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Old 05-21-2012, 09:13 AM   #1126
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BikePig's 05/20/12 ride; SEVEN intrepid KLRistas start out at Front Royal, VA:

Absolutely super-perfect weather, gorgeous Blue Ridge Trail Appalachian Mountain scenery; thanks for putting this together, BikePig!
Was that you guys that stopped for a few seconds at the bottom of the hill on Indian Hollow Road just before the low water bridge?

I saw ya!
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:35 AM   #1127
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Was that you guys that stopped for a few seconds at the bottom of the hill on Indian Hollow Road just before the low water bridge?

I saw ya!
That was us, bwalsh!

I thought of you, as we passed the Canoe Company facilities.

When you saw us, we were at full strength (7 riders).
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:48 AM   #1128
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That was us, bwalsh!

I thought of you, as we passed the Canoe Company facilities.

When you saw us, we were at full strength (7 riders).
Yep! You should have looked up at the building. I would have given you guys the ADV salute!

One of you came up the driveway but turned around.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #1129
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Noob friendly dirt and gravel

So I am thinking of doing a novice friendly DS ride this Sunday. I will post a route later this week. But looking to depart the Leesburg area around 08:00-08:30. and breaking up around lunch time. Food may or may not be involved depending on everyone's schedule.

My intent is to show some more inexperienced than me (if that is possible) DS riders some friendly roads with which to practice.

Full disclosure upfront, I am not an adventure verteran or offroad savant. Just someone who has spent a decent amount of time riding some of the unpaved Virginia and wants to help other folks gain some confidence.

Please post up or PM me if interested. More to follow.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:22 AM   #1130
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Hey Marc, I'd love to go, but I'll be headed out to the Maryland RTE on Sunday.

Would you by any chance have the route you're planning on riding on GPS? If so, I'd love to get the tracks for future use.

Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #1131
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I will post a route later this week.
Just a heads up if your route, or anyone elses, includes Indian Hollow Road in Bentonville...They took a perfectly good asphalt road and tar and chipped it. ()
It's not bad but it's nothing like the other group encountered two weekends ago. There is fine gravel in between the tire tracks that wont get mashed in or thrown off the roadway anytime soon.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:34 PM   #1132
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Tis the season for the tar and chip. Man I love the grip it gives in the middle, but the beginning and end of life is treacherous.
Harris Hollow/Gid Brown Hollow just got some fresh chip patches as well.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:45 AM   #1133
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Hey Marc, I'd love to go, but I'll be headed out to the Maryland RTE on Sunday.

Would you by any chance have the route you're planning on riding on GPS? If so, I'd love to get the tracks for future use.

Thanks!
Sorry, other than the layman's GPS on my phone, I don't have a GPS. ITs on my list of things to get and then learn how to use. I also suck at making maps online and then sharing them out. I start building them on Bing maps and it freeszes up after I put too many way points on. So I only get half way through my route. Again, too stupid to operate.

Enjoy the RTE. I know we are also going to lose out to some folks who are attending eh Square Route Rally. But since this ride is more novice focused, I imagine a lot of the more experienced riders may not come out.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:02 AM   #1134
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Sunday 6/3 DS ride.

Per my earlier post, I don't have a GPS and I suck at making online maps. SO while I would like to easily pointy clicky draggy droppy a map and post it, I am too stupid.

Meet up:
Starbucks (the official start location of all Adventure rides;))
19353 Promenade Dr, Leesburg, VA(571) 333-4940Website

Time:
KSU 08:30 so set your arrival time by your coffee intake requirements
I will be there betwen 07:30 and 08:00

Pace:
Off road inexperienced (noob) friendly

Terrain:
Hard pack dirt and gravel roads. Some loose gravel in spots. Water crossing will depend on group skill level and willingness

Equipment:
No nobbies required. We are not going to hit anything that will require off-road tires. All of these roads can be done with street tires

Route:

We will depart Lansdowne and take some back roads to hit 15 and then pick up Mt Gilead rd, Loudound ORchard, Shelbourne, N fork.

Water break

Take Snickerville towards 50, May or may not hit the water crossing at beaverdam bridge

Champ FOrd to Bullrun, Hopewell to 626.

From there we can head up Foxcroft to Fury, to Poorhouse to Wood trail.

Then we are in Airmont. Based on time there are some other routes we can hit from there.

I am open to other suggestions.

My cell is 703 402 7572.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #1135
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I made you a map.


View Weekend Ride Bluewolf in a larger map
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #1136
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As an alternative to the noob friendly ride, I'm thinking about heading up to Sleepy Creek again this weekend to bounce off some rocks, logs, and trees, and work on my "picking up the bike" strength. Knobby tires highly recommended. I've done some of it on 705s in the past, but it was, um, interesting in the mud. Skid plate also recommended, some of the rocks are big and pointy, and I have a dent in my frame to prove it.

Looking at Sunday. With the rains today, it will be too swampy on Saturday.

What to expect for trails, um, rocky, muddy, poorly maintained, double track. I'm planning on hitting a few that I haven't ridden before, but if it's like the rest of the area...

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:24 PM   #1137
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Got out for a quick gravel run through Loudoun & Fauquier. Roads were hurting from the storms but dust was nice and low. Took the ol XR out of mothballs for some gravel fun.

Ran Bust Head > Bull Run Mtn > Champe Ford > Middleburg -- Ate at Danks > Crenshaw Creek Rd > Old Carters Mill Rd > Young Rd > Zulla > Rock Hill Mill Rd > Whitewood Rd. Something like 75 miles --- mostly unpaved.

Bust Head



Crenshaw Creek - Bridge circa 1919



The creek was up



Back home to Arlington in time to enjoy a cold one off the balcony

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:14 AM   #1138
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I'm running up that way this morning. Doing the first half that you did but going further north and east before cutting back south. Can't help myself. Riding these dirt roads is addicting.

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Got out for a quick gravel run through Loudoun & Fauquier. Roads were hurting from the storms but dust was nice and low. Took the ol XR out of mothballs for some gravel fun.

Ran Bust Head > Bull Run Mtn > Champe Ford > Middleburg -- Ate at Danks > Crenshaw Creek Rd > Old Carters Mill Rd > Young Rd > Zulla > Rock Hill Mill Rd > Whitewood Rd. Something like 75 miles --- mostly unpaved.

Bust Head



Crenshaw Creek - Bridge circa 1919



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Back home to Arlington in time to enjoy a cold one off the balcony

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:37 PM   #1139
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Nice roads

Well, 628 and 629 are a hoot. 629 was especially fun because I rode through a small-ish lake on the road Hit it at about 20mph and had water come up OVER my head ... guess the puddle was deeper than I thought.

Sunday 03 June at EveryTrail



http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip....16576db83856d1

Next time I'll come south on the western side so I can ride more dirt on the way home.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #1140
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Route:

We will depart Lansdowne and take some back roads to hit 15 and then pick up Mt Gilead rd, Loudound ORchard, Shelbourne, N fork.

Water break

Take Snickerville towards 50, May or may not hit the water crossing at beaverdam bridge

Champ FOrd to Bullrun, Hopewell to 626.

From there we can head up Foxcroft to Fury, to Poorhouse to Wood trail.

Then we are in Airmont. Based on time there are some other routes we can hit from there.
And, what a route it was, Marc!

Get this, sports fans: NO DUST!

We actually went past a, "ROAD CLOSED: HIGH WATER," sign, to examine the deluge; happily, now receded.

For those of you who missed this ride; may you some day experience weather this beautiful on trails this interesting, yourself.

Thanks for putting together such a primo ride, BluWolf!

And thanks for the cappuccino venti (that's Starbucks-speak for, "large")!
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