10/30 Kentucky Slickrock
Good stuff high on the rocks...
seeing the sights,
no one in sight.
10/29 Darkness Falls
Not the time to find out your light doesn't work. Again.
10/28 KT 6 to 11
Headed out near darkness chasing the sun, general loop in the head gives to an eastern turn on the Kanawha Trace. Pick up where Saturdays ride headed west. Ridgeline humps immersed with brilliant single track sections, Adams Hollow and onward, up into Cannan Lands. Finish on McCommas Branch in the dark. The ride feeds the head - a quest to knock out a complete KT in a series of rides before the week ends is hatched. A couple of weekend runs should finish it out. Sent out the call to the mass, we will see who bites.
10/25 Keeping On
Four days of swollen tenderness. Over laziness for the sake of recovery, resisting the visual call of the changing of the season that tugs one out the door for the show. Weekend at home - KT 6 to 1
10/20 That Princess can be a Bitch
Wasn't really the weekend I was hoping for, maybe the two-timing affair on Huckleberry was too much to wish for. Basically the plan was to retrace the double header of Spruce Knob/North Mountain ride from a couple of weekends ago. Somewhere on Huckleberry Trail, on a goofy little restart my front wheel buries in some rock hole and I am launched head over heels, a tuck and roll deposit but twisted my left ankle prior to ejecting the vehicle. Slum out the rest of the ride to make it back to the camp and grub. Called it quits after just a little bit of the fire side festivities in favor of some elevated recovery. Caught the crew on North Mountain after driving up old forest road 79 for the last ride by, before hobbling home. Not all fun and games, not always, I guess.
10/15 Back in Gear
Got "new" wheels; A blown Triad has shut down the Loungejumper. My Fox shcok was spewing oil out around the damping knob. If you don't know "that is the worst way" I didn't know, but that is what Fox tells me. Gave me a RA to send it back for a rework. I expect the turn around to be slow, esp since I have yet to send it off. A year and a half of set and forget service - I would have been happier if it would have last an year and a half and a week, but there is always to be that next ride... Checked out the local options for a back up and came up with nothing or something that didn't fit, so went into strip and salvage for a fun and dependable weekend bike. Pumping steel & big fat rubber, gets me all exited. Gave it a worthy shake-down on the Pine Mountain Trail try to shake thing loose. I think it's ready, I know I am.
oops!, thank you Mr. Nature Preserve Man
Safety Man says it must go
10/9 Barboursville park - last ride for Stumpy
10/11 Lincoln 50
Yeh road riding - it happens. But this was Phil christening 50 miler on the road, and on a course that he laid out in the head. Pretty sweet ride - vintage lug steel Paramount. Now we need to steer that thing towards some gravel...
10/8 Picture This
About three and a half hours east of nowhere
is a Snowbird Princess
She grants passage
into her autumn wonderland
For lucky bands of rolling mortals of fat tire clans
Only the strong willed, swift of hand and feet need abide
Her graces on your faces, eyes, and ears will mesmerize
Get you high then let you fly
we so slay that trail
laying it down for a night
day two kicks off in style
take it in again
catching the last light
Snowbird Princess photo by Harlan Price
10/6 For those keeping track...
North Mountain Trail to North Gap - Seneca Rocks
Seneca Rocks - Spruce Knob - Huckleberry Trail - Allegheny Trail - Seneca Rocks
10/3 I Should Listen
John Muir - "go to the mountains and get their good times"
Tomi McMiller - "gotta strike while the iron is hot, ya know."
and Mom - "if you want to go you should go"
i want to go
but justify the time and the dough
, can i be on North Mountain at 9AM? Just finished rolling up enough grub for a weekend so that is a step in the right direction. It is going too much be beautiful. Spruce up on Sunday would be a blessing. Digging a hole with empty Millers - it is Friday AND payday. and does the blogging slow me down or motivate me out? hmmmmm, out, but only if I post it. ~ 8:15
looking at a hot iron
see nice new things
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.
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.
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