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Old 12-26-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name is Matt. The purpose of this thread is to document my short day adventures in and around DC. Hope you like it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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Patterson Creek Trail

While in Eagle Rock, VA visiting my family, I asked around for some off road ideas. My father recommended Patterson Creek trail through Jefferson National Forest. It's roughly 15 miles of woods, dirt, and streams but the best part is there's 10 or so ATV/motorcycle only trails . AND it's only 15 minutes from my father's house!

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:54 AM   #3
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Patterson Creek Trail

On the way to Patterson Creek you get cross this cool one lane bridge:


There's about 5 miles of gravel before you get to the trail head:


If you look on the map on the previous post, you'll see Rt 612 which is this dirt road:


At the top, is a parking area (closed for the season) for trailers bringing ATV/motorcycles:


Some of the trails look possible for the 990 while most don't.

A few stream crossings:




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Old 12-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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macorell24,

As a Maryland neighbor I will be following your thread; hopefully you find some nice tracks I don't know about!

There are some nice dirt/gravel sections along the MD side of the Potomac river between Seneca and Poolesville.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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Looks nice Matt! Perhaps this summer we can make an excursion south into your former neck of the woods...
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:59 AM   #6
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Poolman: Any tracks you have in the land of Mary would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to post any tracks or RR's you want here. All are welcome!

Garrett: Absolutely! Laura Jane's son-in-law just bought a 525 enduro. He has promised to take me around to all the trails once he gets it plated. I plan on coordinating a few days with the SMARs for the TWVT and a stop at Eagle Rock.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #7
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Following the Potomac River Upstream from DC

Matt,

Thanks for welcoming other contributions to your thread. Here are a few shots following the Maryland shore of the Potomac up-stream:

Seneca Road (14 miles from the DC line)


Seneca Aqueduct:


Lock-Keeper's House


McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area:






Edward's Ferry Road:


Edward's Ferry (now defunct, once the site of an active ferry service, factory, and strategic Civil War battle):


Five Mile dirt and gravel section of River Road from Edward's Ferry to White's Ferry:


White's Ferry (still an active ferry service between Poolsville, MD and Leesburg, VA):




High water markings:


Point of Rocks, MD:




I noticed I hit 1,000 miles on my new F800GS while waiting for a train:


Crossing into Virginia from Point of Rocks, MD:


Two miles later, crossing into West Virginia at the town of Harper's Ferry:




Accosted at gunpoint in Harper's Ferry:


The locals like the bike, though:


A final stop in Brunswick, MD heading home at sunset:


Hopefully others will post some decent riding areas nearby.

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Old 12-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #8
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Route Map

Here is the Google map from the above ride:
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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Nice route poolman, I'll have to check that out sometime soon.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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Count me in!

I ride all over this area, but alas, I often don't stop for pictures. It's a little something that I think I will have to work on...

Count me in! I'd love to ride with YFF's some time if you allow KLR's in with your group.

Without pics, my post is useless, but I recommend the area around Sugar Loaf Mountain and the ride west out of Burkettsville over the mountain to South Mountain Creamery. I can go on all day, but I'd rather just show you on a bike.

The People's Republic of Maryland has a ton of great roads to ride!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #11
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Welcome FMFDOC! The more the merrier! Depending on the weather perhaps we can all get a ride together later in January. thoughts?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:51 AM   #12
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Saturday ride

The weather is going to be nice this weekend and I plan on taking advantage of it. Me and some other inmates are headed out west (virginia) for some off-road fun if anyone wants to join.

I'll leave DC around 0730
Head to Fredericksburg, VA to pick up gastone.
Leave Fredericksburg around 0900 to Harrisonburg, VA
Hit Long Run Rd
maybe Dunkle Hollow
Hope to be home by 1800

Let me know if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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Nice Matt!!!
In! (not Sat, just in general, My ball sack doesn't hang low enough to ride with Gastone)
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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Thanks Jack!

I think mtnflow (Dean) is coming along too. Garrett and Dean racing each other through Long Run should be fun to watch. Too bad I'll be 30 minutes behind them.....
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #15
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You gotta watch Dean too..... he always picks the best spots to stop and take mayhem photos of unsuspecting riders.
I know Garrett was a Chupacabra on the big bike.... now on a 150-200 lb lighter machine, he's gonna be a monster. Though he did spend alot of time filming you at cornerspin.
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