Aug. 5, 2020

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My third mountain bike race of the year and I finally got back on the podium, and it was Kali’s first medal. I had a good start and was 3rd in a 6 rider lead group that was nose to tail most of the first lap, we split into 4 leaders and trailers for the second lap and the pace was fast. I was in 4th waiting to catch a second wind when third really started to fall off the pace, but I couldn’t get around him and then we got caught behind an earlier wave back markers as I watched first and second ride away. I passed for 3rd starting the 3rd lap and chased unsuccessfully.  It felt good to ride hard again!

Aug. 2, 2020

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New campsite.

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I started early and had Silver Run Falls to myself.  It’s a great swimming hole!

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One of my goals for the weekend was to ride some new single track. I talked to several mountain bikers I met and one asked me, “you know about Stump House Tunnel right?” ummm no, well it has history (old railroad tunnel that was never finished), a waterfall and miles of single track to ride – sounds like a dream!

The waterfall – Issaqueena Falls – was a little disappointing, but there are several more to find/explore on my next trip.

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Stumphouse Tunnel and it’s history is cool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stumphouse_Mountain_Tunnel

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The ride was totally worth the trip! As I was studying the map, a young kid rolls up and asks if it’s my first time, yes, well ride with me. Connor, a Clemson University student showed me the best lap and we had a blast, he could drop me on every downhill and I could catch back up on every climb.

July 30, 2020

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Lynn and I debated what to hike today, long hike or drive to waterfalls, or shorter hikes… I finally decided. To the top of Table Rock, the guide said it was strenuous and plan for 5 hours as it gains 2000 feet from the start.

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After last night’s thunderstorms all the creeks were flowing nicely.

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As we climbed, it started getting foggy.

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But when we reached Governor’s Rock it had cleared up. I heard voices below us while we rested and Lynn was reminded I have a competitive side, we had gotten an early start and I wanted to be the first to summit today.

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Back on the trail and back into the fog.

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The overlook on Table Rock

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I love fog, but not after hiking for 2.5 hours for an overlook. After a quick lunch, we started back down (it’s an out and back)

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I bushwhacked down to the creek to see this water feature.

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Pumpkintown is on teh far left, I still haven’t seen Table Rock (it’s behind the clouds)  ; )

 

July 29, 2020

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Table Rock State Park in South Carolina. Once I arrived, Lynn and I decided to do the short Carrick Creek Trail which starts with Carrick Creek Falls.

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You can even crawl behind the falls.

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About a mile into the hike it started pouring, neither Lynn or I brought protection for the iPhones so we went back to parking lot, got plastic bags and since we were already soaked, we started again.

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it is a very pretty hike, even in a rain storm.

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It stopped raining long enough to take a couple of pictures.