Sunday, April 24, 2016

Playing catch up again...All This and a few bike rides but I forgot the camera on those.

 Yes, I had to get a Mullet after I saw Phil's new one which was the first one I had ever seen. So far I really love it. Surfs like a dream, fast and stable. I still have not been able to get a full on vertical stern squirt but I'm still trying...

 Starla helped me run my Catawba shuttle and got a couple of pics of me at the put-in. I really appreciated it since I woke her up at about 8 am to run my shuttle.

 I did a hike in and camp on Ripshin Ridge. I had ridden this dozens of times but my first time back packing in. It was a great way to trim down my pack.

 Pack it in and pack it out. Another short but fun one.

 Pigeon River with Wesley. Thanks for driving from Asheville. We got there and it was not running. After waiting for about 30 minutes (it felt longer since it was not a definite release) they finally blew the horn signifying a release was about to start.

 I hiked about a mile up and set-up camp on Newberry Creek Road after leaving Wesley's house. It was another good spring night to camp out. I am going to keep this trend up. I keep "tweaking-in" my back pack kit.Two backpacking nites in 2 weeks. Going to try to keep up this trend.
After I got home from my back pack overnighter I fixed my breakfast of champions.

4/10/2016 Warrior Creek MTB Trails at Kerr Scott Lake

 I do love these trails. I may go again today...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

04/09/2016 Checking out the recently refurbished Upper Wilson Ridge Trail and Schoolhouse Ridge down to Edgemont

 Spotted the Hawk on my way up the road. I think it was the last house just before the climb gets steep.
 Great job to the Northwest NC Mountain Bike Alliance trail crew. They not only cleared out and smoothed the old trail but they cut some sweet new trail that by-passes the heavily eroded up-hill section of Upper Wilson Ridge.  The Northwest NC MTB Alliance is an IMBA-SORBA Chapter – operating in the geographic area of Northwest NC’s mountains and foothills, including the communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro. As a subordinate of IMBA-SORBA, the Alliance is a non-profit organization. I'm going to join. Hopefully it is tax deductible...

 Schoolhouse had been cleaned up but the really eroded sections were still un-ride-able by my standards. Still well worth the ride.
Next time I'm hoping to do Upper and Lower Wilson Ridge. Hopefully they have cleared and rerouted some of the Lower section too. It has a lot of potential.

4/08/2016 Back to Wilson Creek Area for some more MTBing

 The "High Water Horns" located at the old campground/day-use only parking now that is located just before the concrete bridge at Craig Creek Rd turn off. It better be pretty loud if they expect people to hear it all the way to the gorge section.
In the last few years this has become one of my favorite MTBing parking spots. It is the first place I ever camped in this area. I think it was 1995 and I had my first kayak, a Perception Dancer. That first trip was quite a learning experience.