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    Ride recap with ~P~I~C~S~

    I've been away from passion for a while now, but after last weekend's ride, I'm back.

    Thursday. Getting an early start to a the weekend. Beautiful weather. We pulled into Tsali about noonish and went right to the trailhead. We started with about a five mile fire road climb to B-Gap, then a left, a quick hike a bike, then nice singletrack climbing.

    Does anyone recognize this gang hand sign? Look closely, I bet a few of you remember.



    The downhill begins and places involuntary smiles on our faces.



    The downhill would not stop. OK, I lied, it stopped eventually where we picked up a forest service road to climb to another B-Gap. Serious tech here mainly DH, but one tough up move between the rocks. We were riding a ridge with great views to both sides. Then comes the steep downhill section…. steeper than it looks.








    The day ended with 25 miles and 6400 feet vertical climbing.

    Friday. Got an early start to the next trail. This trail used to be a secret, sort of anyway.

    Steep, rocky. Call it strocky.



    Remote too.



    Pretty creek to boot.



    Nice catch! Don’t let that bike get scratched up!



    Friday’s stats: 23 miles, 3500 feet climbing (we shuttled some DH that day). The day ended and one of the most nasty, repulsive farts ever to be cut made its debut. Believe it or not, the people camping next to us were playing guitar and singing religious songs, but after this fart they turned in. Coincidence? Maybe.

    Saturday. Another gorgeous day in paradise. We’ve got lots of riding to do with some steep and sustained climbing.

    Techy rock garden.



    There were lots of rock slabs, dirt, roots, and scree.



    Did I mention it was a beautiful day?



    Back at the campground. Better to be safe then sorry.



    25 miles and 5300 feet climbing. That night, a celebrity paid us a visit. M-U-M stopped by to chat a while. M-U-M, what was that you whispered into my friend’s ear? He has not been the same since!

    Sunday. Time for an easy day. Off and on my thoughts drift to sleeping in my own bed this night. While the rest of us were philosophizing about metaphysics and cornbread, striker took a quick spin.



    We start with lots of climbing. Not too easy, but not too hard. Then the downhills.



    The weekend was drawing near an end and we were getting a little jumpy.



    No need to go through the water and mud, just hop over the creek gap.



    Last log of the day.



    Sunday ended with an easy 15 miles and only 3000 feet climbing.

    All done. We rode 85 miles or so and had a great time. The trip reminded me of some things I like about mountain biking, but sometimes forget. Friends, trails, shared pain, and stories to tell.

    Jack

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    Looks like a great time

    Nothing like riding great trails with great friends. I presume that this is in NC? I really want to ride there someday.

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    Man, is Tsali awesome or what...

    Way better than that other peepee place that sucks.

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    What trails are those (if not all tsali) and where did you guys camp? I'm thinking about going up there in 2 weeks.

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    Hey! I know those logs

    Some of that is Mouse Branch !!!
    Tsali Rules!!!

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    Nice story and pics

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    Good set of pics, and nice terrain. ...

    ... love the Talas, and the mid action crash shot, NC really looks awesome, I'll have to head down there some time.

    By the way, did I guess the trail line right in this pic?


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    ACME, we camped in Davidson River Campground near Brevard. Turkey Creek is actually closer to Tsali. There is even a campground right at Tsali.

    Gnarly, you pretty muched figured out the line. There were some tough rock sections, just not at that location.

    Jack

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    Awesome post!

    Quote Originally Posted by JackFromNC
    The trip reminded me of some things I like about mountain biking, but sometimes forget. Friends, trails, shared pain, and stories to tell.
    ... simply awesome!!
    Randy

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    good stuff Jack!!

    i'm heading up to tsali this weekend for the Knobscorcher - smooth & fast.

    yeh, as Chris said, tsali is waaay better than that other place that sucks.

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    Yeah, I'm headed to Tsali tomorrow to ride/camp a couple days then work for the race sun. Hope to see some of you guys there. Personally I like riding up in the wilson creek area of pisgah, but NC (tsali or otherwise) sometimes gets overlooked. Amazing rides all around. Who cares though? Who wants to ride on overcrowded trails?

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    Thanks everyone.

    *rt*, good luck on the Knobscorcher. Try not to lap too many of the other racers.

    Archduke, I like the Wilson's area a lot. I've actually only ridden there a few times and I know there are many trails deep in the backwoods. If you ever feel like showing me around that area, let me know.

    Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackFromNC
    Thanks everyone.

    *rt*, good luck on the Knobscorcher. Try not to lap too many of the other racers.

    Archduke, I like the Wilson's area a lot. I've actually only ridden there a few times and I know there are many trails deep in the backwoods. If you ever feel like showing me around that area, let me know.

    Jack
    I live and work in Boone so its my "regular" area. Only lived here for about 7 months so I'm getting used to it myself. Always glad to show a fellow rider around tho, let me know when you're planning on being around. If I'm not working I'll go with, if I am I'd be glad to hook you up with some photocopies and trail info.

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    Me a celeb?

    I was home all weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    i'm heading up to tsali this weekend for the Knobscorcher - smooth & fast.

    yeh, as Chris said, tsali is waaay better than that other place that sucks.

    rt
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    Pisgah 4/9-4/11

    Headed up there next weekend!!

    Probably do some stuff out of Davidson or Turkey Pen Gap ending at Davidson on Friday (try to get in some seasonal downhill), Heartbreak/Kitsuma Saturday and wind things down with an epic at DuPont State Forest on Sunday.

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