what can I do next year... oh yeah! Already got that one planned! Hehehehehe!


Hey Carolyn, great looking shirt!


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Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.....











The Mud Holes.....












Well what can I say. Really. But just like anywhere else, some of the national forest roads are pretty cool! And this one just happens to be as well.... we usually run this one on Saturday only, but this year it was a two-day slopper! rememebr back in '05 when it was REALLY bad and we bypassed it altogether? Some of you do, I know you do!

So anyway, let me give you a little backround.... this section is a jeep road, primarily for jeeps...well, just about only jeeps until we use it in the fall.... so without further fanfare.... let me show you a little bit puttin a little mud on the tires! Southern Style!

Here's Steve Ahern motoring through.... look at the top of the hole to his right (your left).... this can fill with water up to that level! Imagine if it did (think 2006!)... oh and just in front of him.... is a 12" dip that sinks the bike before you can come out of the hole. Some folks don't survive the dip.... as evidence in pictures later on in this post! Did I mention gooey, wet, saturated, Alabama clay mud?



...and here he is exiting the hole..... did I mention this was the 2nd hole in from this direction.... with only about 6 more to go?



Here's Mike McLeod bulldogging his KLR up the hill on the go-round of that mudhole.... it was on an angle, steep, and strewn with roots... he got fed up with it he went down again just to come back up it without putting his feet down! Also: Notice jennifer Ahern on the yello Zuk at the bottom. She rode it down there. Saw Mike lose it. Put the kickstand down and walked up the hill. Mike went and rode her bike out!


See now Mike thought the other Mike was nuts for attacking the mudhole. Afterall, McLeod has ridden this before. But.....

Jen McLeaod had other plans.... she saw Mike Ahern make it through and got a little full of herself. And to all of our amazement, Jen entered the hole and the cheering began!

Here's Smokin' Jen starting the climb out of the hole...once again, see the lip of the hole? Continue to imagine if it was full. Unreal! Go Jen Go!



So determoned was she to make it she exited the hole to cheers from everyone... and she focused on getting through the next shallow one to park her bike..... but it's always the shallow ones the come back and bite ya! Look at the water coming outa the pipe!



Next up, the old "If a girl can do it, I can do it" 

I'll just put the next 3 pics up and you figure it out.... here's Frank......notice his front tire on the DR350 is under water already....



Frank catching the "dip"....



Lifeguard Rick Knight and Frank.... now Frank knows first hand how deep... and gooey.... and slick....and not mentioned before: STINKY, these mudholes can be! And remember, this one was only half full! And should I mention the difference in depth from where Rick is standing to where where Frank is? Naw... I ain't sayin' a word....


There are more pics out there, from Bill, Rich and Pat along with some others there. We've got Frank doing the butterfly stroke in the Olympic mudpool, we've got more of Jen, Mike, and everyone.... if only these guys would post 'em!

But my next post will focus on the beauty of Alabama in the fall....

It's one of the reasons I love this event so much. It's a great state, fantastic routes, increadible scenery, and wonderful people. It's everything I love about Dixie wrapped up in one fabulous weekend....

So stay tuned, and see one more reason why this is the best event in the south....


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Thanks carolyn and Steve. Good to see you guys up in 'Bama! And Rich and Kim. And Rich, and Robert, and Steve.....

Glad ya'll had a great time!

And I'm glad I got to share a part of my favorite state with ya'll too! Now.... what can I do next year... oh yeah! Already got that one planned! Hehehehehe!


Hey Carolyn, great looking shirt!

We enjoyed meeting you and we also met lots of other great folks. Wish I could remember all their names, but I'm sure we'll meet up again on another ride in the near future.  We've been on most of the rides this year and this was absolutely the best!!  We really had one of the best times EVER!!! 

I didn't think you could top our mud picture of Kim in the mud, but by golly do did!    Those pictures ROCK!!!  See Kim, you weren't the only scuba diver out there!!  

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 Great pics everyone! That was one fantastic weekend. I wish I was still there ridin' and relaxin'. I'll be there next year fo sho.
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Well, let me finish off my report and you guys can keep postin' your pics....


Sunday, we the sweep crew wheeled in about an hour before nightfall... on the way back to the truck I had to do the obligatory pic at the highpoint... I think I have this pic with 5 different bikes...



...and now the view from the end of the boardwalk....

No where else do you get views like like.....








No matter where you go, what you do, and where you wind up, it's memories like these that always stay with you....



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A few Pictures from the ride:


Our crew passing the preride crew @ the mudhole!



Who's that happy camper?




Who's that handsome guy?




Pictures didn't do this sunset justice!



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As Swampy said, the Von Sweeper Brothers Saturday Sweep Crew didn't make it to Sunday's ride. We lost one sweeper early to transmission problems. We encountered one rider with roadside electrical repair but got it sorted out quickly. Everything was good up to lunch.

It's tough work being at the back, particularly if you get into trouble and don't have anyone to help you out. The "sadistic" post-lunch mudholes did us in. I made it through fairly unscathed with only one muddy tip-over. On the "big one", Todd made the mistake of going low around it and got stuck coming back up the hill. One of the hazards of riding a kickstart-only tractor. I, luckily, made the right choice and took the high route. Lesson: When in doubt, always take high ground because you can always use gravity to help you back down.

Once we got back on track, we were running a little late and started pushing it. But it started getting dark. I commented that it would be a "fun" ride down the hill with the rocks and ruts in low light. Todd said not to worry because we had good headlights. At that point, I hit the high beam button to check it out and then my headlight shorted out (as a result of my prior swim I guess). I went from low-beam to no-beam. So I wound up riding the last 45 miles in the dark with no headlight. It just goes to show you that you don't need to see where you're going.

We rolled in late, wet, and cold. I had been beaten by 'Bama'. We couldn't get the headlight repaired on Saturday night and I didn't bring a spare, so I was out for the ride on Sunday.  Swampy and Bill had to pick up the slack and rode sweep. Thanks for the helping out.

More lessons: Here's the list of stuff in my spares box: handlebars, front brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake lever, shift lever, throttle cables, clutch cable, inner tubes, pair of turn signals, and now a headlight and and extra headlight/signal switch housing. Also, be sure to carry a headlamp. It helped my riding partner keep track of me in the dark. This list is from experience, good and bad.

The BBQ chicken at the Old Mill on Saturday was the best I've ever had. Can't wait to go back for more. I'm glad that everyone had a good, safe ride.

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here's one thing to remember....

You never know who you meet along the journey. Be polite, be courteous, and be friendly.

When I had my flat, an old man came wandering over from his house, walking across his field. He came up to the fence and started talking, seing if everything was alright and if we needed anything. How's that for down-home friendliness. Well the conversation went on that he and his boy used to race enduros back in the 70's, and he went on to tell some stories.

Then he began talking about the cars he has in the barn, plus a '77 Harley that hasn't been ridden in years. Had his old dirt bike, but sold it a few years ago.

Then we begin talking about him and family. Seems he moved to this hollow back in 36 when he was just a boy. family lived in the houses around. between he and his brother, they have 450 acres. "Just put a hunt trailer up on the ridge. Had to use a skidder to clear the way. We own everything here up to the top of that mountain" he points to the mountain standing behind the property....

So with Rich and Bill across the road itchin to ride, I had to cut the conversation short, but told him I'll be back up sometime in the springtime, and Roy said I should stop by......

Who knows. We may be able to have some single track next year. We'll see..... when I stop back and talk with Roy...

Just goes to show, everyone has a story...



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I like old people....i hope to be one too when i grow up.....


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Wow that was an awesome weekend!!! What a great club, I met a lot of great people! Rich and I (Pat) were lucky enough to put over 600 miles on the bikes during our trip.  I have some good pics but wont let me upload. Hoping to be a part of next years ride for sure.

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Hi All,

Great time, could not think of a way to make it better. Carolyn and Steve, great pictures and as always a great time. Rich, Robert and Steve, thanks for helping us pick up our bikes  It it quite amazing that Kim and I found a way to fall in the water even when we were going around the water. They did not get pictures of my swim  I took the high road as suggested earlier by the sweeps..unforetunately I found a way to fall down the hill into the water. Don't underestimate our ability to find a way to fall in the water.
I had to fly out of Atlanta Sunday morning so I missed the second day. (As if I could walk or ride on Sunday) In all I only went down 7 times..that may not seem like much, but the body was definately complaining on Sunday. I felt like a tackeling dummy for a pro football team that used me after loosing a big game. Can anyone say night riding  Yep, that was our fault too...
Swampy - great pictures and a great time thanks for all the work..See you guys at the next ride.
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