Excursions pour la Journee avec Gaston

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Gaston Gagne, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Gaston Gagne

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    Thanks! That looks like a cool place! There was a bike junkyrard in Raleigh sort of like that. GMM has a much more interesting aesthetic. I hope to make a trip there.
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    Yer making me miss the good old USA:cry
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  3. Gaston Gagne

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    Q came to town sending the nostalgia machine to full tilt.








    He was a bit uneasy at first, not having paddled anything but a big ole barge for so many years.

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    Maple Sally. Conditions were *prime*.




    Old House Gap. You can get cell reception and scary dudes packing heat on Sunday.

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    Loaded up the truck on Friday after work, and put the foot through the floor to West Virginia.

    Despite the late bedtime and freezing cold morning, it was kickstand up by 8 A.M. Layla went boating.

    US 19 North into Summersville

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    I took 39 east hoping to run CR 18 from Canvas to Odell Town. No go in spite of being depicted on the WVDOT maps. I figured out as I got closer to Nettie that I should have taken Ward Road. Next time. Gassed up in Nettie and headed south on WV 20. Took a left on CR 32 (I think) and ended up on top of Beech Knob.

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    360 degree view from out there.

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    I couldn't find a way to cross from Fenwick Road over toward Cold Knob. I ran down a number of dead ends. So I ended up in Rupert. Big Clear Creek looks like it would be a hoot as a whitewater run. US 60 west to Shawver's Crossing. Left on CR 8. Left on scary mine road. With some perseverance, I made it to the top of Cross Mountain, or what's left of it.

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    Fun stuff and very reminiscient of where I learned to ride as a kid. I rode down the north side of Cross Mountain and used solar navigation to wend my northward. Huge potential out there. I ran down several side tracks that were delicious, but being alone, I turned around where things got interesting. :deal No thanks. Maybe later.


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    I made it! The wind farm.

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    Not so fast, big guy! After lunch, I ran around this area coming to dead ends for over an hour. These roads are good for 50 mph, so I missed a few turns.

    Eventually, I worked my way over to Cold Knob and the Greenbrier Road. No view from the top of Cold Knob, but I ran into some other dual sporters and a kid on a motocross bike.

    I headed to Richwood via the South Fork of the Cherry.

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    The rest of the day ended up being pretty much pavement. Meh. I was still having fun.
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    Heading out of Richwood.

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    If I'm overdoing it with the photos, please let me know. But be gentle, please.

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    OK, so it wasn't ALL pavement.

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    FR 86 all the way down along the Williams River is paved now. Good for the stream.

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    I followed the Williams down to the Gauley. At Camden on Gauley, I came up behind a Chevrolet flatbed with a 10'X6'X6' load of 2X4s. The DRZ could keep up, but my Tacoma would have been working to keep up with this rig.

    At Craigsville, I headed toward the river hoping to catch CR 5, which DeLorme depicts as paralleling the river and touching the top of the canyon. I ran a really neat road that appears to have been redirected because that was as far as they could drag that trailer.

    One of the dead ends will bring you to this cemetery.

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    However, punching through along the Gauley wasn't happening. I ended up back in Craigsville and ran 55 back to Summersville and down 19 back to camp.
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    Leaving the campground Sunday morning. The owner of the campground scored a damaged windmill section. Summersville Lake will have its own lighthouse.

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    I made a quick sidetrip for some lake shots. This morning wasn't cold enough to get the fog.

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    No cowering from gunfire

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    DON'T speed on US 19 through Summersville.

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    Just north of Summersville, things get really good right away. Peach Orchard Road is as good as it gets.

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    I took a left somewhere out there. I thought I was on Beech Fork. It may have been Jim Young Fork. ??? Whatever it was, it was friggin great dual sporting.

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    Keep going downstream. The road and streambed are often the same.

    That rock where my DRZ is resting has a patina of brown slime. I thought I would get tricky and ride over it, but it is slicker than ice. After busting my ass falling off the bike, I stood up and fell again.

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    I think I've found this intersection on Google Earth. Just up the hill is CR 28.

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    Pisgah Ridge

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    Any idea what this thing is? I want it for my yard.

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    Company for lunch

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    So this road out of Clay took me back to the above intersection. A loop! I went back up onto Pisgah Ridge but took a left this time. A right on a gravel track led me out on this ridge and then I dropped off the side.

    mmmmmmmmmmm very soothing

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    I rode downstream on what I later learned was Leatherwood Creek. I could see WV 16 on the other side of the Elk. Some kayakers told me to go to the top of Leatherwood.

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    WV 16 to Belvy and then on up to Swiss.

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    Junkyard rapids. Run left to avoid being hit by falling refrigerators. Fortunately, that's not true any more.

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    The Gauley shuttle run was all that and a bag of chips on the dual sport.

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    Thanks for looking!

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  8. intothenew

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    It's a crane. The majority of your picture is the wench. That horizontal bolt pattern to the right is where the boom attaches. I assume that it is a railroad crane from the bolts on the car underneath. They are either huck bolts or hot rivets, kinda hard to tell in the photo.
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  10. Gaston Gagne

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    Didn't we just go through this last week? Layla had plans to meet people for a trip through the Breaks in her boat. One by one, each bowed out. Instead of backing out herself, she decided to head back to the Gauley.

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    Battle Run campground was closed for the season. We formulated Plan B on the spot. Wilderness Campground just south of WV 129 on US 19 is a nice place to stay and not too expensive.

    It was cold Friday night and Saturday morning. I was on it by 8:30.

    The view from the Meadow River bridge.

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    Dotson Ridge Road from 19 to 60 then a long grind on 60 to Rainelle. Mountain Heritage Produce between Rainelle and Rupert is a cool place.

    Gas up in Rupert because we're hittin the trail. Did I mention that I love my DRZ 400? Gaston, are those new Dunlops on your bike?

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    Find Rupert on the map. Find Richwood. Draw a line between them and actualize it.
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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.

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    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.

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

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    This is the road off of the north side.

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


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    The run up to Midland Mine (I think).

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




    That's one small step for man. BEEP

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    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.

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    South Fork of the Cherry

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    It was a mind bending day of dual sporting.

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  12. knybanjo

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    :clap I'm jealous :wave
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    Not a whole lot to report from Sunday. I loaded up the DRZ and dropped Layla off at the tailwaters.

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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.


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

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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.

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

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

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    It gets tight out there.

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    Does this count as singletrack?

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    Directional signals. Which direction? :lol3

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    How many curves did you say this road has?

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

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    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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    :nono You can't just leave it hanging like that! :ddog


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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. :ricky
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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:

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    Good fun! But, I'll be sticking to forest service roads, this Thanksgiving.
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    that looked like some "serious" fun! thanks.:D
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    We had our first legit below freezing morning this morning. Time for my friend to come out of the basement.

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    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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