So everyone has an idea of the some of the routes available I've uploaded a few. If you are heading east from Romney on Sunday morning and want a little more dirt, I've posted my dirt covered route towards home. If anyone is interested feel free to ride along until you get to a good break off point for your destination.
You can download a .gpx file from this website, or if you need a .gdb for your Garmin send me a PM with your email address and I'll send one to you.
2012 DCStrom Route
. This is the one we did last year with Trevor in the lead. Nice paved route with one 10 mile dirt road. Worked out nicely to have lunch on the porch at Seneca Rocks. Full day ride. We left at 9:15am and return at 5:45pm on this one.
Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2381718
2013 Dirt_Dad Technical Ride
there is enough interest, and if the weather is good, this is the technical course we will do on Saturday. The most technical portion includes Blackwater Canyon Road
, as well as a few steeper than usual (nothing extreme) downhills with wet sections, and a lot of pointy sticks. The only water crossings are in the Blackwater Canyon video. On a small dirt oriented dual sport with reasonable tires this course is pretty easy as long as you know how to pick a line. On a bigger bike with more street oriented suspension it will be more challenging. I would consider a skid plate as mandatory for a Tenere on this ride. I heard a fair amount of stuff hitting mine last week when I rode this route. You should have above average dirt skills and experience to do this ride on a big bike. That said, there is nothing here that requires JamieV level of skills, if it did, I couldn't do it. That guy is way over my skill level.
Also, this route is too long to do in a 9am to 6pm ride. My expectation would be we will get as far as we can on the route, then when it's time to make a straight ride back to Romney we'll just get on the pavement and head straight back. The other choice is an earlier start. I think we could do it if we were rolling before 8:00am. That will be up to the riders in the group (no more than 6 riders).
Route Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2381059
2013 Dirt_Dad Dirt Road Ride
. If there are not enough takers for the technical ride (and who could blame you), or if the weather is less than ideal, I'm very happy to do a nice mix of pavement and regular dirt roads. This route includes Dolly Sods
, the wonderful Rt 72
, and Seneca Rocks
. This route does include an out and back section that is more challenging, but
there is no need to ride it. If you decide to ride this route on your own the challenging section is the little line that appears on its own just south of Rt 72 (points 100 - 102 on the map). I've ridden all of this route except the section that parallels Rt 28 down near Seneca Rocks (points 131 - 144). It's an adventure, we'll ride that one together or turn around and hit 28. Should be no problem with this route in a 9am - 6pm ride.
Ride Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2381616
2013 Sunday Ride East/Southeast
. Heading back home over a couple of my favorite rides. This include my favorite way to cross between WV and VA
, plus Woodstock Tower Road. If you are heading east to hit the highway home, or going back to Northern Virginia this is a dirty way to do it. Happy to have some company on the way home.
Ride Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2384104
These are not all the options. Wreckchecker will have a pavement ride and TH will have another pavement/dirt mix ride on Saturday.