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Old 06-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Mr. Responsible plays hooky...

I have a young family so riding has taken a back seat lately. However, due to a series of fortunate events today I was able to take the "long way" to work...about 80 miles instead of 6. It was awesome riding weather and totally worth it. And for you sticklers out there: yes, I did deduct from my leave...

Anyway, this was roughly my route:


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Craig Creek Road was a great little road. It is mostly paved with sections of hard-packed dirt.





Across from Caldwell Fields, there is an unnamed road that I've gotten firewood from before. I wanted to check out if it went through to VA-42. It was in fairly good shape: gravel and packed clay, with some washouts.



And other obstacles...



I took a short walk at the dead-end and thought it best to turn around before I lost the whole day.



I made my way back to Craig Creek Rd and continued Northeast until I got to Hall Rd. My GPS and paper Topo map showed it going over the mountain to VA-42. The road was a bit rougher, but not too bad. Scenery was great.






About halfway up, there is another spur road, Earns Knob Road IIRC. I wanted to see who Earn was, or his or her knob, at least, so I took off down the road.



This spur road was nastier, but still not too bad. It had clearly seen little use as of late. Very scenic trail and I was all alone.



By this time, the pull of reality was setting in...drawing me to my day job...I was considering turning back before the end...but the road was too fun to quit riding. I wanted to see what lay ahead.



I got to this shot-up gate...and that was that. Maybe knobs were down this path, but that would require walking!



Upon turning around, I came across this guy. I worked up the courage to walk up and snap this pic.



Coming down towards VA-42 provided awesome views.





In the end, no one was none the wiser about my hooky...no one except you and the rest of the internet! If you can get away with it (and even if you can't), try to get out there and ride!

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Old 06-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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hell yeah. Sometimes the unplanned quick detour makes for a great ride.

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Old 06-05-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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hell yeah. Sometimes the unplanned quick detour makes for a great ride

You tell me! I had some of the best moments in my life happen on those little unplanned rides! Great work OP, keep it up!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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A victimless crime.

Bravo.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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However, due to a series of fortunate events today I was able to take the "long way" to work...about 80 miles instead of 6. It was awesome riding weather and totally worth it. And for you sticklers out there: yes, I did deduct from my leave...


Upon turning around, I came across this guy. I worked up the courage to walk up and snap this pic.





In the end, no one was none the wiser about my hooky...no one except you and the rest of the internet! If you can get away with it (and even if you can't), try to get out there and ride!
Awesome, that looked like a great country ride. Now, is it technically hooky if you show up to work...and take leave?

Now about that snake...
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:35 AM   #6
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Often my 10 mile journey home from work turns into 100 miles. Nice report. That's a nice looking yellow phase timber rattler, I hope you let him be, some people go out of their way to kill them. I go out of my way to find them, then I let them go
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:11 AM   #7
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Sweet! As someone who also has a family and obligations, I feel your frustration about not riding nearly enough.

Beautiful scenery. I miss the east coast sometimes. I miss the green and sometimes the rain.

Enjoy your rides, and thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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Thanks for your comments!

I had no idea that rattlesnakes were in VA until I saw that one with my own eyes! I let him be once I took the photo and I did not dare get too close! He appeared to be warming himself in the open sun of the trail and had parked himself perpendicular to the direction of travel...he was very lucky I missed him when I passed by. Both our reactions-->

I highly recommend riding that area for an off-the-beaten-path escape...but beware of the snakes!
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for the RR and routes, looks like a good alternative to our WV rides...
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