An early start on the Blue Ridge Parkway
early there was no traffic, but some fog.
I turned around at the Linn Cove Viaduct since it was covered in fog and took the long way home through Blowing Rock
Then Hike #39 of #52hikechallenge – Crab Orchard Falls
It’s a very long series of cascades.
A lovely walk in the woods!
Gored…. the end of hill repeats at the zoo.
No ticket needed for this ride.
Good morning. Prepping the Salsa Las Cruces for a gravel ride.
In the end we rode 17 miles of gravel and closed to vehicles but open to bikes Forest Service roads. None of the trails or FS roads were marked, so we had to “guess” and cleaned a ton of spider webs… The webs are one thing, but when the large spider is in the middle of the web and starts crawling on you, it’s less pleasant!
Day one of the Appalachian Rendezvous starts a little foggy.
I learned an old trick today. I could not get the new tires on my rims, after “googling” it, I saw the tip to use tire straps (who has those anymore?) but the bungees worked. After 2 days they are on!
I love new tires: for my truck or my bike!
Sam and I hit the Virginia Creeper trail early to beat the crowds. 17 miles of downhill biking!
and a bunch of bridges on the old railroad trail.
A successful morning! Last time we rode this trail, Deb flipped and suffered a concussion so we didn’t get to enjoy the ride (or the ER visit) today Deb served as our personal shuttle. After a lunch in Damascus and breaking down camp we headed home…..
but had time to stop at Grayson Highlands State Park. Deb had never been there since normally Sam and I backpack there, but I wanted her to see the wild ponies. There were lots of foals (less than a year old) like this one scratching itself on a tree.
and this one that wanted to be petted? There are signs everywhere don’t feed or pet the ponies…. but this did everything but purr!
Family picture, sans Sam she doesn’t want to touch them?
On the way down I am looking at the park map and see “waterfall” – I had no idea, we come for the AT trail, the bald mountain tops, Rhododendron Trail, etc. This is a unnamed? 25 foot falls on Cabin Creek trail. A hidden gem, almost no one on the trail and very pretty! hike #34 – #52hikechallenge
That was interesting…. For the first time in a very long time I crashed mountain biking when I wasn’t expecting it. See the broken branch in the middle, my head snapped it, my shoulder hit the tree trunk, and both legs were cut by something. Up to that moment, I was enjoying the peacefulness and the lack of dangerous cars. I had not been on the MTB since my last race this Spring, might have been too long.
I had planned to hike this weekend, and since the front wheel was “taco-ed” so badly it wouldn’t turn in the fork, I am counting the hike out of Keyauwee Trail in URE as hike #31 of #52hikechallenge This is the third time I have had to carry a bike out of Uwharrie, I broke my Dos Niner frame there, snapped a chain and now this crash.
The funny story: I hit my head pretty hard and took a minute to gather my thoughts, checked myself, the bike and started walking. I had just over 3 miles to hike, with just under a mile to go I ran into a really cute blond and her stud-ly boyfriend and she asks me if they are almost to the top….. my head hurts and I say “what?” at this point of the trail they are descending hard (in fact one the funnest parts of the trail on a bike) – she asks again and I tell her she is walking downhill….. I stared at her wondering what she was asking me… there is no bald or real “top” on this trail. I asked if they knew where they where, informed them they had covered about 1 mile and had 5 to go to the bail out Forest Service Road. They thanked me and I walked away…. odd.
It had been 6 days since I was in the mountains, time to head back. My first ever HOA meeting for our little cabin in the mountains and the rain held off for a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.