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    Somewhere over the Rainbow (ride report & pics)

    Excellent trip. The weather cooperated (only rained late afternoon and at night), the bikes worked well and the trails were sooooooooooooooooo fun. I will be doing this again soon!

    It was a quick 3 hour drive from the ATL to our cottage at the edge of Pisgah.

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    I see the Blueridge Mtns!


    Something tells me this is going to be a good trip


    After arriving in Cruso at our cottage we did some bike maintenance and test rides



    Saturday in DuPont - We got a late start because I had neglected to reset my riding/backpacking watch for daylight savings (dee dee dee) and we all slept in. We made a pit stop on the way to Dupont at Backcountry Outfitters for maps. They have a very nice shop - better than most in the ATL! We arrived around 11:00 and did a variety of trails including the very photographic slickrock & Bridal Veil falls trails. We stopped for a lunch break in Brevard around 4:00 at the Mexican joint behind Sycamore cycles (also a very nice shop) which was highly recommended on the NC forum. The Pollo Burito Fundito hit the spot! It started to rain so we used the time to plan Sundays ride.


    Slickrock overlook


    The old and the new


    Rick finds a rock drop


    SS has to hit it too
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    Slickrock and green trees? Screw Moab. NC here I come!

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    continued...

    We climbed the bikes up to Bridal Veil


    Behind the scenes
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    For Sundays ride we dicided to ride the Laurel Mountain Trail, as written in most guide books, you climb 2400' over 6.9 miles up to 4729' then descend on Pilot rock trail to the FS road. Turns out that this was an excellent choice. The trail was challanging, narrow and had some extreme tech sections. In a moment of brilliance as we are pushing the bikes up the last very steep and rocky 300yds, Rick (rides the black RFX) says "why do we want to climb that FS road at the end? Why not ride back down Laurel Mtn?". So we did. Whooo-hooo. 6.9miles of DH . I almost ate it in the top rocky section and did OTB later on after clipping a tree at speed. Luckily I fell to the left and did not fall down the extremely steep side slope!

    Good Enough Gap



    Tech section - couldn't ride up it but down is a different story



    The start of the steep, rocky section from the top of Laurel Mtn.


    Pausing for some air and a snack at 4729'
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    Man that trail looks sweet, would love to ride there sometime, thats a great shot of you riding the ST thru the trees.

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    Pisgah!!!

    The Moab of the east. I've spoken to like mabye 2 people who've actually ridden Moab and Pisgah, and they both said "except" for the vista's Pisgah's better. Hmm I myself can't really comment on that, but Pisgah sure quenches the desire to checkout that far, far away place known as Moab...



    EDIT: Better for what I don't know ie AM, FR, XC, but it's alway's been my personel dream to ride in the wide open desert...
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    Hello Atlanta!

    Looks like a great time was had by all. 3 hours isn't too far to drive for some tasty riding! I've finally started to settle in, the move from LA to ATL went pretty smooth. Now to get my priorities back in order ... Must unpack bikes and figure out where to ride.

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    It was very green up there. My white van even had a green hue back in the forest.
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    Nice Shots SS! I gotta get down there sometime.

    Hey I took a rearview distraction shot yesterday too!
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    Big Betty made this very slippery river crossing easy. Short review here

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    Looks like a nice weekend SS.
    Does your hair grow in furrows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Looks like a nice weekend SS.
    Does your hair grow in furrows?
    I had it corn-rowed before the trip
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    A few other notes from the trip.

    Ran the Pack with the 5" plates all weekend but I bumped the travel up to 6.25 in the front until we descended Laurel Mtn. I let some neg pressure out to run 7" for the trip down. The handling was excellent. The steep climbs got a little tougher but it made the techie sections a joy.
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    Good stuff. Nice pictures from a fun weekend by the looks of it. I haven't ridden Laurel Mountain yet, it definitely sounds fun and challenging. The slickrock/BVF shots bring back some good memories of last Summer. Glad you had a good time!
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    Pisgah rules the Southlands. Lots of beautiful country in W. NC.

    Nice pics SSINGA.
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    Nice pics. Three of us Charlotte folks hit the area on thursday and friday. We had incredible weather. I'll see if I can get some Turner action pics to post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbiker
    Nice pics. Three of us Charlotte folks hit the area on thursday and friday. We had incredible weather. I'll see if I can get some Turner action pics to post.
    What trails / area did you ride?
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    SS- Great pics! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I'll be sure to make the next trip!
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    You guys with the rear view mirror shots - POSEURS!!! Just kidding, those are great.

    Yo SS, you still smurfing the Pack with the 5" rear???

    Great shots BTW, I've actually been job hunting for gig's in the east and seeing the riding there has made me widen the net quite a bit. Keep em coming!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    What trails / area did you ride?
    Thursday afternoon we rode near the fish hatchery. Senard(sp?) and Caney Bottom. On Friday, we rode out of the campsite at Davidson River up to the Horse Stables and basically pulled the map out and started riding. Not in the correct order we rode parts of Buckwheat Gap, Black Mountain, Pink Beds, Avery Creek and one or two others. I am terrible with trails names, but can get around pretty good with a map. We logged in close to 40 miles on Friday and 10 or so on thursday.

    I get up to Pisgah 10 to 12 times a year. 3 hours is not too far for a day trip from Atlanta. You are welcome to jump in on a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Chris
    You guys with the rear view mirror shots - POSEURS!!! Just kidding, those are great.

    Yo SS, you still smurfing the Pack with the 5" rear???

    Great shots BTW, I've actually been job hunting for gig's in the east and seeing the riding there has made me widen the net quite a bit. Keep em coming!!!
    See here.

    If you are thinking of moving east, Western NC is a great area for outdoor activities.


    Blackangess, Hambone and crash - you need to make the next trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    See here.

    If you are thinking of moving east, Western NC is a great area for outdoor activities.
    Damn!! I saw that too and it just didn't register, DUH!!!!!!!
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    Everything looks so much greener than when I was there in March. I'll be back for some summer action hopefully tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    Everything looks so much greener than when I was there in March. I'll be back for some summer action hopefully tho
    If you want Green - drive down FS 1206.
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