Scouting the Blue Ridge Trail - June 19 to June 22, 2011 The Plan: Spend 4 Days scouting parts of a route through Western Virginia that I have been working on for many many months. You can read all about it here but basically it is a route that encompasses as much dirt, gravel, two track, jeep roads etc as you can with some awesome ribbons of paved forgotten roads - all within VA and a lil bit of WVA. I have been calling it The Blue Ridge Trail. Likely Suspects: Me / David - Error Cooled - Red Jacket on a 2008 WR250R. Luke - lurker - Grey Jacket on a 1994 DR350SE. Day 1: Hinton, VA to Covington, VA I hate riding through the DC megalopolis to get to the prime riding areas in VA so I set out to find someone generous enough to let us park for a few days near Harrisonburg. Luckily h14xl / Kevin sent me a PM and invited us to park at his property in Hinton - which is only 15 minutes from the start of our planned route. Perfect. So we arrive around noon and Kevin gives us an awesome send off: From here we are on 33 West headed to Skidmore Fork / Dunkle Hollow FDR227. The sky is ominous but well behaved. Dunkle Hollow is a fun not very technical road that winds up to Flagpole and Reddish Knob. Helmet cam view of Dunkle Hollow: After you wind your way 11 miles up Dunkle Hollow you are rewarded with some great views off of Flagpole Knob at 4300ft: From the top of the mountain you wind your way down some well sorted gravel forest roads including Reddish Knob and North River. OnAndOFF / George on ADVRider had recommended that we hit up WV61 which is a super twisty gravel road that runs parallel to Reddish Knob road. It was here we saw this cool old USFS marker that appeared to mark an old spring. Land of many uses indeed : Helmet Cam shot WV61: After WV61 we ran down 85-5 out of the forest finally catching some sun: From FDR 85-5 we headed over to Clayton Mill FDR61 and stopped for gas in Millboro Springs. My WR250R only holds 2 gallons so I needed at least one stop a day. Luke's DR has a 5 gal Clarke tank that I sometimes siphon off of when we are far from a gas station: From Millboro Springs we ran Lime Kiln FDR194 and Dolly Anne North and South FDR125. These were fun roads with long lines of sight that you could rail on. You know you need to tone it down a bit when you are approaching 75 on the gravel : The end of Dolly Anne south throws you out near the mill town of Covington. We emerged from the woods and found beautiful clear skies as we rolled into town. We pulled into the Budget Inn Motel and met the owner Pat. Pat is a good guy and his place is well run. We went out and grabbed some food and a bunch of drinks from a very smokey dive bar . Total riding for the day 120Miles, 70Miles Gravel/Dirt and about 5.5 hours road time total with all of our stopping. Day 2 to follow - Covington, VA to Pearisburg, VA.