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    Cold Ride in the Blue Ridge

    Some of our regular guys, along with a couple of new guys and myself rode a loop on North Creek and Cornelius Creek on a cold Saturday morning recently.



    We started on a small but fun loop trail near the campground.


    Eventually you hook indirectly in with an overgrown fire road dubbed Grassy 1.

    A couple of miles and we regrouped before the next road.

    Onto Grassy 2.

    A mild mannered rolling road, it still had a surprise for me. A frozen stick covered in leaves planted me into the dirt. No real harm done aside from hurt pride.

    There was a little bit of color down low still left.


    csmo rolling the Jones Fatty



    We crossed the somehow still standing foot bridge over North Creek.


    Then onto the main climb, starting on North Creek.

    Leafy and rocky riding, along with some hike-a-bike.

    Eventually we were on Forest Service gravel for the remaining climb

    The view from Sunset Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway was great.

    Cold was getting the better of us. The descent was welcome to get us out of the wind and rolling back downhill.


    The connector to Cornelius Creek is a nice rolling break between 2 pieces of rocky gnar.


    Cornelius Creek trail was as mean as ever. Rocks and leaves are not usually a good combination. I believe there were several off the bike encounters on this section, not by me this time.
    Taking a break on Cornelius Creek


    Rolling on out the bottom, savoring the moment.

    Rolling down the gravel in grand anticipation of the truck heater.

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    Love these pictures. I always look forward to my yearly trips back home, in hopes time and weather will co-operate and I can get to spend a little time on a bike in those hills.

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    Great pictures as always! Makes me sick to be stuck at work right now... wish I could have joined you guys on this ride, maybe next time
    Scooter Riding Girl Scout

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    Thanks Cotharyus and OneSlowBussa. It is always fun for me to look at the pics too while stuck at work (during break of course).

    OneSlowBussa we can do this one again sometime, this is one of the VES rides and I usually take one group (the not so fast group).

    Speaking of which, there is another VES ride brewing for 12/14/2014. That one is in my back yard so I will be leading one of the rides. Stay tuned, as of now there are 4 ride groups - a fast 40+ mile group, a not quite as fast 40+ mile group, a mediium pace group for 12 mile loop of Roaring Run and Hoop Hole, and a medium pace group for a 20 mile loop of Price and Patterson Mountains (my group). I will post some more up on that a little later.

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    I definitely need to get to some of the shorter VES rides now that I'm getting back into the swing of things!
    Enjoying the trails one pedal stroke at a time...

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    Looks fun. Thanks for sharing.
    Am I all zipped up?

    Escaping the Dreary Confines

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