4 Days of Virginia Dirt, 2 Track and Backroads - aka Scouting The Blue Ridge Trail

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  1. error cooled

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    Day 2 to follow - Covington, VA to Pearisburg, VA.
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  2. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :*sip* Very cool!! Thanks for all your time and effort in putting these routes together, a labor of love I'm sure. Looking forward to the report and really looking forward to getting some riding out there myself in the next few weeks!
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    Day 2: Covington, VA to Pearisburg, VA
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  4. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    Good 1st hand info. We almost stayed at one of those on our trip in April, but just the shots in Google street view scared me off.:eek1
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  5. ADVmouse

    ADVmouse Whiskered Adventurer

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    Great report, thanks! Looking forward to it myself.

    Mountain Lake sure looks funny now ... I recall how beautiful that area is, but it was always too fancy for us students back then.

    Chris
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    Nice report! I can't wait to get out and do some more exploring on some of these roads! :D

    BTW, Mtn Lake went completely dry about two years ago...there was little rainfall coupled with a seismic event that literally opened a hole at the bottom of the lake (one of two natural lakes in Virginia) and the lake drained down to almost nothing. Lots of interesting stuff was found at the bottom of the lake, and I think there were even human remains. :huh Sounds like a tall tail, but divers were used to try to locate the hole and put sandbags over it to slow down the leak. That didn't help. :lol3 Eventually, it stopped on its own and now is filling back up.
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    Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing the story.
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  8. error cooled

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    Day 3 - Pearisburg, VA to Wytheville, VA
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    Very nice, Gonna try to get that done sometime in July myself. :clap
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  10. error cooled

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    Day 4 Wytheville, VA back to the truck in Hinton, VA
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  11. error cooled

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    Afterthought

    I had a lot of anticipation for this trip and I was really looking forward to riding the route I had been working on since October. In short I was not disappointed. The forest roads were a blast.. nothing too challenging to take away from the fun. The paved sections were worth the scenery and all along the way we were again and again blown away by the wildlife, views and rural charm of a lot of the route.

    Prudent Planning

    We live in the eastern US and we are never too far from civilization like those out West. I will say that some parts of this route put you pretty back in the woods where a mechanical failure or injury could happen 12 miles from the nearest good road. We were prepared to camp, tow or walk out whenever necessary and I would advise you to do the same. Know your bike well and also be comfortable changing tubes. Also carry adequate water and food - nothing crushes moral in a tough spot more than hunger and thirst. Also cell phones dont work worth a damn anywhere we were. I carried a proper PLB - but I like planning for contingency and mitigating risks. We saw a total of 3 cars in all of the deeper forest road mileage we covered --- not many folks are out in these hollows.

    We ran smaller dual sports and tried to stay pretty light. I think a DR650 or XR600R would be a great tool as well. Even an 800GS or 990ADV if you have some decent riding skills.

    Anyways thanks for tuning in.. hope others get out and enjoy what VA has to offer. :deal
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  12. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    Loved it, what a great trip. Thanks for posting. :clap
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  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ┬┐to post or to ride?

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    Sweet! :thumb
    Thanks for the great report. Love you fun-loving guys! I can tell it was a very rewarding trip. :getiton

    And thanks for acknowledging me for that one cool section I love - it wasn't necessary but appreciated. :shog

    PS: your GPS shows 4400' elevation at Flagpole! First time I realize it's just shy of that of Reddish - for some reason, Reddish just "feels" a good bit higher. :dunno
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  14. krishl

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    Nice trip planning, riding, and reporting. Glad you rode on some of my favorites (Sugar Run, Hogback Ridge), but too bad Round Mt was closed.

    If you find yourself on Hogback Ridge again, take the left at the powerline cutting and go down to to top of another great ADV road (something like Laurel Fork) that comes out on Kimberling Road about 3.5 miles East of where Hogback comes out. It's actually more fun going up the hill and has several creek crossings.

    Chris
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  15. error cooled

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    Chris - It took me a second but I realized you run Twin Valley Riders. I actually gleaned a good bit of info from your postings there - especially about Hogback. I completely missed that the road to the left runs down to Sulpher Springs and out to Kimberling until I was looking up Hogback on TVR last week. Next time for sure!
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    Wow, we did some of the exact same run. A lot of those pics look so familiar. Looks like you had a blast!
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  17. H14

    H14 I Gotta Go!

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    Going to try and ride some of it this weekend. Thanks for the motivation.
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  19. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    great trip report. :clap
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  20. longslowdistance

    longslowdistance Been here awhile

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    Thanks, this is great!
    Have you ridden "public road 55" that spans the Va VW state line, crosses 39? Looks like a cool ridgetop road but might be technical.
    Can you list your roads as:
    - needs knobbies and a dirt bike
    - Can do with a BMW GS sort of bike with tourances

    PS Alhambra road (FR 63) along the Piney River east of the BRP north of US 60 is beautiful - you've probably been on it since shoe creek dumps out at the eastern end of Alhambra road.
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