Sunday, October 26, 2014
Parked at Curtis Creek, climb to the Parkway, onto Buncombe Horse Range, climb back to the parkway, Heartbreak Ridge and Jared's Creek Road. Big MTB day for me, good to be back!
After Starla and I stopped by Luna Cycles and Shawn readjusted my bike, we walked around down town Lenoir and checked out the "lay of the land". We both liked the quaint small town vibe. We wanted to eat at the City Cafe but they had closed at noon. We have a coupon and think we'll be back to have breakfast there.
I found out I really like Lenoir and the bike shop. From the north side of Morganton, Lenoir is only about 15 miles away. Over the last 16 years I've passed through the town on my way to MerleFest, or the Brushy Mountain trails at either Kerr Scott Lake, Over Mountain Victory Trail, and Warrior Creek (in that order) but never stopped in Lenoir more than to gas up or buy some motor oil at the car parts store. I don't think I had ever been to the downtown section before last week. Now that I've found a cool bike shop that I can make it to after work, I'm sure I'll be spending more time in Lenoir.
We stopped on the way up hwy 321 for a few photos. Table Rock, Chimneys, and Hawksbill off in the distance and reversed from our normal view in Burke County.
We made the most of it and walked from one end of downtown to the other, dodging through the throng of people. When we finally left town we headed out on Hwy 221 towards the parkway and an area that I am much more familiar with. Nice views via Parkway and highways 221 and 181 all the way back to Morganton.
|View from 221, peaking thru the trees|
|Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove Viaduct|
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10/24/14 Afterwork Kitsuma with Johnny Calhoun. Shakedown Ride after having Luna Cycles install a new drive train on the Superlight.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I got a low flow but fun run as it was on the rise. Paddled with Russ and Sven who I had seen around but never paddled with before.
Saturday I decided to do an after work mountain bike ride out in Wilson Creek Wilderness Area but ended up with a severely out of round wheel. I hike-a-biked out of the woods and rode the last few miles on the dirt road to my van. I got back just as dark set in. There were 3 sketchy drunk dudes hanging out in front of my vehicle but right after I got back they stopped their arguing and headed out. Not sure that my van would not have been broken into if I had gotten there 10 minutes later.