I was able to steal a few days to ride with the folk of Shenandoah Mountain Touring on a leg of their mountain bike tour of Virginia on the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail route. They spent 14 amazing days on the trail. I was lucky enough to tack on for a few myself. It was amazing to spend some solid time on the bike basking in the full splendor of Fall in Virginia. The color was amazing, and it was great to spend some time riding with friends.
The sunrise at Stokesville Campground
Lucas and Chris chatting during the early morning departure
Single track of the Wild Oak Trail heading towards Dowells Draft
You can see Elliot's Knob off in the distance
Onto rt 250 up to the Shenandoah Mountain Trail
The Shenandoah Mountain Trail is beautiful this time of year
Singletrack for miles
A road section connecting the nights camp to the march up Little Mare Mountain...
Some gravel to prepare for some climbing...
The color on Little Mare was in fine form
Two amazing days on the bike. We finished it off from Little Mare to Brushy and on into Douthat. Can't wait for some more.
Thanks to SMT for hooking us up on such a sweet ride!
Here's some video from SMT of the ride on Brushy Ridge Trail, leading us towards Middle Mountain Trail, which leads straight on the Douthat State Park.