Another day in Uwharrie National Forest, Sam and I hiked south from the Jumping Off Rock trail head, it’s a cool hike, up a rocky climb, along a spine between hilltops, and down rollers, turn around and reverse back to the truck.
Best laid plans and all. I thought the Uwharrie OHV trails opened April 15 and decided to hike Dutch John and Dickie Bell to scout out lines when I take the Tacoma through this season… The three D trails are the most challenging and I will not even attempt the top of Daniel…. when I got there, lots of Jeeps, ATVs and UTVs and all the gates were open…. so I headed to my favorite primitive camping spot and hiked some horse trails before heading over riding at Wood Run. A great day in the woods. Any day is great in the woods!
I have seen these purple flowers at the USNWWC on Friday, kayaking Saturday and today hiking…
A day on the water. We headed back to Falls Reservoir, the bit of water between two dams on the Yadkin River, because it is always quite and very few motorboats. The waterfall was flowing nicely – I can not find a name for it, before the dams, the area was known as The Narrows.
We paddled towards the northern dam, but there was fast water and since I flipped a boat in a release here we turned back and had lunch on an island. We found remains of previous visitors!
One more look at the waterfall and headed home!
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!
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.
Hike #17 #52hikechallenge
The Uwharrie Trail to the peak of Little Long Mountain. I had no idea the Uwharrie’s had a bald mountain top, so once I read it, we had to see it.
Clay taking pictures again…
Since Clay just bought gold pans we had to try it.
We found some – 8 “colors” or TINY specks.
Today was another day in the woods. We started on a section of the Uwharrie River I have wanted to paddle for a while. It needs spring rains to be deep enough to paddle.
After the thunderstorms in the middle of the week, it looked promising, featuring over 12 class I rapids (easiest) and good flow. I don’t have pictures, but we started almost immediately when Sam flipped her boat when she hit a strainer (tree)
A great couple of hours on the water!
Then hike #15 of #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Tract of the Uwharrie Game Land.
What is Clay photographing this week?
An Eastern Fence Lizard.
A day in Uwharrie Forest, starting at the Uwharrie Jamboree celebrating the opening of the OHV trails for the season. Then Clay and I drove around some of the back roads.
Remember my series of Clay bending over playing photographer?
This week it was a snake. Nerodia
Then Hike #13 #52hikechallenge – Uwharrie Trail starting at the Jumping Off Rock trail head.
The Jumping Off Rock
A great day of riding gravel and dirt around Uwharrie National Forest, 30 miles for total ride and less than 3 miles on asphalt and didn’t repeat a mile of dirt from last week.
Then Clay and I compared camp equipment, my Svea 123 stove and Sigg Tourist pot versus Clay’s Evernew Ultra-Light Titanium stove and pot.
Playing with a couple of alcohol stoves and the Svea 123
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!