12/31 Every Thursday
there is a mtb ride at Kanawha State Forest. No matter what the weather. Every Thursday for 12 years 'Cept Thanksgiving 'cause that is on Thursday every year... and I assumed Christmas eve because it was on a Thursday this last year. ANd apparently New Years eve too because I was there and the parking lot looked like this...
40 degrees and a misty rain, I figured it would be about the best place to ride in the dark. All alone and a little creepy, I got my two climbs in and crawled out.
I will give those guys credit - the couple times here lately that I have been there for the ride there was around 20 people out for a robust time in the forest, but I am not really in that loop, maybe they went out the day before because of the holiday, or something. Or maybe it was all on me - the one link keeping that Thursday night ride alive. Every week. Really?
Sometimes you have to make a little effort to get the good stuff. Heading out early before the temperature breaks the freezing mark, will reward you with solid ground conditions. Hit those spots that have not been trod upon and tracked up by those not so fortunate or trail conscientious.
So This spot took me three tries this day to clean it. It is way trickier than it looks - the sharp steepnest combined with the slick beeches' roots, is usually a deal breaker. This was the first time ever to ride it all. I am so proud I thought I would gloat. And I know you want me to too!
12/27 Just Another Beautiful Day
12/26 On the Road
a lot of sun
a little road
a little dirt
a little grass
out Sky High, to Barkers then Union Ridges to the unknown named gravel (Lfk of 9 Mile) and down and LEFT at the 4 four way stop (signs?) Squalor Holler to the Merrits/Wildcat combo walls, all the way down to alt10 via Peyton pavement juant through the Park and Hash Ridge return, little hop thing. 50 miles. back at dark.
12/25 Was Merry
12/22 Solstice Balance
Saunders Creek, into the meltdown almost caught the sunset, then into the darkness. No head light really needed - this is the hour + stomping ground, three quick climbs three quickish descents Half frozen / half daylight ride, seemed spontaneously appropriate on this Winter's day.
Looking for longer days of light
12/20 Snow Ride
A good three hour solo run with a surprisingly amount of rideability - just the right amount of bite running about 15 and 20 psi surely helps. Work the balance and handling skills, and bring the bike home cleaner than it left. That's all good to get
12/8 N R G
Just a little road riding while everything is thawing out and in such a wet state right now. So with the National Park Service public meeting on the proposed stacked loop hike and bike trail projects that are in the works for the Fayetteville and Beckley area taking place that evening, we planned to pedal out and take in the area.
The plan was the roll some burly cyclocross bikes on the rail trails and back roads something in the range of 60 miles, or maybe more. Never mind the fact the Andy Forron - our guide for the day, owner of New River Bikes was the only one that had such a bike - a Kona set up single speed style. I hit up Dwayne and borrowed his Cadillac-like ride, Jason from way out Montana way ended up buying the loaner Kona he was on, and eric, well e don't count, just rocked the Eddie Merckx fixed and brakeless.
We rolled from the shop in the normal lateness of mountain bikers going on a road ride would have. In hindsight the 10AM start time was my folly, because a lot of mountain was left behind, due to the desire of avoiding darkness. So roughly six hours out, half of that in some variable cold rain. Odo-meter said 57 Quality miles.
From Keller Avenue and into the gorge
cross Wolfe Creek and hit the rail
safely into Kamoor
and down into the Gorge
it was a lot a little wet
and a lot a little cold
for a ride on the road
and thru the woods.
the rain settled in
and the camera petered out
12/6 Snowy Weekend
Old Man Winter stopped by this weekend. I still managed a couple of rides in the park. Met this hard bodied soul on the new bridge just happy to be hanging out...
12/1 Any Sunday
From the feedback I received, the video clips from the park was a big hit. The only problem with directing others is that you don't know if your directions will be followed to the letter. Take for example - I said to say action, THEN hit the button, and if you heard the clips below, well... nothing edited out, due to the lower quality that the clips take on when rendered down, and I like the high quality. SO I found that directing these Lego type people, that they take direction exactly as you tell 'em...
This is a re-enactment of how group rides come together in my mind. That's me on the right played by the golden locks Lego man, in case you can't tell.
The group ride came together quickly mostly due to the fact that I have been down a out with the creeping crud, so I didn't know if I was going to be able to go. But Jay and Andy are with the program of the Sunday rides, so it was just a matter of getting it together at the same time.
So Sunday was the first ride in about a week and as it turned out, I was feeling good to be back. Didn't ride the road to the park but crossed over on the KT, because it was the Sunday right in the middle of gun season, and getting back in the woods was the way to go, you know?
KT at the bottom of mile 6
Adahi tech service
go on back
Barboursville FAT Tire Brethren
Beech Fork Association of 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 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.
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