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Rob Virkus called me up a couple of months ago and asked if there were any dual sport events coming up.  We had managed to miss the Land Between The Lakes, so I suggested the Tiger ride.  Turns out, this is one of the best kept secrets in the dual sport world!  It's a one day event on the third Sunday of October, which is also the peak of leaf season.  A beautiful time to be in the mountains on a bike.  Not a heavily promoted event.  Mostly the GARTRA guys who put in a lot of hard work keeping up the ORV trails in North Georgia.
I just got a new camper I was wanting to use, and Rob has a small city on wheels.  We met on Friday afternoon, and I had a route laid out for Saturday.

Camp Dan
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Rob's place
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We wake up Saturday morning to light rain.  About 9 AM the rain stops and we head out.  Up to Highlands and down to Franklin.

Stop for a pic at Dry Falls.
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Unfortunately, that's all the photos I shot that day.  From there we headed down to Franklin and Burningtown, up Teleco Rd. to Briartown, down Old River Rd. and had lunch on lake Nantahala.  It rained while we ate lunch, and when we got back on the bikes, the rain was over.  From there we took Forest Rd. 711 to 64 and Standing Indian Campground and Hurricane Creek rd. to 441 and Clayton.  172 miles total, about 1/3 gravel rd.

Next morning the sky is clear and cold. We head over to Tiger Drive In Theater for the start of the dual sport ride.
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People start showing up.
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The Florida delegation is in the house.  Ray brings a couple of his friends along.
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Rob is telling the sweep crew they need to carry coffee and donuts in the jeep for us.
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This guy must have gotten the wrong email.
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Sam gets things started
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John gets us moving.  These guys do a hell of a job putting on these events and somehow make it look easy.
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I had always heard that this was a very easy going, mostly paved road tour, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was mostly gravel roads and quite a lot of rough jeep roads with plenty of elevation.  Lots of fun to ride. In spite of it being peak leaf peeping time, there was just about no traffic on the forest roads. Way less than the Hooch.
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Lots of creek crossings
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And some pretty awesome scenery.
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Once again........ more good times with good friends.

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Thanks again John and Sam for a really great ride!  I'll be back next year!

If you don't ride this one,  you are really missing out on one of the best rides of the year!





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Good stuff Dan!

What's this guy doing?? [ne_nau]

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Good stuff Dan!

What's this guy doing?? [ne_nau]

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He is stretching out his frame to change the handling for those fast sections.

Dan, Looks like a good ride, will have to try to make that one.

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I thought he was picking up a KTM........I heard they never fall over. [augie] 

Well except for this one.........

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Oh yeah, and this one............

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Dan,
Looks like you had a great time. Sorry we couldn't get together and meet up while we were up in the area. Just gives us another excuse to plan a ride together.
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By the way, this is Bridal Veil Falls. Dry Falls is a little further up 28 towards Franklin.


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Tom and Tim at Dry Falls 2007

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Oh yeah, sorry about that.  I was pretty tired when I did this report.  On the way to work today I was thinking about that and realized I had screwed it up.  After riding 170 miles on Saturday, and 144 miles on Sunday, I loaded up and headed home.  I was already dead tired when I left Tiger at 5 PM.  Had to stop a couple of times and take a quick nap.  Got home at 2 AM.
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The ride was definitely worth it! Enough entertainment just at the start ,with all makes of bikes being push started down the drive-in tiers!
GARTRA members are a great bunch!
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