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PostSubject: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:51 pm

Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011
My truck was all loaded & pack Sunday, left Monday 5 am, Pat, Tom, Jack & Grizz. We had rain till we crossed the Ohio River on RT. #77, WV was all Sun & warm 88 + degrees in Man. Arrived at 11 an & Terry & Christina http://www.rockhouselodge.com/index.html were just finishing cleaning our rooms, they are great host. We unloaded the ATV’s, got permits, new maps & gas then had a quick lunch at Wendy’s. Pat & Jack were a little nervous; they are newbie’s to trail riding. That first little slippery rock area & tree at the start of trailhead had them wondering how tough the trails were going to be, but soon they were riding like pro’s. We rode green & blue’s on the Man side, about 6 o’clock we headed back for some refreshments & supper. Jack discovered the Carb on his Grizzly was dripping out the overflow, the shut off wouldn’t stop it either. I showered & was in bed by 9:30 & slept till 7 am, wish I could sleep 9 ½ Hrs every night. I felt well rested. Next morning it had stopped, we added some cleaner & no more trouble with that.
Day 2 we had breakfast & gassed up, we got to the Man Trailhead & this group of trail bikers were unloading, 2 of them were doing wheelie’s across the parking lot, I told them about the Rangers writing people up & they thanked me & went roaring up the trail, they were friendly, just excited about riding. We rode the blue & green trails working our way toward Gilbert. The guys liked the switchbacks & climbs, some we did again. We finally arrived at the tunnel & took pictures, then down to Gilbert, Pat & Jack thought riding the highway was neat; we had a Sheriff’s Car coming toward us from Gilbert & he paid no attention to us, Pat said not like at home. We stopped to visit PL “Randy” he said you guys had lots of rain, but had a great time. I couldn’t help but notice a mattress lying on the enclosed deck, another bed malfunction??? WOW ! I didn’t ask any questions. We had a short visit, then gassed up & up the mountain we went, more pictures at the tunnel, then worked our way to Man, had a couple of refreshments, showered, supper. & to bed early.
Day 3 Up early, I tried to talk the guys into doing Bearwallow but they wanted to ride Rockhouse, we rode most of the green & blue trails to the tunnel & back again, About one O’clock the wind kicked up & was blowing a storm in, limbs were falling & we came across a few downed trees, we got around them ok. Then Jack discovered grease on his left rear wheel, the boot was torn & CV joint was broken. We were half way between Man & Gilbert, so we took the easiest & fastest way back to Man. Back around 5 & loaded the ATV’s finishing just as the rain started. Rained thru the night with a big storm with lighting & high wind, we lost the electric for about 2 hrs. Had breakfast, clean up rooms & headed to Speedway for fuel. The weather was great high 80's nights 57 no rain till after the ride

We are trying to get a bigger ride together for June, they have other friends who are interested. I think these guys are hooked.

“A good time was had by all”

PS. Any old Quadcrew people remember a young kid who went by papa_smurf, we met up with him at Speedway while fueling up, He is a policeman now, I guess for Man, he was just coming off shift & in uniform. I remember seeing him in Wendy’s about 2006 & he was riding a trail bike wearing a backpack for water with a hose, I kiddingly ask him if that was a parachute & we all had a laugh. I told him to get on Quadcrewriders & say hello.
This is an old e-mail cruisej@charter.net from quadcrew, not sure if it is current. I’ll try it. Hey, always good to know a COP Wink

Pic's https://picasaweb.google.com/Grizzly716/HatfieldMcCoy42511?authkey=Gv1sRgCMXrq4ayoubTUw#
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:02 pm

Sounds like you guys had a good time despite the mechanical problems.

Good thing you didn't ask about the mattress Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:20 pm

Good ride report... Glad the weather stayed away while you guy's were on the trails.

I know Giddyupgirl was talking with Bearman over Easter weekend about Cruise "papa_smurf",
he rode a couple of times with us and Lou. Always a nice guy. He sure could ride that dirt bike.

You guy's will definitely have to go back down soon just to ride some stuff other then RockHouse.

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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:38 pm

papa_smurf cruisej@charter.net Not a good e-mail address

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Always a nice guy. He sure could ride that dirt bike.

He sure was, I remember him well
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:29 pm

Looks like everyone had a great time. Nice pics too. Thanks for sharing Grizz. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:33 pm

Grizz wrote:
That first little slippery rock area & tree at the start of trailhead had them wondering how tough the trails were going to be, but soon they were riding like pro’s.

That stupid rock needs blasted or a jack hammer taken to it. It gets worse and worse every year. I can just imagine a little kid trying to get up over it when it's wet. That would be enough to make them be anxious and worried for a few miles instead of having fun! Exclamation

I'm glad ALL of you had a good time!
We need to look up PapaSmurf next time we're down there. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:48 pm

I almost forgot, I found a turtle on the trail near the Man trailhead, looked the same as the one ED n Bev posted. Also saw 4 Big Black Snakes, they are coming out of the rocks now. Lots of wildlife Deer, Grouse in trees & sitting on the trail, one didn't want to move till I got real close. Also turkey on the way down to Man. Ruger get the Shotgun Wink . Riding in front you see a lot of wildliife, lots of frogs in the puddles Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sun May 01, 2011 6:17 am

Sounds like you had a good time.
Suze and i remember papa smurf. He was a very nice kid.
And about a bed malfunction? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sun May 01, 2011 8:05 am

Grizz enjoyed the ride report and pictures. Looks like you guys sure had a nice time.
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sun May 01, 2011 8:32 am

Grizz,
I seen atleast 6 turkeys when we rode Buffalo Mtn. on good friday.
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PostSubject: Re: Hatfield-McCoy 4-25 till 4-28-2011   Sun May 01, 2011 8:59 am

Very Nice Report, Grizz. Hooked some newbee's. Atta Boy!

Another bed??? Crying or Very sad Laughing
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