Saturday, September 28, 2019

Playing Fort 2

Eric had it all set, a reserved campsite at Pineview, GPS Routes created, both inside the fort and out...we were ready.  Eric rode down, Kevin and I drove w/trailers having left early to make our 7:30 meetup.  As so often predicted this summer, the forecast wasn't all that great but I'll break the news here;  we had almost no rain while riding.  In fact the rain didn't start until we had the campfire going at a mature pace Saturday evening.  All of us tired enough from a couple days of riding, it wasn't necessarily a hardship to be sent to our sleeping bags early.

The plan had been to spend a lot more miles on the fort itself and that's how we started out Friday morning.  We later were made aware that a rule change had taken place last winter, a new definition of Recreational Use had been established and as a result, the roads that we were most interested in were no longer accessible to motorcycles, street legal or not.  Eric did a magnificent job of adapting and almost as if it had been meant to be, we discovered some absolutely prime avenues to the east.  Prime to the point that we did some of them multiple times, changing direction or even repeating those!  They're out there to be discovered.

355 miles ridden for the weekend, Eric had more since he'd ridden his bike from home rather than haul it like Kevin and I did.

7:30 Friday morning...

We went out for a ride and then returned after the park office opened at 9.  Registration complete, we moved the rigs and got camp cozy.

Ready for the all important coffee....thanks Eric!

Then we were out on the trails...

Here we stopped for a bit after a section of extra deep sand.

Later, root beer floats at Rudy's in Sparta....

Potter Road, Bear Road, Goodyear Road, McKenna Road....

Merlin Lambert County Park, Potter Flowage

In Warrens, we made a stop at Cranberry Discovery Center...

Cranberry Festival next weekend.....many, many people expected to enjoy the berries. Club Oasis.

After our dinner and outside, this young family were exiting their car with the little guy absolutely ignoring his mother, eyes focused on our bikes across the parking lot.  My brother offered a "sit" on his Kawasaki.  Both the young man and his sister sat on a KLR and a KTM.  Horn honking was both encouraged and practiced.

Eric left early Sunday morning for home, Kevin and I a bit later with a breakfast stop together in Sparta.  Rain off and on all night and this was the radar image at 8:30 Sunday morning.

Here's a look at where, what and how we rode.

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