1/26 The Ubergroup
Ish-past 10AM - rolling in to the little gravel lot on top of the hill Andy and myself find a group waiting for the group ride. How was we to know? It's not like I called this thing together with expectations of more than a half dozen fat tires to track up the park, but there they were. 3FAT riders plus a couple happenstance riders to take advantage of the soon to be departed dry tread. Broke out the private stock down into town and hit the hard pack river trail, did a minimal bit of hiking on the way up, and finish down to the flagpole for a clean exit. Made a pony deposit before making a refreshy run up and down Deer. Twenty to thirty degrees and no frostbite? in strange places this week. It was the second time in a week that I heard the suggestion of a collection in my behalf. I need a bike with gears and brakes and stuff - got those napping under a blanket in the garage so I passed on that. Or maybe its the shoes. Time to look for a plate to pass, I guess.
1/25 lil' Jenny and Dewey Dam
1/23 going up and down is getting easier
1/20 Another weekend grounded at the house. Not too many people get excited about a single digit overnight temperature, but riding in cold shelter woods is the shit if you have it (the shit). Approximately 10 degrees when we started and by the time we finished it had warmed up very close to a plus twenty. Not by far extreme conditions for a lot of folks but yes cold. It is just a matter of conditioning and getting your shit together
The following list is from a pile of the clothes on the floor that gets picked up for a couple hours at a time ...
|balaclava||just when it is a must|
|headband||for the ears|
|glasses/goggles||to see with|
|petroleum jelly||cheeks and nostrils|
|short sleeve wool jersey||nuttin better than wool|
|long sleeve wool jersey||cept another one|
|wind proof shell||S brand|
|work style riding gloves||Craftsman right now $13 at Kmart|
|little strechy gloves||from the little girls dept|
|holy shammy||seasonal resurrection|
|shammyless tight||15yr old Nashbar|
|oversized sham||prize table swag|
|foldtop sandwich baggies||wit mustard|
|regular cycling shoes||w/tear away duct tape|
|worn cotton socks over shoes||1 step from garbage|
... good for 10~25 degrees, not including wind chill
1/19 The Adahi along the Mud enroot for 6 miles of KT.
Tee off alternate tees, take a different line.
Observe the hazards - don't drive you cart in susceptible areas
Stop and repair your divot
ground conditions suck
Sunday it should be hard
out 11/13 in
soslow KT/Adahi loop
when the air is cold
and there's no sun
and when your getting old
and life's no fun
... remember to breath
lyrics from The Bright Side
... remember to stay
and get high
1/11 Yesterday's drive inspection had me stoked to get in a little more than allowed with four wheels. Waterfalls and tunnels along the wild North Fork Licking River was so feng shui on a rainy day. Scoured the maps that night and found a loop. On the bike the hidden gravel kept it flat and backwards. Plan A was to find the half way point - not the whole loop. Out and Back. Don't get lost. It gets dark. Nobody has absolutely any idea where I am at. I had a phone (with no service) and map data on a handheld tucked deep into my pack - where it stayed. No drama, just pedaled along the river on progressively a deteriorating surface until the bigass mudhole dodging got to be too much - turned around and got the shitout. Hope to make a loop out of it still. Good parking at Wrigley right along the way home from an account that I visit, that is an hour and a half away. So do the math - last call of the day done by 3:30 or 2:30 if you count lunch, see if I am lucky to be on the bike before 4:30. Such is the way of this working stiff.
1/10 Perimeter Recon - land of Daniel Boone National Forest
...drops in to Cave Run from here
...four days soft softness make me soft..
1/7 The weekday snow has melted and the muddy thaw left in the wake. Expectedly low down on the fitness sine wave following last weekends fixed foray. Couple ez recovery style rides in the snow along the Guyandotte. Some welcome web browsing.
found this Monday YouTube on Camps Blog yes very cool
and of course the TomiCOGS project - may be a short term fix, get em while they're hot
and looked for more bikeporn...
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