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    Michaux State Forest ride pics

    What a fantastic weekend. I was lucky enough to get in 11 hours of premium dirt on Sat+Sun on the Salty. That's a weekend the way Sherwood meant them to be. The pics just don't do this place justice.

    1. Woodrow to Grave Ridge connector. Crank the speed up on this one.
    2. Behind Grave Ridge. Getting to the root of the issue.
    3. Pause. Bottom of Dead Woman's Hollow. Can you hear the peaceful waterfalls?
    4. Dead Woman's Hollow. As bad as it looks. And only 3 miles long.
    5. 3-Mile trail. The reward. The fast, flowing section with the nice berms. Rail it baby!
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    6. 3-Mile trail. One of many rock gardens along the way.
    7. 3-Mile trail. Part of a rocky downhill. Steeper than it looks.
    8. Tumble Run. I love to session this trail and hit the rock drops and obstacles. There is a 2 foot drop right where my back tire is.
    9. Tumble Run. More rocky goodness.
    10. Rattlesnake Ridge. Lots of rocks and tight trees at the start. Quite tricky.
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    11. Rattlesnake Ridge. More rocks. To avoid hitting that tree up ahead, you have to turn hard and kind of ride up that slanted rock a little to boomerang around it.
    12. Lower Rattlesnake. Brand new trail that's still a bit raw.

    That's all I've got. Hope you enjoyed the slide show.
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    Great pics!

    Fun to see someone else's riding area. SO different from what we get here in southern California! I'd like to try those rocks! Ours tend to be loose with lots of loose dirt around them.

    Thanks for the pics!

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    Nice pictures........................

    ...................................... Steiny ! TIG.

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    I'm Getting Sentimental Over Michaux

    You are killing me. I miss that place so much. I only went racing as I didn't want to get lost on those connecting fireroads (is it left or right here?). Do you ride alone? Do you have all those places learned? Rumour is that Jeremiah Bishop and Chris Eatough (two heavy hitter Trek pro riders who live/ lived in Baltimore) would get turned around up there. They trained up there. The awesome beauty and real sense of wilderness is palpable. I wouldn't want to break down alone. At least the races had clean up trucks and motocyclists.

    Please, tell us more. Are there actually people out there riding? How often do youget there. Those pictures are great. If there are any more post them, or send them to me, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt
    You are killing me. I miss that place so much. I only went racing as I didn't want to get lost on those connecting fireroads (is it left or right here?). Do you ride alone? Do you have all those places learned? Rumour is that Jeremiah Bishop and Chris Eatough (two heavy hitter Trek pro riders who live/ lived in Baltimore) would get turned around up there. They trained up there. The awesome beauty and real sense of wilderness is palpable. I wouldn't want to break down alone. At least the races had clean up trucks and motocyclists.

    Please, tell us more. Are there actually people out there riding? How often do youget there. Those pictures are great. If there are any more post them, or send them to me, please.
    I usually hit some area of Michaux 3-5 times a month during the summer. Most times I ride alone. I know all of the Pine Grove trails and 90% of the northern Michaux trails. I'm not as familiar with Caledonia, Big Flat, or Mt. Alto (Curse of Dark Hollow, Terror of Teaberry races) though I've ridden them several times with the MBM (Mountain Bikers of Michaux) gang. I haven't attempted them alone yet. As testtech mentioned in the Pine Grove thread, if you'd like your name added to the MBM email listing of weekly rides and times, you can PM me (or testtech) with your email address and I'll get you added to the list. They ride weekly at Mt. Alto (near Penn State Mt. Alto campus) which is the very southern end. I don't get there too often, but that's probably easily under an hour drive for you. Great rocky riding there too. They also ride the other major locations in Michaux with varying frequencies. They're a great group of people and it's a pretty friendly atmosphere (though I always here them talk about some jerk on their group rides, but I don't know who they mean ).

    Weather permitting, I (not MBM) plan to ride some combination of Michaux/Pine Grove on July 1 and 2. I'll post an annoucement in a new thread about times and locations. Perhaps you or others can make it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny
    I usually hit some area of Michaux 3-5 times a month during the summer. Most times I ride alone. I know all of the Pine Grove trails and 90% of the northern Michaux trails. I'm not as familiar with Caledonia, Big Flat, or Mt. Alto (Curse of Dark Hollow, Terror of Teaberry races) though I've ridden them several times with the MBM (Mountain Bikers of Michaux) gang. I haven't attempted them alone yet. As testtech mentioned in the Pine Grove thread, if you'd like your name added to the MBM email listing of weekly rides and times, you can PM me (or testtech) with your email address and I'll get you added to the list. They ride weekly at Mt. Alto (near Penn State Mt. Alto campus) which is the very southern end. I don't get there too often, but that's probably easily under an hour drive for you. Great rocky riding there too. They also ride the other major locations in Michaux with varying frequencies. They're a great group of people and it's a pretty friendly atmosphere (though I always here them talk about some jerk on their group rides, but I don't know who they mean ).

    Weather permitting, I (not MBM) plan to ride some combination of Michaux/Pine Grove on July 1 and 2. I'll post an annoucement in a new thread about times and locations. Perhaps you or others can make it out.
    I have done "The Curse" four times, three in 90 degree weather. The four mile return on the fire roads cooks you in the open sun like on a frying pan. The first time I got lost as I was delirious and there was a road detour on Rte. 15. The last was cool and on a Superlight. Big difference. One year the " about 20" mile Sport Vet. course somehow "became" 27 by several odometers, the course which became Expert the next year. My God. 10 miles in I felt great, strong, very good time, then I went into the twilight zone when 20 wasn't 20. The never ending race that at one point went up a vertically hike that felt like an ROTC training maneuver and it should have had a rope. People were handing off bikes. I ripped a sidewall, didn't know it and was just ready to hit the quick fill when I say it. That was close. Even with duct tape inside the tire in was bulging by the end. Some call that not a race. I called it heaven.

    I raced Mt. Alto once and loved it, though someone, hunters suuposedly, took down a course marking and I ended up down in a dead end ravine.

    I did the older version of Pine Grove's April Race once and found it surprisingly easy compared to the "Curse", not saying I was fast. They were all Sport class 35-45. I am 46 and worry about being slow in a group but I would like to consider coming. What time of the day do yu start? Those pictures look like heaven with all those rocks and roots. The X5 will eat them. The cool thing for the rest of you to know is that some of those rocky trails go on for a couple miles!!! Good times, esp. on a hardtail with 63mm fork suspension.
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    ooh looks very fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt
    I have done "The Curse" four times, three in 90 degree weather. The four mile return on the fire roads cooks you in the open sun like on a frying pan. The first time I got lost as I was delirious and there was a road detour on Rte. 15. The last was cool and on a Superlight. Big difference. One year the " about 20" mile Sport Vet. course somehow "became" 27 by several odometers, the course which became Expert the next year. My God. 10 miles in I felt great, strong, very good time, then I went into the twilight zone when 20 wasn't 20. The never ending race that at one point went up a vertically hike that felt like an ROTC training maneuver and it should have had a rope. People were handing off bikes. I ripped a sidewall, didn't know it and was just ready to hit the quick fill when I say it. That was close. Even with duct tape inside the tire in was bulging by the end. Some call that not a race. I called it heaven.

    I raced Mt. Alto once and loved it, though someone, hunters suuposedly, took down a course marking and I ended up down in a dead end ravine.

    I did the older version of Pine Grove's April Race once and found it surprisingly easy compared to the "Curse", not saying I was fast. They were all Sport class 35-45. I am 46 and worry about being slow in a group but I would like to consider coming. What time of the day do yu start? Those pictures look like heaven with all those rocks and roots. The X5 will eat them. The cool thing for the rest of you to know is that some of those rocky trails go on for a couple miles!!! Good times, esp. on a hardtail with 63mm fork suspension.
    Sounds like you had some good races. There's nothing like Michaux to wean down your supply of tires and tubes. I've seen so many people flat or tear side walls on Shake-n-bake in non-race situations it's unbelievable. Kenda should just install a tire and tube vending machine at the end of that trail - they'd make a mint. Huckleberry (aka Flat Tire Hill) was always notorious too. One time I pinch flatted the FRONT tire going down that crazy thing. They've since filled in that trail so it's not a big rocky spillway any more. I used to ride those trails on an aluminum hardtail and 80mm fork and learned to clean Grave Ridge using that bike.

    Don't worry about being slow. As you know, speed is not the name of the game out there - accuracy and endurence will get you through every time. It's not about being fast, it's about surviving the ride with bike and body intact.

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    QUOTE They've since filled in that trail so it's not a big rocky spillway any more. I used to ride those trails on an aluminum hardtail and 80mm fork and learned to clean Grave Ridge using that bike.

    Don't worry about being slow. As you know, speed is not the name of the game out there - accuracy and endurence will get you through every time. It's not about being fast, it's about surviving the ride with bike and body intact. [/QUOTE]


    Sounds like you have alot of great rides there. I always finished and plenty didn't. I once passed @12 guys at the last rest stop. They looked like refugees they were so beaten. So I had endurance for sure. I say had because of a bad low back problem whihc inspried the purchase of the X5. I'll consider joining the group and joining you all depending on what the pain specialist has to offer in terms of injections, etc. I won't come if there is a chance of mid-ride unbearable pain. We will see. Your encouragement is really nice.
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    My Doctor just told me about this place and said i would love it if I like riding at Gambrills, which I do. Looks amazing! gotta hit it one of these days. How is the winter riding there? How would one go about getting a guide through the trails for a first timer?

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    I've become lost there before. I grew up in Pennsylvania and the last thing you want to do is get lost in a state forest in the winter. That place is evil, but I love it. I definitely have to be fit to tackle it. It's like Gambrill on steroids, mostly because it's larger. Is your doctor looking for a partner?

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    I would love to ride there on a nice day with the trails looking like that. However I did the Michaux Mash this April....It was cold and depressing and the trails weren't raked at all. All those roots and rocks are brutal when you don't see them....

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