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Old 05-01-2011, 04:06 PM   #16
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Alright, here are my pics. Friday morning, bikes are loaded and ready to go!



Just off 33, west of Harrisonburg, above Switzer lake. I was thinking of maybe going up dunkle hollow to flagpole and over into WVA that way.



First bit of gravel headed down. Hmm....I know we've gotten some rain, and it's done a little damage to the road. I hope the water crossings are passable.



First water crossing, and no such luck. water was atleast 9 to 12 inches deep and man was it running fast! Decided not to take the risk, so back up to 33 and westward to Brandywine, etc...



Getting closer! Going past the sinks of Gandy on the way to LF campground.



Ain't WVA just gorgeous! I've taken a million pictures from this same spot and I never tire of them.



Got to LF around 12:30pm or so, just in time for the rain to start! Yep, I'm in the right spot! Got the tent up, stowed away the gear, and walked around greeting those who were hanging out. Eventually I got tired of sitting there in the rain and my dad and I went out for a little ride. Interesting thing is that once we got a mile or two away the rain stoped! Made a nice little loop to Harman and back, and wouldn't you know it that about a mile or two from getting back to LF, we were back in the rain again! Atleast it wasn't pouring, just some on and off light sprinkles.

Saturday's ride pictures coming up next.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:11 PM   #17
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More Day 1 Photos

Here's a few more of folks in the evening.













Arrival at Laurel Fork, in the dark . . . .







The Demon in the coals . . . . . .





Off to bed . . . . .

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Old 05-01-2011, 04:34 PM   #18
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Saturday morning

Hell yes it was cold Friday night!



This time we get to see the Sinks in the daylight, without rain.











Yokum Knob

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Old 05-01-2011, 04:50 PM   #19
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Two From Saturday

Top of Spruce Knob. The camera moved a bit in between the three shots, so the HDR isn't very good.



Blackwater Falls. The falls were really churning after all the rains.

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Old 05-01-2011, 05:24 PM   #20
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The Saturday ride. There were atleast 3 different groups. Here's my dad with the Ural boys, set and ready to go.



Cat Herders doing their best to get ready.



And they're off! I went with the large Cat Herder group. Here's the front pack, early on, before reaching Elkins.







Back on pavement, getting in to Elkins.



We literally invade the gas station, and everyone tops off.



Turns out some people forgot the rule of thumb that if there is someone behind you, wait at turns until you see them in your mirrors. Luckily though they back pack found us at the gas station in Elkins as we were getting ready to take off again. From here, the large group split up into three groups I think. This turned out to be much better for everyone I think. Onwards we go!



A little stretching and nature call break.



Going up some interesting, but unfortunately dead ending trails. Thanks Pomo, this is exactly what I needed!





The unfortunate dead end.



No worries, Pomo found us some more fun trails.









Pullin' in to Durbin.



He so fast, I couldn't get a clear picture!



Nittany showing good form.





Laurel Forks overlook, a little southwest of camp.



Got back to the campground around 3:30pm. ScottyP and Iamchaz had been busy prepping the feast! And a feast it was!





A pork tenderloin, stuffed with I believe: ramps, apples, and mushrooms, wrapped in bacon, and then covered with some of ScottyP's rub!



ScottyP's bean soup.



The baby, part way through the cooking process.



In the mean time, some cats who couldn't make it earlier because of work finally arrived!



While we were waitting on the feast to finish cooking, Blooch helped entertain the masses by roping unexpecting bystanders into trying to get out of his rope trick.

I'll let you fill in some captions!





Then as the day light was fading, HBN and his lady rolled back in to camp.



Followed by FOX on his pimp scooter.



Back to the all important food. The masses were starting to get restless from all the good smells coming from the cooks' tent. However the main course was not quite ready yet. So Iamchaz appeased us with some tasty venison bar-be-que!



Then there was also some chili simmering.



Awwwwwww.......she's just about ready!



More hanging out and waitting.





Blooch snags some more victims.



Kawikazi watching intently. He's ready for another trying after failling the first time.



The main course feast! Stuffed pork tenderloin, ramp salad, coleslaw, and a strip of bacon! Yum!



The prior mentioned chili.



The bean soup.



Everyone having been fed and contented, we all proceeded to tell half truths and straight lies and consume some tasty beverages. Then out of the darkness, who should appear, but the man, the myth, the legend himself..........SKIPPII!



The day was now complete.

A great big thank you once again to ScottyP for all the prep work he did in putting this thing together, to Iamchaz for the feast, to Pomo for leading the ride on Saturday, and to the rest of you FFs, because if you hadn't been there, it simply would not have been the same! It was great to see some old friends and make some new ones.

Y'all take care and we'll see you on the road!


PS. For those of you who were checking out my Sweet Cheeks this weekend, here's the link where you can get your own! http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks.htm
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:35 PM   #21
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A little video from Saturday afternoon, the group having fun going through some little puddles.

PSUcanary tried to scare me coming out of the puddle but I didn't even flinch!


From LF 2011
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:44 PM   #22
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Another Blackwater Falls pic

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Old 05-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #23
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Caught this monster at BWDR HQ on Thursday evening.
Pretty sure it's a fish of some kind......



Our Saturday ride turned into an all Vstrom ride. Had a great ride







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Old 05-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #24
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Thursday

After the deluge Wednesday night there was water everywhere.
This is the spring at the bottom of the hill coming in to the CG.



GSA PILOT left early that morning for business in Tenn. He'd be back Friday.

goosecreek offered to make the rest of us breakfast. He came prepared.


Scotty and I found a few ramps the day before, so in the eggs they went.



Scrambled eggs w/ramps, home made country ham, and home fries was breakfast for 3 days. Best scrambled eggs ever! Comps to goosecreek.

After breakfast it was time for a ride. They elected me to lead, so off to Glady to pick up FR44 to Durbin.



After a few miles, I noticed they weren't behind me. I pulled over and waited. They should have caught up by now. So I turned around and went back down the hill. There they were.


Oh no, did somebody go down? Noooooo, goosecreek had spied some ramps and was busy gathern'.


After gathern' some ramps, we continued on to Durbin. The bikes were thirsty, so we fueled up in Bartow.


Continued in next post.....
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:20 PM   #25
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Still suffering the consequences of Friday night VACommuter and myself fell to the rear of the Cat Herder pack. It was a good thing because we came upon Walter who needed some help righting his bike. That is a heavy bike!
Apparently while lifting the bike I bumped my camera and got about an hour's worth of footage of the right shoulder of a lot of forest roads. This was all I could salvage.



Thanks to ScottP, Walter & family, Iamchaz, and Goose Creek. You all went above and beyond and it's much appreciated.
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After fueling up in Bartow, we went back to Frank and turned right on Jones Run Rd to go over Burner Mt.




After a detour to some hillbilly's front yard, Scotty got me on Burner Mt Rd.





Part way up Burner Mt, goosecreek spied more ramps.


I saw a large patch of ramps at the top of the meadow, so AdvWolf and goose trucked up the hill to get some.


Wait a minute...WTF...



Saturday night, after seeing these photos, a select group of drunken FFs(who will remain anonymous) declared that AdvWolf and goosecreek will forever be known as the "Ramp Rangers".

More photos Monday evening.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:30 PM   #28
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Fish weren't biting too well Friday.

Waiting.

West of Bemis

Crossing 33 heading through Stuart rec area to Parsons

Flat tire. Note Ed was also missing his license plate by this point.

Parsons


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Elklick rd
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:32 PM   #29
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some thrillbilly images for your enjoyment if you like

Got in early, showered the 20lbs of LF dust outa my beard and thought I'd share some pics now:

Riding around Webster springs on our way in-






Southern thrillbillies taking a quick break after nailing the access road into LF at ??mph


OnaXR and his lady (great sport, she put up with us nut jobs all weekend) doing things with a jetboil that jetboil's may not be approved for




woke up to this mug ( buff) coming into camp "early" sat morning, better late then never haha, jk, glad you made it buddy


Happy for my first weekend in my first hammock , converted by onaxr last year and have no desire to sleep anywhere else


Hit the normal places this weekend, but still great riding





OnaXR (aka 6a9) leading the pack (trailed by WVCajun, XRDad, and charlie) running down the north side of spruce knob




Hitting up Mt. Storm, ugly mines, but beautiful fast road on the way there-





The adv doesn't hafta stop at the dock


So 501lb dry weight, tourance on the rear...cannan loop? ABSOLUTELY!


But no major damage, buddy system worked, buff came back helped me up and we got em outa there thanks for the hand buddy, and I still think it was worth it!
Trees were fun....






Wait till you see what onaXR did with this stuff ^

I've got a couple more that may go up at a later time, but I've used enough space. Rode with old friends, met some other inmates for the first time! Hope to see and ride with ya'll again soon...till then...good night

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:32 PM   #30
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Wow that looks like a lot of fun. Is there an open invitation for next year?
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