Uwharrie National Forest

June 21, 2020

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Happy Father’s Day. I started early with a bike ride, fixed a lawn mower, then James, Elizabeth and I headed to Morrow Mountain State Park for a hike and picnic before kayaking.

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The summit road was closed, so we hiked from the bottom.

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Along the way we met a couple walking their cat on a leash.

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I can’t take James and Elizabeth somewhere that doesn’t have a waterfall…. Moccasin Creek Falls on Falls Reservoir

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For those who know the paddle, the dam was releasing water and the spillway was sending water over the rock island… the water was faster than I have ever seen it. I really thought there was no way we were going to make it to the caves today, but Beth was determined. We tried the right side, Clay attacked the middle and finally Beth said we had to go up the left bank, portage over the rocks and then all we had to do was cross the river – sounds easy enough. I was sure I was going to be swimming again like the last time I tried to make it during a release, so no pictures, I put everything away.

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After long effort over the rocks we made it!

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Nobody was flipped and Beth got to paddle into the cave.

Feb. 20, 2020

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A snowy evening bike ride

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I was nice to be alone in the woods on my bike. The highlight was seeing what I thought was a porcupine, but research says they are not in North Carolina, so I don’t know what it was….

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I knew I would finish in the dark but I was having a blast, at least till the last 1/2 hour, I was soaked and cold, as always, great to see my truck and warm cloths.

July 7, 2019

Day 2 of FlipPac repair! To do: install new hinges and torsion bar, seal hinge openings, fiberglass repair the holes we drilled in the back, remount on truck. Success! Thanks again to James Hays and Elizabeth Collins I would have never been able to do the repair without them! Video

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After we finished it was time to go swim and cool off!

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Swimming hole at Jumping Off Rock in Uwharrie National Forest

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My Taco is topless, first time in 5 years or so. I love the look but can’t wait to get my adventure truck back today!

June 15, 2019

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Back to the track

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I love riding the steep banks and this was a racing workshop for new track racers

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There were several college riders in the group and so much strategy to think about

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It is a blast going all out on a fixed gear bike, I just have to remember I have to keep pedaling as I crossed the line.

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Then time to bar hop/eat. We passed a place called The Pump House on the way to the velodrome, so we started there, drinks and wings while sitting on the roof top bar watching tubers on the Catawba River.

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Then following a recommendation, it was a seafood dinner at the Rock Salt in Charlotte (this is a wall on a bike shop)

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a night at my favorite camp spot in Uwharrie National Forest