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PostSubject: HF Planning   Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:51 am

No doubt someone on here can steer me in the right direction. We are in the very early stages of planning a trip to ride Rockhouse, Bearwallow, and Buffalo Mountain (I think I have that right).

What is the best place / town to stage from? Least hauling in any direction, etc. I guess that is kind of vague but I hope you catch my drift. I want to do all three systems from the most central location possible. I am use to packing everything in so being in a town close to food, etc is not important. Being off the beaten path is fine, even preferred!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:08 am

Click me can't lose here!!! Right in the middle.
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:31 am

Gotta agree with DJ on location. PL and The Mayor's lodging will pamper you and your bud's better than you probably deserve. Laughing

When we have done similar trips, we try to plan our driving so we could hit BW on the way to Gilbert. That may not flow the right way from Carolina. Maybe you could consider a different trail system that is south of Gilbert. Suggestion...Day one, trail ride IR or PC then drive on into Gilbert. Day two, while the quads are still loaded on your trailer, drive on over to BM. Day three, four etc explore RH all you want with no more loading, straping, or trailering. I'm figuring you already know that, but maybe a newbee will find that tip helpful. Very Happy

Hoping your "planning" turns into a riding trip!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:12 am

Thanks DJ. Consider me a newbie as far as Gilbert / Man go. IR and PC would not be included in this trip. That's where Mountain Top Cabins comes in!

I see where BM is out there by itself (and we want to tag KY while in that area), but is it possible to do RH & BW from one spot? Is there an Outlaw connector between those? I guess that is a stupid question as I'm sure there is... Do they tolerate road riding (trailhead to trailhead) in this part of the state?

And good morning everyone!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:33 am

Livingood Lodging will offer any QCR a nice discount during the slow months and as always offers the usual 10% discount anytime you lodge with us. Let me know what date you want and the $$$ savings may interest you. Hope you have a great outing wherever you stay and remember...be safe!

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:24 pm

Lee wrote:
Thanks DJ. Consider me a newbie as far as Gilbert / Man go. IR and PC would not be included in this trip. That's where Mountain Top Cabins comes in!

I see where BM is out there by itself (and we want to tag KY while in that area), but is it possible to do RH & BW from one spot? Is there an Outlaw connector between those? I guess that is a stupid question as I'm sure there is... Do they tolerate road riding (trailhead to trailhead) in this part of the state?

And good morning everyone!

BM is out there on it's own a little bit. However it is a must do, allow lots of time the day you go there as they is much to see and many miles to ride. Outlaw trail from RH TO BW ummmmm. Yes and No it's complicated and not like the Wagon Wheel so I would plan on a trailer haul to BW. The road is narrow and winding and you couldn't pay me to ride and ATV down it so I never bothered to ask. affraid

Man and Gilbert as well as Logan (with some limitations) are ATV friendly and very hospitable. Matwan has a bridge that crosses over to KY sign says no ATV's but when the hell did that stop anyone lol!

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:31 pm

Hey Lee, I second everything he said. GO!!! D.J. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:18 pm

I have a track for going between Gilbert and BM if you are interested. I think it is mostly road, I got it from Mark Simoniz if you know him from wvsxs. We were told that HM was going to put a connector in next year?? If you ride your ATV it will take a long time and then you have to ride back that night. I agree that trailering is the only way to go. If coming from Gilbert I would go to the Matewan trailhead. If coming from Logan I would go to the Delbarton trailhead.
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:59 pm

I'll go with the majority also.

Stay at PL's place you won't be sorry. Vivian and Randy have always treated us GREAT, can't say enough good things about them.

I'm sure there is a way to get over to Buffalo Mtn. from Gilbert without too much blacktop, but I don't know it. You'd be better off trailering over there anyway. Buffalo Mtn. system is getting larger so you can easly make a day out of it. If you go to Williamson for lunch hit Starters, good food , great service.

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:12 pm

Lee,
Despite the "trailering" to Buffalo Mountain, don't let that stop you.
BM is a great system that has some nice views and hot in-the-ground coal fires.
LL is the best in Gilbert, IMO. Great hosts, great lodges.
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:24 am

Lee we did this a few years ago. Stayed near Gilbert and arrived on Wednesday night. Never unloaded the quads from the trailer.
Got up Thursday morning and headed to Buffalo Mtn. trailhead. road all day and ate lunch in Williamson. took trails to Matewan and fueled up then headed back to the trucks and Gilbert.
Friday went to Logan parked at the trailhead.. road trails, lunch at Wendys in Logan. headed back and then finally unloaded the quads and washed them up a bit
Rode at Rockhouse on Saturday.
Because we came from Ohio we stopped at Lil Coal on the way down and road for a few hours on Wednesday too. It may seem busy and a lot of driving but it wasn't... not at all. the systems arent that far apart. 4 systems in 4 days. Awesome would luv to do it again sometime. Very Happy

I am sure Livinggood lodging would make your stay great!!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:44 am

Trailering isn't a problem. Just wanted to do the least possible. Thanks to everyone for the replys. All is very informative. Let's say we stay at PL's place. Looks like that will let us ride ATV's to Rockhouse. How long a pull is it to the other systems? 30-45 minutes each maybe?
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:53 am

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:56 am

That isn't bad. Thanks a lot Greg!!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:19 pm

polarislover wrote:
Livingood Lodging will offer any QCR a nice discount during the slow months...

How busy is mid / late September? I'll want to do this before the days get too short. And I want to book in time!!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:56 pm

All set. We're going up the Tuesday after Labor day for the balance of the week. Looking forward to knocking out 3 more Hatfield systems (and KY)!

Thanks for the pointers and info!!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:58 pm



Love it when a plan comes together...
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:30 pm

Me too!! It happens so rarely...
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:22 pm

All maps printed. Thanks again Greg for the BM and BW directions. I'm going to try and freshen up the wheeler a bit this weekend with some new front brakes (they lasted 3800 miles), a-arm bushings, and a routine service. Would have done it last weekend but for the hurricane.

I'm ready to go riding!! All of you Labor Day weekend riders have fun and at least try to be safe!!

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:06 am

We had a great time. Buffalo Mountain is the absolute BOMB and now my favorite HF system.

Here are screen shots of the tracks. I had a power issue on BW so forgive the straight lines!

Buffalo:


Bearwallow:


Rockhouse:


All:


And some photos:

Our cabin:


We spent a few hours on RH Tuesday afternoon.



Wednesday was Buffalo Mountain day.




Kentucky!


Matewan:




Thursday it was Bearwallow. Surprisingly technical in places.



The mountain was on fire!




And Rockhouse revisited on Friday. Slopoke brought in 10-12 Thursday night. 12 miles in, 2 sports were down and a third wounded. I think I now understand why they call it Rockhouse! We saw this group next back at the cabin.











Twin Hollow is NICE!




Slopoke to the rescue!





An awesome trip for sure!!

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:07 pm

Great Photos!!!!!!!!

Makes me want to ride!

This

Looked like this back in the day.

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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:41 pm

That would have been cool!
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:25 pm

Quick question why I'm thinking about it.

Why is he called Slopoke? Based on my experience, it is NOT because he is a slopoke on the trails...
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:28 pm

Maybe it is like calling the biggest guy tiny
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PostSubject: Re: HF Planning   Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:33 pm

That would go far to explain it. Thank you DJ.
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