• 01-03-2013
    CraigCreekRider
    Jan 1 2013 Carvins Cove Ride
    January 1 2013 Carvins Cove ride started out a little tilted and fuzzy, as first of the year rides often do.


    As we went along, more traction was gained


    Up Arrowhead




    Group meeting at the top


    Up Brushy for a little ways


    Group split apart at 4 Gorges Extension


    A couple of the guys had not ridden this before


    Remaining Crew, the slow crew myself included








    Back down Girl Scout, across lower Comet that was really the only trail that was overly wet. Across Enchanted Forest and Little Bell Schoolhouse


    Lake is awful low

    Briefly checked out a new trail that goes from the Boat Dock to Hollins, will have to try that on another day.


    I think this January 1 ride has been going on around 20 years, but it was a first for me. Nice way to start the year.
  • 01-03-2013
    Honeybadger
    Very cool pic's! I got to do a night ride to the top on New Years eve. To see the city down below at night is pretty awesome. A little snow was still on the ground up there also.
  • 01-03-2013
    Doedrums
    Great pics as always CCR.
  • 01-04-2013
    CraigCreekRider
    Thanks Doedrums.. You too Honeybadger (though I didn't think you would give a sh-t):):D
  • 01-04-2013
    Wishful Tomcat
    Have to make a drive down there this spring/summer, looks fun!
  • 01-04-2013
    BikerJen
    Here's the trail from the boat dock to Plantation Road.

    This is from the top to the parking lot on Plantation:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/smU0s7NNz34" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    This is from the top to the boat dock:

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/54780880" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/54780880">To the Cove via Hollins (descent only)</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user15034242">Jen Divers</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  • 01-04-2013
    BikerJen
    And if you're really bored, you can watch me climb from Plantation Road to the top here:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/S7oZzoqWWqY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 01-04-2013
    owensjs
    Nice pics! I need to get back out to the Cove and ride soon.
  • 01-04-2013
    CraigCreekRider
    "Stole" a map of the stretch were Jen filmed


    The parking area, just off the interstate near the Hollins exit


    And yes, you have to have a permit to use this one too. I think there is a drop box there too. I like the idea of being able to ride from that area - it is easier for a lot of us to get to than the other 2 parking areas. Other than over and back I don't know what else you could hook into - aside maybe Green Ridge.

    Thanks for the videos Biker Jen. I will definitely check that trail out.
  • 01-11-2013
    CraigCreekRider
    Hollin's Trail Pics
    Starting at the Hollins trailhead, the trail wanders up through an old farm



    Out of the farm and into the woods

    After a short climb, the trail follows a powerline for a good ways

    Tinker mountain in the distance, but a fair number of houses along the way


    You can hear the electricity as you pass under the tower

    Near the top

    Off the west side of the ridge, and away from the houses and the noise of I-81

    Nicely built but still a little mushy when I rode it


    The trail sidehills on down to the lakeside

    Some bridging

    Along the lake



    Eventually you roll out into the boat dock parking lot. I would guess 2 - 2.5 miles long