11/30 NPS Mountain Bike Trails Project


Mark you calendars, make a call, write a letter.  

This http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=259&projectId=28775  is huge and and maybe a bit unheralded.   I plan to be there, hopefully on a bike. 

Check it out,

(Fayetteville, WV) The park will host an open house public scoping meeting at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. During this meeting representatives from the National Park Service will introduce the project and gather input from interested parties and the general public. Public input is welcome and appreciated throughout the development of this EA. In order to ensure that your input is included as part of the initial scoping process, please provide your comments and suggestions by January 15, 2010.

This is the New River Gorge!

If you didn't know, being a National Park you have to have special rules in place to be able to ride a bike just in certain areas.  What was/is in place, is out and back rail trails that was/is less than desirable for most adventure based mountain bikers.  The stacked loop project offers varying opportunity of different level of rides.  That's good.  I would like to see how it ties into the surrounding area.   There is that ominous 2000 ft dirt climb out there, or is that just in my mind?



11/26 Video Dump

Playing around in the park in the fall colors Jay and myself capturing the downhilling fun on a small section of the O.C. in Barboursville Park last month.  Enjoy!












11/23 Proposed Trails at Cave Run

The Forest Service is taking comments now through December 18th on these (see below) proposed trails the Cave Run KY area, basically this is a great area for riding that is being ruined by equestrians.  


I don't know if you've seen this: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/planning/project/projcum/CRTI.shtml
In this plan, they'll create 30.7 miles of hiker/biker trails. The equestrians are horrified by this. They want access to all the trails. The Forest Service is soliciting comments, so maybe some of you folks would want to read the document and give them a call.


Verbal comments can be given to the Project Coordinator, Patty Beyer, at (906) 226-1499. Hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm eastern daylight time. If leaving a message, please leave name and contact information.

Written comments can be sent to Ms. Beyer at the following address: USDA Forest Service, 115 South Lakeshore Dr. Suite E, Marquette, MI 49855.

Please provide any information, data, or issues no later than December 18, 2009. Also, direct any questions to Ms. Beyer at (906) 226-1499 or, by email at the electronic database address given above. You may also contact Tim Eling at (606) 663-0576 ext 101.



11/15 Casual Riding

see yall - how ez cheesy

Lame photo session but all shots from the bike

so that counts for something

Rode down and met the group in Barboursville.  Couple of hours with a couple a three flats in the park.  Relearned the lesson of not carrying your own pump.  CO2 is not the way to go.  Anyway after everyone peeled off from the ride, I met up with a landowner and regained permission for the right away across his property for the the Howells Mill connector back to the house.  He says he's  "old school" so hey I am too.  Yeah, kickin' it.

Bottle of Pill's maps it .  Look like a lap...



11/14 Sunday Ride  in the Park

10:00AM meet at the top of the hill bville park. Planned route of a couple hrs of casual pace in the park, then proceeding to mile 1 - 6 on KT.   Come for one or come for all. 



11/11 The Park is Preemo

Mulching and trampled.  Bits of sudden slickness.  Hones the handling skills.


11/8 Greenbo Group

All right, I got some shit for planning this group ride on some trails an hours drive away (on some newer trails that most everybody have yet to hit).  The trails have been in development for the past several years  and now the park boasts a total of  25 miles of trails at the state park.

So the more I thought about the drive and the more I looked at the beautiful  weather the more the gears started turning in the head.  It was only some 50 miles - I could leave early enough to pedal it.  The 100% road route through Htgn and into Kentucky was well established mostly Midland Trail, Ritter Park and James River Turnpike.  After that it was 3294 (cemetery road) back to route 60 & Ky 5,  and then some sketchy unlined roads to cross the 4 lane Industrial Parkway and down into the park via 207 and route 1.  Simple.

border crossing

I figured, (just by pulling a random time out of the air) that a 7 AM departure time would put me at the marina to meet up w/ Andy, Chris, Dwayne, and Jay at 11 o'clock for the planned trail ride. So I get to the damn marina, after missing that little tiny left hand turn on Coal Hollow Rd that would have eliminated that 5 extra miles down to dead ended Kirby Flats,  only an hour late.  I was glad to see my buds there in the parking lot waiting for me.  Well, just kind of, I was such an awesome day that the thought of just napping in the grass was a bit tempting.  But the trail ride went with me trailing along the planned loop that was just one climb to the ridge with about 20 miles of fast ridgeline riding before finishing up along the lake and back at the marina parking lot. 

Greenbo Lake

Part of the trail turned out to be a horse trail, and by obeying the trail signs that did not rule out bikes, we proceeded with caution.  The trail being new as it is, was not too horse pocked.  The leave loose leave cover and the texture of the trail really hooked up some traction.  Three friendly equestrian encounters seem to have went well enough, with our group stopping and dismounting at each passing.  The Carpenter Loop is long at seven miles and not really a loop.  It is also hard, traversing a bit more challenging terrain than the specified bike trails.  Most people would be more than happy with those trails, totaling around 15 miles.  But that whole destitution challenge, you know what it takes to get to point A to point B.  And in this case it was traveling to the state park then traversing one side of the small lake's watershed - getting form the marina to the dam on bikes thing.  Just one more side to go, it would be pretty cool to be able to ride all the way around the lake.  It always is. but, Oh!  there is no trails on that side.  Just a road climb and a big ole wooded downhill side of the hill .  )  It could be (as jay would say)    sweet!


11/5 Posted

Just a little outing on the big turtle around Mooorehead KY on my lunch break slash return trip from my j o b,   Stuck the hour loop with that fine single track descent north of the dam, then did a little loop south on the horse hole trail or (something like that).  Such a fine Autumn day fluffy leave cover on the ground to keep you focused.


11/5 Posted

This Sunday 11:00 group ride is at Greenbo State Park

Meet at Marina Parking Lot

Greenbo Lake Trail Map

More info email



11/2 Blazing


sunset rides

 catching the sunset from the bike

lucky if you catch the show


11/1 Out HannaN Way

Wow! 8 people for the second group ride

 what in the world is going on?

8 for the half and 4 for the full 1/2

make sense?

should a been there 


Sunday Fun Ride

Meet at 11:00 at the park & ride at the Milton exit (don't forget the time change!)

The Nov 1st Super Route

We will  drive out to Hanna High to begin the ride.  Two loop rides with the first loop being Blackjack (2 downhills of KT - 2 pavement climbs).  This ride is 7 miles of Mason Co Road approach followed by 10 miles of prime KT trail and back county road riding.  Guyan Ck Rd gravel for the return back to Hanna  HS. 17 miles ~ 2hrs

 Degroup and/or recompose for the 2nd loop to finish KT trail all the way to Fraziers Bottom, with Evergreen road as a return 10 miles = 2hrs.

So two ride options basically (17 & 28 miles) with the longer option a real good way to get in a 1/2KT. 

profile looks like this

map my ride  got it real close

Weather looks a lot more perfect  






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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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