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Old 12-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #346
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Met up with MathewC and a friend for a ride this past Sunday. In the low 30's when we left Clearly Julian had gone Ninja


The warmth of the sun against the crispness of the morning frost.


Bull Run Mountain Rd


Spotted a Bald Eagle


MatC Hot-doggin








Shelburne Glebe Rd I believe...




We crossed into MD at White's Ferry






Riding up to Sugarloaf Mountain, MD




Heading back to NOVA on 28


MatC and I then cooked some venison burgers on my fire out back. Delicious




Merry Christmas!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:15 AM   #347
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Back in Action// Charlottesville Area Trip

Tons of riding, wrenching, hiking and boating going on over these winter months. Gotta keep active regardless of the temp.

This Trip RR was from February when Dr. Beard and myself rode down through Cville area for a beer at Blue Mountain and some twisty roads.

Somewhere outside Rapidan





Blue Ridge Tunnel



My favorite shot of the trip




Spotted this Pagoda in the parking lot of Blue Mountain Brewery


Made a pitstop on the way home as the sun sunk low in the sky to see FOXedupONE and the family. Little Rossi loves the GS
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:18 AM   #348
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Uncle Bucks Snow RTE Pics

Coming over 211 was beautiful. Just a reminder to keep it...




View at Thornton Gap


The "full U" turn on the west side of the mountain


SNOW



The KLR recital was in full swing


TwoHawks riding down to the Shenandoah. I couldn't help but think about how valuable it is to see a friend survive his stroke, but then continue riding. This view of him and the mountains, the river and the valley that is home to many, meant a good deal to me.


XC kickin' it...wishing he had his snowboard


More Snow


FR274 was closed at the Storybook Mountain Trail so we had to back track. We fueled up in Luray then stopped by Lake Arrowhead to dip our tires. It isn't sacred water or anything...that is to say until three ADV riders dipped their tires in it. The word is getting out...THIS IS THE NEW FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH


I think this is a bit more than "stretching"


Richard Simmons? Is that you?



Good seeing all you crusty and hard-as-nails inmates for lunch. Till next time do we brave some weather condition

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:45 AM   #349
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Merchant's Millpond State Park

It was forecast to feel like spring for exactly one day in a line of miserably cold winter weeks. I chose to skip outta work early to maximize the daylight. I was heading south and chose 301 through MD in favor of I-95.


The ride was traffic free and relaxing. Just what I needed for this Friday. Soon enough I was in the pine forests of Virginia.




The roadside was on fire. This is normal carry on.


Stopped to eat my BBQ sandwich I picked up from Cowlings BBQ on 460 outside Wakefield.


The sunset was beautiful


And my spot for the night off New Road


I found this old license plate nailed to a tree.


Self portrait of my camping setup


Shortly before dark, I went for a walk to a big clearing then returned to camp. Upon my return I noticed a foul smell from an animal. It smelled like dung and dirt, somewhat like a horse but certainly wasn't there earlier. I looked around the forest near me and sat still for some time to see if it was something like a coyote or bear upwind of me but nothing came aruond. It smelled like that for the remainder of the night so maybe someone left me a present.

I awoke at 5:15AM to small sprinkles on my down bag. No go. Time to wake up and pack. In 5 minutes I was dressed, all my gear was packed and I was getting loaded onto the bike in a slight mist. Shortly after saddling up, the mist stopped. I was chilled and ready to roll out in the dark. Off I went.

The ruts in the dark were hard to spot so I took it slow. A couple sandy washes but I made it out no problem.



The roads were full of deer so I kept my speed around 45 for about a half hour. Usually that would kill me but at this hour with nowhere to rush to, an ultra bright HID beam and a quiet curiosity and calm that comes before the sun rises. The day is full of potential.

It was a grey morning but the sunrise was approximately 7AM here at this sign.


I stopped in at a small Ma and Pop - Doris and Roger's Kitchen
$5 for this + coffee


Cotton fields and Peanuts were the big ag industry in this area of Southern VA and N.E. NC


I even found some dirt roads working my way on down


I arrived at the park just as they opened. I paid my fees, reserved a canoe and a campground, loaded my drybag and stuff into it. Off I went for some relaxation.


Some clouds on the horizon looked like rain so I made it to camp and setup quick. JUst in time for it to begin raining. Spent about 30 min waiting out the drops here:


The rain let up around 10:30 so I went exploring.


Beaver Den








Why hello Mr. Turtle.


Think I'll get a closer look


Self Portrait


Shortly after this photo, I'm floating around minding my business when I happen to float within 5 feet of this guy hiding behind a tree. We both freaked out at the same time but he left me alone.



This one on the land was much larger.


Yellow bellied sliders I believe




Skink


Got a few bites


almost like a sad flower of the winter


They call these "knees"




The sunset on the water was beautiful but with muted colors on account of the cloud cover.




The view from my "slip" and the small trail up to camp #6 canoe-in site.


In my element.


I slept soundly through the night. I sprinkled once or twice but was nice and quiet.


In the morning I packed my gear and then went out for a nice paddle.

Some bird had feasted on this Gar earlier. Each scale was roughly the size and thickness of a dime. Incredbile.




The wind had picked up by noon and the temps dipped. It was looking like rain but without any cell service, I had to use my better judgement. I returned the canoe, loaded up the bike and set off toward home.


It began to rain.


It was cold , wet and windy the remainder of the ride home but I kept my cool.




An old church and graveyard




WTF


I spotted this thing a quarter mile up and knew immediately what it was.


The only other motorcyclist I saw in the cold wet rain that day was a GS from New York. We passed each other off/on for about 45 mi until I split off for home and he continued North on 301.

A relaxing time in the cypress swamp is good for the soul. I recommend it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:01 AM   #350
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Fantastic, Mike! Looks like you had some awesome rides.

- and that was before the cypress swamp outing you posted while I was posting. Thanks for the excellent shots and description of an amazing place.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:40 AM   #351
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Nice Mike; I may have to pull a similar weekend get-away here as the weather starts to warm up.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:22 AM   #352
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Great Pic mike ..
That big fella looks like an American Croc..
Not a Gator ...

I saw an Am. croc many years ago down in SC.....

So Where is that place once again ???

I got to go there...
That Gar skull is way cool.. I want one ... For my skull collection ...

Maybe you smelled a Squatch !!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:25 AM   #353
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Thanks friends for the kind words. Let me know if you need any advice on camping spots or nearby attractions.

LD, just over the NC line a bit SW of the Great Dismal Swamp
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/memi/main.php
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Around Cheraw SC is where I saw my Amer.Croc Too

Thanks for the link....

My buddy said there are some big Amer. croc In the Dismal swamp..
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:19 PM   #355
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Talked to my gator watching buddy yesterday, and we're hitting Merchant's this summer! Thanks for making me aware of the place.
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Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
Glad to see you're managing to squeeze in some outside fun on the weekends despite the recent dreary weather.
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I like how most of your RRs end with good beer!
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TOday's RR will end with BREWING good beer (a bourbon barrel porter)
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Nice!

I plan on picking up another kit (still haven't upgraded to all grain) tomorrow while I grab some tags. There is a nice little homebrew shop in Barboursville that also is a nano. He is pretty decent.
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Early Spring Day in PA

The idea came to me as I fell asleep the prior evening...I should take off and go riding tomorrow. So that is what I did.

I woke up an hour earlier than I usually do for work. Riding is much more important to my soul. The blossoms were out on the tree in front of the house:


I slabbed it through 495 and 270 traffic up to Frederick. Pulling the reverse commute afforded me a wave at all those motorists trapped inside on such a beautiful spring day. Escaping the gravitational pull never felt more right. My first location of exploration was Gambrill State Park just NW of Frederick, MD.


A view from the park looking West. I think this is Hagerstown?


Walking back to the bike, the morning sunlight streamed through the pines making for some warm lighting.


Dedicated to the men who cut down all the trees? Didn't stop and check.




From the park I proceeded N until I wound up on some Dirt Roads. I came across a variety of deer, racoon and bear tracks in a mudboggin' pit


So I made sure to leave my own tracks






There were a number of cabins built in the traditional dovetail ends and chinked logs just down from the Frederick Reservoir. I made a U-turn to snap this front door framed by the old bushes. The owner stared disapprovingly from a side window. Take only pictures, leave only exhaust notes...


Shortly thereafter, I came across this large fish cultivation center. This pic doesn't really do the scale justice.


I rarely travel N on 15 without hitting Catoctin Hollow Rd


From here the directions become fuzzy...but roughly N and W


To this intersection I guess. Kept humming "Afternoon delight" for a bit


I came around a bend and saw some radio/microwave towers and the remnants of an old Army base. The buildings suggested construction around the teens/twenties but had a much more gothic castle vibe to it than most bases I've seen.






I took a break along the lake for a banana and some water. These lakes were created in the 19th century for ice cultivation.


Feeling refueled, I beat feet down the road.


It's me!


And on up the road...


Up through Michaux. I was hauling ass when I passed the "Now Entering" sign so figured this one would do


I have only briefly ridden in Michaux. I only hit a few roads and there is much more left to explore.
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I look foward to hiking the AT through there as well. A big thanks goes out to JaxObsessed for introducing me to it.


Life is rough...




On Ridge Rd I eventually caught up to a logging truck throwing up a plume of dust. Fortunately the wind was strong enough to blow it away. I was in no hurry so held back for a minute to let the dust settle...literally.


Another method of fish hatchery


I began down this road until I spotted the PRIVATE: NO TRESPASSING sign. Fitting road name then asshole...




There is a 50% chance that this is a prison for reformed Amish commandos. Prove me wrong.


Just. Wow. Rt 274 Mt. Pleasant Rd and Germantown up ahead.


I noticed a gravel road running up the ridge by the name of Old Germantown Rd. Just what I needed to get outta the hot valley and check out the view and some breeze.


At the crest of the hill I spotted this sign and took a minute to have lunch and imagine the cold winter up there which feels sooo recent.


I took action to rebuild this carin after I took this photo. It felt like the right thing to do.


Coming down off Germantown Rd, I spotted some old CCC bridgeworks and the confluence of two streams. This seems like a great place for a photo op.


Dat fish cray!


And down on Shade Valley Rd I spotted this neat old cabin (originally circa 1850s?) A spring emitted from beneath the foundation.






OMNOM NOM NOM


Anyone know what this is? Pheasant? It was standing in the trail with feathers splayed until I got VERY close. I managed this shot just before nearly hitting it. Darwin was nearly at work. I would have cooked it up too


Sliding Hill Creek


I wound down this gravel road and came bombing around a corner when I spotted this obstacle ahead. No wonder the lady tending her garden gave me an inquisitive nod when I passed and waved. She returned the wave on my exit as well


The roads just suck you in.


Roadside rolling shot of the Historic Riddlesburg COke Ovens (1913) used in the iron making industry around the turn of the century. http://www.saxtonpa.com/tourism.html




Next thing I know I'm back in my element: lost on a mountaintop ATV trail


The mountaintop to the left in this image to be exact.




It was getting hot and around 5PM so I thought I'd get something cold. This was the first thing I saw and cheap. Frozen Dairy(?) Product. Whatever. The ice water was free


Still meandering in the general direction of home and disobeying my GPS unit, I stumbled across Saunderosa (similar to my last name) Campground.


No SHIT! I was lost here before...in November






Spring has Sprung


Coming down into Hagerstown. I was up on that ridge earlier this morning.




GAS IT!


The sun was fading fast so I beat feet for home


With a stop at Point of Rocks for a shot of the old train station and flowers




Lighting was all wrong so I made do...


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After a well deserved shower and some grub, my roomate and I brewed up a Bourbon Barrel Porter. This should be ready in 4-6 weeks depending on how things go.




Thanks for tagging along! Till next time LAUREL FORK IS AROUND THE CORNER
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