15 December 2010

Snow coming...

Or at least that is what they say. I'm just glad I was finally able to really eat dinner tonight after basically not having an appetite for the last 4 days after being down for the count on Sunday. Its cold, cold out, but I've still been managing to get in some rides.

All rested and fed now, and doing some serious rocking out. Try these on for size...they should fit you well.

It is winter out there, and it is awesome (and apparently I can not make contractions). I'm getting excited to do some skiing, maybe get better on the tele's this year. Dusted off the snowboard the other day and gotta get it tuned! If we do get the 6" they are calling for, maybe I'll go over to the farm and ski down the old sled hill for some practice.

I wish you all a great last bit before the holidays....and then of course, a great holiday as well!

The ole punk rock/emo/pop (whatever you care to call FOB) X-mas...

29 November 2010

More Exploring

Still been doing some exploration on the area surrounding the Three Sisters in the George Washington National Forest. 

The view looking West towards the Pinnacle (left) and Target Hill (right) from the old fire tower sight on top of Little Apple Mountain.. 

The view looking East from the tower site towards Tobacco Row Mountain in the far distance.

A look at the gas line cut (looking East) 

View of the gas line cut looking East

The surrounding area of Salt Log Gap.

The sign in front shows the head of the old Belle Cove trail that was destroyed in 1995 during bad weather and closed permanently. I plan to at some time soon explore its old bed. It would be nice to have this trail re-worked and reopened. 

Much of the side of the mountains in these areas are quite steep. 

This is a look at the singletrack trail coming off the East side of the mountain from Salt Log Gap around Silas Knob and down Peavine Mountain. This is the Salt Log Gap trail that is blue blazed, yet not shown on many recent maps. 

Continuing singletrack...

The trail then opens up to more double track in the form of an old logging/mine road.

Pretty cool as it cuts through the pines here.

The trail then comes to a very open section looking over an old portion of the Hercules Mine far below Peavine Mountain. The James River Face Wilderness can be seen in the far distance. 

Looking to the right from this spot you can see Rocky Row. 

This area gets used, including the old Belle Cove trail is used in special off road competitive events, put on by Odessey Adventure Racing

There is so much good stuff to see out there. But it does give us a better idea of what IS out there, and what it would be like if there were even MORE trails out there, trails for hiking, horses, and bicycles all on the Western side of the mountain would be great. The Lynchburg area needs more trails in the George Washington National Forest with access to bicycles, so people can have access to that deep forest experience. The Pedlar OHV trails and Terrapin Mountain are great but it more options would be amazing. 

I'm planning to hike the AT through here and through the James River Face as well in Mid January, so there will be more to report then as well. 

25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Got out for a cool Pre-Food domination ride at Candler's Mountain today. Saw some other good local folks out there getting a ride in. It's been chilly out and cloudy, but the misty-rain held off till the afternoon.

I'm full and chillin it out now with my good brother Luke. I hope everyone out there has had a great one today!

10 November 2010

Enjoying the Fall in Virginia

Clay rolling the log...

Apple Valley 5K in Bedford. Amanda and I both finished second in our age groups!

Bluff Mountain Tunnel

The colors are looking nice along the Parkway...

Bike print, foot print....some animal print...Coyote perhaps?

Brandon was enjoying the nice weather at Carvin's Cove

As was Kat!

Some Bluff Mountain exploration. Much more of this to be done over the next weeks. These old roads offer beautiful scenery, and great areas to ride. I'm trying to get out and scout sites for new trails. 

The area in question is that I have shown circled in blue. I have ridden in the area quite a bit, but have not explored much of the non-trail areas. I will continue with my updates on this!

Spent some time yesterday re-familiarizing myself with downtown and the trails by the river. 

It was nice to spin the trail,

Heading to Raleigh for the weekend to visit Lemma!

04 November 2010

Happy Birthday Lucas!

My younger, taller, smarter, cooler, better looking, and overall way more sick than I am, brother is 25 today!

Happy Birthday Luke Dawg!

You are awesome!

02 November 2010

Halloween riding, party-ing, and racing...

Solid Halloween weekend. Made it out for the Six Pack Downhill on Friday at Mud Pond, which had the added fun of most folks dressing up for the ride. The sun was shining but the temps were low and it was quite chilly waiting at the top for the run down, which was even colder! Super fun trail, and a great time with everyone!

Matt Smith!

Here you can see Whitney carrying her new friend on her back. 

Dinosaurs can ride bikes too!

Sorting out the order and experiencing the cold up on Oak Knob before the descent.

There was much Halloween celebrating to be had on Saturday as well. I went dressed as Charlie Brown from The Great Pumpkin. Basically a standard ghost with too many eye holes...nice work Chuck, way to be. I thought it was awesome. There were some people who didn't seem to understand...those people had questionable childhoods, obviously having not seen the Halloween classic. 

Made it out for Jenn's party for a while then went to Richmond to crash with Lucas, as I wanted to get to Williamsburg Sunday for the Tidewater Challenge. Well, once I got to Richmond, another party ensued, and more fun was had. 

Made it to the race to give my new Trek Superfly a ride in the Singlespeed class. With it being VA State Singlespeed Champs, there was a solid singlespeed group with about 20 racers. 

I tried to ride the wheels of the elite guys for as long as I could. Eventually riding by myself, and back and forth with Rob of CBC. Kevin caught me on the last lap to give me some company. We ended up having a sprint to the finish, which was pretty exciting. 

Ryan Fawley had a great race coming in 3rd, here he is resting in the leaves between the singlespeed race and the expert race. 

Nice work Fawley!

After the race, Lucas and I got some food, I dropped a bottle in the grocery store, and then we went to York River State Park to spend some time exploring the Williamsburg area local trails.

Stayed Sunday night in Richmond, taking in the craziness that is Hanover St. for Halloween and trick-or-treating. Uncle Orran, Ellen, Read, and Drew even stopped by! 

Welp, I'm packed up, cleaned up, and heading out in the morning. Solid.

I'd like to thank Jason Burch for being such an awesome room mate while I have been in the 'burg!

28 October 2010

I tromped through the pumpkin patch...

Last weekend's gathering was a success with a solid cousin contingent in place. Though, it would have been perfection to have had Los,Gar, and Jason there! Everyone had a strong showing. There was plenty of amoeba time, B-stew eating, bonfire chatter, and, of course, much fun-making of Jake (obviously). Lindsay even had a mold made of her thumb at a recent NC State Fair, which was the greatest thing I have ever seen. Kind of reminiscent of the old "Stew" days, on a much smaller, and much more chill scale. Amanda hosted a great brunch at her house in the morning. Thanks doodle!

Little T seemed to have a good time too. 

Ugh, I created a LinkedIn account today....I feel dirty.  

It is almost Halloween. Sweeet!, my favorite holiday of sorts. Looking for some fun this weekend in the six-pack downhill tomorrow, some riding on Saturday, and then heading down to race the Tidewater Challenge Sunday. I'm totally digging my new singlespeed super-fast-race -machine, so I'm looking to give that a go in the SS class. It will be the VA State Single Speed Champs, so there will be some stiff competition! Hoping for one great last taste of mountain bike racing for the season to motivate me well for next year!

My new Trek Superfly is ready....even if I'm not! Running the purple and orange wheels, "just in time for Halloween," as one bike racer "fiend" once said...

And since it is almost Halloween...

Headed Lynchburg way as of next week. My time in Harrisonburg working with Chris at SMT was a great experience. Thanks to Chris Scott for such an awesome opportunity! Thanks to all of those in the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition who have made my time here so wonderful. I will see you all on the trails for sure!

19 October 2010

Fall and Friends!

The past two weeks all started with a mega road trip down to Baton Rogue, LA for AHawkins' wedding. Rolled the 15 hour drive with Scott, Matt, and Lara. It was good to get some key players from our old group together to go and see Andrew. It was great seeing the fellow. He seems to be doing well down in the flat lands of Cajun country.

Alll night drive...

Spent some good time with Drew at the rehearsal dinner, and breakfast the following day.

The view from our hotel room. 

The trip was pretty rough on me and I spent the better part of the week under the weather. However, I made a recovery, and got in a good warm up, exploratory ride at Sherando with Scottbot on Saturday. I was still feeling sluggish and tired, Scott was putting the hurt on my on the climbs. The weather was amazing and I was glad to be riding, and not in the house sick.The ride really helped, and it suuure came at the right time.

My HiFi is so happy on the trails in the backcountry. 

The view of the Priest from Bald Mountain. 

I like finding benchmarks

...Because later that night, a big crew of my great friends from West Virginia came down to visit for a long weekend to do some riding. Jeremy, Josh, Robbie, and Chad all rolled in Saturday night and the "funtime" ensued. Sunday we cruised on up to Smokehole, WV to get on the big IMBA "Save The North Fork" awareness ride on the North Fork trail. I had yet to have the pleasure of riding the North Fork and it was an amazing day. The ride only touched on a bit of the ridge, riding only the northern section, but it was plenty amazing.

Big turn out on the IMBA North Fork ride.

My riding comfort, and legs came back to me on the North Fork and I was feeling gooooood!

So spectacular

Robbie and Jeremy peer into the grand view below!

There is a large push to designate this area as Wilderness, which would prevent bicycle access to the North Fork Mountain Trail. The ridge riding is so much fun, and the views are simply spectacular. It would be a real shame to lose this area to bicycle access. More information on the North Fork Trail and the Wilderness possibility can be found at SAVETHENORTHFORK. Chris Scott also has some good info on his blog as well. Give the North Fork Trail a ride, I can't wait to get back. Here is some info from IMBA on what you can do to help protect this wonderful area of WV.

A great time chilling with some good friends on a high rock outcropping. You can't beat a big fun ride with some really good friends. 

Chad enjoyed the final sections of the trail

Robbie was excited about his North Fork ride

We rode the loop from the Redman Run Trailhead North to the end and back on the road.

Wheelie contests of course...

Some chill time by the beautiful South Branch of the Potomac after the ride.

Monday I took Josh and Jeremy up on the big Elliott's Knob to Chimney Hollow ride!

The guys rocked out on the ride and the BIG mountain!

This monster dead tree fell sometime during the summer.

Checking out Deerfield Valley below us where we started!

Josh was stoked to be high up on the mountain. 

The view from Ellliott's Knob was amazing. We had a looot of fun on the big ride with the great climbing and descents. Thanks for coming down guys! Great riding with ya. 

Lemma passed her Dietitian's Exam! Woooo congrats Lem!