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I took my new to me 09 GSA up to Big Creek Reservoir last week. I don't know the elevation but if I had to guess it would be somewhere around 9000 feet. It's pretty clean in the picture due to the 2 foot deep creek I had to ride through to get up to the reservoir!


I like the way you wash your bike :)
 

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I had just led my buddies over Hogback Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest on the ridge road when we stopped for this photo. My buddies in the background on their KLRs had been calling my GS the bikeapotomus and after this bit of trail, they started calling it my bigass dirt bike. Deep mud, steep hilly rock gardens, and roughly 2 hours to get through 11 miles of two track.

 

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Awaiting the spirit to move me sufficiently for a real ride report, but, and I am going to cheat, a long day into the ride at Deals Gap, and then the northernmost point at Meat Cove...




Dr. Strangelove, I'll see your Deals Gap and Meat Cove, and raise you a Devil's tower - though not on a GS - does that count.





 

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I'll see your Utah (outside of Vernal)



and raise you South Louisiana



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Aww, ya got me. Though I have a daughter and her family in Lafayette LA, I've never ridden my bike there. I can't call your Cajun photo. I plan to go next spring as I'm thinking about coming down on the Natchez Trace and then over to see her. I've been really wanting to take a big road trip on the GS (all my longer rides have been mostly off the pavement). And what better excuse than some boudin and some mudbugs!

Speaking unpaved adventure, here's a photo up in the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia:

 
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Cracklins are deep fried myocardial infarctions, somewhat akin to "pork skins" achieving the dubious qualities of being both better than and worse than pork skins, depending on what you're measuring.
My favorite BBQ place in Atlanta was a multi-generational shack down near the Federal Pen. Harolds closed a few years ago and they made a decent cracklin corn bread and the best Brunswick Stew you can buy anywhere. I can't get cracklins here so I buy them on my visits back in Georgia/Alabama or LA (not to be confused with Lower Alabama).
 

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Smoky 500 Ride

I met up with some buddies in Georgia this past week and had perfect weather for riding the Smoky 500 track. The Nantahala River:



Brasstown Bald (highest point in Georgia):


And this is why they call them the "Smokys"


There's one easy water crossing but it's interesting because you set off riding down the creek without being able to see where the exit is to be found:

https://youtu.be/xqvK3hzjdVw
 

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That place was right near Lafayette! On US190 somewhere. Lafayette may be the boudin capital of the Earth and it is arguably the epicenter of Acadiana. Very nice people there and very good food. Boudin, and this is an oversimplification, is a sort of a rice dressing--with herbs, flavoring, magic--in a sausage casing. It is as much a finger food as anything. Comes in two versions...for a newcomer and for this experienced eater, you want the "white" boudin (pronounced Boo-Dan). Good stuff for sure.

Cracklins are deep fried myocardial infarctions, somewhat akin to "pork skins" achieving the dubious qualities of being both better than and worse than pork skins, depending on what you're measuring.
While down in Georgia riding the Smoky 500 ADV ride on my GS, I came across a farmer's market that had bags of cracklins in the refrigerator section. I scored a couple of bags and since I was making a big pot of chili yesterday, it was time to unleash them on my cornbread. Now, it would be an understatement to say that my Momma's recipe for cornbread is awesome without the cracklins added. It includes some equally unhealthy ingredients and mixing in a generous amount of these cracklins into the batter rendered the unbelievably delicious food for the soul shown in the video below:

https://youtu.be/P2FXNbyABy4

Enjoying food like this makes me feel sad for all the woefully deprived people that were not privileged to be born and raised in the deep south of the USA. And yes, enjoying this, as Dr. Strangelove mentions, will start the clock ticking on your very own myocardial infarction.
 

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With the OEM Anakees on my '16 GS, I decided to ride down to the BMW Off-Road riding school in Greer SC via the Blue Ridge Parkway:



I rode their bike at the training. On the way home I took the long way through Virginia on a stinking hot day and stopped off in the middle of the afternoon at a no-name ice cream shop. I decided to indulge myself and ordered a banana split and this is what they set down in front of me:

 

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@GrayBeard how was the training? Would you recommend it?
Absolutely. Definitely ride their bike so you don't have to think much about dirt naps. They take every slow, step by step in showing you that a big adventure bike must be ridden differently but can definitely take on enduro type riding. The experience and skills I learned at this training gave me the confidence to take my GS off into some of the gnarliest single track and even woods free riding. Definitely worth the time and money.
 
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We rode to the end of US 1 on the east coast last week - Fort Kent Maine. We hooked on to US 1 just north of Baltimore Maryland and didn't stray from it all the way to the end.

 
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On the Mid-Atlantic BDR last week. This photo was taken on our way through Bald Eagle State Park in PA on Wednesday. Leaves just about at the peak of color, not a soul seen all day in the ride through the parks.

 

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Pretty cool app. I've been using it for my mountain bike rides but can't seem to ever remember to start it when I'm on the motorcycle.

Looking forward to catching up with the folks this weekend in Buchanan. I've sold the Super Duke and bringing my GS this time.
 

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FYI, that smaller island in front is called Wizard Island.
Yep, been there, done that :)



That was toward the end of September and it had snowed a bit a few days before.
 
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