This past weekend was the (soon to be annual) Derby Escape ride down to Sky Bridge Station in Red River Gorge. We had riders from 3 different states join up; Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Yep, we had a guy ride up from Galviston, TX to ride around the Gorge and then head home. Retirement must be nice… Along on the ride were 4 NC700X’s, a Honda Rebel and a Suzuki SV650. There were more NCs there than I have seen in one place together since I got mine. It was great. Now, I also got video, but have not processed it yet. It will probably be short, as I have posted this particular ride before, but there are a couple neat features we had this time over last.
So this weekend, on basically a spur of the moment decision, I headed out to a tiny location in the middle of the farmland of Illinois. Literally. If I didn’t happen on the coordinates, I would have not made it. That isn’t entirely true, but as of Friday night, it was. Moonshine Store, at the intersection of 2 tiny county roads in the middle of the farmland of middle Illinois. There was not much to look at out there, much like Kansas. The population 364 days of the year is 2. Yep, 2…
Apparently there is a yearly ride in March made by some of the Indiana and Kentucky ADV riders to, well, break the ice and give the new season an official start. This past weekend was that ride. There are a couple groups that ride in from different areas and finally meet up in Cave City. This year, there were 4 who came in from Indiana, and 7 of us from Kentucky. The final destination was a small, but nice, campground which had a few cabins on it located just outside Mammoth Cave. It was Rock Cabin Camping.
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These are the videos from the ride in Red River Gorge. The first one is just the short ride through the Nada Tunnel on Nada Tunnel Road: 0:52. The 2nd one is of a ride on some gravel above the gorge on the Tunnel Ridge Road: 13:21. It was hard packed gravel, but there were a few wet, slippery spots and plenty of potholes. The last is the video from the whole loop consisting of roads 15 (Campton Road), 715 (Sky Bridge Road) and 77 (Nada Tunnel Road). Please hit the Continue Reading to view the videos.
This weekend constitutes the inaugural motocamping trip on Raven. I was doing a full load out, even though it was only going to be for one night. I wanted to see how she would handle the weight and make sure I could handle the extra weight on long trips at speed and in twisties. I was joined on the trip down by two other riders, David on his NC700X and Kelly on his BMW RS1100. I set my GPS to stick with the Scenic Routes only, forbidding Freeways and larger highways. We went all over the Kentucky countryside and cruised through the more remote areas of the horse farms and back country. We pulled out from the our starting point of E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, located near my house at just barely after 9:15 AM. We pulled into the loop at Natural Bridge Park just at 12:30 PM. Read the rest of this entry »