Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Green River Tuesday with Mike Huggins

Mike called early and we met at the takeout at 9:45. It stopped raining when we pulled into the take-out parking lot. There was only one other car that arrived at the parking lot while we were setting shuttle but we passed a few more driving down while we were driving out. No one else was at the putin and we never saw another person on the river. First ones on and first ones off. There were a lot more cars at both the put-in and take-out after our run.
When we checked the gage it was between 8" and 9". Above is Mike at the entrance to Zwicks.

What a rapid! What a run!

I missed the shot of Mike running Rapid Transit. As I was zooming in on him, the batteries gave out and the camera died. Next time!
Groove Tube.
Another good morning at the Green. No pogies needed.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

35 miles of Shangrila starting with Sinkhole, I Roll Into Fleetwood, thats how I Mac

My first ride sine 2/12/08. I cant remember the last time I took 13 consecutive days off from riding (at least I did get one Green run in there).
Congrats to Clara Ann for her commitment to eating better, walking, and drinking lots of water! She has lost over 30 pounds. Lookin' good Baby!I started and ended the ride today about 25 minutes from home. I parked the Green Subaroo Machine at the first pull-out after the pavement ends on Brown Mountain Beach Rd. This parking spot is also the one I use for a lower Wilson Creek takeout when the water table allows me to paddle this exquisite section of creek. I consider it the "high water takeout" below the last rapid, Screaming Right Turn. Yes Rasta Man, there is a rapid below the normal takeout and believe me it is a doosey in a Perception Amp at 3' (yes, I know first hand). At between 6" and 9" the lower wave is in my humble opinion, the best bow surf wave on Wilson Creek. The creek necks down so much here and is so fast when the wave is in, that the water will peel you eye lids back if it splashes in your face during a dynamic surf! You'll be sqeezing the water out frm behind you eye lids post ride!
The elevation at the start of my ride was about 1157'. I maxed out at 2853'. I love this place!
Distance: 35.9 miles
Elevation gain: 8793 feet
Total time: 7 hors 21 minutes
Moving time: 5 hours 18 minutes
Stopped time: 2 hours 3 minutes
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph Nice trail work! hmm, I wonder if the forest service did this - if so they are really cool to put so much work into keeping the mtb population happy. Or maybe the work was done by some horse people. Whoever did it put some serious time and effort into this & it's some sweet section of trail. I cant wait to see Wesley and/or Chris huck it. That would be some serious photo ops. Sinkhole was in great shape. I'm glad I decided to start the day with it. I had not ridden it since 12/12/07. I didnt know what to expect in terms of deadfall but it was "good to go". The last couple of times I had ridden it, I ended sliding out in the leaves at the steepest down hill section but today I was able to roll all the way down it. My first real break of the day at Birthday Knob, mile 9ish.
The view of Grandfather Mountain above is from the connector trail between Raider Camp and Upper Harper Creek Falls. The sky was clear and the temperatures were perfect all day.
Upper Harper Creek Falls

In the pic above I'm pointing at the site in the next 2 pics.
I hit some of my favorite spots today!

There was some new downfall on some of the stuff between Upper Harper Creek falls and Yellow buck but only one big tree that I couldnt move off of the trail. All of the usual trees / logs were still down between UHC Falls and Kawana - I wish some horse folks would bring in a chainsaw and clear it out. This is a fun downhill section on Yellow Buck. The hike-a-bike on Long Ridge and the connector ridge was well worth it.
Harper Creek Falls. 15 footer into a 30+ footer!
The only pavement I rode in the entire 35.9 miles was the bridge over Wilson Creek shown above and the short section of pavement right past it.
Shout outs to some friends:
Big shout-out to Gaston for doing another Brown Mountain Enduro - I think that was his 3rd consecutive BME. And he did the one in Virgina and one in New Jersey / New York in 2007. Dude, I hope you decide to do the GA one.

Congrats also go out to Steven and Keith and their posse on their "self supported" Grand Canyon trip - what a under taking! I'm lookin' forward to hearing about the trip details from these guys.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Green Sunday - it is always good to be back

Mike Huggins called at about 8 and suggested meeting at the takout at 9:45 - 10:00. Noel has been sick with the flu the last couple of days and I've been trying to tend to her since Clara Ann has had to work. Today C.A. didnt have to go in to work until 2:00 so it worked out so that I could get in a Green run and be back in plenty of time to take over the nursing Noel back to health. Met up with Will and Mark at the takeout, set shuttle and it was on:Mark and Will running Go Left
Will running Gorilla in the yellow boat above.
The next three shots are a goood sequence of the lead-in to Gorilla:
Groove Tube above and below.Our group above Sunshine. Will and Mark styled Sunshine while I was boofin' Groove Tube.
John Grace droppin' Sunshine:It was good to see Katie out there. She is stylin Sunshine in the blue boat below:
Mike boofin' BWFalls: Great run, group size, level, temps (I didnt even pull out the pogies).
It seemed that good lines were had by all.
Jerry, thanks for the amp Overdrives, I think this one and the Janes Addiction made the drive home go a little faster.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wilson Creek, Craig Creek, Harper Creek... Mountain Biking Tuesday

Once again I parked at the first pull off on the left after hitting dirt on Brown Mtn Beach Rd.
The clouds were in rare form this morning.

More downfall since Josh and I rode this section. I cleaned up a good bit more but still some too big for me to drag out of the way.
From one set of falls to another. It is nice to see a little more water in the creeks for a change.

Second time through. It started sprinkling on me while admiring the view.
Table Rock wasnt visible this time around.
The Big O was in great shape. I had to clear only 2 sections otherwise it was all rideable including those sweet switchbacks. Each one was tried and each one was ridden.
Looking back down at Wilson Creek.

Total mileage: 32.6 miles
Total elevation gain: 8332 feet
Total time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
Moving time: 4 hours and 14 minutes
Stopped time: 1 hour 55 minutes (alot of trail clearing again)
Average speed: 7.7 mph

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