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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GAS GUY, Mar 28, 2014.
GG; here's a couple from Watford Ont. for you.
High on a ridgeline this morning after a very rocky climb from Paddy Poe State Park in Pennsylvania. Taken about 5 minutes ago.
Zen-mode has arrived !
Bike parked on the stone slab would make a great entry for the Horizons Unlimited calendar photo contest.
This MABDR route has some epic eastern overlanding. Nicely remote. No big cities or shopping malls.
Woke up this morning in Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania.
Getting ready to head out and into Michaux State Forest and then Maryland and West Virginia on section 5 of the route.
Spending the night in Brandywine, West Virginia. Hit the trail early this morning and ran through sections 5 and 4 and almost half of 3. Over 300 miles of the MABDR today. Lot's of paved roads today. Great paved roads though.
Ya'll are probably wondering how I managed that action shot of the water crossing in George Washington National Forest - while I'm riding solo. Well, I've made a new friend while traveling along the MABDR. He is a GS Giant by the name of Aaron. And of all places, he is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Small world. We've been teamed up for the last few days.
Currently, I'm in Covington, Virginia eating Subway and gassing up the big yellow "Soul Transporter" - having just finished section 3. Getting ready to dive into section 2. Nice weather and dry. But, really hot. Although, it probably is everywhere. Almost ran over a young black bear about an hour ago. He ran out across the trail just 20 feet in front of me.
Somewhere near the West Virginia/Virginia border earlier today.
Closing in on the end of section 2. Back solo again. Aaron had to grudgingly break trail and head for the east coast to attend a family function. Standing out here admiring this vista while the wind dries my sweat from the last 80 miles of gravel switchbacks. 200 miles of MABDR on the day so far. My clutch hand is getting sore.
- Almost Heaven.
Jeff, that is so cool that you ran into a fellow rider, and from Michigan no less. I'm glad to see you washed your bike in the appropriate way. I'm not sure I'd want to run my interceptor through that wash though, so I think I made the right choice to ride the pavement home last Sunday. Which by the way was nearly perfect. Some of route 44 heading north into New York reminded of 26 coming out of Marietta Oh. It was an excellent ride home and almost as good as riding out there with you! Safe travels!
Had no cell service last night. Rode about 30 miles into the first (and my last) section yesterday and found a free wild campsite in Jefferson National Forest. Crashed there.
Rode another 20 miles this morning before arriving at Brushy Mountain Outpost. Had breakfast here. This outpost is situated right on the Appalachian Trail and caters to hikers. It is also situated right on Wyrick Trail which is on the MABDR and my next trail to traverse. For a short distance it is also the AT.
Note the 1 year old baby next to the kitchen. Cool family operation. Must have been 4 young grandkids playing about while I scarfed down my biscuits and gravy. Good people !
At first blush, "Crashed there" has a different meaning to me than it does to you.
Some serious gravel switchbacks (and sometimes seemingly endless) on the MABDR.
Oh, you thought I meant crash crash. Well ... that happened too. But don't tell anyone. I'm just trying to joyfully participate in this world full of obvious sorrows.
I sure hope it was easier to pick-up with the panniers on versus when you dropped yourself in the sand on the west side of Mi with the soft bags. I'm thinking you most have been getting tired or distracted, mid-day sunshine, clear visibility and dry, trials riding experience and you crash on a few loose rocks in a turn. You weren't getting throttle happy were you? Hopefully you didn't hurt yourself at all.
It's hard to tell in the picture, but there were quite a few good-sized and loose rocks in that section. I was daydreaming some, and picked the wrong line, so I stopped. Didn't realize how much camber was in the corner when I dabbed and a rock squirted out from under my boot. When that tall, fully-loaded GSA (over 600 pounds) gets even a little bit out of kilter, it is going over. While I did have the "Dirt Napper" packed in the top bag, it wasn't needed since I was sporting the hard panniers. The hard panniers allow you to rock it back over the first foot or so. I can handle it no problem after that.
@turbojim - Last night at around 2 in the morning, a loud crack in the forest woke me from a dead sleep at that dispersed campsite in Jefferson National Forest - and I instantly thought of you. It was fricken loud !