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Old 06-29-2011, 02:37 AM   #105
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Location: Western Piedmont, NC
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Big day ahead. Seven Mountains is a ninety mile course and has a variety of riding surfaces: rocks, sand and rocks, roots and rocks, and mud and rocks. I did not get the earliest of starts this morning.

This whole area is covered with chipmunks. That would explain all of the red tail hawks. This little fellow and several of his friends shared my breakfast.




Poe Valley is between the two main loops of the Seven Mountains trip. I headed west in the morning.




Plantation Trail





Last time I was here, I had trouble on the Plantation/Burn transition. The map is a bit misleading. Burn Trail is the business.




Last time I was here, I smashed my foot between a rock and the side of my motorcycle. As I was riding along, I said to myself, "This looks like that spot." I no sooner lifted my foot when I caught a rock with the right footpeg.





I rode down into Milroy for gas and caffeine. It's already lunchtime and getting hot.




There is work being done to these trails. Some reroutes had me a bit worried because they haven't been blazed and are still a bit sketchy.




The stuff on the Jacks Mountain end is more challenging. Middle Ridge and Summit are pretty tough.




The east end.




Hey, where's my truck?




Where are the leaves? Last time I was here, this little draw was knee deep in leaves, and Clifford's clutch got abused climbing up this.





I didn't make it up the climb to High Knob. I went around the back way. Maybe with a better tire and a 14 tooth sprocket. It was slick and hot.













There must have been one hell of a flood. Bull Hollow Trail is nuked. I don't think I would have made it through there going uphill.


At the moment, Pennsylvania is really green. Nice to see.





I made it back to Poe Valley and headed into Milheim for supplies. Tomorrow it's off to the Poconos.
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