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!
Fall cycling = long shadows.
The end of road season? Cyclocross starts soon, despite my lack of fitness I pulled my cross bike out, changed the bar tape, and added slicks and did my long ride on it.
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
I started early for a spin from the house to the top of the Linn Cove Viaduct
A cloudy and chilly start but I had the roads to myself!
My brother said he had enough working for the weekend and wanted to do touristy things, so we did a hike and lunch at Mellow Mushroom. This is Hike #21 of #52hikechallenge (been a month since my last hike) But a nice short hike in downtown Blowing Rock to Glen Burney Falls.
The inaugural Mayodan Mountain Bike Classic.
I was happy with my race. I entered the woods in 5th place and was right with 4th until one of the bigger rock gardens, I didn’t pick a good line and was launched from the bike.
Luckily I landed on my feet and started the hunt again, this picture is when I caught 4th on the dam.
On the podium!
I was able to ride away and rode hard the last lap, catching 3rd riding home a very low pressure tire.
My laps times: 19:17, 18:50, 18:49 and 18:18 – negative split each lap to finish 3:23 behind the winner! My first MTB race in over a year and the first on the Scott Scale!
Chasing sunlight home…. can’t wait for longer days.
Crossing Low Water Bridge in the Uwharrie National Forest.
My friend from my Fayetteville days Chris ask me to join him scouting roads for a gravel grinder ride/race in a couple of weeks.
Not all of them worked out as planned, a little hike a bike, but a great day in the woods!
I knew it was cold but wasn’t ready for the fog. I hate 40 degree rides, not cold enough for my real cold weather gear, and my medium gear doesn’t do enough. Still great to get out in the morning!