Uwharrie National Forest

June 16, 2019

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Father’s Day started with a long mountain bike ride, and a nap in the Flippac before heading home.

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Since it’s “my” day, I choose a family hike to the top of Little Long Mountain for a supper time picnic.

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That makes a good day!

 

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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

Aug. 18, 2018

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What do you do after spending $4,000 on truck repairs? Take it off-roading. A great day in the woods, got to take someone out who had not been on the URE OHV trails before and made it to D9 Brewing. I didn’t get pictures of the fun stuff (driving and spotting) but Dutch John was a blast but getting more and more technical.

April 1, 2018

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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!

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I have seen these purple flowers at the USNWWC on Friday, kayaking Saturday and today hiking…

March 31, 2018

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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.

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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!

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One more look at the waterfall and headed home!

Sept. 24, 2017

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Good morning. Prepping the Salsa Las Cruces for a gravel ride.

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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!

Aug. 26, 2017

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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.