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Old 07-03-2013, 05:47 AM   #391
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:04 AM   #392
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Great seeing you again! We need to get together with the DRZ's again soon. I enjoy your blog.:)

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #393
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Glad you brought those pumkin rolls to the rally. They were awesome.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:46 AM   #394
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I made a trip to Pennsylvania. I drove straight from home to here:





Ahhhhh, the Seven Mountains Dual Sport Ride. I was rolling by 8:00.




Middle Mountain was a good way to shake off the effects of the long ride.














A spider linked the spines with web. Nice strategy.








Pennsylvania is as green as North Carolina. Fortunately, not quite as wet.




One of the vistas from Poe Paddy Drive.









Singletrack buzz.





Once again, I was lost and disoriented in Plantation and Old Burn Trails. They are rerouting these trails to avoid going straight up fall lines. The reroutes were completely fresh and didn't really look like trail, so I tried every other option before getting it right at several junctures. The good news was that I got to ride more singletrack.











This is not singletrack. I rode 90 miles to get to the Sand Mountain side.





I also did some farting around in Milroy trying to get back up the mountain without riding 322. No luck. By this time the rain finally caught up to me. Not long after I got back onto the Seven Mountains course, the rain started.

The rain melted my map, so I was depending on the blazes. This led me up Bull Hollow. That was really hard.







Going down from High Top was also hard. Someone needs to throw those rocks over the side.




I made it! I opted out of climbing up the Horseshoe cutoff trail. I am a lightweight.

133 miles, 9.5 hours. I still have time to ride Shade Mountain.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:05 AM   #395
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SA WEET!
Looks like home to me! It is Jax Mountain after all.
I grew up 20 miles from there.
Great choice! Love the photos.
Skyclad and the Bald Eagle Bastards have a shindig up there once a year.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:29 AM   #396
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SA WEET!
Looks like home to me! It is Jax Mountain after all.
I grew up 20 miles from there.
Great choice! Love the photos.
Skyclad and the Bald Eagle Bastards have a shindig up there once a year.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=895304

The only thing that I would put higher on my to do list than that is my job, which begins exactly that weekend. Bad timing. It messes up the Tennessee Knockout too.

I love that area and hope to spend more time there.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #397
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Seven Mountains was Monday. Tuesday I headed for eastern Pennsylvania.

Just a short evening ride through Peat Moss, Brickyard, and Sandy Valley.





All the way to the Garden State.





Heed my words and take flight.

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Ridges and Valleys. Nice.

You have some dust in your camera, BTW.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:43 AM   #399
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Ridges and Valleys. Nice.

You have some dust in your camera, BTW.

Probably water, too. This camera has had a tough service life.

Thursday, I traveled to Shenandoah Mountain outside of Harrisonburg, VA. The Ottobine Methodist Church would like you to "Rebuke those who encourage evil."




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It was absolutely autumnal here. Maybe 65 degrees and dry air.

I ran FR 85 over to Dunkle Hollow/Skidmore.















The West Virginia side has many fewer crashes, so I went that way.





Now I have to frame my shots to hide that damned dust.










105 miles. Not bad for a quickie. But not quickie enough to make it home this day. I camped out at the base of the mountain and blasted out in the a.m.
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The West Virginia side has many fewer crashes, so I went that way.



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Tellydoug was talking up his cronuts on Monday. He said he would make a batch the next morning.




That's deep fried croissant dough. Stupid good.







To work off the cream cheese and butter, we headed to Spring Creek.










The fellow that we met at Emerald Mountain suggested doing it as an out and back instead of the Buffalo Pass Road loop.

The top.






After dinner, I got out on the DRZ. Up Buffalo Pass Road to the pass.




Then a right onto Trail 1101, the Wyoming Trail. It's moto legal over to Fish Creek.









When I got to Fish Creek, I took a left onto Percy Lakes Trail.










Then 600/620 combo to Buffalo Pass Road.








Back over the pass to the Steamboat side. Then hit the tub.




Good day. That was Tuesday.
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Wednesday. First things first, a morning tub session.





No bicycles for me today. Layla took off for a morning jaunt into town.

I wasn't far behind. As tempting as it was to get some goodies at The Bakery, that would be time spent not motorcycling.




Set the controls for North Routt. There is probably a better place to ride a trail bike somewhere.






Steamboat Lake Outfitters has relocated and the gas station is now the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse. The sign on the wall says: "Unattended children will be given an espresso and a kitten." The young lady at the counter says, "When you ride by yourself, you get to ride the trails you want." Cool place.






Share the road.






I made a beeline to here.




Farwell ATV trail is really nice and gets nicer when it turns into Farwell motorcycle singletrack.








At the top of the ridge it Ts into Farwell Mountain Road, a dotted line I have studied many times over the last month.







I wanted to get to Seedhouse. Scotts Run is not legal for motos in spite of what the mountain bike guide says. A short ways away, the Wyoming Trail along a fork of the Elk is.











Getting out of Lost Dog Creek was a bit tricky.





Rolling again




This more or less brought me down to Seedhouse, where I had a most informative conversation with the director of the nonmotorized trail crew. He told me that I had to go back to the top of Farwell Mountain. I didn't have to go back on the Wyoming Trail, but it would be doubling back. mmmmm. He was sort of insistent, so I took his advice.

Watch out for sheep out here.




Doubling back has its advantages: sometimes you see eye popping scenery that you had your back to.




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Up on Farwell Mountain. I'm pretty sure that's Mount Zirkel in the background.




Looking south.











Looking north into Wyoming.




This dude wanted to have a conversation. My Spanish wasn't good enough to get very far. I asked him about the horse at the bottom of the mountain. He was getting to it "ahorita," and then he took off. I was just asking out of curiosity.




Seriously, where could he be going?







Lunch break.




Here is where things get interesting. Last time I went up to the Wyoming Trail in these parts, it was a bit of an ass buster. This run is pretty good and only has one SEMInasty climb.

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Old 08-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #405
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So the semi nasty climb leads you to a series of idyllic meadows, or parks as they call them in these parts.








The Great Divide on the right here, but it's going to swing over to my left as I work my way up this creek.






This is the climb up to the dividing ridge.




Looking back down. This valley drains to the Elk.





I was up above it...





Looking into the West Fork of the Encampment (I think). The Encampment is one of my favorite rivers on Earth. Layla and I ran it twice in 2005.




North into Wyoming.





I was convinced that I missed the Manzanares trailhead, but I had not. This photo doesn't really do the trail justice. This was the only tricky part.





This drops into Big Red Park, where I started in the morning. It's only 3 o'clock. Run Nipple Peak and Prospector backwards???




On the road transfer section, I came upon a fellow riding a DT 125 with fishing poles. Didn't get a photo, however.



Independence Creek is a great trail.





More aspens on Nipple Peak Trail.





I was starting to get tired, and I was convinced that I missed the Prospector intersection. No, it's just a long haul.

Nipple Peak sweetness.





The big pass on Prospector. The climb up to here was pretty tough. It didn't seem that tough going down it.




I made it back to Steamboat on the same tank of gas. 167 miles for the day. How do I get back here????


Remember, sacred cows make the tastiest cheeseburgers.




Layla took me for a Yampa Valley, grass fed beef sandwich and gelato. Then we soaked in the hot tub. I love Steamboat Springs.


What do you do for an encore?





Gondola assisted bicycling.

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