Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    I made it all the way down to Mt Mitchel this weekend. Just over 1000 miles round trip. Hooked up with some of my skydiving buddies. Friday and Sunday.... perfect weather. Sat was hit and miss. When we got back to the lodge there was a double rainbow. One rainbow was complete .... from one side to the next. There was a second rainbow beside it but it only went up half way. Great trip. Little Switzerland is an awesome area. Its like WV on steroids.
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    Dang that suit make me look fat. Am I fat? Must be the back rest. :D I lost 10 lbs last month.
  2. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

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    Kurt, Tom and I are headed to Wilville next weekend, any GPS tracks of your routes?

  3. DirtDoctor

    DirtDoctor Been here awhile

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    Not my most photogenic side but fortunately it did start after about the 15th kick. Usually it fires on the 2nd or 3rd. Crowds make 'em reluctant.

    Thanks Pete for capturing this for posterity. :D
  4. JHVA

    JHVA Long timer

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    Can anyone here recommend some beginner to moderate Hiking trails in Virginia? Would appreciate any info from any of you that hike on what footwear is best and maybe gear info as well. Pretty much don't have any hiking gear or packs etc. Internet is loaded with info but would like to hear from some of you that hike etc and get your perspective on what works...

    thanks in advance,

    jh
  5. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    John ... pretty much any trail on and around the AT is pretty moderate. A really decent hike (if you don't mind crowds) is Humpback Rocks. But take the full loop. It's maybe 8-9 miles and the return is on the AT itself. We've been using that loop for training for our Peru trip. The park service has some great guides for a lot of trip, organized by difficulty. Let me see if I can find a web site or two.

    Gear? Good boots. Go sit down at REI (or similar) and try on several. Break them in! Other gear --- light day pack and a water bladder. Hiking pole(s) really do help. Wicking socks with liners keep the hot spots at bay. Bring snacks, it will keep your energy up. Camera. Small first aid kit. For day trips, that's about it.

    BTW - Cell phones now seem to work up there. So if you're a complete phone junkie ... :-( Or if you need help, I suppose. LOL!
  6. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    you look great saving the day!:clap
  7. MotoMujer

    MotoMujer Been here awhile

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    I can't agree more with the importance of breaking in new boots before heading off for a multi-mile hike. Even then, I always take mole skin (and a knife to cut it) on a good hike.
  8. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    You need to talk to Teeter..........

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  9. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    John ... Closer to home is the James River Park System. (Closer to my home, at least), The Buttermilk and Northbank trails form a loop around the James, bracketed on one end by Belle Isle and the other by the Nickel Bridge. Really good long hike. Not too technical and the elevation changes are very minor. But it's definitely single track and you won't believe you're in the middle of urban Richmond.

    If you start at the bridge, take an extension into the bottom, grab some lunch, and continue the loop! Or hoof over to Rockets Landing. Both have decent restaurants.

    Oh, and if you do Humpback, I've got a great restaurant just a few miles away for afterwards. (Can you tell that eating is as much a part of hiking to us? LOL!)
  10. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    I need to go MA (Motorcycles Anonymous). It starts with the idea to buy a smaller dual-sport so I can better play with you guys offroad. Something cheap. That turned into me looking at something three times my original price and seriously considering it. That turned into thinking I needed to sell the GS and get a dedicated touring bike and lining Jeff Masseys pockets a little more. And that turned into constantly scanning Craigslist every five freaking minutes. And what did that turn into?

    1967 Honda 305 Dream - http://richmond.craigslist.org/mcy/3260910616.html

    I saw this and started thinking I could somehow get a third bike and run it in that Moto Giro thing some of you did last year.

    OK, step one is to admit you have a problem, right? LOL! At this rate, I'm going to have to sell my car. :-)
  11. ddlewis

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    +1 on Buttermilk, cool trail and you would think you were in the middle of bf-egypt for most of it, not a mile from downtown RVA.

    That's a good loop for mountain bikes too. for mountain biking I'd call it somewhat technical, sections anyway. I can't ride all of it.
  12. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    I think Brenda would have the same problem with it that Eddy has. It doesn't have the legs to get where they want to go. I'm not sure the rider being 100lbs lighter will make up for the fact it only has 14 HP. On the flip side it might. HBN sure rode his a bit. I do remember him riding his to Richmond once. I think there were photos and such a couple years back in this thread. I also remember that he kept it totally to back roads though.
  14. Eddy Alvarez

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    Jeremy is correct, 14 hp doesn't help much on the highway. Brenda being A LOT lighter than me would probably be able to hit 72 mph, but the motor would be buzzing beneath her like a bee on crack!

    Brenda actually came over on Saturday evening and sat on my TW...She feels like it's just a tad too heavy for her. I'm not sure there are many smaller, lighter options out there than a TW, maybe a XT225 :scratch 6 weeks of heavy front squats, cleans and deadlifts would fix this problem! Maybe we need to get a Baja kit and plate Gabriel's PW50 for her! LOL!

    I've gotten several nibbles on the TW, one lowball offer, an offer to trade for a "well used" KLR 650 and a gentleman from Fredericksburg is supposed to show up tonight at 7:30 pm...we'll see.

    And Rick, yes it is a sickness...After 45+ bikes...I still constantly scan and can't resist a steal on a nice bike. I still want a Valkyrie, a Vrod, a Wing, a DR400Z, a Ural, vintage BMW, another track bike, a Triumph Speed Triple and many others that are still on my "need to own for a while" list.
  15. JHVA

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    Thanks for all the great hiking info. Will definitely check out the Richmond Trail. :)
  16. Dolly Sod

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    A nice "close" hike is crab tree falls. Start at the bottom (of course) to the top of the falls is a fairly easy mile or two. If you feel good about that, keep going once you get to the top of the falls, after a mile of easy hiking, you'll find the upper parking lot, follow the road to the left up to the AT which is at the top of the hill (top of the hill is also the end/beginning of the difficult part of Shoe Creek Road). Take the AT to the left and it'll take you up to the top of the Preist. (not the best views from up there, but there are some peeking through the trees) Or if you're feeling really vigorous, head right on the AT and hike for several miles along the ridge fairly strenuous up and down. You'll evenutally drop down off the ridge and will come to Spy Rock. That's a pretty sweet spot with 360* views off a rock outcrop.

    You can also get to spy rock by a much shorter hike (though it is pretty much strait up hill with no switch backs) from the fish hatchery up on 56. Spy rock is a pretty cool spot no matter how you get to it.


    My opinion on hiking boots, if you're just day hiking with a pretty minimal load I'd forgo hiking boots and get some trail running shoes. They have a good aggressive tread pattern, but allow your feet to breath, and are light and nimble. I typically reserve boots for when I'm carrying a real pack.
  17. CycleDoc59

    CycleDoc59 Wrench Rider

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    I bought the UniGo trailer a few months ago just to flip. Made a nice profit too.
    So there's no trailer w/that bike now. The bike is worth maybe $3K...
  18. MotoMujer

    MotoMujer Been here awhile

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    re: TW, could be that I was toast after my misadventures with baby heads, or could be that I need to get back into that Seal Team PT program :gdog :D. Meanwhile, I'll be checking out an XT225 that the Cat Herders brought to my attention.

    Speaking of Cat Herders, Eddy's rescue of my a$$ involved mutual BWDR and Cat Herder sticker recognition. YAY STICKERS! HalfPlate...where are those dang files already? :D
  19. teeter

    teeter Frank Zappa the 6th

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    As soon you go an hour and a half west of Richmond the number of trail options multiply rapidly. Being in the mountains, these trails tend to be a little more strenuous of course. Ramsey's Draft is a great area that i've hiked a few times in recent years. You can put together a 4-5 mile loop or a 15-25 mile backpack. It's beautiful and relatively easy hiking. Shenandoah NP has countless options and you can't beat the views, but I'll be honest the ticks tend to be a nightmare there.

    Of course, for beginner to moderate, mostly flat trails in the 2-5 mile range our central VA State Parks have terrific options. Pocahontas, Lake Anna, Bear Creek, James River...

    Rick suggested REI (or similar) for boots. I would go further and say "REI ONLY" as they truly want you to be a long time happy customer with happy feet. They are one of the few (only?) retailers that will let you return shoes after wearing them outside. I hiked 100 miles of the VT Long Trail in 2007 in a pair a boots that I bought there and they turned out to be awful after I got them broken in. I took them to REI for new insoles and/or advise and they insisted I exchange them them for another pair. Happy feet.. happy customer. REI advise: Get the membership for $20 (or whatever it is.) It pays for itself in the first year. For day hikes I would suggest a low top hiking shoe rather than a boot. Waterproof or not? It's all personal preference. No matter what the marketing materials say, waterproof footwear NEVER breaths as well as non-waterproof options. My feet don't sweat too much so I stick with waterproof (Gortex being the membrane I trust most.)

    I agree, a decent Camelback (or similar) pack is all you need. Check the cycling section.. they sometimes have smaller/cheaper ones than the ones in the hiking section. Hip (or "fanny") packs may get you picked on, but really it's all you need for a day hike. They have ones that carry two water bottles and and the small amount of gear you need to carry. (This or this)

    Again, Rick nailed it with trekking poles. I know they make hiking much more enjoyable for me. The miles slip away more quickly and the ascents are much more enjoyable. You work just as hard when using them, but it's a more balanced between upper and lower body. Without the poles it's all legs. They also add a good measure of safety to a hike. You don't need expensive titanium, shock absorbing poles. Of course, Even the cheap ones aren't cheap.
  20. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    Not to turn this into a hiking forum, but ...

    I just bought a pair of these for our trek up the Inca Trail next week. http://www.rei.com/product/745686/rei-hiker-shock-light-staff Not sure if I like them or not. I've had them out on the AT and a few other hikes testing them. I thought something more staff-like would be better in Peru, since the hike isn't really technical (from what I hear). We'll see.

    BTW - As with motorcycles (to bring this back to the purpose of the forum), you can get on a real farkle-fest with hiking. Boots become like tires .. just gotta try new ones. Packs? Same way. Always scrounging for something lighter and smaller. Ounces count, and all that. But man is it relaxing to be hiking!