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November summer. Ride Report(13 posts)

November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 2:58 PM
A mtn biking friend and I decided to take a short 3 day trip to VA/WV from Nov. 2nd-5th. We stayed at my aunt/uncles cabin in the mountains near woodstock. Weather was perfect...80+degs, Sunny, and calm.

This first pic is after we had climbed over Wolf Gap headed towards Perry, WV. Thus far the roads were perfect, mostly smooth, very little trafic, and no chasing dogs.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:04 PM
Next along the road was the Perry General Store, which also has a zoo. When I say zoo...I don't just mean petting zoo with goats and normal farm animals...I mean zoo...as in zebras, lions, bears, elk, exotic monkeys, etc. Strange place.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:07 PM
Across from the "zoo". Not much besides well spaced farm houses and a few cabins here and there.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:14 PM
The route I had planned took us from Perry to Wardensville and then south on Rt.55. 55 had rolling hill after rolling hill, which wasn't too bad. However they are building a new interstate hwy there and the truck traffic was heavy with very little shoulder. Nice area though.

Taking a break from the truck traffic,
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:17 PM
From Rt.55 we took Rt.259 south. Rt.259 had little traffic, a small shoulder, and was mostly flat. A good time to relax and take in the sights.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:23 PM
I was new to the area and had planned on taking forest roads back across the range we came over earlier. Was planning to go over at Lost City. However, I knew there was a way over at Lost River as well. I wasn't sure of the way, so stopped when I saw some people working outside at a craft shop (barn). They were super nice and showed us their park maps showing fire roads over the mtn.

Seeing they also had a gazebo out front, we decided to take a snack break and enjoy sittig around for a few before climbing over the fire roads.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:24 PM
Horse made out of horse shoes at the craft shop.
very nice photos, thanks. nmdivve
Dec 9, 2003 3:32 PM
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:36 PM
From the craft shop we took off up the mtn. The first few miles were paved and some parts were fairly steep. We actually went up and came back down several hundred feet into a small hollow. It look like the stereotype deliverance type community. I noticed a cross roads where the sign confused my about which way to go...straight or turn left. The maps had suggested straight, the sign makes it unclear. However a larger German Shepherd coming out from a yard made me deside to turn left rather quickly. We followed this through the community, quickly knowing it was the wrong way. At a dead end, I decided to knock and ask about the road, making sure it was the right way, before we brave the dog and a couple thousand feet of climbing. The lady was the nicest person and wanted to talk seemingly forever. Found out the dog was fairly nice too...and were on the way up the gravel road.

They never look that steep in pics do they?
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:38 PM
View from near the top.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:42 PM
The way down on the gravel was a serious arm workout for my slightly loaded cross bike and 28c tires. Joe, my mtn biking friend, was loving it on his street tired front suspension mtn bike though. The downhill was very long as well. It wasn't ultra steep, but steep enough for me to go way to fast without heavy braking.

Finnally at the bottom.
re: November summer. Ride ReportChuckUni
Dec 9, 2003 3:47 PM
After that last pic we returned to the cabin just as the sun set. Total ride for the day was about 62 miles. The following two days we rode Skyline Drive, VA a bit, but mostly just hiked the area.

One last pic, from a ride on the Skyline Drive. Thanks for looking.
A tasty critter, nice pics thanks...........nmrwbadley
Dec 9, 2003 5:03 PM