12/31 Last ride of 2010

took a day to get                                                                               from that below                                                                                    to that above                                                                                           

Gorilapod tree test


possum haulin'                                                         

getting fat


1/6 Ride The Divide comes to town!


Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will continue its Midwest mid-winter tour when it descends on Huntington on Wednesday, February 2, at the Pullman Square 16 cinemas. The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named the Best Adventure Film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.

Ride The Divide will be showing at 7 p.m. at the Pullman Square 16 cinemas located at 220 Ninth St. in Huntington.  Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance and are available at                          www.IMAthlete.com/Events/RideTheDividemovie  The event is sponsored by Jeff's Bike Shop of Huntington



12/21 Easing Back into this


12/8 A little Break

Well here it is,  the last photo take from my last bike ride on 11/28.  Not much of a photo stitch in the dwindling light , out of focus and all.  The local riders will know this spot as being on the local stomping grounds at Barboursville Park.  It was going to be a quick out and back, get a photo and spin around after parking at the top of the hill on Park Rd. 

I am out on this sidehill staging the photo, rolling around this huge log to set the camera on, thinking that this was a good way to get hurt, being extra careful-like., flopping this log over and over, getting a nice upper body workout.  Get the log stood up against a tree (it should still be there if no one has not launched it off the cliff) then walk back and pick up the camera - take one step and, swish and boom, my foot slide out from under me and I go sideways on the steep side hill, camera goes flying through the air, as I land squarely on my left shoulder in a manner that is good for breaking something.  I get the photos after that then turn for the direct route back to the car.

I left it up to time to determine if anything was broken or fractured in there and I would have to say yes.  It is a lingering, familiar pain and I am following the doctors advise that I paid for the last time I broke my collarbone  that was not worth the money the first time around.

Started my recovery in a week long class in Chicago, eating off the ole expense account.  Followed that back at home by looking out the window at the cold cold ground. I am just now starting to get that familiar itch, that I will be scratching with some hikes to break up the cabin fever.  Maybe wash the bike it the meantime, enjoying Christmas, and eating gravy and getting fat.



11/21 Climbing to Kingdom Come

Cumberland Kentucky; rt 160 access to Little Sheppard Trail with a constant stream of dump trucks loaded with gravel from the nearby quarry to build more roads to haul more coal from the surrounding mountains.  Twelve hundred feet up in about 5 miles to the good stuff up on top. 

A little time on top along the ridge to take in the solitude view, sneaking into the the playground on the way down, brightens up a grey day far away. 


Forbidden Fruit


11/20 KT 5-15 with etc.


11/14 Perfect Days

Barboursville Park


Beech Fork SP



trying not to be seen


Park to Park:  From Howells Mill, Adahi along the Mud, onward, inward to the Trench up to the Overlook...  look over that long draw - all that ground covered along and up the Guyandotte. Pop over Heath Creek - that sketchy old road that is really private property, so I've been told (thank you very much).  Two hours in with the feed bag at  Beech Fork SP watering hole.  Tom and his dog said it was all good, and it was, that ol' loop.  Turn for home - three holler hops to the house;  Heath Creek reverse payout - out of Roach - and the beautifully painful Saunders Creek hill.  Six hours almost flat.   Perfect Day. 


11/12 Ol' Baldy Trail



11/7 KT 4-1 to Barboursville Park

Jay in B'vlle



11/4 KT

The 40's - didn't last long







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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