Went 21 miles on our 1/2 day ride on Wednesday, March 8th at Royal Blue. The Royal Blue trails were muddy, slick, had deep, deep ruts, and deep lakes instead of puddles. The trails have not been groomed in months or years. I got stuck twice. We saw a wonderful waterfall (Cascade waterfall). On Thursday, March 9th, we went 44 miles for a full day of riding at Royal Blue again. Carver Olson led us on some very challenging trails. Some were pucker factor trails going up trails with rocky ruts. Ate lunch at a hometown restaurant in LaFonette, TN. The highlight of the day was seeing a herd of elk. Saw one huge bull elk and 21 other elk. No major issues. On Friday, March 10th, we rode Windrock. I was leading and came up on a tractor and pickup that completely blocked the trail. He asked me if I could jump his tractor. He said his truck was broke down and wouldn't move. His tractor weakly turned over when attempting to start it. Since he asked me to help him start it, we got out our jumper cables and hooked it up between my battery and his tractor battery. When he tried to start it, my SxS stopped running. I had it running to give the electrical connection more umph. When I tried to start my SxS, nothing happened. We checked all the fuses and relays. We couldn't find anything wrong on the SxS. While everyone was troubleshooting my SxS, the guy got his tractor running. It turns out he had a bad terminal connection at his battery. So, I asked him to pull me to the nearest road. We went about 15 miles with him pulling me with his tractor. I couldn't seem to keep the tow rope tawt. He would slow down for ruts in the trail then would speed up again. I managed to break two tow ropes and a chain. Yes, we managed to break a chain too. At times, I had to use my brakes on downhills. The brakes got hot and I had to pump them to slow down. Just before we got to the road, we had a long downhill stretch. We towed from behind. I hooked one end of the tow rope to my backend. Charlie hooked the other end to the front of his rig. So we rode that way all the way down to the road. It got a lot scarier when I completely lost brakes. When we finally got down to the road, Tom and Charlie went back to the Windrock trailhead and brought trailers. Charlie had a very short tow rope. With it, Tom was able to pull me into his 20ft enclosed trailer. I looked for a SxS service department that would be open on a Saturday. Sure enough, I found one near our hotel. Brought my SxS to them at 9am. They fixed it by 11am. Turns out a fusible link had blown near the battery. A fusible link is a fuse that is inline with a wire near the battery. When it blows, another fuse can't replace it. You have to a) know where the fusible link is, and b) know how to replace it. The service guy replaced the fusible link with a replaceable fuse. The good thing is that the link likely saved my SxS from more extensive damage. I think the tractor battery was a 24 volt battery, not a regular 12 volt battery. That's why it blew the fusible link and saved me from more severe damage. Still, all in all, I enjoyed the adventure. Thank goodness for great friends who helped me. Did I learn a lesson? Sure did, I'll never jump another vehicle again. Maybe another SxS, but nothing else and especially not a tractor. How does the saying go? A bad day of riding is much more fun than a good day at work. What am I saying. I'm retired. Every day is a Saturday!
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franciscoc: Hello everyone, first time UTV owner (2018 Yamaha Wolverine X4 SE) from Chapel Hill. I have read the new members info., application form, etc. and I am very interested in joining your club. I am looking forward to the chance of meeting you all. Thanks
Jul 8, 2018 19:22:57 GMT -5
kevinb: franciscoc, Good choice on a machine, we have several Wolvies in our group. The next meeting should be on July 17th. Stay tuned and Lonnie (our president) will post up info on the meeting.
Jul 10, 2018 7:30:43 GMT -5
Lonnie W: Yep, the next meeting is July 17. See ya there.
Jul 12, 2018 9:39:15 GMT -5
awesomeatvrentals: Looking for an ATV trail near Union or Mecklenburg County
Oct 14, 2018 12:09:12 GMT -5
jim: I have a Cam-Am 650 Outlander 2 up only has 92 miles for sale. Asking 8000. Email me if interested email@example.com
Mar 7, 2019 18:42:34 GMT -5
John S: Need to find some folks to ride with. Live in Raleigh but love to ride WV
Jun 27, 2019 12:23:12 GMT -5
Randy_R: Just thought I'd post something here. lol
Jul 31, 2019 21:32:25 GMT -5
Wiley M: Yep not much going on in the shoutbox! We have a meeting tonight.
Aug 20, 2019 9:38:37 GMT -5
David B: Let’s go ride in the snow!!!
Dec 12, 2019 19:54:45 GMT -5
John S: Hope everyone has a safe holiday. I hope to see more of WV next year. Merry Christmas to all!!
Dec 22, 2019 13:18:56 GMT -5
me109: New to the forum - from Carroll County MD.. I joined because I'm looking for information on "Bob T" maps..
Feb 25, 2020 9:46:49 GMT -5
tnmax: A great TN howdy to you all!
Jun 12, 2020 9:44:09 GMT -5
timber: Hello all. New here. Looking forward to hitting the trails with you all.
Sept 17, 2020 8:29:02 GMT -5
John Savarese: Hi there! Just joined the forum. I'm just outside of Charlotte, looking for an active riding club that's not 4 hours away. You guys popped up in my search.
Nov 2, 2020 15:19:11 GMT -5
bigk: Hey all. Just joined, anyone from Morganton, NC here?
Dec 15, 2020 9:37:38 GMT -5
Mike F: Most of the folks are from Winston Salem, Charlotte area. But people are everywhere, I am in Catawba/Hickory not far from you. We normally ride WV Hatfield McCoy Trails/ Outlaw Trails. Some go down to Carolina Adventure World for short day trips.
Dec 15, 2020 14:29:58 GMT -5
bigk: Anyone planning a short trip in February?
Dec 17, 2020 8:06:48 GMT -5
onedollar: Hello, New Here. I ride SXS in WV a lot and have my own place up there. Looking forward to meeting some of you and hitting the trails.
Sept 15, 2021 13:26:49 GMT -5
PD: Hello everyone hope to ride with y’all . I’m in moyock nc and have razor Xp 1000 and love to trail ride .
Nov 28, 2021 20:01:40 GMT -5