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Old 10-27-10, 10:36 AM   #1
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Camping Trip and 115 Miles of Riding

Two friends and I drove down to Big South Fork National Recreation Area in southern Kentucky. We all had LHTs and pounded out 115 miles over two days. Most of the riding was on gravel.

This was by far the hardest cycling I've done. I've ridden more distance. I've ridden hills. I've ridden gravel. I've never combined everything like this though.

The last few months nearly all of my riding has been fairly flat in-town stuff, so my legs got weaker. On the bright side, I finished the weekend as planned. We all had a great time.


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Old 10-27-10, 10:45 AM   #2
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If they were black and white it would look like some of the old tour de france photos. Must have been a great time.
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Old 10-27-10, 11:16 AM   #3
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Looks very scenic and relaxin and enjoyable.
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Old 10-27-10, 06:03 PM   #4
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Wish I were there

Aside - I'd be worried bout lying my bike down on it's right side...

Call me paranoid?
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It was a great ride. It will be a while before I attempt something that ambitious. There were definitely times I doubted I'd make it.

As far as laying the bike down, the pannier prevented the derailleur from being on the ground.
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Old 10-27-10, 10:24 PM   #6
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Wonderful! Offroad LHTs!
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I figured... I'm just paranoid...
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Old 10-28-10, 09:22 AM   #8
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Wonderful! Offroad LHTs!
It wasn't technically Off-road. These were all roads that show up on maps, even the creek crossings. There were cars travelling them occasionally.

It was mixed-terrain though. Quite a bit of fun, and quite challenging.
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It wasn't technically Off-road. These were all roads that show up on maps, even the creek crossings. There were cars travelling them occasionally.

It was mixed-terrain though. Quite a bit of fun, and quite challenging.
Did you camp at the truck each night, or did you bring camping gear on the bikes? I assume the former, since the bikes don't look fully loaded.
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Did you camp at the truck each night, or did you bring camping gear on the bikes? I assume the former, since the bikes don't look fully loaded.
Correct, we did not do bike camping. We did a camping trip with two days of riding.

I've done one bike camping trip (solo) earlier this year, but the campground was less than 40 miles from my house. It was a bit hilly, but nothing like this trip. So, I have had my LHT loaded.
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That is some righteous off road riding. Thanks for the pics.

More details if you please, did you tent camp, take food, eat at restaurants have a support vehicle? How did you get the off bike stuff done?
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That is some righteous off road riding. Thanks for the pics.

More details if you please, did you tent camp, take food, eat at restaurants have a support vehicle? How did you get the off bike stuff done?
We drove to the camp site, each one of the three of us had our own tent. We shared a camp stove, beer, food, and lantern.

We cooked easy meals for dinner (boil pasta, drain, add sauce). I made coffee in a percolator. We had instant oatmeal for breakfast.

We were in a very remote area. Getting water during the ride was a challenge. Once we stopped at a fire station. Another time was a forestry service building. I carried five water bottles, but still ran out of water. We carried snacks with us (peanut butter sandwiches, oatmeal cream pies, almonds).

As I said before, this was not an off-road ride. These are roads and are used by cars. They are remote roads in poor condition, but that's what made it fun.

There was no support vehicle. Just three guys on bikes. No matter what happened each day, we'd have to make it back to camp. If an emergency had occurred, it would have been difficult to get help. Three cell phones on two different carriers, and none had coverage. Luckily, it all went well.

My write up is here:
http://fatguy.org/2010/10/26/big-south-fork/

Another point of view is here:
http://texlouisvillebike.blogspot.co...ork-day-1.html

Even more here:
http://www.apertome.com/blog/2010/10...rt-1-saturday/
http://www.apertome.com/blog/2010/10...part-2-sunday/
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Old 10-28-10, 04:05 PM   #13
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Great write-ups on the blogs!
Makes me feel like kind of a wuss when I think of some of the climbs I've complained about on my rides here in North Texas.
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Thanks for the details. Sounds great. Me and a friend are planning something like that for SW Utah next spring. Helpful stuff.
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What a cool trip! Something right up my alley. Thanks for posting pics!
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Hi dcrowell----- fascinating pics & narrative. Talk about an excellent adventure....wow! What kind & size of tires were you using?
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Old 10-29-10, 07:28 AM   #17
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Hi dcrowell----- fascinating pics & narrative. Talk about an excellent adventure....wow! What kind & size of tires were you using?
I was running Schwalbe Marathon 700x40. Michael was running Continental Contact 700x35 and Tim was running 26x2.0? I'm guessing on Tim's. I think he had a wider front tire than rear. I think his rear was a Travel Contact, I'm not sure about the front.

Thanks all. It was a great adventure.
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