The Blue Ridge Trail....... a work in progress

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by error cooled, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. b00t

    b00t errrr, yes uh-huh?

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    You mean we gotta wait till june to get the digits?! Cant we push that up a little?:evil
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  2. wmfleet2

    wmfleet2 Long timer

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    Frist i would like to thank you for the time you have put into this,,,has anyone gotten any new update on the route ????????:D
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  3. MarkNC

    MarkNC Just Strom'in Along

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    Thanks for all your hard work. Looking forward to seeing the final product.
    I'm originally from Tazewell co. and know most of the dirt/forest roads in the surrounding counties especially Bland, Giles, and Wythe.
    There are loads of trails in the Dismal Creek area that could make for some fun
    dual sporting routes. Also the gravel roads in and out of Burkes Garden should not be missed. Let me know if you need further information and thanks again for all the work.

    Mark
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  4. Platypus-3in1

    Platypus-3in1 Fluid Journey

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  5. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    Hi Mark -

    Thanks for the support. I have the route set up so that it comes into and leaves BG via gravel/dirt. I also have a few roads in the Dismal Hollow area. Here is a close up of that area. Orange are Forest Service Roads, Red are State Roads. Here is the route depicted on this map, let me know what you think:

    From Eggleston:

    Guinea Mountain Road > Wilburn Valley Rd > FDR 1021 Sugar Run > FDR 201 Dismal Creek > No Business Creek Rd > Wesendonck Rd > SR 606 (through Pumpkin Center) > FDR 640 Hogback Mountain Rd > RT 52 (through Bastian) > FDR 668 Round Mountain > FDR 610 Garden Mountain into BG > Gose Mill Rd > SR 623 (Gravel) out of BG > RT 42 > FDR 206 Walker Mountain over the Walker Mountain Tunnel > FDR 205 Carnot > FDR 1023 Schoolhouse Hollow > and then State Roads through Wytheville and eventually down to MR area and singletrack into Damascus.

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  6. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    This is all done, just need to get out and proof it on the ground. All seasonally closed roads should open in April so things can get underway around then.
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  7. dhillr

    dhillr Long timer

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    Brilliant work! :clap

    Really looking forward to trying this out! I know it's been said a hundred times, but thanks for your hard work!!
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  8. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    Gracias. I can't tell you how excited I am for some warm weather and riding time :freaky:ricky

    I am doing some light scouting in May. I will be running the entire western portion (parts that are new to me) between June 17 - 23 with my riding buddy.

    I think I will probably distribute the files in early April. You will receive:

    Raw GDB File for MapSource - All tracks and POI's. Tracks will be raw, so several thousand points per forest road in some instances. You will need to either parse them down or upgrade your GPS. The new Garmin 62/78 Series can handle 200 tracks at 10,000 points a piece and would be plug and play. I am upgrading to a 78 for this reason.

    Google Earth KML - Great for virtual riding and scouting. This is what I use when I post sample shots of the route. Also check out ESRI's ArcGIS Explorer tool (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/index.html) - in some ways more useful than GE becuase you can use different basemaps including 24K Topo USGS quads.

    Bonus KML of all GW & Jefferson Forest Roads - I put this together to help plan. A pretty cool thing to have - has all formal names and route numbers and is color coded for seasonally opened roads.

    IF YOU ARE A LOCAL WITH DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE AREAS IN THIS ROUTE......

    I would appreciate your help in preliminary review of the route. Shoot me a PM or post here letting me know where you are from, what you ride and where you are familiar with. I will send you over some information to review if you are interested.
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  9. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    Also try this. Zoom in and click on My Topo on the upper right.
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  10. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    This is an excellent tool, thank you for sharing.

    It handles data files nicely.
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  11. donnymoto

    donnymoto Long timer

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    I'm a little late to this thread but excellent idea and good work! I looked a little for any connectivity to old dirt roads I used to ride enduros on in the 70s outside Covington VA centered around Jingling Rocks Road that ran up and along Peters Mountain. Not sure about it but thought I'd offer up that area just in case. Haven't ridden up there in a while but it was pretty awesome in the day. Used mostly for logging now I believe but it's public.
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  12. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    Here is a snapshot of the route around Covington. The placemarker is Jingling Rocks Road. Some of the roads on the screen shot include: FDR 125 Dolly Ann, FDR184 Patterson Creek, FDR181 Fenwick Mines, FDR180 Lignite Mines, FDR179 Bald Mountain, FDR 176 Sweet Springs, Potts Mountain East 177.1 (This is NOT Pott's Mountain Jeep Road), FDR 267 Tubb Run. Any of those ring a bell?

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  13. donnymoto

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    Oh yea the Rich Patch area is good. I don't recall everything over there but there was a combination of narrow pavement and gravel. Sweet Springs is probably what I remember only as was Sweet Rd; great riding. Potts Mt, yes there's good riding over there too and I think I know the track you've got. I lived off Potts Creek Rd which is paved but a good base for tons of other fun roads. I didn't have a license so when I rode that area I stayed on as many backroads as possible.
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  14. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    BRT Preview:

    If you would like to preview the route post a request here and I will PM you a link to an overview the route. I welcome any and all feedback. It is a web-based Map viewer that looks like my previous screen shots.

    - David
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  15. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Let me check it out! Please. :D
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  16. T!Mster

    T!Mster Lets Ride!!

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    I'd like to see your route! Great work!
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  17. Dr. Beard

    Dr. Beard Cenosillicaphobiac

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    Would love to see it. Thanks! :thumb
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  18. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ┬┐to post or to ride?

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    :y0!

    Hey David! Newly discovered! We rode Taskers together at CHII. I deeply appreciate the way you defined your specifications, resources, and tools, as well as your philosophy! It's set up in good engineering form (I are one). And we all know the "laboratory" would be incomplete without the necessary beer bottle within easy reach but out of the way to avoid contamination of the project. As I get further along, I see you've put lots of love labor into this and have a preliminary route established. This is truly excellent! Can't wait to see the details! I know the forest roads in the area well enough to provide input, if you're coming through here (and it looks like you are). This is going to be great to review and dream about doing! Blessings your way :deal
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  19. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    ^^^ What he said ^^^

    except for the engineer part...and the knowing the area part
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  20. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    I would like to see a preview. A buddy mentioned this route and a possible Run date of Early May for us two..... We would start in Damascus and head north. :freaky
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