Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Weekend Outdoors

Saturday I got back on the Green for one run. It wasn't as clean as the last time I was out there but the only place I had any issue was at Zwicks where I got flipped in the top hole due to being a little too right and sideways. I got my roll and still managed to make the race line down the far right side.
I headed back to Glen Alpine and packed up the back pack for an overnighter with my buddy Felix. We hiked in at Sitting Bear then at the T we took a left back towards Hawksbill. I made it to the plateau for a great view of the Morganton lights. There was a flat spot perfect for my bivey and another good place for the camp fire. Felix was a little restless for most of the night but he did good for his first overnighter.
We got up early, packed up the gear and headed back to the truck. After some inner debate on what to do next, we headed to the Spence Ridge trailhead in search of the Spence Ridge Connector Trail (SRCT) and ultimately the Ledge Trail. I didn't find the SRCT on the way down to the river so Felix and I crossed the river on the log bridge, found a nice place for some breakfast and enjoyed the cool morning and spectacular views from river level. We did some boulder hopping and soaked in the river vibe.
I took the time to study the notes in my orange trail guide before going back up the trail and searching for the SRCT. This time we found it and managed to follow it up to where it drops out on Table Rock Road. I then back tracked and found the Ledge Trail. It was awesome. I still need to go back and connect it to the Hawksbill Trail. It is all coming together - I feel a big day hike or overnighter coming soon.
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