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Old 07-23-19, 01:07 PM
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i have a picture almost exactly like that.

i need to get back up there with my Salsa Journeyman. that trail made me want a fatter tire bike than the 700x30mm cyclocross tires.

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Rode 27 miles from Shot Tower State Park to trail end at Pulaski Virginia
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Old 07-23-19, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by sjfoote081 View Post

Rode 27 miles from Shot Tower State Park to trail end at Pulaski Virginia

Miles of gravel / cinder through the woods and beside the New River

Beautiful....
Love that trail!! Can't wait to ride it again!
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Old 07-25-19, 04:28 PM
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Just did the Great Alleghany Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland and back. Sunday through Wednesday morning.
Sunday - almost 90 degrees, brutal humidity. Made it to Confluence, total was about 84 miles.
Monday - into Cumberland, MD. 63 miles, a good chunk in the rain.
Tuesday - 113 miles back to West Newton. Weather was crappy in Ohiopyle but for the rest was beautiful
Wednesday - 42 miles back into Pittsburgh

Was a brutal journey but well worth the agony. Not bad for a 53 year old Clydesdale.




Bombtrack's Hook EXT-C is a beast of a machine. She was happy all the time, me...not so much


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Old 07-26-19, 08:10 AM
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Old 07-26-19, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by chief9245 View Post
Just did the Great Alleghany Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland and back. Sunday through Wednesday morning.
Sunday - almost 90 degrees, brutal humidity. Made it to Confluence, total was about 84 miles.
Monday - into Cumberland, MD. 63 miles, a good chunk in the rain.
Tuesday - 113 miles back to West Newton. Weather was crappy in Ohiopyle but for the rest was beautiful
Wednesday - 42 miles back into Pittsburgh

Was a brutal journey but well worth the agony. Not bad for a 53 year old Clydesdale.




Bombtrack's Hook EXT-C is a beast of a machine. She was happy all the time, me...not so much


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what tires you have on that bike? they work well for the GAP? why the massive ride? out and back props to you my friend
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Old 07-26-19, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for the props!! I'm running Hunt 650b with 48mm Gravelking TLC"s. Great tire for the GAP. They roll nice on anything and got some great grip in everything except deep mud. Always wanted to do the GAP and I like to push myself, especially alone and self supported. If we don't push ourselves we don't know our limits and won't know how to deal with adversity, which doesn't make us grow and experience the best we can be.
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Old 07-27-19, 12:16 PM
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Exploring some roads north of Calgary, we call these small valleys with streams "coulees"
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Old 07-29-19, 01:00 PM
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Epic ride Saturday NEW RIVER TRAIL STATE PARK

Rode 34.9 miles with my 9 year old son for Ice cream. I miscalculated how far it was but he made it the whole way. New River Trail state park in VA.



chilly at a waterfall. He was spent by the time we got here.


near the beginning beautiful day


bridge over the New River


My Salsa doing what it was created to do. Roll Gravel!
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Damn that's legit for a 9 year old.
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Excellent pic!
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Originally Posted by RidingMatthew View Post
Rode 34.9 miles with my 9 year old son for Ice cream. I miscalculated how far it was but he made it the whole way.
Tell your son that your invisible friends are VERY impressed. He did an outstanding job.
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Originally Posted by ingo View Post
Exploring some roads north of Calgary, we call these small valleys with streams "coulees"
interesting! The entire area I ride is is a bunch of coulees- good to know! For sure no mountains, no huge hills even, just coulee after coulee!
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Old 07-30-19, 04:43 PM
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I tried some single track on my commute home this afternoon.
Hadn't ridden this area in a couple years as one our our rivers has been flooded for about that long thanks to the insane policy/decisions of the Army Corp of Engineers. They changed their approach to flood management a couple months ago and the mtb area is slowly drying out.

It was fun, but short lived as I had to turn around. Due to erosion from the continued flooding, there is a permanent creek where once there was single track.
Sucks- it was once a fun fast river bottom track.

Dirt is close enough to gravel for today.

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Thanks man! That is legit for most people.
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Damn that's legit for a 9 year old.
Thanks @noglider I will do so tomorrow evening.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I tried some single track on my commute home this afternoon.
Hadn't ridden this area in a couple years as one our our rivers has been flooded for about that long thanks to the insane policy/decisions of the Army Corp of Engineers. They changed their approach to flood management a couple months ago and the mtb area is slowly drying out.

It was fun, but short lived as I had to turn around. Due to erosion from the continued flooding, there is a permanent creek where once there was single track.
Sucks- it was once a fun fast river bottom track.

Dirt is close enough to gravel for today.
What river are you on?
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Old 07-30-19, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by itskohler View Post
What river are you on?
This is next to the Des Moines river just south of saylorville dam. The output level over the last 20 months caused sustained flooding in what used to be areas that were usable for 45 of the 52 weeks. A major paved trail in the heart of the city has been under water for a year and a half- its crushing to car alternative infrastructure and recreational activities(walking, running, cycling, dog walks, etc).
The single track used to split off and run along the river- that entire track washed away and the inner forest track is what I used...and that isn't much better.

Hopey with the new river output approach, this will revert back to how it was in prior years.


I would guess that based on location, you are even more affected by river flooding.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
This is next to the Des Moines river just south of saylorville dam. The output level over the last 20 months caused sustained flooding in what used to be areas that were usable for 45 of the 52 weeks. A major paved trail in the heart of the city has been under water for a year and a half- its crushing to car alternative infrastructure and recreational activities(walking, running, cycling, dog walks, etc).
The single track used to split off and run along the river- that entire track washed away and the inner forest track is what I used...and that isn't much better.

Hopey with the new river output approach, this will revert back to how it was in prior years.


I would guess that based on location, you are even more affected by river flooding.
If I had to guess, ACoE was probably trying to prevent as much water as possible from going down towards the confluence. We were only inches away from blowing the levees in New Madrid and things were pretty tense around the office for a bit. Surprisingly enough, as bad as the flooding was not a single trail I ride was affected. The Tennessee and the Cumberland weren't all that mad, but lower Miss, upper Miss, and the Ohio were pretty swollen.
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Hardly any one out this morning, so nice


Our local haunted ruins


Very sketchy surface for my stock tires, no grip uphill and front wheel brake management required.


Quiet in the woods
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Last week I took my new Checkpoint ALR5 out to ride the Deschutes River Trail, which is about a 1.5hr drive East of Portland, OR:






The trail itself is around 19 miles, so I did an out and back to the end of the trail. I read reports of rattlesnakes and goathead thorns on the trail, but only encountered one rattlesnake and thankfully no goatheads - it must not be their season yet. Starting this ride early is a must, as it gets really hot during the summer and shade is hard to find on the trail. I brought 4 liters of water, and that was barely enough. Other than seeing a couple of fly fishing folks on bikes in the morning, I was alone the whole time, so it's important to be self-sufficient. I had brought 4 tubes and a patch kit just in case. It was a great adventure and start of my new gravel riding obsession!
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I switched it up and didn't do gravel today, but ended up here. It was a great day for a ride.
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