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    Fall Riding Stoke

    Had a good run of weather there for a bit. Rifle season means riding options get pretty limited, but I got a good shot last week, thought I'd share. New trail to me, close to home. Just so much damn riding here in Cerntral VT...just when you thought you've seen it all....you see some more.
    Post up some shots!
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    ^^^^
    Awesome shot!

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    How's this?

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    Where is that is the better question?

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    Is 'Stoke' one of those new smartphone apps?
    I heard some dude ran over some folks chanting 'stoke, stoke, stoke' over and over again.
    Something about posting it on some website or something.



    (Image gone, in the first post, BTW)

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    Where is the best question....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    Is 'Stoke' one of those new smartphone apps?
    I heard some dude ran over some folks chanting 'stoke, stoke, stoke' over and over again.
    Something about posting it on some website or something.



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    OK, it took me a minute. If that is in reference to that "other" website and the discussion going on in another thread, that is way funny!!
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    Looks like someone skidded around that corner! Oh NO! That looks awesome btw.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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    Blueberry Lake?! Nice spot.

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    Nope. It's what I call the climb up Kimmer's (Adams Camp) in Stowe. But a buddy told me that section is called "Hardy's". In either case, I was riding up it (this is looking back down) on my 'cross bike. Wasn't me that skidded!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willapajames View Post
    Nope. It's what I call the climb up Kimmer's (Adams Camp) in Stowe. But a buddy told me that section is called "Hardy's". In either case, I was riding up it (this is looking back down) on my 'cross bike. Wasn't me that skidded!

    So is the Stowe area raked out? looks sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter View Post
    So is the Stowe area raked out? looks sweet
    Blown, no doubt. Keep it narrow folks! Don't make it look like an ATV trail.

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    Just so you all don't think I'm a grumpy old man with no contributions to the stoke... This guy is 61 years old and acts 16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    Blown, no doubt. Keep it narrow folks! Don't make it look like an ATV trail.
    Blown, raked, vacuumed... whatever you want to call it works for me I raked a trail at Bear Brook with a 8" (keep it narrow) rake last week, got a complaint " next time you tell me something is raked, it better not be with your boot"
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    I guess the Stowe stuff got blown WIDE. Like 8 feet. Knew it was some STW work by the guidestones. It's Hardy Haul btw. It get's you up to the Haul Road in Trapps, then bypasses the Chute which is a very steep section of the road that is tough to climb. The name gives a nod to the designer and chief builder, but, as he insists, is not named after him. I like to climb Kimmers and go down Hardy Haul personally, but hey, it's all about options!

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    Looks nice!

    I'm going to be in Stowe, right after Thanksgiving. Barring a snowfall, are the trails up there closed for Hunting on the weekends? Can you let me know which spots will be open so I'm not going to shot by hunters? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Had a good run of weather there for a bit. Rifle season means riding options get pretty limited, but I got a good shot last week, thought I'd share. New trail to me, close to home. Just so much damn riding here in Cerntral VT...just when you thought you've seen it all....you see some more.
    Post up some shots!
    Nice shot! Looks like an awesome trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdrifter View Post
    Blown, raked, vacuumed... whatever you want to call it works for me I raked a trail at Bear Brook with a 8" (keep it narrow) rake last week, got a complaint " next time you tell me something is raked, it better not be with your boot"
    You did drag that boot last year on said trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nail Every Trail View Post
    Looks nice!

    I'm going to be in Stowe, right after Thanksgiving. Barring a snowfall, are the trails up there closed for Hunting on the weekends? Can you let me know which spots will be open so I'm not going to shot by hunters? Thanks.
    There's a good bit you can ride in Stowe, but not those trails, It's Adam's Camp because the Adams family has their hunting camp there. You can ride all the Cady Hill Stuff and connect to the Trapps stuff via Pipeline. Or ride the Cady Hill Stuff from Iride/AJs, then do another ride from the highschool up Pipeline and ride the traps stuff. Maps are available at the bike shops in town.

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    It was awesome. Underutilized rake and ride right next door. Here's one from today in Northfield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    It was awesome. Underutilized rake and ride right next door. Here's one from today in Northfield.
    That is great to see. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    I guess the Stowe stuff got blown WIDE. Like 8 feet. Knew it was some STW work by the guidestones. It's Hardy Haul btw. It get's you up to the Haul Road in Trapps, then bypasses the Chute which is a very steep section of the road that is tough to climb. The name gives a nod to the designer and chief builder, but, as he insists, is not named after him. I like to climb Kimmers and go down Hardy Haul personally, but hey, it's all about options!
    Yep, I know the route well. Oddly enough, I don't often ride Adams Camp on my MTB. I mainly ride that area when I'm on a "road" ride. I usually link it up from Luce Hill to Haul Rd to Adams Camp (either way down) to 108, to Edson Hill, to Weeks Hill, and home. The week before that photo, before it was blown, I was coming down Hardy Haul, and overshot a corner... landing in a mud hole and breaking my front brake lever. Riding the rest of the way down on a 'cross bike with only a rear brake was a little harry!
    Anywho, if you ever see a giant dude (I'm 6'5") on a 'cross bike, that's probably me. Howdy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    I guess the Stowe stuff got blown WIDE. Like 8 feet. Knew it was some STW work by the guidestones. It's Hardy Haul btw. It get's you up to the Haul Road in Trapps, then bypasses the Chute which is a very steep section of the road that is tough to climb. The name gives a nod to the designer and chief builder, but, as he insists, is not named after him. I like to climb Kimmers and go down Hardy Haul personally, but hey, it's all about options!
    Is that a complaint? Did you go up and ride it or measure it, or what? FYI - I blew that trail and lots of others. I'm guessing you talked to Hardy. I saw him while riding a trail about an hour after I finished it. Does it look wide right after I blow it? Yes, maybe it does. If I blow it narrow, it is a tunnel with walls of leaves that are almost knee high. The walls fall back down and you are back where you started. It's blown as wide as the bench cut. Go ride it a week after it's been blown and it looks like a singletrack again. Anyway, people seem to like it and I've had waaay more positive comments than negative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epic View Post
    Is that a complaint? Did you go up and ride it or measure it, or what? FYI - I blew that trail and lots of others. I'm guessing you talked to Hardy. I saw him while riding a trail about an hour after I finished it. Does it look wide right after I blow it? Yes, maybe it does. If I blow it narrow, it is a tunnel with walls of leaves that are almost knee high. The walls fall back down and you are back where you started. It's blown as wide as the bench cut. Go ride it a week after it's been blown and it looks like a singletrack again. Anyway, people seem to like it and I've had waaay more positive comments than negative.
    Sorry Eric. Didn't mean to insult you. Someone else mentioned to me they thought it was a bit wide. I guess I'll just defer to the sentiments expressed earlier in the thread from RadAir. I will also acknowledge that it will likely need to be reraked in the spring. Also, Charlies Trail IS 20 feet wide in places (I actually did measure) so there you only blew it half off! This side track is definitely not stoke.....take some pics of your leaf blown trail and it will count.
    Edit: Have to add a pic for that.....I'll reuse one..My old, beloved Imp.
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    Prettiest spot in Lamoille County right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    Sorry Eric. Didn't mean to insult you. Someone else mentioned to me they thought it was a bit wide. I guess I'll just defer to the sentiments expressed earlier in the thread from RadAir...
    And I'm not really taking a shot at you Epic/Eric, but we have had people blowing singletrack (rake & ride, not benched) wide enough for a Jeep. Our observation with this is people will ride all over that width and it can lead to braids where there doesn't need to be any. It is possible to blow the top off the mounds of leaves without cleaning down to bare ground - those magic wands are pretty amazing.

    One well-meaning lady blew a section through hemlocks and blew away all the compacted material around big roots. Now it is way more harsh and leads to wider trails as people try to avoid the more exposed roots.

    Sorry to be jacking this thread into a leaf blowing tutorial - not meant to do that. I just hate seeing tight singletrack being transformed into elephant paths - again, not referring to Epic's work!

    Back on the stoke train:
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    Sunset over Millstone. Also saw 9 deer in the Littlejohn field last night.
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    ^winter sky.

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    From my little mini road trip up into VT/NH/ME a couple weeks ago.

    Drove up for a day to check out STAB.










    Camped. Drank. Ate. Headed over

    to Millstone the next morning, ended up riding with some guys from RI.








    Then over to North Conway, where Radair very graciously gave me a tour of some local stuff that was most excellent. Sweet riding, great views, a very fun descent, (and way longer than most that I have around me) and not a single picture taken.

    Touron peeper pics.




    Next to Sunday River. I owe a huge thanks to the Slaphead Mofo crew for shwoing me around the place and sharing beer. SR = me likey. Not many pics - too busy riding.





    The tower run was indeed the icing on the cake, the cherry on the top, etc.


    Plans altered a bit - the forecast was really not as cooperative as I'd hoped, and holiday weekend traffic sucked balls big time. Headed over to check out FOMBA.
    I think this was the most technical thing I found...
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    ^Great shots!
    I put this up in the Northfield thread too, but it also belongs here. A late season romp down the Orange trail at the Shaw Outdoor Center, Norwich University, Northfield VT....me and the boss Brooke Scatchard pumpn and jumpn.

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    gr8 Vid!
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    Nice vid! Smooth riding.
    Get out and ride even when you don't want to because ten minutes into the ride you'll be glad you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    ^Great shots!
    I put this up in the Northfield thread too, but it also belongs here. A late season romp down the Orange trail at the Shaw Outdoor Center, Norwich University, Northfield VT....me and the boss Brooke Scatchard pumpn and jumpn.
    i ride like that in my dreams. those ones that go on forever where things all flow and you can jump and fly and whatever forever.

    not my thing, (maybe it should be, looks damned fun!)

    that makes me want a full squishy bike, or all mountain, or whatever you kids call them these days.

    me and my fargo and all my camping gear and crap will be over here, off to the side, out of your way.

    nice.

    strava this!

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    Great video...love Vermont

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    i ride like that in my dreams. those ones that go on forever where things all flow and you can jump and fly and whatever forever.

    not my thing, (maybe it should be, looks damned fun!)

    that makes me want a full squishy bike, or all mountain, or whatever you kids call them these days.

    me and my fargo and all my camping gear and crap will be over here, off to the side, out of your way.

    nice.

    strava this!
    I'm on a ten year old steel one speed hard tail. Dirt jumps and pump tracks...spend a season there....it changes everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    I'm on a ten year old steel one speed hard tail. Dirt jumps and pump tracks...spend a season there....it changes everything.
    hmmm.
    thanks for the tip.

    gave up my singlespeed rigid to fund the adventure bike.
    might have to pick up a beater / basher so i can injure myself some more...

    nice vid, well done.

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    Not nearly as impressive as the video above, but I spent about 45 minutes the other day recording some low-key XC riding with my phone. In my head I was riding much quicker.


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    Londonderry VT? Looks nice.

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    Londonderry NH, didn't realize this was a VT only thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuyler1 View Post
    Londonderry NH, didn't realize this was a VT only thread
    It's not, just curious. Looks like nice buff singletrack.

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    Yeah its pretty buff. Rooty in some places and a few technical rock gardens, but some good flow if you keep pedaling. About 10 miles of single track riding. It's close, so I ride there often.
    Musquash Conservation Area, 900 acres, over 15 miles of trails – Londonderry News

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    Nice vids!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuyler1 View Post
    Yeah its pretty buff. Rooty in some places and a few technical rock gardens, but some good flow if you keep pedaling. About 10 miles of single track riding. It's close, so I ride there often.
    Musquash Conservation Area, 900 acres, over 15 miles of trails – Londonderry News
    Wow. 900 acres. Sounds like a great stash!

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    My dream commute on snowmobile trails and through Millstone. Mist this morning at the #6 Quarry.
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    Nice fat 4 hour loop in Stowe today. West Branch Circumnavigation. Snowed all day over 2000 ft. We topped out at about 2100 were we had to push the last few steeps, and kept it real light on the brakes for the first few hundred vert on the way down. Fun stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVt View Post
    ^Great shots!
    I put this up in the Northfield thread too, but it also belongs here. A late season romp down the Orange trail at the Shaw Outdoor Center, Norwich University, Northfield VT....me and the boss Brooke Scatchard pumpn and jumpn.
    very nice, I see I've gotta get over to VT in the summer instead of just the spending the winter.
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    Self timer at Pine Hill Park. Excellent conditions today.
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