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post #1 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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KY gell'n/WNC withdrawal

Relocated to London KY and its getting closer to a thaw every weekend. I had rides like this one all around my house in NC mountains. No straight line droning to the fun stuff, a distinct lack of driveways, little traffic and the abundance and frequency of curves.

Anyone know of an easily accessible road that might provide me with similar opportunities...NEARBY? like 15 miles or nearer? Ive met cpd419 from Corbin and he has graciously volunteered to give me guide ants. But if anyone knows anything...I dont mind if its only a few miles in length; I can run laps on Sunday morning when the roads are empty. Its a zen thing.

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There is not a whole lot around here that are uninhabited but there are a few about 20 or so miles away. nothing more than a few miles long with a lot of back to back curvage. Go to google map and follow Hwy 90 through the Cumberland Falls State Park and check out the Mcreary County side beyond the falls. There is one little road numbered 700 that is decent. The road out to Parkers Lake has some decent curves with a little driveway traffic. And the devils backbone in Tennessee is not terriby out of reach. You can ride it from your house and be back home in 3 hours or so.
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Thanks Jim. Our brief intro ride was nice and I'm looking forward doing it again soon. I enjoyed meeting you and your daughter.

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cpd419,

I grew up in k'ville and rode the "devils triangle". If you are referencing TN 116, back in the day we called it the Norris Freeway. I remember that road fondly.

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I believe so. It starts at the Clinton exit, goes by Brushy Mtn prison. I have only been half way around it, one of the riders had tire problems so we had to abort. I think since I was there about three years ago they paved, not sure. I think about all on the coal mining is played out so maybe the roads are a little better on the Mtn side. I would love to hit it again a couple times this year.
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That is the Devil's Triangle, my mistake. We have some back country here called the devils backbone that I confused the name with.
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Memory distorts reality but I recall it being a worthy outing. I think we should see how the stroms like it ASAP. It looks like 297 might be an interesting route to 116. Probably turn it into an all day event but two lane is always better, isnt it?

I think you understand why Im looking for a "circuit" close to the house. Others may not. I have a sport bike. Its function isnt as broad as the strom. I love riding it as it was intended and that does not include drones.

I need a route with an absence of straights close to the house. I might have to consider selling it if nothing suitable can be found. Maybe a paved but undeveloped subdivision exists in the vicinity?

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A lot of the decent roads fairly close but most have houses and traffic. I had a buddy that had a bike like that but had to ride a ways to enjoy it and ended up selling it. He had to change the oil every time he rode it and had to rebuild it often. To much upkeep, too little reward i guess.
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Take 89 north to Irvine. At Irvine pick up 52 east to Beattyville. At Beattyville take 11 south to 80. Take 80 west back to London.

Kentucky's DOT has been aggressively paving all of the dirt and gravel roads in the state so I've been tempted to sell the VStrom and just build a set of super moto wheels for the XR650L. Some of the single lane and lane-and-a half paved roads here are plenty entertaining. It isn't NC but it's not too bad.

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Nice of you to make that suggestion Leroy. On street view, 89 looks fairly narrow? like you might want to not commit too fully... unless your goal in life is to be a hood ornament? I do intend to take a peak.

I've been eyeballing 478 and 700 around whitley city. It looks good on google maps street view. Can either of you confirm?

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