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Old 10-18-2010, 03:54 PM   #31
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Headed east out of Rupert and turned left on Rock Cliff Road. At the new bridge, you have three options. I took the leftmost option and followed Little Clear Creek around the back of Cross Mountain.

Cross Mountain scenery.








There are various and sundry ways up and down this mountain. Some of it is this sweet wooded track. Some of it coal haul roads.






Burly dual sporting. Seriously, I have never seen a forest with so many burled trees.







This is the road off of the north side.




OK, enough messing around on Cross Mountain. Time to head north.





The run up to Midland Mine (I think).








From the active mining area, it's a short jump over to the wind farm.




That's one small step for man. BEEP




The wind was blasting out there. I wonder how much juice these things actually produce. I found the transmission line last weekend, and it is comparable to the line leaving the Summersville Hydro Plant.






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I did the Skyway run down to the South Fork of the Cherry. I tried to go out to Briery Knob and out to 39 via FR 223. I took the wrong road, which was still very fun and beautiful. At 90 miles, I turned tail and headed for Richwood. I got 108 miles in without a whiff of pavement.





South Fork of the Cherry




It was a mind bending day of dual sporting.

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Old 10-18-2010, 09:47 PM   #32
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:41 PM   #33
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Not a whole lot to report from Sunday. I loaded up the DRZ and dropped Layla off at the tailwaters.



Then I headed down to Woods Ferry and unloaded the bike. One of the bright spots of running shuttle in the morning is the light on this ridgeline.





I headed toward Lockwood and took the second left. More crazy overgrown double track. I kept making uphill turns until I came to a radio tower.





I came out at the coal operation on 39 between Drennen and Lockwood. The security guard was happy to let me out. A nice contrast to the coal people I ran into last summer in PA.


I get the inkling that flat black area used to have contour lines on top of it.





Right over the pass at Little Elk Mtn, I made a right through an open gate, hoping to find my way over to Twentymile. There is a way, but there is the tank trap of armageddon at the ridgeline. I rode more sweet wooded track back down to 39. Swiss --> Belva Up Twentymile to Vaughan and over the hill Lizemores as per TWVT. Nice run.

I wanted to do the Leatherwood loop, but I was running short of time. I confirmed that I was in fact on CR 28 last week. I did some dead end chasing at the top end of the Leatherwood loop. All dead ends.

Since I was running short on time, I slabbed it back to Summersville on CR 30.







Peach Orchard sweetness. This is one of the best roads out there.







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Old 10-24-2010, 05:07 PM   #34
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Nebokasnc and I cruised up to Damascus for some trail riding. Conditions were spot on.

We were rolling out of the parking lot by 9:40.



















I wasn't really measuring but I think we rode less than 15 miles of hardtop.





Motorcycles Oct 1- Apr1. All other motor vehicles prohibited.



















It gets tight out there.









Does this count as singletrack?













Directional signals. Which direction?
















IMT to Skull's Gap. FR 84 to VA 16. VA Highlands Horse Trail to US 21. Out and back. It was almost 100 miles of riding where cars aren't allowed. Props to nebokasnc. He's pretty new to the game and styled a pretty hard core run.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:16 PM   #35
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Saturday the guys from CLT trucked out to La Foret. We were rolling out of Rally HQ before 11. Layla had mentioned something about cookies and time earlier. More on that later.




We went to Brown Mountain and hoped to hook up with KayaKTM and fancyindigo for some loops, but they were held up. We decided to do a loop and meet them back at the parking lot.






















This topper day began to unravel a bit. We had bikes on the ground. J Lo's clutch cable did its last pull. Needless to say, we didn't get back to the parking lot in due time. We did run into those guys up on the hill, but we had some separation issues. We all reconvened in the parking lot.

Our plan was to return to Rally HQ to get a spare bike and hit the FS roads.

First up, Maple Sally, which was suprisingly dusty in spots. Luckily, we got all of the traffic out of the way in one spot as there were 20 or 30 bear hunting vehicles parked in one spot and people running around with rifles.








How many curves did you say this road has?










The JB Weld repair on Clifford's flywheel cover seems to be holding.







We rode over Schoolhouse Ridge, where we had an encounter with federal law enforcement, lights and siren on full tilt. ??? We rode up to Old House Gap and did Yancey's Ridge. Down Roseboro Rd and down Wilson Creek. Supermoto roads back to Rally HQ. Instead of the aforementioned cookies, Layla had prodigous snacks and drinks. Thanks to her for that. Thanks to those fellows for coming out.
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We rode over Schoolhouse Ridge, where we had an encounter with federal law enforcement, lights and siren on full tilt. ???







You can't just leave it hanging like that!


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Old 11-01-2010, 09:01 AM   #37
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We were trying to figure it out. He didn't make any move to stop us. The guys at the back said he powered down as soon as they passed. Perhaps he heard us coming and wanted to provide extra warning. There weren't any other vehicles on Schoolhouse, but he couldn't have after us because we were all well within all legal boundaries.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #38
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Great report dudes! I tried the Highlands Horse Trail on my KLR, and since I was riding alone, I had to back out after some of this:



Good fun! But, I'll be sticking to forest service roads, this Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:20 PM   #39
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that looked like some "serious" fun! thanks.
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We had our first legit below freezing morning this morning. Time for my friend to come out of the basement.





Lucky and I ran Maple Sally down today. Still some really nice color to be had out there.














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We went over Schoolhouse and up Edgemont to 221. We got into the cal zone in Pineola and then back to the house, where I took a huge nap and then planted my violas.
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A fine day indeed

We started around Lake James, which we almost take for granted, but it's SO good! After a shred down Fish Hatchery, Rose Creek, and 181 it was off to Maple Sally....mmmmmm, mmmm!
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Maple Sally was bangin' as always... and the color was impressively autumnal even at this late date! After a few minutes we were no longer cold Who says you can't drift an upright twin 650?
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Maple Sally couldn't be in much better condition... Gaston rips through some (more) turns... the scenery is can be a bit distracting, and now isn't the time to lose your line!
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We proceeded up Edgemont - Lucky does better on roads with more sweeping turns - and ended up on the Parkway amidst what was left of the snow. Gotta love high pressure, as I'm pretty sure we could have seen Charlotte from Grandfather!
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