... J & J along the new line
Thanksgiving Day; More seasonal days are back on us. I mean, what's the point to ride on another 70 degree day? Sometimes those days are just too pretty to ride. Especially with bright fresh wool hanging in the closet that is itching to be put to use. Put some pants on and go for a ride. Revel in the solitude. A little calm before storms.
Looking for the turkeys - 20 minutes to #1 - This has become an annual pilgrimage for me, leave the car behind and head for the in-laws to consume some bird and all the fixins. Digest then roll on for more of the same. Ride to eat and eat to ride then repeat. A favorite holiday thanks to the bike and having families close enough to keep off the interstate and dirt to connect the two. No hurries. No worries. Simple. Thankfully.
The transition back to the single speed has swung back around. I like that feeling. You know if you know that feeling, when you just know this is the way to roll. I am no bike hater, I like, and think I need the full range of arsenal. But what I can really dig is that feeling of setting things free and the joy it can bring when it comes back around.
now for more joy all I need is a 16 tooth fixed cog for the flip flop swing. Happy Holiday.
11/16 Friday rides are always a nice escape, putting the work week behind and looking for adventure. Hit the Kanawha Trace at Mt Zion and headed down to Fraziers Bottom. The Fall colors are still hanging tuff up along the ridges with the absence of any really killing freeze. Proceeded down through the construction zone to check out the progress. The new route 35 continues to change the landscape and the KT will go underground as the dirt gets packed higher.
It IS November
11/12 Out on the wheel - to coin a phrase from my 89 year great aunt-in-law, she doesn't know how I do it "out there on the wheel". It is just one day at a time, one crank followed by another, month by month. That turns into years of conditioning and being out there on the wheel starts to be the one of the places where you are most comfortable. Living in micro moments, dealing with the challenges of getting up or down the hill your may be on. Dealing directly with Mother Nature's elements, such as surfing the wind home ahead of an approaching storm, then realizing that being wet is not so bad, as the storm swallows and drenches. Still you plod on - head held a little lower on the wheel. Its not so bad, I have been wet before, and I will be wet again. Just a little weather hiccup as the wind blows away the rain a dries off the trails, ready for another day to be out there on the wheel.
11/6 The fall spectacular is winding down - most of the colorful vista are getting blown away, but inside the dwindling canopies vivid yellows and oranges are sticking around to dazzle the senses. Don't let some new barriers in the form of cooler temps and vanishing sunlight hinder your quest for fat tire adventure, time to make up your mind to roll year round.
45 degrees of Barboursville Park
North Shore obstacles 20 minutes out the door on the KT
11/2 No more saving daylight after this weekend, making it a bit more challenging to get out. Get out when the getting is good, weekend warioring and then just squeezing in at least 2 thru the week. Shine up the lights. Start a Xmas list right here and now. The new techno LED's look very exciting, light and small enough to pack around at all times. Maybe not scorching dayglo - but getting into that functional range. It doesn't matter how brilliant your high dollar light system is if it is sitting on your bench and you are out in the dark. Really smart mounting straps for quick release to keep the bar clean. Pure vanity on my part will not allow me to keep clutter on the cockpit. No mph's, maxes, or average thresholding anything - just seat of the pants (not that is what (not that is what seat of the pants is about). There was a time when it was all measured, monitored, graphed and saved. That is a tool to use and look back on, so I know of the value. More than a weather journal that starts to get stales (like the previous post?) so I broke a rule. I broke all the Coot's rules on the 30 day ride that went downhill primarily due to some epic's that dictated staging and recouping. 22 days in the clips in the dirt was all I could mustard. A re-attempt can't be imagined till a new year roll around. It is still a dreamy goal to a mull around in the ole noggin.
Keep the higher level as apposed to just performing maintenance and a longer struggle to get back. At least 4 a week and some x training? I
10/26 The wet stuffs seems to be sticking around.
but the color show has a very limited run
Firm but slick trail conditions will keep you on your toes and hopefully the bike, choose your trail wisely, maybe the path less traveled. A good time to dust off the single speeds (if they have been idle for a while) get out and pack down some wet leaves that are coming down
SENECA just ROCKS!
Petersburg Gap - views to drool over
sticka North Fork Trail in it
10/20 Gnarled North Fork Mountain Trail; 25 miles of high line traverse, skirting the habitat of the Peregrine Falcon for dramatic overlooks and peaking fall colors. Camping at Yokums - fine food and spirits to get well primed for the early morning climb to the highest spot in West Virginia. Tomi McMillar set this 3rd annual trip in motion and this fine crew rolled it for all it was worth. Sue Haywood shares her take and Joel Maynard has even more photos of Mother Nature's splendors. Top of the World weekend! Wow. I don't want to come down.
easing to the top
eye in the sky
Racing's over so what to do? This past weekend I had the honor of leading out a group of middle school riders from Clay Co. Middle School. Doug Wayne organizes field trips to different rding locales and chose Barboursville Park and the river trail for all around riding pleasure. Cool morning temperatures along the Guyandotte for the out and back then finishing on the shortcut up Pikes Peak. Fun time on the bike. Plus I learned that the river trail is "like a roller coaster", and "it's fun to breath hard". I hope these guys stick with it. Thanks to Doug for the photos and all his work with the next generation of FAT tire riders.
Dirt Derby The Movie is posted featuring Andy's camera work and some 30 riders at this years Dirt Derby. Nine and a half minutes of progressive racing footage for your armchair enjoyment.
Little Sheppard Trail Overlook
Coal Country pays my bills
10/8 The sunset on top of Pine Mountain, KY; Ending another day of riding - it was a bit surreal seeing the sun fade away, I knew I would be descending in the dark with minimal light and no blinky. Riding it in by brail working the senses to the max. Ended the day after the drive home at 11:30. Where was the next days ride after four butt busting days? River trail and the sport track at the park with Jay. Ticking off only #8 in the 30 Day Ride, burning the candle at both ends. Got anything to eat? This 30 day thang aint goin to cut ut.
10/6 This past weekend in town was a change of pace out on the trails with the Anniversary Hike on the local Boy scout trail. The Kanawha trace was loaded with hikers as well over 200 scouts tackled the 32 miles from Barboursville to Fraziers Bottom. Plenty of trail for everyone. Trail conditions where smooth sailing - as good as it gets. The hard work by the Tri State Area Council and all the good things from bike bFAT have really help to wind the ribbon thru the woods.
Biked, not hiked, end to end - the KT in 3 days.
except UNlucky 13...
didn't want any of that - along with
how many fences right there, 3 or 4?
So maybe I don't deserve the medal that Charlie told me to pick up - And I didn't.
Every day I road from the house as part of my ongoing 30 Day Ride (30 rides in 30 days)
Thursday Hit the KT at camp, up for the mile 7 mile downhill to the swinging bridge at 'Cabell Creek - all clear
Friday Hit the KT at Wildcat about 5:30PM caught up with 3 troops of small hikers before camp
Took Saturday to hook up for some Adahi and backwards on the KT - back to Wildcat with TeXas Jim
no problem with snakebites
Sunday ran super sweep - KT at mile 8 and 'Cabell Creek around 11:30. Motoed to mile 31and shook Dundas's hand around 4PM. Cruised down to the Kanawha River before turning back on 5&20 for 20~miles of pavement - home at 5:30 for dinner.
I thought of Dwayne and all the hikers on Guyan Creek Road. This is a loooong stretch of county road. Caught up on the trail with last hiker Jan at the top of Hell's Stairway.
The trail is swept, cut, and trampled to life.
A Western Assault self supported run is on the schedule for early early Sunday with a clock. Tic Toc.
Jim Pikes journey from Texas...
the latest video is in the can and will be posted soon!
Dwayne takes part of the celebration...
Hiked, not biked, the entire length of the Kanawha Trace in 1 day.With Sony video camera in hand off I went.0.0 5:55am - exit 18 Sentry Bank - touch the marker at the beginning1.0 6:20am - Wildcat and Mud River Road, check in and released to go5.0 7:20am - new bridge across Little Cabell Creek5.5 7:30am - Williams Shelter, tighten shoe strings6.0 7.50am - out of scout camp7.0 8:10am - old farm just before cable swinging bridge across Cabell Creek8.0 8:30am - shoe strings wet, retighten9.0 8:50am - near Webb Cabin sawmill10.0 9:10am - sun coming up over the hills11.0 9:30am - out of Canaan Land, changed socks12.0 9:50am - Gobbler Knob, 1016 ft elevation13.0 10:15am - lucky number14.0 10:35am - radio tower in view to the left14.5 10:55am - 4H food stop on Barker's Ridge just past Milton vol fire dept15.0 11:30am - large Poplar tree16.0 11:45am - Jenkins Branch17.0 12:00pm - Jenkins Branch18.0 12:15pm - Trace Creek, blacktop road starting to get warm19.0 12:25pm - exit Cabell County enter Mason County19.8 12:45pm - Jackjack School off Dry Ridge Rd, check in at base camp, rehydrate20.0 12:55pm - out of Blackjack21.0 1:15pm - out of Bear Hollow, change socks22.0 1:35pm - Guyan Creek - gravel road - sucks23.0 2:00pm - Guyan Creek - gravel road - still sucks and it's really hot24.0 2:20pm - Guyan Creek - gravel road - really sucks and it's beyond hot25.0 2:40pm - cross Mason Road towards Mt. Zion Church, blacktop made it even hotter26.0 2:56pm - blacktop road, felt like you could cook and egg or was that my brain27.0 3:12pm - Lookout Point, back in the woods28.0 3:32pm - near Stave's Branch and high power electric lines29.0 3:52pm - descent before Hell's Stairway, camera battery started crapping out30.0 4:20pm - cross new rt35 under construction31.0 4:40pm - last fense crossing and off Kanawha Trace single track onto Stave's Branch31.68 4:50pm - crossed rt35 and finished, touch the marker at the end, just shy of 11 hours with video camera.Not bad for a 47 year old guy.7:00pm returned to Blackjack for a just reward of patches, one of a kind trail metal and a tshirt.Will I do it again - YES
10/5 GO riding
Beech Fork Association of Trails
Barboursville's Fun Awesome Trails
bFAT is an informal group of riders who appreciate the land and ride for a healthy well being.
Beech Fork is mostly a single track trail that follows around the lake leading into a combination of creek bed, hill climb, and fast downhill back to the lake. Barboursville's Park has some nice runs from the top with numerous scenic overlooks from the sheer cliffs and steep drops. The flat single track that follows the river and comes out behind the lake - is where the real fun can begin or end. Click on the link at top of page - above (right or left) to see a map! The Kanawha Trace and Adahi Trails are 32 mile and 17 mile multi user trails crossing over private land. Check with the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for trail information and registration.
bFAT email groupo<----click here Become a part of an e-group forum that will let all subscribers communicate (free!). Send an e-mail with the word "join" in the subject or body and you'll get hooked up with other riders, to do fun group rides, get trail info and conditions, technical advice, etc.
A new Technical Time Trial course features Sunday's opening climb and two downhill sections that will not be ~20untry.
for more info admister @ bike bFAT