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Old 08-21-2013, 06:18 PM   #406
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One more motorcycle trip.


We bicycled on Saturday.




and hiked on Sunday.







We pulled up stakes Monday morning. I didn't get going until 10.





I had heard conflicting reports about this place. One thing all agreed on was that the south end is tough. My destination was Aqua Fria Lake, which was supposed to be an easy run. While I wouldn't call it terribly hard, I wouldn't call it easy.





















I saw where 1126 split off. It was too much to bear. I had to know. It is sweet single track for about 2.5 miles.









I came to one of these barbed wire/stick gates. It was at the top of a slick hill that was getting slicker because it was raining. I could see standing water in a swampy area at the bottom of the hill. Maybe next time.

Back to Grizzly Creek. The other warning about this area is the creek crossings. I can totally see how being here with the meltdown still happening would MUCH different.





These Jackson County roads were better than a poke in the eye.





Red Canyon makes itself obvious. I'll head there instead of Lone Pine Creek.










I came across four guys from Steamboat, and they talked up the ride to the top of Red Canyon. They told me that I should stay another day and ride Rand. Gotta look that one up.




It is a very beautiful place, and suddenly not having time to head out north of Lone Pine doesn't seem so bad.










Supposedly the trip from Red Canyon to Lone Pine isn't too bad on 1126. I decided to go for it.




Could this owl be natural? Is it a carving?









hmmmmmm This would be really intimidating with another six inches of water.





It hurt to see the Lone Pine North Trailhead and the beautiful singletrack. But I am going to be pressed to make my meeting time.





Layla had seen a sign for a lost llama on Sunday at Slavonia. Could this be the one? This guy did not want to let me pass and tried to run me off the road.








Awww, man. It's not looking good over toward Walden, my rendezvous point.




This rather large bird flew down the road just in front of me long enough for me to get my camera out.




Then met his buddy on the pole.





In just an hour or so, I became a fan of Walden, CO. Layla was late, so I had some time. The couple that ran the Shell station were most friendly. While hanging out in the Shell parking lot, a fellow approached me and asked where I had been riding. "Do you know about Snyder Creek? We rode 52 miles of singletrack today and only 3 miles of gravel." They were heading to North Routt the next day. We yakked for over a half hour.

I decided to check out the rest of town and thus espied this:




Sorry about the photo. I'm having some camera issues. Anyway, this rig belongs to Trl Rdr, and he was on his way back to Nebraska from West Fest. He tracked me down in the pizza place and we yakked and exchanged photos. He had a harrowing tale of a broken hip on a West Fest ride. Yikes!

Walden, CO, jumping off point for what sounds like epic riding.



CO 14 is a spectacular highway.











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Old 08-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #407
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Oh man that looks great!

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:21 PM   #408
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Oh man that looks great!

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Wonderfully done.

I'm hoping to do a similar thingy next summer with JaxWife.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #409
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Great pics.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:27 AM   #410
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I forgot to say,
Nice Marmot.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #411
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I forgot to say,
Nice Marmot.

They were posing.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #412
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very nice.... soo many places, so little time
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #413
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Very nice Phil! Our next major trip is "Out West"!
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:55 AM   #414
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Nice trip!

This triggered my vertigo...

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Old 09-15-2013, 05:18 PM   #415
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I have been wanting to camp here for a while. Every time we come over this way, it's a long way back to where we started. Time to explore this area.




I froze my tail feathers off Friday night into Saturday morning.





Even though I've been here a few times, I went here first to file my flight plan. I did ride a new (to me) stretch of nice road to get here.






I once paddled the Gauley with a fellow who told me about observing migrating hawks, etc at Peters Mountain in the fall. They were everywhere flying out of trees. I saw a bunch of "off brand" hawks that I later learned were broad winged hawks.

I did the hike up to Wind Rock. Totally worth it. This is looking down Big Stony Valley.




While I was hanging out here, I heard the whoosh of birds over my head as 10 or 12 of these broad winged hawks passed over me. They rode an updraft and were out of sight in maybe a minute.

Edit: I totally forgot the CSI guys. On the way back down from Wind Rock, there were these two guys. One of them carried a doctor's bag and put on latex gloves maybe 40 or 50 feet off of the trail. The other guy was carrying an open jug of water up the trail to his buddy. ???

I stopped back in at camp to top off fuel and water. Then I went across the street.




The run over Peters Mountain is pretty fun.




What passes for public roads in West Virginia, sheesh.

I headed north east along the bottom of Peters Mountain and then back over at Limestone Hill. I think I'll check out Hanging Rock. Nice view! With binoculars you can see the Midland Mine and the windmills on Cold Knob. That's pretty far away.





The place is packed. You ain't getting to the northeast side of the fire tower. Occupied by bird people. They said that they had seen 635 birds on Friday.








The press was there.








The people there were incredulous that someone would walk up there and leave so soon. I have roads to ride and people to roost.

On the way I down, I met a couple on their way up. They are training for their bird observing trip to Ecuador in January. There are over 1300 species of birds in Ecuador. North America only has 768. I asked, "Do they have blue ones?"


Looking Rock Hangout Tower is more like it. .8 mile my eye.





Limestone Hill brings me into Waiteville and Potts Creek.






No buffalo sandwich for Gaston today. I talked to a guy with a big Tiger for a bit. Then over Peters Mountain on 311 to Big Ridge.
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On my way up Big Ridge, I round a turn to see a kid blasting off a couple of rounds from the front seat of his Ranger. Don't mind me.

Top of Big Ridge





I was making myself try new roads. So turned right at the church. It turns out that I had been that way before when lost. I did ID the Alleghany Tunnel.





Our judges say that now would be a bad time to cross.





The day is getting on. Last time I failed in finding FR 175 from the north. This road is very attractive on the map. It runs the crest of Peters Mountain and passes a peak called Jingling Rocks. C'mon, what's not to love? It's not there any more. The south end is very posted and the roadbed is tanktrapped. FR 350 is fun.


More Peters Mountain vistas.




I collected a nice pile of hemlock and there was some cut white oak already in my campsite. Bam!





That's all I have to report for Saturday.
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Love those vistas.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:11 AM   #418
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #419
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Sunday morning















For some odd reason I decided that I needed to check the oil level. There was nothing on the dipstick. Rut roh. Turned the bike the other way, and the bottom of the dipstick picks up some oil. When I checked it at the gas station in Gap Mills, it was fine.

Kent Howerton once made me promise that I would use Pennzoil. What I would do for a sticker.





I dashed over to Hollywood and picked up CR 4 in search of the Second Creek run.

I don't remember these big creek crossings.




It's a bust. Tons of deadfall. Oh well. Hollywood Glace Road is a nice consolation prize. Might as well hit Cove Mountain while I'm out there.

This brings us to Big Ridge again, but before we get there, there is an intersection of roads... a gas pipeline was involved...unfortunately, it's taking me back into Greenbrier when I need to be Giles bound. Alas, next time.






Descending Big Ridge




Crowders Road is the two chili pepper run over Peters. Very fun and beautiful. That brings us to Potts Creek again. I can see why Waiteville Road is so popular. Fun twisties. I'm getting tired of being distracted by the large birds everywhere.







That's all I got. Thanks for looking.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #420
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Hot Springs, NC. Very soothing in spite of the late night trains.






Dennis led us out to Del Rio.











Waterville







Nice stuff!











Yeah!













We are almost back to camp.






Not so fast!





This incident was terrifying as it unfolded, but is now good for a chuckle. Hey Napoleon, how's your neck?




Sunday







Moments after this photo was taken, the subject was in the weeds.

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